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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 17, 2020 

View from the North 40: Remembering how cold the cold is

I once read advice from a well-respected author who said writers of fiction should pull details from their memories, not from current experiences. Specifically, she gave the example that winter...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 10, 2020

View from the North 40: Modern cooking redefines the modern meal

I made bread pudding yesterday — I know it’s not the rocket-science of baking and it’s not fancy, but I wanted to treat myself to one of my favorite foods. It was made extra-special because I...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 3, 2020

View from the North 40: What the heck, Deirdre

A Maryland woman has proven that, when it comes to Christmas gifts, it’s not the giving that counts — it’s the giving, then taking it back and then cashing it in for $50,000 that really counts....

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 27, 2019

View from the North 40: I think of it as Super Me rather than GMO me

As you take stock of the past year and look forward to the new one along with the renewed hope for the future that it brings, I urge you to consider the traits you wish to develop in the future ...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    December 23, 2019

Havre Beneath the Streets holds holiday special

Havre Beneath the Streets will be holding its Holiday Special through Dec. 31. With the museum decorated for the holidays, Beneath the Streets is offering lower prices to bring people in to share the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 20, 2019

View from the North 40: A practical magic in a real world

I grew up in the “Bewitched” era, and that after-school TV fantasy sitcom probably ruined me forever. I have believed in magic ever since. I’ve looked for it, longed for it. I was absolutely...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    December 17, 2019

MSU Extension starts winter gardening workshops Wednesday

Winter might seem to be an unlikely time to think about gardening, but Montana State University Hill County Extension Office is hosting free gardening workshops this winter to help prepare people to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 13, 2019

View from the North 40: My dog, in his next life

It occurred to me this week that, as I have been watching my dog, Cooper, negotiate his way through his elder years, if Cooper were a human I would recognize him immediately. As a dog, he looks exactl...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 6, 2019

The white van is full of hysteria, not boogeymen

I shamefully have to admit that my husband, John, and I have been participating in a long-standing act of profiling. It started innocently enough, as these acts often do. It is a game, a kind of...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 29, 2019

View from the North 40: I've done my stint with the fishes

I don’t ice fish. I don’t enjoy winter enough to stand on ice watching a bobber do nothing, and I’m not a good enough drinker to sit in an ice house trying to drink that bobber under the water...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 22, 2019

View from the North 40: Three little questions might change everything

Traditionally, I shy away from anything that reeks of studied analysis of my psyche, but I was recently tricked into taking a three-question quiz because I thought it was just a funny thing. I mean,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    November 21, 2019

Veterans Giving Tree

Modeled after the Angel Trees that help provide Christmas presents or meals to families, the Veterans Giving Tree, organized by Havre Elks Lodge #1201, is specifically to help veterans during the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    November 21, 2019

Havre Elks holding blanket drive to help warm the holidays

Havre Elks Lodge #1201 is working to help people with bedding and blankets to spare or share get the bedding to those who who need it with the group’s 2019 Blanket Drive. The service event started...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 15, 2019

View from the North 40: Yes, these really are wonky times

Sometimes, in these modern times, it’s difficult for us to make sense of the world but, rest assured, I am here to tell you that there are very good reasons why things don’t make sense. The world...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 8, 2019

View from the North 40:Even on a good day, it's all mayhem

“I just want my house clean enough so that if someone drops by unexpectedly, it doesn’t look like we’re six days into battling a poltergeist” — Author unknown. I don’t normally quote...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 1, 2019

View from the North 40: Part 2 of the the two-part 'Ewww' series

Last week’s Part 1 of the “Ewww” series was about our resident over-the-door bat that made its way into our house, but this Part 2 really ups the ewww-factor, proving that we are not living the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 25, 2019

Part 1 of a two-part 'Eww' series

I live out in the country with my dog, cat and horses, visited daily by deer, birds of all timidness and ferocity, and mysterious predators that slink through in the night, but this ain't a Disney...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 18, 2019

View from the North 40: The ancient cry of my people, or just my mother's voice

Language is both a science and a mystery. I am not here today to bring some kind of resolution to the issue, but I do want to add my perspective to the mix. Plenty of studies have been published to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 11, 2019

View from the North 40: The scariest Halloween event … ever

I thought that this era — when all our embarrassing, stupid stunts get filmed, posted on the internet and commented on by uncharitable strangers — was enough to make me glad that I grew up in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 4, 2019

View from the North 40: All this for one little shower stall?

Anticipation and Dread are like fraternal twins separated at birth, one raised by well-adjusted and supportive parents to think positively, and the other raised by well-meaning, but vaguely clueless p...

 

View from the North 40: Testing 1,2,3 … the image is snowy

Winter is coming. It’s all everybody can talk about. This weekend’s storm is going to descend from the frozen Arctic wasteland of Canada’s hinterlands, envelop the Rockies in snow, roll it down...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    September 25, 2019

Little Britches Rodeo coming to Havre, again, for three weekend events

Hi-Line Rodeo Team is holding its second annual fall 2019 Little Britches Rodeo mini-circuit at the Great Northern Fairgrounds in October and November, and the first registration deadline is Oct. 7....

 

View from the North 40: A double-header fight of Them vs. Us, They vs. We

I’m not much into Them and They or Us and We, but the struggle between Them and Us and They and We has been growing in the last decade. I heard it in town last week, a conversation about Them. The...

 

Havre Festival Days Events Calendar

Friday, Sept. 20 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. — Friends of the Library Book Sale (Library Meeting Room) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. — Anka’s Treasures Trunk Show and Demonstration (Bearly Square Quilt Shop) Noon - 6 p.m. — Quilt Guild Show and Vendors (former...

 

View from the North 40: Another edition of barnyards gone wild

The internet is full of farm animals that have gone wild in the past two weeks, and I’m not talking about Youtube videos of farm cats being all crazy cute and stuff. I am talking about the...

 

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