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12:16 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

General Mercantile

December 24th, 2013: The general mercantile store is where we used to buy what we wanted, then talk with neighbors, maybe read the paper over a cup of coffee. Long gone? Not in Helena, MT, where Ray Domer's General Merc is alive and well in its 43rd year. http://www.homegroundradio.org/

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Commentary - December 18th, 2013
11:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving

Of all the tasks involved in being a school board member, certainly the most pleasant is attending holiday concerts. Every year I drop in on school programs throughout Great Falls, and this year, I’ve been focusing on the elementary schools.  The talent and sophistication are certainly more evident in the high schools, but in the elementary schools, every child is part of the program.   And for a couple of hours, you get to be part of the unique mini-community that develops around the hub of a neighborhood school. 

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Commentary - December 17, 2013
11:04 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Holiday Cheer - Mandatory Arbitration Fixes?

It's that time of the year when when many of us are out buying gifts as part of our holiday celebrations.  The vast majority of those will be purchased with debit or credit cards.  Later this month and continuing next month the statements for those cards will be arriving – in mailboxes or in-boxes across the state.  And, if you have a dispute with the bank – such as additional fees being tacked on that you didn't know about that caused you to go over your limit and incur even more charges – you will likely find that buried in the fine print of your account agreement is a provision requiring

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Schweitzer for president?
9:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

More hints our ex-governor may run for president

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer

Former governor Brian Schweitzer says he plans to spend a lot of time in Iowa, and in fact, he's giving a speech there today - raising more questions about whether he intends to run for president.

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Memoir
6:07 am
Wed December 18, 2013

One Man's Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior

Works Cited An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior, a memoir by Brandon Schrand

Brandon Schrand talks about the influence reading literature had on his early life, when he was a boy growing up in Soda Springs, Idaho, and during the seven years he spent muddling his way through college (the first person in his family to go to college). He also reads several passages from his second memoir, Works Cited:  An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior.

About the Book:

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Infectious Diseases
2:24 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Report: Montana could be better prepared to deal with infectious disease outbreaks

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the non-partisan, not-for-profit Trust for America's Health released a report this week showing most of the nation is not adequately prepared to handle outbreaks of infectious disease.
    The Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases report finds the nation's ability to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious disease is hampered by limited resources and outdated infrastructure.

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Flathead Transit
2:10 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Tribes take over bus route connecting Missoula to Whitefish

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are stepping up to fill a transportation gap between the Flathead, Mission, and Missoula Valleys. Transit Section Superintendent David Jacobs with the Montana Department of Transportation says Rimrock Stages was handling bus service from Missoula to Kalispell.

He said it was shut down by the Federal Motor Carriers Service Administration for non-compliance last March. He said the MDOT was waiting to see if Rimrock Stages would come back into compliance.

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Montana Agriculture
8:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The last of the Flathead dairy farms

Holstein milk cows eat a mixture of alfalfa hay and barley at the Kalispell Kreamery.
Credit Katrin Frye

“My dad started with one cow 35 years ago, they loved the animal, and we grew to 200 head, because of the animal, and so, I like people to understand that we sell the milk to keep the cows- it’s not the other way around,” Mary Tuck is Vice President and owner of Kalispell Kreamery.

It’s the last of the Flathead dairy farms in an area that used to boast more than forty. Kalispell Kreamery evolved from her family dairy farm; Hedstrom Dairy.

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Capitol Flooding
5:49 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Cleanup continues at state capitol after early December flood

Politically Correct Cafe owner Larry Strang is back to work after a frozen pipe broke in the Capitol and flood waters closed his cafeteria for a week.
Credit Dan Boyce

Maintenance crews are still cleaning up the state capitol building after a frozen pipe burst and flooded the basement and first floor on December 5th.

Water damaged sheetrock and ceiling tiles and ruined equipment in basement offices. On Monday, the basement hallway was still littered with tables and boxes.

Public Information Officer at the Department of Public Administration Sheryl Olson said the state does not yet have a cost estimate from the flood. Not all the bills have come in yet.

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Commentary
4:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

From Violence to Non-Violence: Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

From Violence to Non-Violence:

Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

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