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October is here, leaves are falling, and perhaps Montanans should not be surprised that the Montana Democrats on the Districting and Apportionment Commission are carving up our state like a pumpkin.

Mike Lindell is the CEO of My Pillow company and a leading advocate for rooting out election fraud in the 2020 Presidential election. He has had much more success in attracting people to his point of view than he has had in finding evidence to support it. His claim is that Chinese hackers we…

At least four times this last legislative session, the Republican majority showed us that they do not trust Montanan voters to decide their own future.

A friend of mine from my old school stops in once a month. He sells paper products, and I only need so much, so he doesn’t often get an order, but anyone who’s ever done that job knows you couldn’t do it if it wasn’t about the people. “I just like seeing you,” he said.

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), our state has an opportunity to make unprecedented investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. We have a chance to catapult our state forward but only if we have the workforce available to build that infrastructure. If there aren’t…

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Pregnancies and human life are older than recorded time, and so, it follows, are abortions. The procedures by which abortions have been conducted, however, have only very recently in human history been recognized in law and made safe by regulations.

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Over the course of our 42 years of marriage, my husband and I have bought four houses together. With each house, we carefully weighed the costs and benefits before making an offer. We made charts with a column for costs (price, commuting distance, property taxes, etc.) and a column for benef…

The sun’s just begun creeping above ground in the East and I’m on the patio bundled up like a babushka. The coat I’m wearing is almost a parka, and on my feet, ankle-high fuzzy slippers that look like Uggs. I’m wearing an old UND hat because around here everyone’s an NDSU Bison fan, and I’m …

From my ramblings and accompanying photo for my weekly column, I would venture to say most readers would not consider me an expert in classical literature or any other writing for that matter. You would be right.

Every once in a while we meet people that come into our lives for a short moment and as short as it might be, they leave a very long impression. For me, one of those fellows was a rancher from Livingston named Tom Lane. The way I met Tom was when I was in the Montana Senate and he called me …

On-and-off again relationships can be messy and have a lot of unintended consequences—the same holds true for a federal oil and gas leasing moratorium.

There’s a story in football that goes all the way back to 1929. Roy Riegels of Cal picked up a fumble and nearly returned the ball to the endzone … for the opposing team. He had to be tackled by a teammate and earned the nickname “Wrong Way Riegels.” He was so distraught that his coach had t…

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I have lived in two houses which had coal chutes, with rectangular iron doors, installed in their foundations along the driveway. In the basements the old coal bins, small rooms paneled with boards, had long since been converted to other uses.

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I’m sure most people have seen at least one or two of those “… For Dummies” books. It seems they have a “for Dummies” book for just about anything. Don’t believe me, how about these actual titles: Acne for Dummies; Beach Baby Jigsaw Puzzle for Dummies; Elvis for Dummies; and of course, Raisi…