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 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 20, 2019 

Bob Quinn: writes a book, "Grain by Grain"

Connie Green called me and asked me if I had read Bob Quinn's book Grain by Grain yet. I told her I hadn't but that I planned to. Connie told me it was a really good book, and she thought everyone in...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 20, 2019 

You Have an Idea Pursue It

Have you ever had an idea and wondered if it would fly? Do you have a dream of opening the smallest of businesses and don’t know where to start? It might be a dream you’ve held for years, but have never pursued it. There is a place to go for no...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 20, 2019 

Shari Jenkins Schmit Big Sandy Artist, making the world colorful

Shari Jenkins Schmit lives and creates in Great Falls now, but her love for art has always been there. She remembers when she was in the 1st grade in Fort Benton and as a Brownie participated in the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 20, 2019 

Green Acres

“Attention Gardeners” Toby Day is in Fort Benton on February 28 Toby Day (MSU Extension Horticultural Specialist) will be in Fort Benton to teach gardeners about binomial nomenclature, soils, nutrients and fertilizers. The class will take place...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 20, 2019 

100-Year-Old Valentine

Nathan and Mary Merrill have been remodeling their house they bought from Roy Lackner. Mary who has always been interested in the history of the house asked him about how old the house was and he had...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 13, 2019

A Valentine for all of Big Sandy

Valentine's Day is celebrated every year on February 14. It has cultural, religious and commercial ramifications. It is a holiday about romance and romantic love all around the world. However, it is...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 13, 2019

Celebrating Presidents Day, and learning something about it

"Which President would you like to sit down with over lunch and have a conversation?" This article is about the first eight presidents mentioned in celebration of Presidents Day. The presidents... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 13, 2019

The Reichelt's take a bucket list trip to Machu Picchu, Peru

Mark and Connie Reichelt, daughters Madison and Sophie all travelled to Machu Picchu, Peru. The photos of the area are incredibly beautiful. However, the history of the area is also one of the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 13, 2019

I Love My Library Party and Imagination Library Sign Up

The Big Sandy Library is celebrating its 2nd year in the new building! The event, “I love My Library”, is aptly named. Friends of the Library are currently raffling off a beautiful quilt, and the winner will be chosen on February 14th after the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 6, 2019

Groundhog Day Name Should Be Changed

I've never understood Groundhog Day. February has always meant calving season, and the concern that the weather wouldn't cooperate. When I researched Ground Hog Day I found it was a popular tradition...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 6, 2019

Big Sandy Community is putting a on a play

Diane Keane and Vanessa Janssen are excited to bring a play to Big Sandy, Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up). According to Amazon, "It's Dad's turn to tell his three...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 6, 2019

The Balance Act for Rural People

This weekend at a MFU Women's Conference held in Fairmont, Jolene Brown, CSP, CPAE a National Hall of Fame Speaker talked about how to relieve stress and renewal of the farm and family. She has been...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    February 6, 2019

The Petersons; Montana Ag Power Couple Encourage Unity

Jess Peterson and his wife Laura are one of Montana's Power couples in Agriculture working a cow/calf operation in Miles City. They have two wonderful cowgirls, Cadence and Chloe. I got to hear both...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 30, 2019

Gun Show is More About People than Guns

According to Vance Butler there was some excitement at the gun show. There were a number of high quality of guns at the Big Sandy Gun Show. Vance Butler and Brian Harwood from Thompson Falls,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 30, 2019

Action Required with Agriculture Information

According to Matt Perdue, Government Relations Representative at National Farmers Union in Washington DC, it's important to know your facts and act accordingly. He was introduced as "He is up on the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 30, 2019

Reinhard Bold; Geo-Bee Winner

The National Geographic Geo-Bee started in 1989 but this is only the second year Big Sandy Schools have participated. Students from the fourth grade to the eighth grade compete. This means Big Sandy h...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 30, 2019

Legislative Information for 2019 Session

Every two years we have an opportunity to participate in state government. In order to contact our legislator’s, we are printing our local Representative and Senator’s contact information. District 27 Representative Joshua Kassmier 406-781-538; a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 30, 2019

Katherine Bold Winner of the Triangle Telephone Trip to Washington DC

Katherine Bold daughter of Anna Bold was chosen as one of two winners of a trip to Washington DC from the Foundation for Rural Service and Triangle Communications. Baily Gasvoda was one of two last...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 23, 2019

7TH Annual Gun and Ammo Show, January 25-27 in Big Sandy

The 7th Annual Gun and Ammo Show in Big Sandy will take place on January 25th, 26th, and 27th. The Gun Show will be at the Jerry Martin Memorial Hall. Vance and Jean Butler along with their son...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 23, 2019

Big Sandy School Board Regular Meeting

The full board was in attendance President Darin Genereux, and board members Brandon Gasvoda, Jerri Roth, Brad Weaver, and Heather Pleninger. Also in attendance Superintendent Kelly Haaland, Big Sandy School Principle Heather Wolrey, Baily Gasvoda...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 23, 2019

Quilt Raffle an Act of Love

Judy Hawkins said, "People who live and work in your community donate bits all the time. But people like myself who have moved away aren't able to do that. It is my way of giving back to a community...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 23, 2019

Christ Lutheran Youth to Sponsor Bingo

It’s Bingo for the entire family Sunday January 27th. The Christ Lutheran Youth are trying to create a fun family afternoon starting at 1:00. The cards are only 50 cents per card for adults. They can’t charge kids to play, so they are asking...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 23, 2019

Montana Farmers Union announces registration for Women's conference held February 1-3

MFU is pleased to announce registration is open for the 2019 Women’s Conference at Fairmont Hot Springs February 1, starting at 4:00 PM and ending February 3, at 10:00 AM. It is a relaxing & welcoming environment complete with workshops on... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 16, 2019

New Year Resolutions for Farmers and Ranchers

January of every year has lots of farm forums around the state of Montana. Except for delivery of grain and feeding livestock agriculture farmers and ranchers are finding time to attend. I heard the o...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 16, 2019

Big Sandy Senior Center in Need of Support

The Big Sandy Senior Center announced they will be closed on Fridays. Linda Schwarzbach President of the Big Sandy Senior Center Board said, "We are trying to get it open again, but when the participa...

 

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