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How Can You NOT Be A Friend Of Our Library

Libraries are something that we are all blessed with as Americans, and here in Shelby, we are most fortunate to have the services of the Toole County Library. Sometimes I like to say that the library building is "the building with the most stories in town"! And it doesn't even have an elevator! The Friends Of The Library will be holding their book sale this Thursday (5/3) at the white building, next to Hong Kong Chans

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We’re Leaving The Place Of Belonging

I'm returning to the Marias Heritage Center at 6 tonight (Tuesday) to read more Montana History. This evening, we'll be closing the curtain on "The Place Of Belonging" by former Montanan, former Great Falls and Conrad area resident, Jayne Pearson Faulkner

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MSU Ag Guides…Not Just for Farmers

For many Montanans, May means it's time to get down to some serious gardening. Before you stock up on soil boosters, fertilizers and pesticides, take a few minutes to read the latest Ag Alert from MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist Cecil Tharp:

 

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Choteau’s Jim Anderson Tells It Like It Is

I always enjoy talking to my conservative friend, Jim Anderson, from Grizzly Sports down in Choteau on Monday mornings. This Monday around as quarter to 7, Jim's going to give his opinion on the Heritage Act. The G

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The Snakes Crawl At Night

No, it's not that old Charley Pride tune, it's a "snake report" that I received this morning (Thursday) here at the Puffman Blog desk. Tony, the infamous Snake Man and his wife were out at the dens last Sunday on the Gollehon place east of Brady, out there on Hell's Gulch Road

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9 To Go And Heading For Home

I was at the Heritage Center last evening (Tuesday) reading "Montana History" and we are fast approaching the end of "The Place Of Belonging", Jayne Pearson Faulkner's true life story of growing up with no father in 1940's Great Falls and then moving to a Conrad area farm (15 miles out of Conrad) when her mom marries into a longtime Conrad area farming family (Gundersons)

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Berry Boy? I’m Jerry Boy

Berry Boy-In the Buffalo Days" is the name of the book and the book's author, Kathleen A. Connelly Kipp, is joining me this afternoon (Wednesday) at 4:35 on the Puffman Show. Kathleen, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, resides on a working cattle ranch north of Browning and she'll be one of the featured performers/story tellers this weekend at the 18th Annual Montana Storytelling Roundup in Cut Bank at the high school

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I Know Where I Belong

At least on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7...that's when I'm reading Montana History at the Marias Heritage Center here in Shelby. The book we're all enjoying these days centers around a young girl, growing up in Great Falls and Conrad in the early 1940's as she tries to find "her place of belonging"

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Tell Me A Story

The 18th Annual Montana Storytelling Roundup kicks off next Friday (April 27th) in Cut Bank and the entertainment slate this year looks better than ever. As I blogged earlier this week, on Monday, I'll be talking with the monastic composer/song writer Aleka

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EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR AND ON THE AIR

Our 30th Annual KSEN/K 96 Radio Auction kicked off at 9 this morning (Thursday) and there's excitement in the air and ON the air. I've had a chance to look over many of the auction items and the selection and quality is better than ever this year

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One Sweet Ag Workshop

On Monday's (April 16) Extension Minute, Toole Co Agent Alice Burchak shared the following information about a beekeeping workshop the MSU Extension Service will be hosting in Cut Bank on Saturday, April 28:

Honey bees pollinate a third of the food that we eat. However, in the past six years the annual die-off of honeybees has become increasingly alarming. The phenomenon is known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Research has not pinned down the reason for CCD. Many scientists think it is an accumulation of multiple reasons such as disease, pesticides, and harmful mites that have emigrated from Asia. To counteract the effects of CCD more people are encouraged to keep their own bees.

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MSU Ag Alert: Beware the Bare Patch

 It is estimated by one of the chemical companies that approximately 1 million acres in Montana didn’t get sprayed for cheatgrass last fall due to the dry conditions. This poses a significant challenge this spring, disease-wise. Here is some info on Rhizoctonia root rot (bare patch) -

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