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Thanksgiving is the time to pause and give thanks for life’s many blessings. In 2020, the blessing of good health is something too many take for granted, myself included. It’s not until we hear a family member, friend or neighbor is ill that we realize what a true blessing good health really is.

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The Rose Petal in downtown Cut Bank is partnering with one of the up-and-coming coffee chains in northern Montana. Folklore Coffee, founded in 2014 by native-Montanan Andy Pollard, is set to open a full-service coffee bar inside of the Rose Petal on Central Avenue this week. 

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 “We’ve got a big problem,” Cut Bank Airport Authority (CBAA) board member Rick Geiger told the Glacier County Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 16. “And we need to have something done fairly quickly to alleviate it.” For the second consecutive year, the approximately $88,000 in county mills use…

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Northern Transit Interlocal (NTI) continues to provide transportation from Browning, Conrad, Cut Bank, Shelby, Sunburst, Sweetgrass and Valier to Great Falls and Kalispell. Our six highly skilled drivers work together to ensure that the buses operate efficiently and effectively. Their teamwo…

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Smiles across Montana, a dental hygiene program that focuses on dental disease prevention, is coming to Browning on Nov. 30 and Dec. 4 offering free dental services. There is no fee to the child or family for the services, but Smiles does bill Medicaid, HMK, HMK+ and private insurance.

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Bobcat fans in Valier did it again! This year, food donations for the annual Thanksgiving boxes are down but cash donations are up, said organizer Pam McFarland. As of press time, Bobcat fans had donated nearly 200 lbs. of non-perishable food items and Griz fans had donated a turkey. Cash do…

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Vanessa Bucklin has many talents and jobs–mother, wife to Sunburst Schools Superintendent Tyler Bucklin, licensed agent and financial services professional and founder of PCI Conrad, LLC, runner–and most recently added to the list, published author. Bucklin’s book, The Penultimate Step, is d…

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Are you looking to spruce up your home this winter? Maybe you're looking for the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season? Make sure that you get the best deal in northern Montana and come on in to Billman's Home Decor for all of your home decorating and furnishing needs! 

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Our two weeks of autumn was fun, wasn’t it? Since Mother Nature is determined to throw us into winter, thoughts begin to turn towards the holiday season. Here at Hi-Line’s Help, we take the opportunity at the holidays to help out those families we work with by offering a special turkey dinne…

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Looking for the freshest cuts of meat in the Golden Triangle? Look no further than Christiaens Meats in Valier! Christiaens Meats offers a wide variety of cuts and selections from beef, pork and lamb options. Ignore those prepackaged cuts in supermarkets. When you shop at Christiaens you kno…

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The Pondera County Commissioners and the Pondera County Health Department (PCHD) may have similar goals when it comes to the safety of county residents, but the recent resignation of the majority of the department could put that at risk. Nicki Sullivan, who has served as PCHD Director for ov…

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3 Rivers Communications announced Nov. 5 its decision to permanently close the 3 Rivers RadioShack store in Browning. The store, along with the 3 Rivers customer service office located inside, has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to 3 Rivers, the Browning R…

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On this Veterans Day 2020, I pause to share some thoughts and insights regarding the veterans I have known and those with whom I have yet to know. The soldier’s experience is often so personal, and perhaps, complicated that it is seldom shared in its fullness, especially while the servicemen…

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John Running Fisher of Black Raptor Snow Removal was busy Monday morning clearing sidewalks and parking lots of his downtown Cut Bank businesses. Blue skies and calm winds were a welcome change from the windy, frigid blizzard conditions of the weekend. Depending on where you live, snowfall r…

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Our two weeks of autumn was fun, wasn’t it? Since Mother Nature is determined to throw us into winter, thoughts begin to turn towards the holiday season. Here at Hi-Line’s Help, we take the opportunity at the holidays to help out those families we work with by offering a special turkey dinne…

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There are few things that affect everyone around the world as dramatically as climate change. With greenhouse gases constantly being released through vehicle, electrical and industry-related emissions, the focus is often put into reducing these forms of pollution. 

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In June 2019 a hailstorm “the likes of which we haven’t seen in 50 years” cut a destructive path through town. As a result, several properties have been under repair with some receiving additional upgrades that bring a freshness to the area.

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While most of the town was hunkered down during the recent wintery weather, employees at DeVoe’s Builders Service were busy removing snow from their storefront and rearranging displays for their upcoming annual Pre-Christmas Open House. 

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Over the last six months the Glacier County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), collected from the public in order to give the citizens of Glacier County the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially da…

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There were no surprises in the Pondera County races in this year’s  General Election. With both the County Commissioner and the Clerk of District Court races uncontested, waiting for the votes to be counted was merely a formality. Results from the Nov. 3 General Election are unofficial until…

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All veterans are invited to attend a Veterans Day luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, Nov. 11, hosted by the Cut Bank Schools. The information on the school calendar is incorrect. The lunch will be at 11:45 a.m. in the high school gym lobby. Please note the time change!

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Area residents and visitors are invited to attend the Golden Triangle Transit Transportation Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Pondera Senior Center, located at 311 South Virginia in Conrad. The operations of Northern Transit Interlocal, Toole County…

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As winter approaches, the increase in snow and ice means an additional rise in automobile accidents on the roads. Don't allow the overwhelming stress of an auto collision or windshield crack get to you! 

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At Marias Medical Center, we are adjusting our rapid COVID-19 testing as we go into winter weather conditions. We now will be using the front entrance of the hospital. It is not in the ER parking lot anymore, but rather in the west parking lot under the carport for curbside COVID-19 testing,…

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought about rapid, unanticipated change for all of us in the Pondera County community. The joy of the freedoms we take advantage of everyday are now challenged. “How do we move forward and put this behind us?” are questions on everyone’s mind. 

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At around 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, a concrete drop structure failed on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Milk River Project St. Mary Canal, northwest of the town of Cut Bank in northern Montana, located completely within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

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Don't let the stress of trudging through companies and reviews to pick a plumber get you down! When it comes to getting a job done quickly and done right, 1st Choice Plumbing is the one to choose. Avoid the headaches of dealing with plumbing problems and allow the professionals at 1st Choice…

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Eight months ago, Laurie McKinnon wasn’t sure she’d be running for re-election to Montana’s Supreme Court. Now, as the Nov. 3 election looms, she’s facing competition from Mike Black, a Helena-based attorney.

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So, here’s the question: How much power should local governments have to regulate firearms or prevent their possession by felons, minors, undocumented immigrants or people judged mentally incompetent?

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Four years ago, a majority of Montanans voted against spending the small amount of money it would take to rename the office of state auditor to reflect what the position actually does. Now, both Democrat Shane Morigeau and Republican Troy Downing are stressing how important the job is to pro…

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Winter is quickly approaching and so is the need to ensure that all things plumbing are ready for the season in your home or business. Want to ensure that you get the best that the area has to offer? Better call Dave Momberg and Superior Plumbing and Heating!

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The Glacier County 4-Hers, led by Grace Rooney, are challenging residents to participate in Kyona’s Biggest Food Drive. Kyona Yeager is a nearby 4-Her who is recovering from COVID-19. She has a passion for feeding Montana’s families–especially during the pandemic. Donations of food or checks…

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Marijuana is back on the ballot — the third time in the last five election cycles — but this year Montanans will decide for the first time whether to follow other states like Colorado and Washington in legalizing use for all adults.

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Parents, students and community members of the Valier School District may have some questions regarding the recent shift to remote learning due to positive COVID-19 cases within the district. The following is an explanation of the procedures followed by the Pondera County Health Department a…

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I recently bumped into (figuratively) Linda Kuka at the Valier Post Office. In true Linda fashion, the long-time preschool teacher was sporting a black face mask and a grey long-sleeved T-shirt with an impression of a cat’s face printed on the front. 

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The Lake Frances Runners, a local Facebook Group organized to encourage and support one another in their quest for fitness, is sponsoring the Valier Spooky Sprint 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. The family friendly event will take place outside at the Historic Stone School Inn Bed…