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Prairie Lights: Some consoling news from inner space


I was still trying to get my head around the news of the dwarf star and its seven planets when I made an amazing discovery about our own planet. I suppose “discovery” isn’t quite the right word, since the fact was already out there and I merely stumbled upon it in the course of poking around the internet in search of something else. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Lessons from the Hi-Line lawmaker


Several years ago, when I was a member of the Montana Senate, a constituent called me to ask for my help in an issue she was having with a state agency. I don’t remember what it was, but it must have been pretty simple because it took only a short phone call to resolve it and I was able to call her back the same day to tell her it had been taken care of, and in the way she had hoped for. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Tami Haaland, state laureate, poet of ‘the best lost place’


Tami Haaland was 16 when she saw a Calgary Opera Company production of “La Traviata” in Chester, courtesy of the Chester Arts Council. It made a big impression on her, and it helps explain why she has spent so much of her adult life bringing the arts into the lives of others. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Ripple effects


Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana
Ruth, my Grandpa Daniel’s sister, acquired a camera and started shooting home videos on eight-millimeter film sometime during the early 1950s. I watched the reels with my Grandma Francine earlier this year; the movies are subject to overexposure, but they offer a unique and colorful glimpse into a time and place that I have only ever heard about and imagined (oddly enough) in black-and-white. (more…) Continue Reading →

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