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Hard, but great Hard, but great

It is hard waiting for them to get here because waiting is never easy. And this bout of waiting is the longest 10 months of your life, even though everyone claims it’s only nine. Once you’ve been there and done the math, you know the truth and the truth is often hard. It is hard when they don’t sleep through the night because that means you don’t sleep through the night and day comes anyway and you are tired. It is hard when they are learning to walk and you can’t always catch them so they tumble and fall and hit their chin on the edge of the coffee table and then they are hurt and they cry. You run to hold them and rock them and realize you are crying to...


Remembering an exceptional human being Remembering an exceptional human being

Paul Fugleberg arrived in Polson as the new editor of the Flathead Courier in 1959. I first met the 29-year-old newspaper man when he came walking around the rail fence that separated the airport parking lot from the airport ramp. I was almost 17 years old at the time and, Paul seemed almost “ancient&r...


Kind newspaper man will be missed Kind newspaper man will be missed

Did you know it was possible to scoot a sled down Eighth Street East, fly across the highway and slide for hundreds of feet across the ice in Polson Bay? That’s one of many important things I learned from Paul Fugleberg. I thought it was a tall tale from his youth, but through the years I’v...


Why majority of gas tax goes to tribes Why majority of gas tax goes to tribes

One of the topics discussed at the political forum in Ronan on Friday, March 3, was the proposed increase of the state tax collected on gasoline sales. At the forum, Lake County Commissioner Dave Stipe stated that a gas tax increase wouldn’t help Lake County as the taxes collected on the Reservation by...


The Paul Fugleberg I knew The Paul Fugleberg I knew

Jeremy Weber did a wonderful job telling Paul Fugleberg’s professional story in last week’s Lake County Leader. I’d like to add personal recollections of this remarkable person. It was an early spring day in Polson in 1983, there were drifts of dirty snow in the shadows and no signs of c...


Jazz, Celtic events coming in March

Jazz, Celtic events coming in March March has definitely come in like a lion this year. One way or another spring will be here on March 20, which marks the end of winter and the end of our Winter Reading Program. You have through March 19 to keep reading, and be sure to bring your completed reading log (seve...


Gardening in March involves much preparation

Gardening in March involves much preparation March is a very busy month for Montana gardeners. A brief summary of things we can do now is: plant lettuce and spinach in cold frames; plant/prune cane fruits, fruit trees, deciduous trees; plant evergreens as soon as ground thaws; plant rhubarb, strawberries, as...


Voter turnout higher with mail ballot Voter turnout higher with mail ballot

Many letters and opinions have been written about running the upcoming May 25 Special Congressional Election by mail. I have been running elections for our county for going on 19 years now. When I first started, elections were much different than they are today. We had very few absentee voters. In fact I can...


Would the kind people please stand up? Would the kind people please stand up?

I’m missing people. In recent years I have eulogized my wife’s father’s funeral as well as her mother’s funeral this past January. This weekend I will do the funeral service for my mother- in law from my first marriage. My first wife died in 2002. My mother and father have passed o...


Time to redouble efforts to combat dangerous drugs Time to redouble efforts to combat dangerous drugs

December 31, 2016: 30-year-old female allegedly stabbed by a 28-year-old male outside of Glasgow, resulting in the woman’s death. The man admitted to consuming meth prior to the stabbing. January 25, 2017: 31-year-old male shot and killed in a Helena motel parking lot. A pound of meth was found at t...


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