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 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 22, 2015 

From the North 40: A rarity: helpful newsy news

I think I can be honest here, so I'll just say right out: I should not be reading, watching, listening to, discussing, covering, or otherwise interacting with news, like the kind found on the other...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    May 20, 2015

Bullhook Bottoms black powder shoot set for this weekend

Bullhook Bottoms Black Powder Club 36th Annual Spring Shoot will be held Memorial Day weekend at Fort Assinniboine southwest of Havre. This event is one of the largest black powder competitions in...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 15, 2015

View from the North 40: Rose-colored window glass

I haven’t written about the house project lately and, while I feel a little bad about that, I have to say it’s because I’m a little shy about expressing my deep feelings this early in the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 8, 2015

From the North 40: Peasantry without drudgery

I was born to be a peasant. Well, OK, not one of those indentured, do whatever the boss-man tells me to do kind of serfs. I have it on good authority from just about every one of my family members...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    May 1, 2015

View from the North 40: No crystal ball required

A humor columnist and a spiritual guide walked into a coffee shop, and it wasn’t a joke. Really. It was, in fact, more like a blind date only, y’know, not as creepy as that sounds. OK, I’ll...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 17, 2015

View from the North 40: Flight of the Postman

If you don’t already know who 61-year-old Ruskin, Florida, mailman Doug Hughes is, you should make it your business to know. He’s just spent the last 2 1/2 years planning and executing a...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 10, 2015

View from the North 40: The duct tape whisperer

The three most importand tools in my barn are duct tape, bailing twine and WD-40. The first two on the list are in a constant battle for Top Tool, the primary go-to solution in any farming-ranching...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    April 3, 2015

View from the North 40: Pamville News: It's nature

New Hampshire legislators prove it’s not just Montana senators who feel it’s their elected and sworn duty to crush children’s dreams. A group of Bozeman elementary kids and their learned...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 27, 2015

From the North 40: Doomed to domestic disaster

Despite my long, sordid history of being unable to snap out of my obsessive obsession with, well, random obsessive things, I had fully planned on writing this week about something besides my house...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 20, 2015

From the North 40: My best laid, half-cracked plans

Today’s column is brought to you by anxiety, a wholly owned subsidiary of deep dilemma, which is on a mission to provide my every thought a bumpy ride on the worry bus to crazy town. The problem is...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 13, 2015

From the North 40: It's the sounds of morningIt's classically, quizzically, me

Last week I explored, in part, the idea of who knows me better: the people doing the health screening who said I’m now short and fat, or my Chinese Zodiac which says I’m “vain and high...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    March 6, 2015

View from the North 40: Can you screen me now?

Health screenings are meant to tell you, and others, important things about yourself, but really, I’m more than just a list of numbers on a page. Why just this week I took a 12-question quiz and...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    March 4, 2015

Scale association holds annual meeting

Hill County Scale Association met at noon at Wolfer’s Diner Feb. 18 for the organization’s annual winter meeting with the biggest news being that the scale has no big news. 2014 went smoothly for...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 27, 2015

From the North 40: It's the sounds of morning

I think that because my typical day starts before most people’s does, before the noise of civilization in motion, it’s the sounds of morning that captivate me most. I am used to the beloved...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 20, 2015

From the North 40: Plumbing avoidance issues

When you suffer from what I like to call random obsessive compulsive disorder, as I do, there’s no telling what idea, concept, image, worry, question or song your brain is going to take hold of and...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 13, 2015

View from the North 40: Queen of exposure patrol

The Montana legislative Judicial Committee quickly shot down an indecency law referendum proposed this session. In this display of infinite wisdom, it has also shot down my chance at a job upgrade. Th...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    February 6, 2015

View from the North 40

Because we have now reached a critical point in the aging process of our white trash mansion, my husband and I are now considering the possibility of looking into maybe sometime soon upgrading, or...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 30, 2015

View from the North 40: It's a warm and fuzzy guilty feeling

Cognitive dissonance is just fancy talk for the brain hurt you get from thinking two conflicting thoughts at the same time. I think by natural design I would have no problem with this occurring...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 23, 2015

Peace in gallons per minute

I recently took a trip to visit friends, “those” friends, the kind of married friends who get along — even while installing plumbing. It’s sick and a measure of my capacity for tolerance that...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 16, 2015

View from the North 40

It’s no secret. I’ve discussed this openly, even here in my column: One of the great ironies in the history of the world, or my own life — whichever is greater — is that I have to read the new...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    January 2, 2015

View from the North 40

Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to love horses — sure, it sounds like a catchy country tune, but really, don’t. Just don’t. Horse people say things about loving horses — how they’re...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 26, 2014

View from the North 40

The Universe will have its balance, if not through blood sacrifice, then through humiliation. A few weeks ago I wrote a column about how a friend from way back found me through the magic of the...

 
 By Pam Burke    Opinion    December 19, 2014

View from the North 40

You live with someone for a few decades and you know everything about them. You’re like “this,” and by “this” I mean the intertwined fingers of oneness — which looks a lot like the crossed...

 
 By Pam Burke-Humor columnist    Opinion    December 12, 2014

View from the North 40: Column: sorry, thank you

Dear my column, I would like to apologize without sarcasm and thank you sincerely. I am sorry for not having more class and composure the first time someone recognized me in public as the writer of you. Yes, I know, my voice is even less attractive...

 
 By Pam Burke Humor columnist    Opinion    December 5, 2014

View from the North 40: A snow job in clown shoes

I hate to say “I told you so.” Life’s too short to waste so many words on vindictiveness. It’s so much more uplifting to just point your finger and laugh, which is exactly my response every time someone says they’re going to try...

 

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