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I do love art

Sarah Suru says, "I do love art. I kind of grew up with it so.... My greatest influence was my mom. She was doing it since I was little." Mrs. Mangold was Sarah's art teacher at Big Sandy High...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 29, 2020

On-Going Discussion on how to Open the School

At the regular Big Sandy School Board meeting, they once again visited about how best to open the schools. However, before that, the Student Council asked permission to have a dunk tank at the Fall Kick off to help them raise funds. They realized tha...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 21, 2020

Big Sandy School's Phased Reopening Discussion

The plan to open Big Sandy schools is still in the discussion format. They have asked every parent to take a survey on the Big Sandy School's Web site. It is important to have parents input before the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 21, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

I thought I would share “Lighting Up the World” by Tyler Perry, instead of trying to rewrite the subject and doing it poorly. Enjoy! “I’VE BEEN DOING a lot of building over the past few years. I’ve learned that, according to the commercial...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

First Year Anniversary for the Mountaineer

It's been a year and what a year. I feel like I've just started to learn to crawl. I had no idea what owning a business meant. There are still somethings I need to learn. I wanted to be a part of a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

Every farmer knows the risk of hail

Every farmer knows the risk of hail, but when it comes, it’s devastating. This last week there was a storm that brought hail clear across the state of Montana almost. It wasn’t a wide swath, but where it landed, there was quite a bit of damage....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

911 Action that needs to be taken for personal safety

Editor's Note: After this article on preparing for an emergency, we will do a series of articles concerning health and safety in your home. First, understand that no-one thinks a serious accident or i...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 15, 2020

Ronald and Donald are Big Sandy fixtures

Now and then, someone will ask me how Ron and Don and doing. "I haven't seen them around for a while." If you are new to town, Ron and Don Christensen, twins, for years walked the streets of Big...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

I have three ways to renew myself during these crazy times. It's challenging to stay positive without jumping on the bandwagon and criticize everything that is going on. I am determined to live above...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 8, 2020

Special Meeting of the City Council

The City Council meeting with the Big Sandy Barracudas and the newly formed New Pool Committee was held. There were two items on the agenda. The Barracudas were pursuing permission to hold another swim meet in Big Sandy. This meet would take two...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 8, 2020

Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney release plan Reopening School

“Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today released the Governor’s Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana to provide flexible guidance for public schools to prepare to offer in-person instruction in the fall,” o...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 8, 2020

2019 Montana Highway Patrol Report

Editor's note: Though these facts might be hard to read through, they were taken directly from the Montana Highway Patrol 2019 Annual Report. It is sobering. Chouteau is in District VIII. In that...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 8, 2020

Yucca is not the same has Yuca

This time of the year, Yucca dots the sides of the hills. I once showed my grandchildren, when they were little, the Yucca plant up close. They said, "Gramma, it's an ant home." Yucca, the plant is a...

 

Important Story: Cornelia Knottnerus

Researched by Zoe Merrill Editor’s note: Our lives make a difference. The Big Sandy Mountaineer should be about collecting stories from the people in the Big Sandy area. When I was told about Cornelia Knottnerus, after her death, I was reminded...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 1, 2020

July 4th and the Reason for the Celebration

July 4th usually means exactly what we all think. It’s a celebration that started in 1776 continues to the present day. It is the celebration of the birth of American independence. It usually has activities with fireworks. Other towns have parades...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    July 1, 2020

EGT-Tunis Expands

After Big Sandy lost a grain elevator in town when CHS closed its door, I stopped one day at EGT-Tunis to visit with Josh Wulf, the Elevator Manager. He immediately wanted to place ads in the... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 24, 2020

22 Garage Sales this weekend in Big Sandy

It was a perfect day. Not too hot, although some would say if you sit outside in the sun all day, it doesn't matter what the temperature is, it gets hot. And if you saw any of the 22 garage sale...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 24, 2020

Big Sandy School Board held regular meeting

Although they held their regular meeting, some of the agenda items were regular, but others didn’t sound very normal. Yes, the building Maintenance Projects are going on as usual, with the FE Miley flooring progressing. And like every summer, deep...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 24, 2020

Big Sandy Historical Society continues to support

One of the most favorite parts of the Big Sandy Mountaineer is the Old Timers section. It is research and written by Vicki Kulback and Lois Gay. When you see them on the street, acknowledge them for...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 24, 2020

Sunshine Snippers 4-H Club spread Positive comments

Interestingly, the Sunshine Snippers 4-H Club choose to write positive quotes on the sidewalk downtown, fitting of their name Sunshine. They did ask the permission of the business owners. I just had to have every one written down, thanks to my...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 24, 2020

Raea Pansch makes bracelets to support Wynter Parker

Raea Pansch 's heart told her she could do something to help Wynter Parker. I asked her what made her work so hard. She said, "my mom was talking about it." To tell the full story, I quote here from...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 24, 2020

Let's order shirts, Bahnmiller doing screeen printing

For four years, Cassie Bahnmiller has made a small nitch business by selling her Gourmet Krispies treats. She has so many customers that like to do pre-orders, so when she does make them, she always...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 17, 2020

City Wide Garage Sale; Saturday, June 20

City Wide Garage Sale The city-wide garage sale is a go! A few more hoops to jump through this year, but there are still 22 individual garage sale sites in the town this Saturday June 20. The sale starts at 8:00 in the morning and goes to 3:00 in...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 17, 2020

COVID-19; How to open high school gym

A number of gyms and businesses are reopening and there is a discussion on why the high school gym cannot be open to the public. The following is from a letter from The Chouteau County Environment...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 17, 2020

City Council Meeting approved local Swim Meet

The Big Sandy City Council met and used the majority of its time to discuss the town's pool opening information. As well, the Big Sandy Barracuda's swim team presented to the city council a plan to ho...

 

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