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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 14, 2019 

View from the North 40: In a world, where teen justice reigns

A principal in West Virginia has been disciplined for plagiarizing the speech he gave to his school’s graduating seniors. Now-graduated student Abby Smith listened to the speech Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss gave to her graduating...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for supporting Northern, keep it up

Dear Editor, You and many of your readers probably know by now, today, Friday June 14, will be my last day as the executive director of the Montana State University-Northern Alumni Foundation. Before leaving, I wanted to thank everyone in the...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor - Living at-with-inside the zoo

After a whirlwind trip around eastern Montana last week, I’ve settled in a room with no view but, more importantly, with private bath, at my daughter’s new home in Glendive. At times in our...

 

Letter to the Editor - Honor the flag on Flag Day

Editor, Havre Elks Lodge #1201 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks again was very proud and honored to be part of the American Legion’s Community Memorial Day Service and the Boy Scout’s Flag Retirement Ceremony, melding our Flag Day...

 

The Postscript: New rhubarb

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator. A lot of stuff gets tucked into the refrigerator over the course of the winter. Obsolete condiments band together and take refuge deep in the corners. A...

 

Letter to the editor - Need to fix net-metering imbalance

Dear editor, I am a NorthWestern Energy employee and also a net-metering customer of the company. I bought a home that has rooftop solar installed. I am very interested in the proposal for a new customer class made by my employer to the Montana...

 

Celebrate a smoke-Free Father's Day

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads for all they do. It is also a great time for dads to remember the important role they play in influencing the choices their kids make regarding tobacco use. Tobacco use among men remains a serious problem. Ac...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    June 7, 2019

View from the North 40: Study reveals what's hiding behind those smiles

Scientific studies are great, but they often raise more questions than they answer, even if it’s just: “How much alcohol are we talkin’ here?” ABC4 News station WZTV, reported in April that a study by Penn State and University of Buffalo...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor: We made omelet, mixed and magical

Bacon and eggs are common base ingredients, but we created a different kind of omelet at Char’s the other morning, a “Friend Omelet,” made of ingredients (ourselves), old friends and new. I had...

 

Coalition406 taking thoughtful approach on marijuana legalization

Montana and the nation are moving quickly toward marijuana legalization as public opinion rapidly evolves on the issue. A recent University of Montana poll found a majority of Montanans support ending the prohibition on marijuana for adults....

 

The Postscript: Frying eggs for Big Boy

My husband, Peter, decided to make friends with a raven. We have a lot of ravens around our house. Ravens are smart birds and Peter did some research on them. They mate for life and can live to be seventeen years old in the wild. They learn to...

 

Waiting to see on vetoes

It has been over a month that I have been home from Helena and the Senate floor. Since then, we have had a number of bills that the governor vetoed but had originally passed the Senate and House be a 2/3 majority. This allows the opportunity for both...

 

Letter to the Editor - Come to library Blast Off carnival

Editor, We at the Havre-Hill County Library invite and encourage everyone to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories. We are getting things started Wednesday, June 12, with a Blast off Carnival in the library...

 

Letter to the Editor - Continue fight for Amtrak and four-lane Highway 2

Editor, Yes! Bob Sivertsen, please continue to fight for Amtrak and the four-lane highway. I care! Come on, Hill County, Havre and the Hi-Line towns of north-central Montana. Raise your voices loud and clear to be heard that we do need Amtrak. Call...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you for my birthday celebration

Editor, Thank you to my nieces Lila Redding, Karen Cahill, Kristie Rhodes and Kellie Cahill hosting a 90th birthday celebration in my home. All of the birthday cards, flowers and friends who came are sincerely appreciated. Evelyn Wanke...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 31, 2019

View from the North 40: I'm hung up on swinging gates

The principles behind installing gates are so simple even I can mess them up. Gates are essential when you have livestock, pets, small children and other animals that you need to keep confined in or out of a fenced area. I have a few miles of fence...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for helping the mission of ODAMP

Dear Editor, I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to write a few words to express my gratitude to all those who in one way or another supported the mission of the Montana State University-Northern Office of Diversity Awareness and...

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion    May 30, 2019

Looking out my Backdoor: Do you ever get down in the mouth?

Depression by any other name is no rose, let me tell you. Steve and Theresa, my friends from my long-time home in Washington, are back in their home. We had a lovely time together; I especially...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thank you

Editor, On Saturday, May 11, the Friends of the Clack Museum hosted the Fourth Annual Historic Tea — “Family Legacies.” The funds raised were donated to the New Havre History Center’s building projects. On behalf of the H. Earl Clack...

 

Hill County DUI/Drug Court joins the nation in celebrating National Drug Court Month, 30 years of success

Nearly 30 years ago, the first drug court opened its doors with a simple objective: rather than allowing members to cycle through the system and become part of the incarcerated community, DUI, Drug and Specialty courts found a better way to...

 

The Postscript: Anxiety

I get anxious, as I might have mentioned. While I don’t think it’s anything requiring medication, fortunately, I became aware at middle-age that I have always had a sort of “hum” of anxiety going on in the background. I usually only notice it...

 

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for special graduation ceremony

Editor, When my son, Drew, began his senior year out at Havre High, I always knew he would not be able to participate in the actual graduation ceremony with his classmates because of his autism. I got him a cap and gown hoping that he could somehow...

 

Letter to the Editor - It's our park, get involved!

Editor, Grazing and haying are commercial uses in our Beaver Creek Park that have substantial impacts on the economic and ecological circumstances of the park and should be of interest and concern to the citizens of Hill County that own the park. A...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 24, 2019

View from the North 40: Somewhere between a few minutes and forever

I’ve been a big, fat, liar, liar, pants on fire all week long. I’d be more concerned with this uncharacteristic laps in moral standards, but I’ve been on vacation and I just can’t muster the energy to show the proper amount remorse. This...

 

Support John Scott Hannon act as part of honoring Memorial Day

Earlier this week, the Wounded Warrior Project offered a great “Statement for the Record” to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. WWP’s analysis focused on five different sections of “Senate Bill 785 — Commander John Scott Hannon...

 

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