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 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    June 26, 2019 

Dear Dietician: Excess calcium

Dear Dietitian, I am sixty years old, and I've always been health conscious. I eat right and exercise three times a week. Recently, I've read that...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 26, 2019 

The Struggle To Fit In

The summer before my eighth grade (1960), my mother, who still had hopes for me, got the idea that I would do well to attend my last year of grade sch...

 
 By Hillary Sward    Columns    June 26, 2019 

Old west beef empires launched town of Malta (Part 1 of 2)

U.S. Highway 191 climbs a steep grade out of the Missouri River bottoms north of the bridge at the James Kipp Recreation Area. As it gains the upper...

 

Dear Dietician: Processed Foods

Dear Dietitian, My daughter is on a health kick and complains that I use too many processed, convenience foods. She insists these foods are unhealthy...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    June 19, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Looking for a better Deal

Well, according to some “experts” the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors is over. They were dethroned by the Toronto Raptors in six games. I must confess I am not an NBA fan by any means, but I...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 19, 2019

Barbed Wire Bonding

As kids, we were always anxious to help our fathers (it was always the fathers those days) in their work. We were participating in the adult life,...

 

Dear Dietician: Steamed Vegan

Dear Readers, A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on nutrition myths. There were some myths specific to cancer, one of which read: Myth: An-all...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 12, 2019

What the transistor hath wrought

In the early 1980's I attended a lecture by Dr. Timothy Leary, the professor and LSD advocate. He said that the world has gone through a number of...

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    June 5, 2019

Dear Dietician: Childhood Obesity

Dear Dietitian, My son is in the fourth grade and is beginning to form unhealthy eating habits. He eats junk food while sitting in front of the...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    June 5, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Frustrating Thoughts

This week’s column is going to be a bit different. I must admit it is hard to focus as I have so many frustrating thoughts running through my brain. Over the past decade or so we often hear about a...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    June 5, 2019

False Accusations and Foolish Kindness

Throughout my life, the only recurring nightmare I ever had was that of me, huddled in a corner, surrounded by an angry crowd screaming accusations....

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    May 29, 2019

Dear Dietician: Crohn's disease

Laura Broussard, the Family Nurse practitioner at Parker Medical Center, submitted her resignation to PureView Health center early last week. Pureview...

 

This is Montana: Missouri headwaters are central to Montana history (Part 2 of 2)

When the Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis in September 1806, fur trappers already were on their way to the new country. In North Dakota, after...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    May 29, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: More thoughts on A biblical view of anger

One area in my life that I feel God has made some good changes in me concerns anger. I can remember too many times in life when my “temper” got the best of me. It was not this impersonal...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 29, 2019

Living the good life in Cuiaba' ... for a month

When I entered the Peace Corps they gave me five months of Portuguese lessons in the state of São Paulo before they sent me to Mato Grosso, a state...

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    May 22, 2019

Dear Dietician: Microbiome

Dear Readers, When I told friends and family that I would be writing about the microbiome this week, there were some raised eyebrows. My friend Ken...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 22, 2019

Road to Brasilia

When I was in Barra do Bugres this last time, I put a lot of effort into finding old friends from my Peace Corps years. Many had passed on, of...

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    May 15, 2019

Dear Dietician: Crohn's disease

Dear Dietitian, I was recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and I'm having a hard time figuring out what foods I should avoid. Can you help?...

 

This is Montana: Missouri headwaters are central to Montana history (Part 1 of 2)

A labyrinth of channels, willow bottoms, islands and a general mix of wetlands interact to piece together the headwaters of the Missouri River. The...

 
 By Bruce Auchly    Columns    May 15, 2019

Tales and Trails: Get out the Fishing Gear

Montana's rivers are running high, wide and muddy right now and things typically won't improve much for maybe two months. That all depends on...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    May 15, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: A biblical view of anger

Over the years I have had many opportunities to develop and exhibit self-control. I would love to say that I have always passed the test and been a model of patience, calmness and control. However,...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 15, 2019

Disappointment and spectacle on a trip to the Ice Follies

As kids, it was rare for us to travel farther away from home than Deer Lodge. The roads and vehicles of the day weren't much, and we never saw any...

 
 By Leanne McCrate    Columns    May 8, 2019

Dear Dietician: IV Vitamin Therapy

Dear Dietitian, My girlfriend has been getting IV vitamin therapy and says she feels great. She insists I give it a try, but I want to know more...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    May 8, 2019

My Smart Mouth: Generations

Recently, someone introduced themselves to me as “[insert name here], fourth generation Montanan, ranching family.” “Wow,” thought I. “This individual is awfully proud of their heritage ...

 
 By Dick Geary    Columns    May 8, 2019

The Grand Trip: a slow drive to Deer Lodge

It was rare to travel much distance from Helmville in the 1950's and 60's. The vehicles weren't that dependable, and the interstate system wasn't...

 

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