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  • Loring/Affinity News for Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|May 22, 2024

    Even though I am not living in Loring anymore, the American goldfinches have stopped to visit, and my friends have reported the “sightings”! The soft little chirping sounds are always a joy! Big weekend for many seniors, as they go from high school on to the next step. Congrats to Paige Wasson, Kendall Scheffelmear, and Ava Hanley as they graduate from Whitewater High School. The month of May is always so busy for students! The track meets and golf meets all are celebrations. It sounds like the...

  • Loring/Affinity News for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|May 15, 2024

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! What an expressive light show the Aurora Borealis put on for practically the whole country! Tina Russel posted pictures of it and her house close to Pensacola, FL. Jana (Wisher) Biddy posted pictures of the lights in Georgia! So, I’m sure they were further south than normal! I did not see them but enjoyed it vicariously through the many pictures posted on Facebook! Congratulations to Casandra and Levi Harms on the birth of their baby boy, Justin Edward. He was...

  • Loring/Affinity News for Wednesday, May 8, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|May 8, 2024

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! What a busy week! The main activity in north Phillips County on Saturday was the Gopher Hunt! Kenny Clark reported there were 54 teams registered and more than 6600 gophers met their demise that day! One badger appeared but scampered way back into his burrow as he reconsidered how hungry he really was! The businesses around the county were very generous with their donations for the prizes. Grilled burgers and fresh fries were served for lunch and for dinner, pulled pork and...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, May 1, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|May 1, 2024

    I’m still calling this the Loring News notes but I write about less and less Loring happenings. I guess if you don’t want to know what I’m doing in Billings, you could skip that part. Cindy hosted a tea party on Tuesday as a tribute to Dave and her wedding anniversary. I think it was a wonderful idea and I got to attend via FaceTime! Other tea drinkers were Diana Simanton, Jeanie Green and Lu Besel. The table had beautiful flowers and lots of special treats! My granddaughter, Saige, had a birth...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, April 24, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Apr 24, 2024

    Happy Earth Day! I was in college when the first Earth Day was celebrated. I remember some students rode horses to school instead of driving their cars. I mostly picked trash! Congratulations to the musicians from Whitewater School who earned one’s at the District Music Festival! They have earned a trip to the State competition in Billings! I might get to see some of them when they come down. If you are outside in the night, you might have seen a few meteorites from the Leonids showers. It's a...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Apr 17, 2024

    The meadowlarks were in high form this weekend while I was up at Loring! Their song is a favorite of mine, and the concert was fabulous! I was surprised to see a flycatcher also. They are early this year! The trees are blooming, and the crocuses are beautiful on the hillsides! The frogs sang loud and strong down at the slough! I visited with Cindy Clark and saw how the reconstruction was going along. Debbie Richau drove with me to Loring on Friday. On Saturday we attended the fundraiser for the...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Apr 10, 2024

    Big excitement tomorrow morning, the eclipse of the sun is happening from Maine to Texas! We’ll have about 50% covered! It is a natural phenomenon but still special since it doesn’t happen very often. My dad would make sure we kids saw the eclipses, whether solar or lunar. He always wanted us to witness the unusual beauty of Mother Nature. Do not look at the eclipse without special glasses! Cindy Clark reported that Loring has an unusually large amount of robins right now. They are on their mig...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, April 3, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Apr 3, 2024

    It’s true, it’s not an April Fools' Joke. I came down with a sore throat and cough. It is not fun! I think that wild animals must be adapted to the colder weather. I had dinner with Dave Menshew on Monday and Friday. He filled me in on the class that he was in about prepping the fossils. Sympathy is extended to the Steve Schumacher family on his death. Steve has been our Loring Lutheran lay pastor for the last few months. I saw a few robins this week! I heard them a few weeks ago but this tim...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, March 27, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Mar 27, 2024

    Happy spring to you all! We just got a nice layer of snow in Billings, but I know that Loring has had several days of snowfall this week! With the snow cover the gophers are easy to see playing on a snowbank! On the hills, little blades of green are showing up, and the birds are coming back slowly. Almost every farm has a few calves playing around! The temperatures in Billings hit 71 before the wintery storm on the weekend. I spotted some blooming crocuses, and some trees blooming just before...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, March 20, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Mar 20, 2024

    Editors Note: The March 6 Loring News was inadvertently left out of the PCN. We are sorry for the inconvenience. March 6: One way to realize how fast time is marching on is when the month changes numbers! We are already on month three! Congrats to the North Country Mavericks and the Malta M-ette’s! Both are Champions in the divisional tournaments! Repping Phillips County! Good luck to both teams in the next tournament! I’ll be cheering and listening from Billings! I did something today that was...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Mar 13, 2024

    Congratulations to the North Country Lady Mavericks on their second state championship in Class C Basketball! What awesome athletes those girls are! The tourney was in Great Falls. The Class B tournament was in Billings. Many people from Phillips County were down to take in the games. Malta had really close games and the girls played well. Bring on the track season! Brandie Stordahl and Debbie Richau were lunch guests of Dixie Stordahl to celebrate Spring Forward Day! The weather has been really...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Feb 28, 2024

    As I said last week, Rodney drove me up to Loring and the weather was fantastic. We saw two bald eagles and about 50 hawks, which happens at this time of year. We did not see any newborn calves, but I’m sure they will be coming soon! I had a wonderful time up North! Cindy Clark, Carol Lumsden and I made an international journey on Tuesday to Val Marie. I asked to get a stamp for my passport when we crossed into Canada. It’s my first use of the passport, and I’ve had it for 5 years! We ate lunch...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Feb 21, 2024

    Congrats to the North Country Lady Mavericks and the M-ettes and Mustangs on their championships at their individual District tournaments! Also, congrats to the North Country Mavericks on their 3rd place finish and the right to go to divisional! I made the trip north on Sunday and we saw about 50 hawks on the power poles! It is a sign of spring! We also saw two bald eagles! Jeanie Green reported that she heard a meadowlark already! And I’m assuming that the geese are in at the Austin place. I...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, February 14, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Feb 14, 2024

    Happy Valentines Day! Have you gotten over the total excitement of the Super Bowl? We even had a tail gate party here at Affinity! The football game was playing at the theater, so it was on a big screen! One of the refineries had a fire which really put a huge amount of smoke into the air. Since David, my son, works at a refinery I was worried. But he works at Exxon and the fire was at Phillips 66, I heard that everyone was ok over there too! Good luck to the North Country Mavericks, both girls...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, February 7, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Feb 7, 2024

    Since I’ve been living in Billings for three months now, I have been keeping track of weather at Loring through my friends in Loring. They have told me about the thick fog for about a week or so and posted pictures of the beautiful frost on the trees, etc. but now I can report to them that Billings has very thick fog this morning! The other wing of the building is barely visible to me! Nancy Murdock was down on Friday. We had such a fun visit and lunch at City Vineyard! On Thursday a...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, January 31, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Jan 31, 2024

    The weather is very spring like! It’s a great change from the subzero weather from a few weeks ago! The frozen pipes are all fixed, thank goodness! Remember, I’m writing the Loring news from the west side of Billings and the high temps this week are in the 50’s! There are a lot of pigeons around here, making a mess as we know they do around the granaries at Loring. Etta Blunt took 3rd place in wrestling in Glasgow on a Saturday and on Sunday she took 3rd in Malta where she wrestled up in weight...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Jan 24, 2024

    The weather changed and it is warmer which makes most of us happier! The chores are easier and the equipment starts better! But we also know that this won’t last too long! The pool here at Affinity had a broken pipe which in turn broke a piece on the furnace. It was only down for a week so I think the repair people really got to work! I took Zoey, my granddaughter, over for a swim on Saturday. Rita Frasure and I went to the symphony dress rehearsal on Friday. It was a wonderful treat! The Ahn T...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Jan 17, 2024

    Loring, and most of Montana, is experiencing very low temps, and a little snow. The weather had to be bad, the ballgames were postponed! I heard that exposed skin started to freeze in two minutes with these wind chill temps! The cold weather reminds me that I have my bubble solution down here! I’m taking it outside to blow some bubbles and see how they look in the freezing air. I probably will throw the boiling water into the frigid air and make snow! That one is dangerous because the water i...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, January 10, 2024

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Jan 10, 2024

    Happy New Year! May each of you realize your dreams and goals! Diana Engel and Layne Engel invited me out for lunch one day after Christmas. It was so fun seeing Layne as a father to a two-year-old! Visiting with my previous comrade from the Whitewater teaching staff was the icing on the cake! I’ve received a few calls wishing me a happy new year from friends up north. Carol Lumsden said that Pete had the team out pulling the wagon for hayrides during New Year festivities! Sounds like a lot of f...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, December 27, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Dec 27, 2023

    Merry Christmas and looking forward to the adventures of a new year! The Christmas Eve service featured a little play starring the children in the area! And many Christmas songs! It’s wonderful when people come together to make special memories, including the parents who spend time practicing with the crew! Becca and Robert Engum of Great Falls arrived at the Cindy Clark home to celebrate the holiday with family! Kenny and Brenda Clark are hosting this year! The Whitewater School Christmas conce...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, December 20, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Dec 20, 2023

    This is the week before Christmas, and here at Affinity, every day has special themed activities for us to do. On Friday is a Paint with Dixie. We’ll be painting a wreath. Hope it turns out! I’ve been taking advantage of the pool and hot tub here to get some exercise. I know some people in Loring are baking up a storm and sharing their wares. Brandie Stordahl and I baked a couple of yummy snacks on Sunday. I’ll take some cookies down to the community room for whoever would like a cookie with the...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Dec 13, 2023

    December 6: December hits like a whirlwind with activities each day, sometimes two! I went shopping for groceries and then had lunch with a friend, Rita Frasure, on Saturday! I am not driving right now very much because I’m having some trouble with my left eye. I’ve had two appointments and now am waiting for a specialist appointment. Steve Schuemaker was out for church on Sunday. He will be coming out on the first Sunday of the month for a few months to hold services at the Loring Lutheran Chu...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Nov 29, 2023

    Happy advent! I don’t know if that’s the correct greeting but I hope everyone has an uneventful four weeks until Christmas! I was a lunch guest of Cindy Clark on Monday before Rod and I made the trip back to Billings on Tuesday. Becca and Robert Engum of Great Falls, Bud Erfle, Kenny and Brenda Clark, and children were Thanksgiving guests of Cindy Clark. After dinner, everyone tried their hands at decorating a Gingerbread house! By the pictures, there are some talented decorators in the gro...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, November 22, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! I'm in Loring as I write this, but I’ll be back in Billings to have Thanksgiving with my kids and grandkids! I’m so thankful! Just as God promised, things come together as He sets out. Right now, I am having trouble with my left eye. I just can’t see the way I should. So, I don’t drive because it’s scary to not see correctly, right now. I think it’ll be figured out when I have my next tests. But anyway, Nancy Murdock wanted to see Mannheim Steamroller in Billings. S...

  • Loring News for Wednesday, November 15, 2023

    Dixie Stordahl, PCN Correspondent|Nov 15, 2023

    Congratulations to the North Country Mavericks on their third place at state volleyball! The November weather has been phenomenal! Temps are in the 50s and low 60s with low temps in the 30s! It’s been windy, of course, but not too terrible. The geese are still working their way south and some sharp tails have started coming into my yard at Loring. The town of Loring looks good, and you might wonder how I know that. I’m home for a few days right now! My sister Debbie drove up with me on Sat...

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