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 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 15, 2024 

Keller Retires after teaching 23 years

Long time FE Miley teacher, Demrece Keller, will be retiring at the end of this school year after 20 years in the Big Sandy classroom and many additional years as a title one employee at the beginning of her career. Several parents have asked Mrs. Ke...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 15, 2024 

Patching Cracks

Two weeks ago, I got a message from a high school friend, who I occasionally interact with on Facebook: “Hi Erik. Steve Kille passed. I’m not sure when you last talked to him, but I thought I’d let you know.” I was shocked and continue to be saddene...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 1, 2024

F.E. Miley Students take a ride on the Train

F.E. Miley Elementary School's kindergarten and 1st grade class were treated to an educational ride on the commuter train on Thursday, April 18. The outing was part of a longer unit on...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    May 1, 2024

Patching Cracks

For the last several years, I have participated in a cycling fundraiser to raise money to fight children’s cancer. I’ve learned an important lesson along the way: Preparing ahead of time makes a huge difference. Preparation for the cycle cha...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 24, 2024

Big Sandy Music students get a visit from a Music Virtuoso

On April 11th, violin virtuoso Jack Glatzer visited the Big Sandy School Music Program. Glatzer performed various pieces and taught the students about performance, music history, and the violin. The...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 17, 2024

Big Sandy FFA attends State convention

Big Sandy FFA attended the 94th annual Montana State convention the week of April 2nd through 6th in Billings. Our Ag program took 20 students to participate in the event and compete in various...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 17, 2024

Patching Cracks

When I was in my early elementary school years, one of the teachers showed us a documentary about how climate destruction was going to result in another ice age. The film showed the miserable state of humanity living in perpetual winter and scraping...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 10, 2024

Confessions of a Book Dragon

When I was a kid, I remember being called a “bookworm” on more than one occasion. Last year I read an article that made me believe that the word doesn’t actually apply. Book worms burrow into books and make them their homes. While I read quite a bit...

 

Patching Cracks

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel, the Hungari...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    April 3, 2024

The Foot of the Cross Christian Book Store Opens as a Non-Profit in Great Falls

The Foot of the Cross Christian Store in Great Falls, Montana celebrated their second year in business a few weeks ago. The shop is a nonprofit shop and offers Christian books (both new and used) as well as other Christian products. They are located...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 27, 2024

Loma Flea Market scheduled for April 6

The 51st annual Loma Flea Market is coming up on Saturday, April 6th from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Loma Memorial Hall. The event is the major fundraiser for the upkeep of the hall and to cover bills...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 27, 2024

Big Sandy Schools are preparing for their Spring Concerts

Spring has arrived in Big Sandy. The air is filled with the last snowfall before the weather warms up (hopefully) and the sound of music at the Big Sandy Schools. The Elementary and High School band a...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 20, 2024

Did Easter Really Happen? Part 2

Palm Sunday and Easter will be taking place the next two Sundays, prompting people all over the world to join the Christians who have been remembering/celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. Last week, I started a series exploring the veraci...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 13, 2024

Did Easter Really Happen? Part 1

With Good Friday and Easter fast approaching, the matter of how to approach these holidays arises for many people in this day and age. Last year, I wrote a series of articles looking at the various easter traditions that have arisen over the last...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    March 6, 2024

Big Sandy Proud of the Lady Pioneers

The Big Sandy Girl’s Basketball team is heading to the state basketball tournament for the first time in 15 years. The girls team has spent the last week and a half resting, getting healthy, and preparing for their trip to Great Falls to face off aga...

 

This week in Big Sandy History: A Shoot out at High Noon

8 years ago this week, Big Sandy residents witnessed a shoot out when two well respected locals got into an argument. One appeared to have gone for his gun, prompting the other to draw and fire. The paper described the injury as “mortal.” The art...

 

Big Sandy Theater group puts on a Musical

The Big Sandy Theater will be stretching itself this year by putting on a musical comedy. Nonsense in the Northwoods will be showing March 15th and 16th. The production is the story of a run-down...

 

Patching Cracks

This year, I have been preaching through the book of Genesis’ accounts of the lives of the Patriarchs of the Jewish faith. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph are considered to be the founders of the Jewish faith and the starting point for God d...

 

Avoid falling prey to scams targeting Montanans

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a good friend in Big Sandy asking me for an urgent favor. The letter explained a series of unfortunate events involving a last minute gift, an illness, laryngitis (which made it so I couldn’t call for c...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    February 7, 2024

Recent cold weather reeks havoc on household pipes

The recent cold weather pushed local thermometers deep into negative territory, bringing with it cars that wouldn't start, plumbing headaches, and strains on heating systems. The impact was...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    January 31, 2024

Big Sandy holds annual Gun Show

The Big Sandy Gun Show took place last weekend, drawing increased traffic to the community and providing its usual shot in the arm to local small businesses. Keith Hanson, who organized the show,...

 

Patching Cracks

Kierkegaard once wrote: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.” To be more accurate, this is a summary of a journal entry he wrote. The idea is quite simple. We can only really understand our lives by looking back at wh...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    January 24, 2024

Big Sandy School included in a state wide cyber bomb threat last week

Parents of Big Sandy students started the morning last Wednesday, January 17th, with a potentially alarming text message announcement from the school. It read: “Last night Big Sandy School District and numerous schools across Montana received an e...

 

Patching Cracks

Many years ago, not long after I first got married to my wife, I worked in a retail electronics store for about 6 months while looking for work as a youth pastor. That included several months of Christmas retail sales. It was pretty genuinely...

 

Patching Cracks

A few years ago, I participated in the Master Gardener class that was offered at the Big Sandy Library. Learning about plants, soil, landscaping, and other topics was quite informative, but I think the best part of the class for me was learning about...

 

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