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  • FNP Lanna Zobel brings wealth of experience to Parker Medical Center

    Lee York, Special to the BVD|Updated May 19, 2020

    Lanna Zobel is the Family Nurse Practitioner currently heading up the medical team at Parker Medical Center here in Lincoln. Zobel hails from Milwaukee, Wis. She and her husband of seven years, Derek, relocated to Lincoln to be closer to family and for their love of Montana. "We have family in Elliston and have been coming out to Montana more and more, over the years. The saying live where you want to vacation stuck with us. Lincoln has everything we love and more. A small...

  • Does Your Organization need Money?

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    If your group needs to raise money for upcoming projects, then plan on attending the Grant writing webinar at the Lincoln Library on Tuesday, Jan.14 from 9-10 a.m. This is a free course for any group or organization that needs to find more funding. “Grants can offer valuable opportunities for small communities, nonprofits, and other organizations to extend their reach and accomplish their goals. The Lincoln Library is working together with the Lincoln Council for the Arts to provide several opportunities for Lincoln r...

  • A Winning Meatball Recipe from Old West Christmas Fest

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    This year the Ovando Old West Christmas Fest had a meatball cook-off, organized by Eloise McNally and Norma Bower and sponsored by Fred & Leigh Ann Valiton. “They asked us to host the event this year. The cook off has been going on for five years and to change it up we decided to do a meatball cook off.” McNally said. The winner this year: Terry Sheppard’s Pineapple Sweet and Sour Meat balls. “It comes from The Montana Cookbook by Steven D & H Duane Harvey,” Sheppard said. “This book has all kinds of recipes for Pioneer, Wi...

  • Drummond farrier providing service to Lincoln area

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Dec 10, 2019

    Tim Jensen, a farrier from Drummond, is now working in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. He’s traveled to Lincoln often after living here for a while during the 90s. Jensen learned his trade while growing up on a large ranch in Alberta. His dad was a farrier and a horseman who taught Tim how to trim and shoe horses and how to handle them. His father would pick the nicest horse for Jensen to work on, while he was working on another horse, then he would come back and help Jensen finish. Hands on learning under a talented h...

  • Debbie Sayler finds home with Hairitage Salon

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Dec 4, 2019

    2 years ago Debbie Sayler and her husband, Billy, fell in love with Montana. After many vacations and trips searching for property, they found their perfect home in Lincoln. It's now their fifth year here, after relocating from Maryland. Deb has been doing hair for 36 years and she owned her own salon in Maryland for 19 years. "I had a job lined up with Tammy Pipinich before we moved to Lincoln. I reopened the Hair Cottage as Hairitage House Salon. I credit Tammy Pipinich...

  • Family, Ranching, and Hard Work

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Dec 3, 2019

    I met Tel Menard on a cold, snowy day in October while he was shoeing horses for his sister Katie. Tel is a modern-day rancher and a part of Montana's ranching history that dates to the 1860s, when ranchers and cattle first moved into Montana. His ranching lineage in Lincoln goes back to 1965 when his grandparents, Betty and Gerald Fleming, began working at the Jacobsen ranch. The Jacobsen's bought the land west of Lincoln from Mike Kieley in 1918 when the place was called...

  • Gibson's Greens Machine

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Nov 13, 2019

    Lisa and Ron Gibson began their new business, Keep Cool Greens, Sept. 24, 2019. The Keep Cool Greens farm is a complete hydroponic farming system inside of a refrigerated, eight foot by 40 foot standard shipping container. The container farm can hold up to 4,000 heads of lettuce. The Gibson are serial entrepreneurs who have a quality needed in a self-employed business – grit. They married in 1985 and the next year they packed up and headed to Montana. When they made the trip f...

  • Nice Day for a Walk

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Nov 6, 2019

    Klara Varga, Lincoln Ranger District biological technician and a botanist, led the group, comprised of three women and a good dog, on a Native Plant Walk Oct. 26 that included a variety of terrain. From the riparian ecosystem of the Blackfoot river to the hillsides at Alice Creek, she explained how to identify native plants in their winter environment. "If there's some interest in another plant walk in early summer. I'm willing! Perhaps we will have another in May or June"...

  • Lincoln's newest Realtor brings marketing experience, love of outdoors to new business

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Oct 29, 2019

    A cabin on North 3rd Street is home to the office of Lincoln's newest Realtor, Brenda Lee Stark. Stark, her husband Colton and their son and daughter-in-law moved to Lincoln in 2018 due to their love of the outdoors. "Lincoln is a small town, which I love, and I found the community very friendly. It's a beautiful area and, after looking at other locations, we fell in love with Lincoln." Stark said. The family, who came to Lincoln from Oregon, enjoys hunting, fishing and Stark...

  • Teacher Feature: Loretta Greenough

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Oct 9, 2019

    Loretta Greenough is Lincoln's new second-grade teacher. She and her husband, Michael, relocated here from Post Falls, Idaho, Where she taught middle school math, science and Gifted & Talented. This is Loretta's 11th year teaching. One of her goals is to build good relationships between her students. She believes building community, student-to-student is important. Because, they will spend at least 10 more school years together. Also, she tells me, second grade is an...

  • Teacher Feature: Christy Maharg

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Sep 24, 2019

  • Building Community through Craft

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Sep 10, 2019

    Tammy Jordan wasn't born and raised in Lincoln, but she has embraced this town as her own. She brings to the community a love of fiber arts and the joy of teaching people of all ages how to craft their own creations from wool. For Jordan it's more than wool and knitting. She strives for a deeper theme to her life through her art and her dedication to Lincoln. That theme is connection. Her classes create a thread that connect people through one common interest. Wool. She...

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