Articles from the June 26, 2024 edition


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  • Flooding in Big Sandy

    Jun 26, 2024

    Parts of Big Sandy flooded during the last storm. Mayor Shaud Schwarzbach reported, "It was a bad gate valve on the states culvert. We used to be able to slow water down, but it wouldn't work. They will be talking to the state on Monday to see if the city can buy a new one or see who really owns it." They had to start pumping it back over the dike to help get that part back on dry ground. "It was a 50-100 year event that nobody could have planned for. I feel terrible for the people, but not...

  • Stand By Charlie

    The Brown Family|Jun 26, 2024

    A local benefit for Charlie Putnam (Chelsea Brown's husband), a farrier and roper who had a life-altering ATV accident, will be held on Saturday, July 13th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Jerry Martin Memorial Hall in Big Sandy. There will be live and silent auction items, a raffle, music, and Indian Tacos with a bar and drinks. Twenty-four hours after driving straight from Stephenville, Texas, to the Brown Ranch southeast of Big Sandy, Charlie was involved in an ATV accident on the ranch that pinned his...

  • Adventures in the Big Sandy Library

    Zoe Merrill|Jun 26, 2024

    The Big Sandy Library has been buzzing with excitement this summer, with a multitude of kids and adults enthusiastically participating in our reading program. Although I'm a bit late to share the news, the first three weeks were a whirlwind of adventure, with activities centered around the enchanting worlds of Wonderland, Narnia, and the Hobbit. We've got something for everyone, with children's activities at 1:00 on Mondays and 11:00 on Tuesdays, followed by a delightful story time on...

  • Barb Ophus, 85 years young

    Zoe Merrill|Jun 26, 2024

    I have always known who Barb Ophus was, but I have enjoyed getting to know her better when we eat lunch at the Big Sandy Senior Center. She has 11 children. She lost a child, Lacee. Shane is the oldest, and Clete is the youngest of 10 children. She lost one grandchild, Laynee, leaving her with 30 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Barb was born in Havre. "I started teaching right after I graduated from college, with my bachelor's from Northern in those days. I graduated in the evening and...

  • Green Acres

    Tyler Lane|Jun 26, 2024

    New MontGuide Available on Nutrient Uptake Timing by Crops A new MontGuide is available to assist producers with fertilizing decisions. The guide was written by Clain Jones, Extension Soil Fertility Specialist and Professor, Kathrin Olson-Rutz, former Research Associate, and Pariera Dinkins, former Research Associate. Timing the application of nutrients so that they are available before peak crop nutrient demand is critical. Adequate nutrients early in the growing season are necessary to maximize yield and ensure nitrogen (N) and phosphorus...

  • Patching Cracks

    Erik Sietsema|Jun 26, 2024

    An arrogant young man once approached Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher. The man proudly announced: “O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.” Socrates, who immediately recognized the man’s self obsession, led him through the city to the port and finally into the sea until they were both chest deep in water. Then he asked the man: “What do you want?” “Knowledge, O wise Socrates,” replied the man. Socrates seized the man and held him underwater for 30 seconds. When the shocked, would-be student was released, Socrates asked agin “W...

  • Thoughts with Zoe

    Zoe Merrill|Jun 26, 2024

    Christain News Letter available. So why Uplifting? It’s simple. Augustine of Hippo wrote, “The Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot!” For several years, I have been living a dull/gray Christian experience for the most part. In Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster wrote, “In the spiritual life, only one thing will produce genuine joy, and that is obedience.” Writing a devotional book/newsletter has been in my heart for years—YEARS! John 15:11 says, “These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and that your joy...

  • Barracudas: Small Meet Big Results

    Jun 26, 2024

    The Big Sandy swim team went to Hamilton this last week, where they swam in an outdoor pool in sunny weather with temperatures in the high 80’s. There were only 5 teams at this swim meet including Big Sandy, but even though there were only 5 teams there were over 100 swimmers. The teams that were there are: Bitterroot, Choteau, Columbia Falls, and Conrad. The team did a great job with swimmers dropping big numbers from last week. Just a reminder that the times you see are always compared to their preliminary time at that current meet. Girls Res...

  • Sietsema ordered the 500,000 burger at the Roadhouse

    Erik Sietsema|Jun 26, 2024

    On Thursday, June 6th, I ordered the 500,000th burger at the Roadhouse Diner in Great Falls. For being the customer who ordered the landmark sandwich, I received a trophy commemorating the occasion, free meals for a year, and a "Half-A-Million Burgs and Counting" tote full of Roadhouse merchandise. The event was covered by KRTV and a segment appeared on the evening news that day. I am genuinely humbled that I got to be a part of the milestone day for the Roadhouse. A lot of people have...

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