I have publicly shamed myself over the years by apologizing for errors that have crept into my news stories and columns.
Twenty-five years ago, I wrote a very long profile of a doctor in St. Paul who still made house calls. The person who suggested I write about the good doctor gave me his first name wrong and I never checked that cardinal fact, since I kept referring to him in conversation as “Doctor.” Continue Reading →
BIG TIMBER — Jim Baldwin is standing in a rickety shed so old and fragile that it looks like it might not survive another day of the fierce winds blowing outside.
He’s looking down at a large cardboard box brimful of dirt- and manure-encrusted books, letters and other documents. It doesn’t look very promising, but he’s learned not to trust appearances. Continue Reading →
General back-country elk rifle season opened Sept. 15 last fall in Montana, the same day Senior U.S. District Court Judge Jack Shanstrom worked as a judge for the last time. If you don’t know where he’d rather have been — then you don’t know Jack. On that day, we called Jack Shanstrom “Judge” because we had to. On Sept. Continue Reading →
When the CEO of a Denver energy company announced last fall that he’d like to “bring something like the Bakken, maybe something a little more orderly” to the Beartooths, many residents scrambled to head off what they feared would forever change their scenic landscape. Continue Reading →
Don’t miss this obituary on Missoulian reporter Betsy Cohen, who died Monday at 49. She worked for the Montana Standard in Butte and for the Missoulian from 1998 until her death. I only met her a few times and didn’t know her well, but I was impressed with her work. Having now read her obituary, I wish I had known her better. She was a great reporter and apparently a remarkable person, talented in so many ways. Continue Reading →
In the case of Andrew “AJ” Marble, the manager of Billings Nursery & Landscaping, his quick-thinking preparedness was rewarded with a small part assisting in the production of the Oscar-nominated “Nebraska.” Continue Reading →
I’ve known Max Lenington for more than 15 years. I didn’t know him well, since I never did much reporting on Yellowstone County, for which he is treasurer, assessor and county superintendent of schools. But I knew him well enough to believe I had some sense of the kind of person he was. Continue Reading →
Before Michael Hitchcock ended up in Billings last fall, he had a wide, varied career in the business world.
The Wisconsin native said he managed several fast-food restaurants in the Midwest, ran a machine shop, went into mechanical design, worked in China as a project manager for an import company, ran his own import-export business and even wrote a book about using business strategies to achieve personal happiness. Continue Reading →