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 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

Bear Paw Meanderings

This has been a tough year for trying to keep grass green and flowers growing. One large Green Spruce in my front yard has lost a whole branch to what I think is simply drought and not enough water on everything around the house. Once my water bill...

 

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Q: When you ask God to do something for you, but then nothing happens, does that mean He’s giving you a definite “no,” and you shouldn’t keep bothering Him about it? A: We should never think that we are “bothering” God when we turn to...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    August 9, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

Sometimes I sit down at this old computer and just stare at it, wondering what to write about this week? Getting started on the writing process sometimes is just finding something to write about. Here is something. It is happening already. A lady...

 

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Q: I don’t go to church anymore, because the people in the last one I went to weren’t very friendly, and all they did was criticize and gossip about everyone, from the pastor on down (probably including me). That’s not the way Christians are...

 

Patching Cracks

Jesus, Matthew tells a story in which Jesus and the 12 disciples are in a fishing boat crossing the Sea of Galilee, which is known for sudden and violent storms. Halfway across the inland sea, one of those storms set in and threatened to capsize the...

 

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Q: I graduated from college last December, and I was excited because the job I got meant I’d be moving to a large city—which I’ve always wanted to do. But I’m so lonely here that I’m beginning to wonder if I made a mistake. Do you think I d...

 
 By Rober Lucke    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

efore I tell you this sad story of woe, let me first tell you that Red Bus Drivers didn’t get paid much when they drove their Red Busses around Glacier and Waterton National Parks. Instead most drivers lived on tips that could be good or bad....

 

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Q: My biggest fault (or so people keep telling me) is impatience. Like most people, I’m impatient when big things go wrong, but little things get under my skin also. I guess I was born this way, and I’m not sure I can do anything about it. And...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

I think I can honestly say I never met a hot dog I did not like. But I can also say that I have met many that did not like me. If I buy a hotdog from a vender, it comes in a little tray, and has the things I have ordered on it, placed neatly and...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Patching Cracks

When I was younger, I developed a terrible habit. I would listen to sermons and think about all the people I know who should be hearing the message because it dealt with an area of sin I saw in their lives. Sometimes, this would happen when the...

 

My Answer

Q: How much do you have to believe about God in order to get into Heaven? I’m getting older, and I don’t want God to slam Heaven’s door on me when I die. A: Only one thing will keep us out of Heaven—and that is our sin. And only one thing wil...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Romping through the Repos

In the 1950’s if I recall, famed Montana author Dan Cushman wrote his most famous book entitled, “Stay Away Joe.” Cushman had been born and raised in the Box Elder and Big Sandy communities and at the time was living in Great Falls. The book...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

I have maybe written this story for you dear readers before. If I have it is good enough to demand a repeat and if you are hearing it for the first time, you will never forget it. The Hugh Black family came to the St. Mary area of Glacier National Pa...

 
 By Janell Barber    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Getting By

When borrowing money for large purchases, your credit history will generally have a significant impact on your ability to get a loan and the terms of the loan. Each individual has his or her own credit score so when applying jointly, the creditor...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Patching Cracks

Last week, I started studying the life of Samson for the sermon series I’m currently working through. Samson is an interesting figure because he is basically an action hero. His story is a collection of crazy adventures, battles, and love affairs....

 

My Answer

Q: I saw an article in our newspaper the other day about a local group of people who say they believe in witchcraft and black magic and things like that. Do you think they are sincere, or are they just trying to get attention? A: I don’t know this...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

I know it is after July 4th but there are still plenty of picnics to go to and plenty of times to get together with good friends for feasts and libations. In my youth, two cousins, Louie and Ray Clack were famous for their Fourth of July punches....

 

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Q: We have legal custody of our son’s children, because he’s in prison for another 20 years, and his wife’s left him and is into all sorts of bad things. But now she’s threatening legal action if we don’t give them back. We love them, and...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

I suppose that by now most everyone has heard about our new congressman who body slammed a reporter and broke his glasses. I guess the new congressman was at the end of his tether. I have been there as well. Only thing is it happened when I was a chi...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

I first got to know Ace Powell, the famous western artist when he got a commission from Havre Federal Savings and Loan to paint three paintings about the prairies around Havre. He came to Havre and my uncle Al took Ace around to sketch scenes that...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Patching Cracks

There is a story in the Old Testament about a prophet named Elijah. Elijah’s job was to speak on God’s behalf to the people of Israel, a job that often made him unpopular in a time where traditional Jewish religion was very unpopular in ancient...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Green Acres

Blue Green Algae Poisoning in Livestock The following overview of blue green algae poisoning in livestock was written by Rachel Endecott (MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist). Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are photosynthetic bacteria that live an...

 
 By Janel Barber    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Getting By

“Rhubarbed” out because you have made just about every recipe you can think of with your rhubarb but do not want the rest to go to waste? Canning it may have come to mind. And, then, think of all of the rest of the produce that will be showing up...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Green Acres

Highwood Bench Low pH Soil Field Day MSU Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC) and MSU Extension will be hosting a field day on the Highwood Bench on Wednesday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. The field day will take place approximately one mile east...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 14, 2017

Patching Cracks

Last year, during the heat of the presidential elections, I was browsing my facebook feed when I came across an article making very serious accusations against a prominent politician. It caught my attention, so I clicked and read. Within 3 minutes,...

 

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