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 By Roger Dey    Features

Lincoln's American Legion observes Veterans Day

Lincoln AmericanLegion Post #9 hosted their annual Veteran's Day observance for a packed crowd at the Lincoln Community Hall Nov. 11. The day marked 104 years since the end of... — Updated 11/16/2022


Ovando: More Scenery Per Capita

Long on scenery and short on population the middle Blackfoot River Valley is the epitome of rural Montana. Mountains of the fabled Bob Marshall Country form its northern horizon... — Updated 11/14/2022


Explaining All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

Mystery and the macabre are often center stage in autumn, especially around Halloween. However, the day of tricks and treats often overshadows two important days in the Christian... — Updated 11/1/2022


Timber Roots – Conifer Logging

This story starts in the early 1900's on a Norwegian fjord when the mine shut down and 18-year-old Ole Lucken left for the USA to find some work. He ended up in the Great Falls... — Updated 10/6/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Photos: Show time

This year's back to back Sept. 10 car shows drew an impressive array of classic and modified vehicles. Lambkins owner Glen Kolve estimated the Rod Run had about twice as many... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By News Release    Features

Scapegoat Wilderness 50th Anniversary Event Highlights New Land Management Proposal

The Scapegoat Wilderness, celebrating its half-century anniversary this year, was the first community-led wilderness initiative in the country. Today, 50 years later, the residents... — Updated 9/7/2022


Photos: Action at the Biggest Little Rodeo in Montana

The 58th Annual Helmville Labor Day Rodeo marked the end of the rodeo season and the unofficial end of the summer with plenty of action at the historic rodeo grounds. find more... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Dedication to Donation

Every time the Red Cross shows up in Lincoln for their blood drives, they know they'll be seeing Rich Paul and his trusty four-legged sidekick Whiskey. Last month, ABC Fox Montana... — Updated 9/7/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Eddie Grantier honored as last rodeo club Charter member

"We just liked rodeo. We didn't have no place to ride, so we built it," Eddie Grantier said while sitting in the shade near the Lincoln Rodeo Grounds snack bar during the rodeo... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Yes, Still More Photos: Diffraction Reaction

A passing rainstorm and sunlight cutting in under the clouds at sunset created the perfect condition for an epic double rainbow to develop over the Lincoln Valley. The unusually... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Full Balloon Chaos

The Lincoln Rodeo grounds was the site of "full blown chaos" as nearly 16,000 water balloons, 40 or 50 kids, a couple dozen adults and two fire trucks came together for a wet and... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

MCC youth help preserve Lincoln's Historic Cemetery

A crew with the Montana Conservation Corp spent five days at the old Lincoln cemetery in Lincoln Gulch this month to help Lewis and Clark County Heritage Preservation Officer Pam... — Updated 7/27/2022


Finding closure amid the Lincoln Flea Market

The Lincoln Flea Market has been an institution here nearly every year since 1977, and for organiz-er Jill Sallin, it was a tough one this year. Sitting under a canopy in 90-degree... — Updated 7/26/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

More Photos: Freedom and bicycles in Ovando July Fourth parade

Ovando's Juy 4th parade celebrated the memory of riding bicycles as a kid, as well as the bicyclists who visit the community every summer. https://www.blackfootv... — Updated 7/16/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Photos: Lincoln thanks Veterans during Parade

Lincoln celebrated Independence Day with a Thank You to veterans. This years parade featured WWII veterans and grand marshals Steve Stocks and Harry Arvidson, joined by Barb... — Updated 7/16/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Even More Photos: Fireworks in the fog.

Lincoln annual July 4th fireworks show, both the official sho put on by the Lincoln Valley Chmber of Commerce and the show at Hooper Park put on by visitors and members of the... — Updated 7/13/2022


BVD makes respectable showing in 2022 Better Newspaper Contest

The Blackfoot Valley Dispatch didn't do too badly in this year's annual Montana Newspaper Associations Better Newspaper Contest, despite cutting back significantly on the number of... — Updated 6/28/2022


Celebrating Independence Day in Lincoln in years gone by

Celebrating in 1868 The residents of Lincoln Gulch were not always focused on mining, water, and the conditions under which they lived, and in 1868 they had a grand July Fourth... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

'A hell of a ride'

Doug and Laurie Richards celebrated 33 years of owning and operating the Wheel Inn on June 18 with a get together that brought in customers both old and new, and served up a lot of... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By Metro    Features

The role of exercise in cancer prevention

The effects of cancer on the body are profound, which is why so many people want to implement as many measures as they can to reduce their risk of developing the disease. One of... — Updated 6/14/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Volunteers spruce up Old Lincoln Cemetery

Volunteers cleaned up old flowers, pulled weeds, raked grass and pine needles, and fixed the cemetery fence during the annual clean-up of the historic Lincoln Cemetery Saturday,... — Updated 6/1/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

Getting Hooper Park ready for summer

A handful of volunteers turned out Saturday May 21 to help get Hooper Park ready for the summer by raking pine needles, cleaning trash out of the fire pits and sundry other tasks.... — Updated 6/1/2022


Photos: Kid's & Games

Springtime is the time for little league and elementary basketball. The Lincoln Little Leaguers faced off against Seeley Lake in Lincoln Monday afternoon. While the older players... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Tammy Jordan    Features

Duck Unlimited Banquet a success

More than 130 people from throughout the state of Montana, Washington, and Oregon attended the annual Blackfoot River Ducks Unlimited banquet and fundraiser Saturday, April 23.... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Roger Dey    Features

'Safer choices' about dating, sexual intimacy, respect focus of presentations at Lincoln School

"Ask first and respect the answer" is the main thing Mike Domitrz wants people to take away from his SAFER Choices presentation, which looks at attitudes surrounding sex and... — Updated 5/18/2022


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