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 By Erik Sietsema    News    July 28, 2021 

Help Erik Kick Cancer's Butt

Throughout the month of August, I will be riding in the Great Cycle Challenge to help raise money to fight children’s cancer. The Great Cycle Challenge (GCC) is a national fundraising effort on behalf of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF)...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    July 28, 2021 

Bob Nelson tells Tales & Tails about Fishing

Big Sandy Library's summer schedule of "Tales and Tails" events continued last week with an educational presentation from local speaker, Bob Nelson. Bob spoke on water, the freshwater habitat,...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 28, 2021 

Patching Cracks

During the pandemic lockdowns, I spent part of the summer teaching through the book of Daniel on Zoom. This summer, I am preaching through the book on Sunday mornings because it seems like it speaks directly to some of the fears and anxieties we are...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    July 21, 2021

Big Sandy Church of God holds Family Camp

Big Sandy Church of God held its annual Family Camp from July 14th through the 18th in Beaver Creek State Park. Members gathered at the Lions Campground to camp together and hang out in the outdoors...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Patching Cracks

Last Sunday Evening, I was writing my weekly newspaper column, when I started getting notifications about some bad weather coming our way. My wife sent me out to get the laundry off the line before it hit, but otherwise I thought about the scary look...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    July 14, 2021

Moore reels in Superintendent of the Year and new job for Havre Schools

Brad Moore, Big Sandy resident and the former Superintendent of our local school system, is taking a position as Assistant Superintendent for Havre Public Schools in the coming academic year. This...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    July 14, 2021

Virgelle Flea Market welcomes antique shoppers

Virgelle's Annual Flea Market took place on Sunday, with area antique shoppers visiting the outdoor event to shop for treasures old and new. My children and I braved the 90 degree heat to make our...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Patching Cracks

In a few weeks, my family will be moving. We have been living in the parsonage that belongs to the Church of God for over 9 years. We are trying our best to get ready to buy a house here in town. Time and again, I have explained to folks who have...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    July 7, 2021

Grasshoppers are back this summer

Last week, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed their treatment of around 40,000 acres of rangeland southeast of Big Sandy. Their objective was to control grasshopper...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Patching Cracks

17 yeas ago, I started my job at the Children’s Home. For 8 years, I worked with abuse victims, sex offenders, drug addicts, violent clients, and almost any other issue you can think of. I learned more in that job than I have in any other work I...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    July 7, 2021

Understanding ADHD

“If you have a kiddo that a teacher says ‘they can’t focus’ or that kind of thing, and you say ‘Yes he can, he plays with his favorite toys or video games for hours. It’s just things he doesn’t like to do that he can’t focus on....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 30, 2021

The Jurenka's welcome visitors year after year

Terry Jurenka has played host to a pair of Canadian geese for 5 consecutive years. Every year, the visiting couple nest in his yard until their flock of goslings hatches, then they head off until the...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 30, 2021

Fort Benton celebrates 175th Birthday at the Summer Celebration

It was a hot weekend for last weekend's Summer Celebration in Fort Benton, which was a total success after its cancellation last summer due to the Covid lockdowns. This year's theme was Fort Benton's...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Patching Cracks

The Biblical book of Daniel opens with a pretty dire set of circumstances. Jerusalem is under siege. The armies of Nebuchadnezzar have conquered every other nation in the area, now they are about to sack the capital of Judah. God’s people are...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 23, 2021

Mr. Williams goes to Helena for Boys State

Big Sandy's own Wyatt Williams went to Boys State from June 6th-11th to learn more about how our state, county, and city governments work. The American Legion Boys State is a program dedicated to educ...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 23, 2021

The Library's Summer Reading Program "Tales and Tails" kicks off

The Big Sandy Public Library Summer Reading Program welcomed Scott Hemmer from the Fish Wildlife and Parks department as guest speaker to speak with the children about area wildlife. Mr. Hemmer is a W...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 16, 2021

The Janssen's Answer a new call to ministry

Pastor Sean Janssen and his family will be leaving Big Sandy to answer a call to pastor Grace Lutheran Church in Port Townsend, Washington. Sean was called to Big Sandy to pastor Christ Lutheran...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 16, 2021

Patching Cracks

“I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us. Where is the hope? The hope that each of us have is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed, or what great things that we do as a nation. Our hope is in the...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 9, 2021

Update on The New Pool

The community pool fundraising project is in motion, which raises the question of what sort of pool will the community be building? Plans for the pool are based on its placement in the lot near the graveyard on the southern end of the lot. The north...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 9, 2021

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Last week, a young man from the community made the trip to Great Falls to receive treatment for a suspected case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). The decision to seek medical help was made after he suffered a handful of symptoms that prompted...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 9, 2021

Patching Cracks

When I was a kid, my friends and I used to play baseball in the backyard. Along with baseball came tons of talk about how different baseball players swung the bat, made catches, slid into bases, or whatever. Then we would practice to play like them....

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 2, 2021

Pool Fundraising efforts have begun

Fundraising efforts to build a new community pool have begun and construction plans and cost estimates are being finalized. The committee to raise the estimated $1.75 million dollars is comprised of...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Patching Cracks

It is easy to look at other folks and get the sense that they have it all together. I talk to folks often who tell me about how they wish they were more like other people around them. I once talked to two different moms in a week who pointed at each...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    June 2, 2021

The Masons' Kindles for Kids program

6 students at FE Miley Elementary received Kindle readers as prizes for their participation in the Bikes For Books/Kindles for Kids program. Every year 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students participate in...

 
 By Erik Sietsema    News    May 26, 2021

Jungles & Food Trucks & Wax Museums! Oh My!

On May 20th, F.E. Miley Elementary School put on its annual Open House Extravaganza. Parents and community members were welcomed into the elementary school to see displays and hear presentations put...

 

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