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Suicide Prevention Month

The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month and several local organizations are combining forces again this year for the second annual Suicide Prevention Walk to be held in Malta on Sunday, September 30 (see more about the event in th...

 

Those who coach, coach

There’s an adage that proclaims, “those that can, do; those that can’t, teach.” I claim poppycock. With the start of fall just around the corner, a new season of school sports is upon us and with it, the complaining from parents not happy...

 

Beef flavored yogurt...wretch!

Talk about a lousy lunch. Although I generally eat my lunch of yogurt, trail mix, beef sticks and cheese together, it’s not every day that I combine it all into one concoction. Friday, dear readers, was that day. With Saco Fun Days, The Milk River...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 29, 2018

Sin City Survivor

Things got so hot in Las Vegas during my recent trip to the City of Sin that I thought Satan himself was following me, breathing down my neck. An average temperature of 110 during my 7-day stint in the desert meant that even though I ate like a...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 1, 2018

Ramblings before the fair

Belly-up at one of the burger booths…or all of them. Ranch Rodeo, Youth Rodeo or Indian Relay Races, what’s your favorite? Over at the stalls, the 4-H kids have their animals ready for the show and soon to be for sale…go clap them up and...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    June 20, 2018

It's a generational thing

“Back in my day, a handful of rocks and a stick where my only toys and as for an allowance, shoot, I was allowed to breathe and was damn happy about it.” – Generic Scolder of Todays’ Youth Every generation has them, people who swear up and...

 
 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    May 23, 2018

A yeard in the life

How is it that I have been growing my beard for a year, but did not have a Happy Yeard Party? (A yeard is a one-year-old beard.) If you have seen me out and about, you will have noticed that I look like a Duck Dynasty meets ZZ Top marsh-up... Full story

 
 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....

 

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