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 By Pam Burke    Local    February 19, 2018

Gianforte meets about Madison Food Park

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., met today with Todd Hanson, Madison Food Park director of development whose office is in Havre, to learn about the proposed food processing facility. Hanson told Gianforte that the intent of the company is to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 16, 2018

View from the North 40: How to Kill a Joke 101

I always said the quickest way to kill a joke was to explain it, but I think scientists have discovered, unbeknownst to themselves, that the most efficient way to kill a joke is to research it and explain the research. Thoroughly. Apparently,...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    February 16, 2018

Area ag producers courted by developers

Todd Hanson, director of development of the proposed 3,000-acre Madison Food Park to be located between Great Falls and Belt was in Havre Thursday to speak with area farm and ranch producers, and ag s... Full story

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 9, 2018

View from the North 40: In the end, the lessons proved to be good

February must be a month to revisit topics because I’m back with marijuana-infused news, this time home-grown here in the U.S. and as wholesome as a Girl Scout working the annual cookie sales gig. Last week I reported on two Canadian cops who...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 2, 2018

Keystoned cops in Canada suspended

Toronto newspapers are reporting that two of the city’s police officers have been suspended with pay pending an investigation on allegations that they consumed cannibis edibles while on duty. No charges have been filed and any criminal activities a...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    January 31, 2018

Bed, Breakfast and Beyond

Driving onto the property at Montana Style Bed and Breakfast is akin to entering a world where treasures from other times and other places transform the rooms and atmosphere into a wonderland for...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 26, 2018

View from the North 40: Solid gold news no one can really use

Much to my surprise, a North 40 column from a few weeks ago created a confused hullabaloo among a few readers who were concerned that President Donald Trump actually might be, as I suggested, authorizing a wall of such grand proportions between the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 19, 2018

View from the North 40: Pamville News, the winter boredom edition

The burden of trying to be funny this week is too great for my tense and increasing stooped shoulders to bear. Fortunately, we here at Pamville News are fond of gathering odd news and this week has enough of that to fill the gap. They fought the law...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    January 17, 2018

North Central Montana Stockgrowers Association meeting

North Central Montana Stockgrowers Association meeting today at 6 p.m. at the Eagles Club will cover not only organization business but also business advice from guest speaker Kirk Donsbach. Donsbach, a broker with Daniels Trading who also runs his f...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 5, 2018

View from the North 40: This fridge-thing will be the death of me

The headline will read “Woman dies shopping for refrigerator.” Readers will be expecting to find that I was crushed by a 22 cubic foot appliance, flattened like Wile E. Coyote, but no, shopping is the silent killer. It’ll be a heart attack...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 29, 2017

View from the North 40 : Celebrate the old you this New Year

Call me a snowflake, I don’t care, but I refuse to participate in the scam called New Year’s resolutions because it is an affront to my emotional well-being. You know the drill. Along with lists of Top 10 Whatevers of the Year, along with the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 22, 2017

View from the North 40: The Christmas one about miracles and lights

With a notoriously poor memory for the events of my childhood and a brain that seems to make stronger, longer-lasting neural links with negative memories than happy ones, it’s nothing short of a Christmas miracle that I have so many fond memories...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    December 8, 2017

Hi-Line Living: A gift of history

At a time when the rural landscape is losing more and more of its agricultural icons Havre/Hill County Historic Preservation Commission is honoring the H. Earl Clack Co. and Centennial Mills...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 8, 2017

View from the North 40: Please don't call it men's fashion

Remember when perfectly groomed, makeup-wearing men in stylish clothes looked like women but somehow claimed they were men — not just pretty males, but actual men — and the world called them metrosexual? Which still didn’t sound manly, by the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 1, 2017

View from the North 40: O, Canada, you do have a mean bone

Sure I joke about Canada, give them a little friendly ribbing about how polite they are, but I realize it’s in their constitution that they have to be kind to everyone, so imagine my surprise this week to see Canadians being so hateful to...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    November 27, 2017

Mary Lincoln celebrates her 106th birthday

Born more than a century ago in a homestead shack 12 miles north of Rudyard - before electricity, indoor plumbing, telephones and motorized vehicles became commonplace in rural America - Mary Lincoln...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 24, 2017

View from the North 40: Here's to the self-made rocket man

While basking in the afterglow of too much Thanksgiving, rushing into pre-Christmas sale-ing and joining in the holiday season openers, we should all take a moment to send good thoughts to Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old southern California limo driver...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 17, 2017

View from the North 40: The things we pile preciously

The problem is that, and this needs explaining, I come from a long line of pile-makers on the maternal side of my family. Not hoarders — we’re pilers, like hoarders-lite. We don’t save bizarre stuff like stacks of every McDonald’s french fry...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    November 13, 2017

Community Thanksgiving Dinner seeks volunteers

Havre's Community Thanksgiving Dinner is free to everyone through support from an anonymous donor, but what makes it run smoothly is the help of many volunteers. This year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov....

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 10, 2017

View from the North 40 - One person's felony incident …

Andrea Schmunk, a 28-year-old mother in Wisconsin, has been arrested on a felony charge of recklessly endangering safety after she allegedly used her 9-year-old son to help weigh down a plastic pool she had strapped to the top of a minivan. Yes, the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    November 3, 2017

The team is one good man down

I am drawn to useful people, and somewhere along the line I realized that it’s as if — on some subconscious level — my brain is working to assemble a zombie apocalypse team. A team that could save the world. If it comes that we survive fire...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 27, 2017

View from the North 40: I'm definitely not sugar-coating this one

Sugar is evil, the article said. Give up the nectar of Satan, the research told me. Feel like you have an alert, newly minted brain, the health food zealots said. What fresh level of hell is this, my body is asking. I’m old enough to be born in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 20, 2017

View from the North 40: A video menagerie of glassworks: My obsession

I didn’t expect to become obsessed with glass-making videos, yet here I am spending several hours a week watching Youtube videos of the folks at the Corning Museum of Glass make the most beautiful glassworks. Just this morning I watched one of...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 13, 2017

View from the North 40: The universe's pre-Halloween scary vibe

The universe is getting a jump start on Halloween this year, and it’s doing a pretty good job of setting up a good creepy vibe. Let’s just jump right in with the spiders, the biting spiders. Huntsville, Alabama’s Fire and Rescue Station 17...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    October 6, 2017

View from the North 40: The real challenge surviving a power outage

A total of 44 hours without power starts out all fun and games, but after a while things get real, and nothing spoils the mood like real. The great winter storm of early autumn 2017 kicked into gear Monday, overwhelming our electricity with its...

 

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