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It's just my annual fall thing

“I looooove fall. It’s my faaaavorite time of year ... all the colors, the cool temps, the blah blah blah.” If words were one-hundreds — $100 bills that is — I could retire off the number...

 

School - coronavirus - heightened emotions

Nowadays, it is difficult to know when to stick your neck out and fight for what you believe in. We ask you, are your kids worth fighting for? As the days pass, with what doesn’t seem to be much of a plan for adding more days of in-person...

 

Looking out my backdoor: Why I'm not a real writer

Several years ago I attended a prestigious writers’ conference in Seattle. It was time. I was committed. I paid a bundle. The conference offered a chance to mingle with real writers, to talk with...

 

The Postscript: Being Blue

Blue had been through a rough patch. He was adopted from the shelter and then returned for unspecified reasons. That’s when Bill met him. Blue is an Italian mastiff — which means he is massive,...

 

View from the North 40: Four-legged family is still family

According to current popular standards, I should be referring to my animals as “fur-babies,” but we don’t share that kind of relationship. My critters aren’t my children and I’m not their mo...

 

Bennett is the right candidate for secretary of state

A recent Billings Gazette editorial, “Stapleton Shows Why He Is Unfit for Any Office” is right on target. What it doesn’t say is: his second in command is just as incompetent. Christi Jacobsen has been Corey Stapleton’s deputy secretary of...

 

Looking out my backdoor: Topsy and turvy

Last week, Crin wrote that she saw two full moons. I shrugged. That fits. The earth is flat, thank you, Pam. And the sun gallops around the earth at an unprecedented rate. The world and all its people...

 

The Postscript: Gladiolas

Yesterday, I bought gladiolas. They are nearly three feet tall and bright fuchsia. It is safe to say they are the most exciting thing to appear at my desk in ages. When I walked in the front door, my...

 

Hard to give justice to all in one Senate district

Over the past couple of weeks, I have taken advantage of social distancing guidelines and had a chance to get out and truly experience the great outdoors of my Montana Senate district. It has been an eye-opening experience. A real quick idea of the...

 

Grow Montana, create good jobs

Here in Montana, production agriculture is a way of life. From Sidney to Havre, folks all across our state make a living working the land day-in and day-out to support their families and put food on our tables. My great-grandfather was one of those...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    September 4, 2020

View from the North 40: The Earth as we know it ... or not

Contrary to my grade school learnin’, Europeans of the Middle Ages did not think that Earth was flat only to be proven wrong by one Christopher Columbus, no, the Flat Earthers didn’t really get...

 

Looking out my backdoor: Anything worth doing is worth doing badly

I don’t know why so many of my life’s lessons seem to require humiliation. Learning has always come easily to me, book learning, that is. And in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think book...

 

Rosendale plans to subdivide your hunting heritage

Heads up Montanans, we’ve got a multimillionaire developer from Maryland trying to sell our hunting and fishing spots so that he and his buddies can turn a quick profit. Maryland Matt Rosendale is back for another try at elected office — his...

 

Don't shortchange the Census

I know we can all agree that 2020 has been a challenging year — perhaps the most challenging year in a long time for many of us. This year is also important for many reasons, including that the federal government is conducting the 2020 decennial...

 

The Postscript: The two women told me about the bear when I was on my hike

They were on trail bikes and saw the bear in the direction I was headed. “It was scary!” one of the women said. We were all a little nervous. There had been a bear attack just a few weeks earlier...

 

Biden climate plan benefits ag and consumers alike

Many do not realize that reliable green electrons are now up to 4½ cents a kilowatt hour — kWh — cheaper than fossil fuel generated electricity in most places; that LA’s municipal utility buys solar power with battery backup at 2.9 cents/kWh....

 

Coronavirus council came together to reinvigorate Montana's economy

They say, “Don’t always trust what you see on TV,” and in our case, that’s true. Recently, there have been claims that the makeup of the Coronavirus Relief Fund Advisory Council was politically motivated. As members of the advisory council,...

 

Ammon Bundy pushing People's Rights groups

Local chapters of “People’s Rights” are popping up in Montana communities. We’ve sounded the alarm that the person behind creating People’s Rights is Ammon Bundy, a member of the insurrectionist family that orchestrated armed standoffs in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    August 28, 2020

View from the North 40: It's about words, all the way down

I stumbled across an old bookmark on my web browser to a 2014 article about 69 words and phrases General Motors executives told employees not to use in descriptions of GM automobiles, which were...

 

Library book sale canceled but services still available

As September and cooler weather (hopefully) near, we at the Havre-Hill County Library would usually be preparing for the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This year the Friends have made the difficult decision to cancel the book sale for the safety o...

 

Looking out my backdoor - Monsters in the night

I crawled into bed early, barely darkish. Wasn’t feeling great. My stomach/intestines were slightly crampy, nothing dire, just not my usual cast-iron gut. Went to sleep with clear conscience. Woke...

 

The Postscript: Reading to Lori

I’ve been reading to Lori. Lori is my husband, Peter’s, older sister. She has cancer and has been battling it for a while now. She uses oxygen to help out and catching this virus would be terrible...

 

Wishing all students and faculty a healthy 2020-21 school year

During this trying, stressful, yet exciting time of year, we must pause to take a moment and appreciate what we have and what has been done in our community to help us all succeed and stay healthy. Back in March, none of us envisioned still being in...

 

From the Chancellor's Office

Dear Northern fans, For years, I have envisioned Game Day on Northern’s campus: All of us together, enjoying the crisp fall weather and cheering for the Northern Lights. I have been watching our new football field’s progress for the last six...

 

Why don't we just be nice to each other?

These are interesting times, to say the least, but I don’t need to tell you that. What I don’t understand about these interesting times is the reason people are attacking one another in their posts and comments online, in person. I’m not...

 

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