Columns

Leather and guns, not buttons and bows for Calamity Jane

February 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Methodist Church in Terry, S.D., was packed for the funeral of Calamity Jane who was one of the Old West’s most enduring characters — leading a life as a frontierswoman, Army scout, Wild West storyteller, mother and sometimes lady-of-th...

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And the fastest growing religion is...

February 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

After a series of columns describing minority religions, questions naturally arise: Where are man’s spiritual leanings headed? Which religion is experiencing the most growth? Are we becoming more, or less, religious? Not long ago, popular A...

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The future of figure skating on display

February 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of serving as a faux judge for the Lake City Figure Skating Funtastic Exhibition. My friend Amy Pollard Bartoo grew up in a beautiful old house on Fernan Lake, and ever since she was a little girl she lov...

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’67 high school reunion blues

February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Alien abductions peak in the month of July. Is it a coincidence that is also the most popular month for high school reunions? I don’t think so.Nothing makes you feel more like you’ve been abducted by aliens than a high school reunion. My 50...

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My cynic valentine

February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was Feb. 13, 2013, a Wednesday. Nothing like waking up the day before Valentine’s Day to see a rather unromantic note from my lover, published for the world to see in editorial form. News flash: My writer husband hates Valentine’s Day an...

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A look at global temperatures to 2040 — part 2

February 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Last week, I covered Part 1 of our long-term predictions to 2040. Thank you for your emails and comments. If you want to see the full article and chart, it’s available at www.LongRangeWeather.com. Here’s Part 2.As stated last week, we, Clim...

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‘Bonanza’ TV show entertained America for 14 years

February 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

“We can’t ignore the rest of the world. We’re the only stabilizing influence in the country.” — Ben CartwrightNo one who watched television in the 1950s and ’60s can forget the theme music of “Dum-dee-dee-dum-dee-dee-dum-dum-dum” that opene...

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Hitching Post nightmare concludes

February 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

There are times in life when a door of opportunity opens and you step through to seize the adventure that waits on the other side. We did that nearly 30 years ago, when we first started working at The Hitching Post, and then eventually beca...

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Idaho should follow Tennessee’s ed lead

February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

While the Idaho Legislature debates a big tax cut, the Tennessee Legislature is looking toward investing big time in its citizens’ future and the economic future of the Volunteer State. In his recent State of the State message, Tennessee’s ...

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Denney: Election integrity sacred in Idaho, other states

February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

Unlike a lot of people in the political world, one measure of success for a secretary of state is getting zero media coverage — especially after elections.Broad publicity can only mean that something horrible happened — such as tainted ball...

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