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  • Where oh where has my little dog gone! She was there a minute ago


    Who would have thought! Last week, February 7th, we were out walking around Saint Marie. We went the back way, where there are open spaces and gravel roads, there is a large amount of foundations only in that area, ages ago the homes had been moved to parts unknown in Montana. We came across Kathleen Bushy and a pup on a leash and at first… we thought she was talking to herself! Then a man’s voice called out to her but where the heck was he?!! Kathleen came up to us and told us that her friend , Dave Evans, was down in the storm drain che...

  • Navajo Code Talkers

    Frank A. and Lin Vargo, SPECIAL TO THE COURIER|Jan 12, 2022

    The other day, we were reminiscing about our days in Hawaii and going to Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 of each year. In 1991 we were honored to meet several of the famous Code Talkers. Originally, in 1942, the U.S. Marine Corp. recruited 29 Navajo men to develop an unbreakable code that would be used across the Pacific during the war and were known as the Navajo Code Talkers. By the end of the war, there were more than 400 Code Talkers that would openly transmit messages by telephone and radio in their native Navajo language, a code that was never...

  • Adventures in St. Marie

    Frank A. and Lin Vargo, Special to The Courier|Nov 17, 2021

    Finally, great news for Saint Marie residents! “A lot has been happening for the Co-Op!” Pat Trotter, resident and President of the Saint Marie Co-op wrote me the other day to let us know that the convenience store should be open by Dec. 1, at the latest. The Co-Op, and coffee shop will be at 363 Country Club. The coffee shop, they are hoping will be open by Jan. 1. Pat also explained that the Thrift Store is being relocated to 363 Country Club due to remodeling that has to be done since at the current location at 715 6th street, has no hea... Full story

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