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 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    April 11, 2018

About face to my Facebook

As the years roll by, I continue to quit things that aren’t good for me. Last year it was cigarettes. After more than 30 years of being a smoker, I finally cut nicotine out of my life completely and haven’t indulged in the substance since. Being...

 

Keeps on ticking

Aloha Gang, Minnesota Skinny here, and I wanted to give you all a quick rundown of how the surgery on my heart went: Spoiler alert: I made it! I call myself “Minnesota Skinny” as I have lost almost 20 pounds since I was weighed in at the Mayo...

 

The Curious Case of the Corrupt File

It was somewhere around 8 p.m. that I really started to lose my stuff. If you take your tongue, stick it through your teeth, clamp down a bit and blow, you will recreate the sound that I have been making for the past five hours......

 

Heart stays closed, for the time being

Thank you to each of you who offered prayers, positives vibes, and advice following my column announcing I was to have open heart surgery. Knowing that a surgeon was to crack open my breastbone and fondle my heart was a scary thing to worry about... Full story

 

Open up my heart

Welp, your faithful newspaper publisher is headed to the disabled list. After over a year of walking around clutching my chest — à la L.A. junkman Fred Sanford spouting “this is the big one” — doctors in Billings, Mont., will finally crack...

 

Bison problem won't go away until bison go away

Dear Editor: I am hopeful the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will have a wide awakening with the forthcoming Secretary of the Interior Rep. Ryan Zinke. BLM will require new personnel who understand how to manage the public land resources but do they...

 

Is that a watch in your pocket?

I felt like quite the dandy for the first couple days of 2017. My mother-in-law bought me a fancy, pewter pocket watch, with a slick little silver chain which attached the beaut to the left front pocket of my Levis. The watch came in a fancy blue...

 

Week 2 is already better than week 1, upward and onward

Good news at the Hebert household as Stella, the 7-year-old family Chihuahua, is back to 100-percent. She is eating regularly, has some pep in her step and is back to her Chihuahua temperament (i.e. I love you, leave me alone.) It was looking pretty...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    January 4, 2017

I hope the next 364 are better

Oy veh! Sorry to start the new year with Yiddish, but day one of 2017 was a bit of a dung downpour. Firstly, it is never correct to say “Happy New Years.” All day long yesterday, social media was on fire with people wishing me a “Happy New Year...

 

My attempt at King's 'Two Cents'

If the saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is to be believed, then I’m about to soft-soap the heck out of Larry King. For many years, King wrote a weekly column entitled My Two Cents in which he rambled on incoherently and...

 

Calling all Collectors

Once a week I get to jump into the way-back machine and look at the news worthy to print from 100, 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago. I find it fascinating to see how printing techniques, pages dimensions and journalism has changed over the years and to...

 

So, maybe the end is near

Well, the election is over (unless you are reading this on Tuesday night…if that is the case, use your imagination.) In previous columns, people who have said the “world will end” and point to a civil war depending on which candidate for...

 

I will 're-follow' you on Nov. 9, I promise

If I haven’t “liked” your photo of breakfast pancakes or given you the “smiley emoji” for a silly cat video on Facebook in awhile, chances are I have unfollowed you on social media. Now, don’t worry. We are still Facebook “friends.”...

 

From Construction to Calamity to Silver Lining

The construction in Malta has been anything but delightful, no news there. The optimist in me, however, has found the silver lining in the Water Project and that is the betterment of my sense of direction and feel for the City of Malta. “A bend in...

 

Puppy Power at the PCN

Puppy Power at the PCN Long before Millennials and Hipsters made it fashionable to have dogs at the workplace, the Phillips County News has had a puppy presence. Before I got here – and for the week I shared the office with the two – Curtis and...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    October 5, 2016

...Regardless, be kind to one another

An estimated 80 million people watched the first of three presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last week, or about 61-percent of the people who voted in the 2012 election for president (the Super Bowl, the gold standard of...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 31, 2016

So many things to celebrate, so little time

Did you know there are 102 “National Day of . . .” things to celebrate during the month of August? According to the website nationaldaycalendar.com, in the month of August has three and a half things to celebrate per day (and sending the kid...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 24, 2016

The lost trade of the paper boy

My first job in the newspaper business occurred in 1984 as a newspaper delivery boy, pitching rolled-up and rubber-banded copies of the Honolulu Star Bulletin at the doors of local stores from the seat of my 1983, chrome Huffy Pro Thunder 3 bicycle....

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 17, 2016

You have the power, until you don't

I had a very interesting conversation with several Phillips County residents from several different Phillips County entities last Wednesday at the Great Northern Lodge Room. The topic of the day was “what if the power was out for a week, how would...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 10, 2016

Road warrior vacation recap

It looks like we have lost our lone stoplight in Phillips County and to said light I say “you won’t be missed.” I am all for progress, and I know that work needed done, but man, what a pain in the neck that was. Speaking of a pain in the neck ...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 3, 2016

Heavy heart at the PCN this week

It was hard to get out of bed and come to work on Thursday morning. It was a rough week in Phillips County and the thought of having to report on the tragic things that have taken place in our community recently left me lethargic and depressed. At...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    July 13, 2016

Father and Kid prepare for the Fair

The race is on, the printer is whirling and the artistic strokes flurry. You guessed it, ladies and germs, the Phillips County Fair is only four weeks away and that means one thing in the old Hebert household…Sophia is a Whirling Dervish of creativ...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    July 6, 2016

A tragic tale of a swollen ankle

It was early last Sunday morning, before anyone had arrived for the opening of the Malta Skatepark, that I dropped into one of the bowls. I shot across the concrete and up a wall, making a nice, long arching carve before pumping to the top and...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Is my road rage really warranted?

I’ve driven on some of the most congested streets, highways and freeways in the western portion of the United States so I have had my fair share of “road rage.” I 405 through Fountain Valley in Orange County, Calif., bottlenecks and keeps cars...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Red light, green light, I could live without the stoplight

It’s funny the things I take for granted after living in Phillips County for a few years. I took a trip to Denver for a publishers meeting last month and though I had a good time, I don’t miss big city living. The theme from Green Acres dances...

 

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