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 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    October 18, 2017 

Bear Paw Meanderings

I can’t help it. It is hunting season, or almost, and I have hunting on my mind. Now, mind you I don’t have shooting an elk or antelope or even a deer raised in alfalfa fields for a couple of years, no, it is not that that I dream about. It is...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    October 18, 2017 

Patching Cracks

In 1906, San Francisco suffered through an earthquake which caused enormous damage and many deaths. Among the destroyed structures was the Memorial Arch that stood in the quad of Leland Stanford University. The arch had been a very large structure,... Full story

 

My Answer

Q: My parents never bothered to get married, and now that I’m in high school it gets kind of embarrassing when my friends start asking me about it. I’ve told my mom that I wish they’d get married, but they don’t seem interested. Should I...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

It was quite a storm this last week. I know some people in the Bear Paw Mountains who are still stranded and wondering what to do about it. I was only snowbound once unless you count this last storm last week. And I was not snowbound in it really as... Full story

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

I was so surprised to pick up a recent issue of “Bon Appétit” Magazine and find a picture of Spaghetti and Meatballs on the front cover. I had thought spaghetti and meatballs a much too plain food for that magazine and further, I knew of few...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

I have always loved it when October rolls around. When I was a teacher and a hunter, I could hardly wait for the MEA Convention in October as that usually coincided with the first day of hunting season and maybe three other teachers and I would head...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

Many years ago I wanted to become a teacher and had gathered enough credits at Northern Montana College to do that. Dr. Harrison Lane was my mentor for Student Teaching and he wanted me to do my Student Teaching with Lawrence Green in Big Sandy. He...

 

Patching Cracks

At one point during Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign in the spring of 1862, he wound up in a position where his force was on one side of a river while it needed to be on the other side. Jackson first approached his engineers and asked them to...

 

My Answer

Q: My friend keeps telling me that I need Jesus, but I don’t understand what he means. Why do I need Jesus? A: I’m thankful for your friend’s concern; he obviously cares about you, and he senses that something is missing in your life—somethin...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

A friend of mine loved to hunt and he loved most of all to hunt alone. Just his horse, his pack horse his tent, his gun and some food was good enough for him. What reminded me of this friend was that the October he went hunting in what is now the...

 

Patching Cracks

One of Jesus’ most popular parables is that of the Good Samaritan. Most of us know the story: a man is attacked while traveling and left for dead on the side of the road. Afterward, a series of travelers pass him as he is laying in the road. The...

 

My Answer

Q: I can’t help but wonder if we’re living in the last days. Are we? There’s so much conflict and turmoil in the world, and I don’t see any answer unless God intervenes and brings it all to an end. Am I being too pessimistic? A: You’re...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

How about the most wonderful casserole I have ever eaten? My friends call it Sloppy Robby and it is the perfect way to start the fall season. Don’t make it while the weather is still hot. Make it when cool and you will love it even more. It is...

 

Getting by

September is National Sewing Month!! It started in 1982 in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation. How many of you are saying you used to sew and just have not been able to get back to it, the sewing machine is buried or you do...

 

My Answer

Q: Why didn’t God just destroy the human race and start all over again, after Adam and Eve rebelled against Him? In fact, why doesn’t He go ahead and destroy the human race now? We sure don’t live the way He wants us to live. A: No, we don’t...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    August 30, 2017

Green Acres

September Horticulture Management Managing horticultural landscapes in September is essential to healthy production during the growing season. Below are a few recommendations for Chouteau county gardeners. • The average first frost is September 15...

 

Patching Cracks

Jesus was raised in the town of Nazareth. Nazareth has been the topic of some controversy over the last 50ish years, with some archeologists arguing that the town itself didn’t exist in the early first century. The reason for this argument was that...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

If you pay property taxes you should be very glad you live in Chouteau County and Big Sandy specifically. As most property owners know, property taxes are going up this year due to the recent legislature taking funding away from education. By doing...

 

My Answer

Q: My wife and I didn’t grow up in religious homes, but we don’t want this for our children. How old do they have to be before they can understand something about God? We want to do the right thing, but I guess we’re not sure how to go about...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    August 23, 2017

Green Acres

Summer Pneumonia in Beef Calves Summer pneumonia in nursing beef calves is not uncommon, but occurs with low frequency. A wide variety of risk factors for summer pneumonia exist including relative success of colostrum antibody transfer, commingling o...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

It might be said that Bert was a dandy. He dressed in a strange way, had a tiny moustache and drove around in a very large and long green Nash. Bert (and his last name will not be used to protect the innocent) worked in the shoe department of the...

 

My Answer

Q: Since I was a child I’ve been told that God hates sin, and because I don’t always do what’s right, I’ve always assumed that He must hate me also. But now that I’m older I’m beginning to wonder if I’m wrong. Am I? A: Yes, you are...

 

Patching Cracks

I went to a large high school in Northern Virginia, where most of the classes had over 30 kids. It was a good school, but I was a lazy student. I spent most of my class time sitting in the back row reading novels or daydreaming. My grades were...

 

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...

 

My Answer

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...

 

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