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 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,...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Patching Cracks

Last week, I was very busy. As a result, I didn’t get to sermon writing until Thursday, which is usually my last office day for the working week. The sermon was on the parable of the prodigal son, which is a story Jesus told at the end of a series...

 

My Answer

Q: Since the Bible says God created everything, doesn’t this mean He also created the devil? And if He created the devil, doesn’t this mean God is actually responsible for all the evil in the world? A friend of mine who likes to argue about...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

A fellow came in “The Mountaineer” office a couple of weeks ago and said how much he likes the stories about fishing on Clear Creek. He said that he has done a lot of fishing on Sandy Creek and Beaver Creek as well. It is still May and what used...

 

My Answer

Q: Last week I went to a bookstore to buy a Bible to give to my nephew for his birthday (he’ll be 14), but I got discouraged and finally gave up because there were too many choices. Why are there so many different Bibles? A: Don’t give up;...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Patching Cracks

My son is almost 4. He is just beginning to figure out that when he and his sister don’t agree on something, he can hit her and get his way. The other day, they got into an argument over a toy they both wanted to play with. His solution to the...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Green Acres

Lawn Management Information The Master Gardener program provides research based information for gardeners. Below are a few notes taken from the turf management portion of the program. • Rough bluegrass is probably the best grass in Montana for...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

Last night when I turned off my light on the night stand and prepared to go to sleep, I laughed out loud. Someone would think that to be very strange to laugh when turning off a light. But not to me. Years ago I had a cabin up by Baldy on Beaver...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Green Acres

Alfalfa Weevil Information for this article was compiled by Dr. Kevin Wanner (MSU Extension Entomologist) and Dr. Emily Glunk (MSU Extension Forage Specialist). Alfalfa weevil is the key insect pest of alfalfa, causing variable levels of economic dam...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

If it takes a village to raise a child, it certainly takes that village to make its schools the best that they can be. That happened with the Big Sandy schools and with Big Sandy High School as well. Probably the most important story I have had a...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Patching Cracks

Last Friday evening, I was ordained as a pastor in the Church of God. Up until this point, I was a licensed minister and had been for about 7 years. This seems funny to me, because I have been working as a minister in one capacity or another for...

 

My Answer

Q: Our church’s education committee really wants me to teach the high school class, but I’m not sure I want to take it on. I’ve never done anything like this, and to be honest I’m not sure I want to give up my time. Am I just being selfish? A...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Green Acres

Knees Area Field Day Scheduled for June 7th The MSU Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center (WTARC) and MSU Extension are hosting a field day in the Knees area on June 7th at 9:00 a.m. The event will begin approximately ½ mile north of J & A...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    April 26, 2017

Green Acres

Grass Establishment Notes for Ranchers Below is a list of questions and answers I have compiled from specialists on seeding techniques for grasses. For further information about forage establishment, please contact the Chouteau County Extension at...

 

Getting By

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29 Our office would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, family and community members who currently volunteer or have previously volunteered with the Chouteau County 4-H youth development program. The...

 
 By Robert Lucke    Opinion    April 26, 2017

Bear Paw Meanderings

Maybe it was T. S. Elliott or some other poet who said that April is the cruelest month of all. I agree! When I look at the three months of spring, not counting June, but starting with March, April and May, March usually is as much winter as summer...

 

Patching Cracks

Camels are able to build a resentment toward their handlers. They can literally get angry at their handlers over a long period of time, then suddenly attack to release their pent up hostility. Some observers have compared them to pressure cookers...

 

My Answer

Q: Both my parents were alcoholics, and I always vowed I’d never go down that path. But now I’m in my 30s, and I’m afraid I’m about to go the same way they did. What’s wrong with me? I hate myself for being so worthless. A: I don’t need...

 
 By Tyler Lane    Opinion    April 19, 2017

Green Acres

New Montguide for Gardeners is available at the Extension Office A new Montguide (MT201612AG) is available at the Chouteau County Extension office or on-line at orderpubs@montana.edu. The Montguide is titled “How to Prevent Non-Target Injury of...

 

Bear Paw Meanderings

I went into my mother’s bedroom the other night and found it to be like it was when she used it. Some of her favorite pictures and mirrors were on the walls. An old cannon ball bed, vanity, and chest of drawers were used for years by her and there...

 

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