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Circle fans rally to help Culbertson student-athlete


The Circle Wildcats lost to the Culbertson Cowboys in their Class C basketball game Saturday night, but what happened just before the game is what people in both towns are likely to remember for a long time to come. Eight football players from Circle went through the crowd of about 150 people, collecting donations in football helmets. They raised more than $2,000 for the family of Shay Bridges, a Culbertson basketball player who recently learned he has a pituitary brain tumor. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Most Beautiful Lake in Montana


Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana
Beauty is only skin deep? In this case, maybe a bit deeper…

I didn’t start out to find the most beautiful lake in Montana. Rather, at 59, I brushed off an old dream of bicycling solo across the United States. But to fit my dream within work, I would bike the country in multiple stretches over several years — a week or so, 3- to 400 miles at a time. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Rushing into print before the nonexistent deadline

When I went into the Last Best biz, I thought one of the great advantages of this new kind of journalism would be the lack of deadlines. Working at a newspaper, you live and die by deadlines. You’ve got a physical product, a bundle of newsprint and ink, that has to be published every day of the year. To get a paper on the subscriber’s doorstep in the morning, the paper has to be printed the night before. (more…) Continue Reading →

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West Unchained


Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana
I was 17, and it was the final summer before adulthood would crest and flood my carefree world. Just writing this sentence now brings a sigh and a long stare out the window. It’s a sigh filled with more layered emotion than can be sorted out here. It’s a sigh Huck Finn might have managed with his old man’s paunch and gray thinning hair; Huck as a married man, with grown children, looking back on his years along that river. (more…) Continue Reading →

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