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Festival Days 2017: Shadows of our western past


September 22, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

Summer 2017 has given the Hi-Line of north-central Montana reason for celebrating rain and welcoming it with great pleasure whenever it decides to fall, even if it happens to be parade day of Festival Days weekend.

By the time the spokes in the wheels of the Festival Days parade began turning at 10 a.m. Saturday, rain had been falling for three days, a welcomed respite from a the drought that had decimated crops, emptied lakes and contributed to thousands of scorched Montana acres.

Dressed in slickers with umbrellas overtop, Montanans were not deterred by the persistent shower. People...

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