Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cody, Nebraska: Ron Schneider’s wild ride

Editor’s note: This story is based on a conversation I had with Ron Schneider at his gas station in Cody, Neb., on June 12, 2013. My feeble memory was aided immeasurably by Schneider’s first-person account, which I stumbled upon while … Continue reading

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Welcome to Cody, Neb., a town too tough to die

Note: It’s Thursday, Nov. 21. Week before Thanksgiving. We’ve been home for too many months. I’m afraid to count them. Updated note: It’s Thursday, Feb. 13. If I was afraid to count the months back in November, I’m terrified now. … Continue reading

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Hello Shirley Beck, goodbye Philipsburg

July 16, Philipsburg, Montana We’re ready to back the Behemoth out of its parking slot on Broadway, where it’s idled since we arrived in town. After five days, it’s time to say goodbye to Philipsburg. This morning we drove up … Continue reading

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Mining Philipsburg, Part 2: Wild Meat

Thursday, Feb. 6. Dateline: International House of Bitterness, Paoli (Pa.) branch. Before I return to Philipsburg, Montana, a few thoughts on the Great Ice Storm of 2014. More than 24 hours in, the local offices of utility juggernaut Exelon acknowledge … Continue reading

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Mining Philipsburg, Part 1: Leroy Owens (p.s. Nuts to you, Exelon)

Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Madness is in the air. It is full and ripe and wanton. It is ready to burst. May the fates help us then. Sirens wail. Branches bend toward the road and groan under the weight of … Continue reading

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Montana Folk Festival: Hey there, Emily Gimble

Dec. 11, 2013 – God day-em. I am in a bad way. (Editor’s note: If I thought things were bad on Dec. 11, I still had a thing or two to learn. Now it’s Jan. 29 30 Feb. 4 Feb. 5. … Continue reading

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