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My first doggy best friend was Mr. Bojangles, named after the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s rendition of the Jerry Jeff Walker song by the same name. (I have it playing on the computer as I write this column, in fact.)  Apropos to the topic of soil, the canine Mr. B’s two favorite things were mou…

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Mark Twain offered this practical advice:  First get the facts, you can distort them later.  So here are a few facts for your arsenal.

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I had seen some signs, after the first snow, that some deer were visiting us over on the north side of town. I was certain that was the reason for my new pup, Hera, to run to every window in the house and start barking like her life depended on it.

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Cascade hosted the Cascade Badger Invitational Wrestling Tournament on December 2nd – 3rd. With twenty-one boy teams and thirteen girl teams, there were many nail biting matches. Concessions stayed busy, the mats kept rolling, and the wrestlers never quit. For a few weeks now, coaches condit…

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In a recent column, I discussed pigeon fever, a pesky equine disease that spread quickly among Montana horses this summer and fall, caused by the soil bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. But C. pseudotuberculosis infection is primarily known as a disease of small ruminants, namely …

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Posing with their trees harvested from the Sun River Wildlife Management Area (Game Range) on November 27 are, from left to right: Caleb Mannis, Ty Mannis, Eva Bouchard, Andrea Gifford, Bethany Lane, Kimber Martin, Breanna Hamilton, Ali Hamilton, Tel Martin, Treg Martin, Easton Steiner, Lore…

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From the time Bethany Lutheran Church was started in 1911, the women would serve a dinner in the fall as a way to raise money. In the early days, the main meat was often chicken as most people raised them. Throughout the years the meat varied from ham, turkey, roast beef, Norwegian meatballs…

We’re all familiar with the proud, puffy-chested pigeon, strutting his stuff on barns and cathedrals alike. Is he a building wrecker or a park bench pet? Well, folks could squab-ble about that, but there’s at least one thing for which the perky bird is clearly blameless and that’s pigeon fever.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Seven members of the Simms FFA traveled to Indianapolis Indiana for the National FFA Convention. These members were selected based on their participation in National Agriscience Fair, National Proficiency awards, and the chapter points system. The trip featured the constru…

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In the last two columns, we discussed invasive plants on the Great Plains. Today, we’ll take a twisty turn on that theme and talk about the cultural invasiveness of licit and illicit substances inspired by the opium poppy.