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View from the North 40: It's a twisty line from A to doomed

A 38-year-old man was stuck for two days inside the pipe base of a giant fan in a California vineyard. And I think this might be a sign. The man is, The Associate Press reported June 9, expected to recover, though the photo shows... — Updated 6/18/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

'Make love to me …'

“Ba ba ba ba boom. Take me in your lovin’ arms and never let me go. Whisper to me softly while the moon is low.” I woke in the night with the inimitable voice of Jo Stafford... — Updated 6/17/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: The homes of dead people

A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!” I don’t know if she really said this, as I heard the story secondhand. B... — Updated 6/16/2021


Havre schools busy planning for next year

I hope that this communication finds you enjoying the summer! We are busy preparing for the return to school in August. It is exciting to see so many students involved in our Summer Learning Program under the direction of many of... — Updated 6/16/2021


Thanks for helping the success of the marathon

We at the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the inaugural Bear Paw Marathon this last weekend. With both in-person and virtual events we had a combined 306... — Updated 6/11/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

It's more loony 'toons than call of the wild

You know I love a good nature article, one that will amaze, amuse or confuse me, even startle, horrify or repulse a little bit. I look for these articles in the news, but I... — Updated 6/11/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Testing, testing, testing

Funny how some things never change. Remember back in school days when you had a big test coming up? Perhaps you went to bed worried and woke queasy, not wanting breakfast? I’m... — Updated 6/10/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Time to spare

“Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked. Peter almost never questions what I’m doing unless I’m doing something particularly stupid. Yesterday, I had a... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Today it's science, all the way down

I’ll ease you into things with a light-hearted science story, but I’m wrapping it up with some serious monkey business, so you might want to sit down. Scientists have figured... — Updated 6/4/2021


Summer learning programs can help children make up lost ground

Spring in Montana has brought hopeful signs that the pandemic is loosening its grip. And with summer arriving, we can start to focus on recovery. For Montana’s school-aged youth, recovery may mean making up for lost learning,... — Updated 6/4/2021


Governor veto of bipartisan bills shows disconnect

During the 2021 Legislative Session, our legislators worked to find bipartisan solutions to some of Montana’s most challenging issues. Problems with no silver-bullet solutions, like increasing access to affordable childcare,... — Updated 6/4/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The things I do and don't

A couple thousand years ago, somebody famous, broadly paraphrased, said, we do things we know aren’t good for us (or for others) and don’t do the things we know to be good. Well... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: Best wishes

I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook. There were photos taken in the Caribbean.... — Updated 6/2/2021


Tester: return of full, daily Amtrak service a win for Montana's Hi-Line

This past week brought some much-needed good news for the folks who live and work in Havre and across the Hi-Line. On May 24th, full, daily Amtrak service returned to the Northern tier of our state after painful, short-sighted... — Updated 5/28/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40: Ode to my barn, the home of treasures

There is something about a barn that speaks to the soul, and I’m not just saying that because I have one — or rather I have both — a barn and a soul. I’ve been working on... — Updated 5/28/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor: Scorpion Alert!

When I moved to Mexico, one of the first things I learned was to check inside my shoes before inserting feet. Evidently that is a popular hiding place, nesting site, attack... — Updated 5/27/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: A change of scenery

The old wooden folding table belonged to my grandma. I don’t remember her ever using it. After she moved out of her house and into a retirement home, my sister inherited the table... — Updated 5/26/2021


After the session

After session adjourned, Judy and I took a few days for ourselves. We have six grandkids in Wyoming from ages 4 to 17. So, we went south and celebrated two birthdays and attended both a track meet and soccer game while visiting... — Updated 5/24/2021

 By Pam Burke    Opinion

View from the North 40 - Imagine, if you can, my disappointment

With one headline, Live Science promised me an epic tale of adventure, heroism and more than just a little absurdity: “After a Chinese zoo covered up a leopard escape, 100... — Updated 5/21/2021


How many more deaths on Biden's border

How many ways are there for illegal migrants to die crossing or trying to cross our border? The list keeps growing, encouraged by policies and messaging from the Biden administration. Three people were recently killed, and dozens... — Updated 5/21/2021

 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Not original, not profound

I am a blade of grass. When I don’t have water I turn brown, crisp, wither into the ground. I lie dormant until such time as rains come. I am the same as a blade of grass ... — Updated 5/20/2021


Congress should stop rewarding pharma with tax breaks for gouging patients

Love them or hate them, most Americans pay their fair share of taxes into the government’s coffers as a basic duty. In return, we get roads, schools, law enforcement, health services, clean air and water, and other public goods... — Updated 5/20/2021

 By Carrie Classon    Opinion

The Postscript: The fanciest desk in the world

Everyone knows that I am attached to my desk. I would argue I have good reason. My desk is an extension of myself. Whereas other people are attached to their phones, I frequently... — Updated 5/19/2021


Where are we going? … What should we do?

At the May Park Board meeting we were told that the park will continue to lethally trap beavers until the “population is under control.” When questioned “what will be the standard for the population being under control,... — Updated 5/19/2021


A response to Superintendent Arntzen

Superintendent of Public Instruction Arntzen, as an elected official, has the responsibility to serve all Montanans — not just some. Instead, she needlessly and recklessly chose to place Montana’s public education system in... — Updated 5/17/2021


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