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Montana Viewpoint: The simple virtues of Jess Nelson


Jess Nelson was a machinist in Thompson Falls for many years. He was good at it, but what he was really good at was standing up for honesty and justice. He was my friend, and I think of him often even though he died many years ago. He had been in a nursing home for a couple of years, and by coincidence I happened to be sitting in his living room when I heard that he had died earlier that day. It was my birthday. Continue Reading →

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South Side service station nearing end of a long tradition

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Back in 1954, when Robert Wilson Dunham opened a new Standard Oil service station in Billings, it was one of 19 stations stretched out along what is now First Avenue South. Sixty-one years later, Wilson Dunham Service, now a Conoco station, is still going strong, and it is the only business of its kind on First Avenue South. And it’s still owned by a Robert Wilson Dunham, though this one is the son of the founder and goes by the nickname Bud. (more…) Continue Reading →

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