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Letter to the Editor - Spanish is not something new in Havre


Dear editor,

It appears time has come for a little history lesson on Montana, a state whose name is rooted in the Spanish language, as its state motto: Oro y plata.

When I was a child, Spanish was a prevalent language spoken on the Hi-Line, particularly in Blaine County, as many working the sugar beet fields were farm laborers from Mexico.

One of the principle characters in Ernest Hemingway’s famous short story, “The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio,” is a Mexican. The story set, ostensibly, in Billings, is subject to an equally clear interpretation that could include the Townhouse C...

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