Kerri Thoreson

Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s impossible not to be moved by the wonderful spirit of giving and generosity for over a hundred local youngsters and their families during the annual Holidays and Heroes event. It’s a huge event that requires months of planning and logi...

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Real trees at Christmas are gift that’s renewable

December 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

Mica Flats farmer and rancher Sherry Mundt shared a perspective of real versus artificial trees that I thought interesting. Some people simply don’t like the hassle of real trees, which do require care through the holiday season. She also k...

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Riding the rails for holiday adventure

November 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

Trains, planes and automobiles ... we’ve now added Amtrak to our mode of travel to see family and friends in North Dakota. When my husband and I planned a Thanksgiving visit with our oldest daughter in Reserve, Mont., (about 10 miles from t...

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Christmas lights and counting blessings

November 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! A favorite quote that’s particularly appropriate in this season of thankfulness: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F....

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Gift of celebrating life with the living

November 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

From Main Street 12/6/17: “When Amy Bartoo throws a retirement party, she does it up right. Her husband, Gary, was feted at a celebration of his 40-year career in physical therapy on Sunday afternoon at the Lake City Center. I’m not sure th...

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Morning-after election reflections

November 07, 2018 at 5:00 am

Voting early, absentee or at the polls on election day ... I’ve always preferred the latter. Having lived in the same precinct for decades, I’m a familiar face on election day, as are many of the returning poll workers each year. This past ...

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For all who step up to the election plate

October 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention, or breathing, that there’s an election on Tuesday. I’ve watched the local candidate forums, read the voter guides and candidate profiles and am active on social media.I al...

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First vote in an election a family affair

October 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

In our family turning 18 was a real rite of passage ... registering to vote and then casting a ballot for the first time. In 1994 our youngest daughter had turned 18 just over a month before the general election. When Sarah stepped into the...

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North Idaho wins an ‘Idol’ golden ticket

October 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

You don’t need to be an “American Idol” fan to appreciate just how big a deal the two-day taping of auditions for the upcoming season is for our area. Flashback to 2010 when Julianne Hough and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest became an item...

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Lifetime of lessons learned from my father

October 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Oct. 12, 2004, was a Tuesday, a beautiful bonus summer-like blue sky sunshiny autumn day. It was a day I will never forget ... not the sunshine or the sounds or the words that came out of a doctor’s mouth as I stood alone in the “quiet room...

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