News From the Front April 7

Dear Readers: Time is a precious commodity. Time is of the essence. Time is relative. The legislature has stated that their goal is to end by Good Friday. This means there was a lot of movement and work on bills in the past week and this pace will continue into next week. Given the shortened […]

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News From the Front, March 31

Dear Readers: Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) had a very interesting life. That made him eminently quotable, seemingly for many topics. This one is very wise in today’s world, in my opinion. His quote also reminds me of the saying that if you want to learn something new, read something old. […]

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News From the Front, March 24

Dear Readers: One of the Conservation District Administrators called NFTF “calm,” a word that I had not thought of as pertinent to any legislative process, even the first day. The Session is swirling with much uncalmness, a word that I may have just invented because it has that squiggly red line under it as I […]

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News From the Front, March 17

Never trust a dog to watch your food. Saint Patrick The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The green grass will be here at some point in the future, but today is a fun celebration of all things green and of all things Irish.  I thought about commenting on this week’s […]

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News From the Front, March 10

“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” Marie Curie The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: If you like to read about great people, pick up a book about Marie Curie’s life. She was a remarkable woman and one of my heros. Her words certainly put an interesting perspective […]

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News From the Front, March 3

“Quit now, you’ll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.” David Zucker, of the 1980 movie AIRPLANE! fame. The week according to Jeff… Dear Readers: We are halfway through the Session, and the Airplane! movie is so stupid that it was funny to me when I saw it in 1980. […]

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News From the Front, February 24

Photograph used by permission of the Billings Gazette. Photographed by Casey Page.  Calving season at Castle Mountain Ranch. Thanks to the Gazette and Casey for their help. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”  Plato “You can discover more about a person in an […]

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News From the Front, February 17

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” According to the internet, “Marcus Aurelius, or Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121 AD – 180 AD), was the Roman emperor from 161-180 AD. He is considered the last of the Five Good Emperors. Incredibly enough, he was […]

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News From the Front February 10

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Thomas Jefferson The week according to Jeff…   Dear Readers: President Jefferson gave a number of medals (pictures seen above) to Lewis and Clark as symbols of friendship for their use along the journey out […]

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Steve Hedstrom Reports from NACD Meeting

Greetings to the Conservation Districts of the great State of Montana, It is so good to be home after 6 days in Denver for the 2016 NACD convention. I hope to give all of you at least a short report of some events that occurred this session. The single most important item was election of new […]

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