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The Prairie Doc: Sometimes a Diagnosis is Skin Deep

Recently I saw a patient who had experienced two consecutive days of pain in his right upper abdomen. I questioned him, looking for clues of gallstones, liver mass, or maybe an ulcer in the small bowel, but his answers did not fit my expectations....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 14, 2021 

Column: Taco Tuesday

The other day I heard someone on a television show mention “Taco Tuesday.” This not only made me hungry, but it also made me take a trip down memory lane to my time in high school. I was never a huge fan of high school, but one thing I did... Full story

 

Letters to the Editor

A concerning bill is about to become law in Montana. I urge our representatives not to support SB 100. Serving not-for-profit organizations showed me situations that work against the common good. This bill, named as anti-fraud, hurts our needy...

 
 By Jon Tester    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Guest Editorial: Targeted COVID Package Will Reopen Our Economy

One year into this pandemic, Montanans are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our vaccines are safe and effective, COVID cases are falling thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers, and Spring is on...

 

The Prairie Doc: With A Little Help

As a primary care physician, I walk with my patients as they face many of life’s challenges. Facing the diagnosis of dementia may be one of the hardest. Any chronic illness involves loss, but dementia threatens the loss of not only ability and...

 

Column: Loco Moco

I've learned it is never an excellent idea to go grocery shopping when you are hungry. It's also a terrible idea to watch the Food Network when between meals. As much as I know either one is not a great idea, I still do both. When it is not eating...

 

Guest Opinion: HB 562 is a Win for Montana's Businesses

I’m JB Howick and my family and I own Townsend Hardware. As new business owners we learned the hard way about a small but important Montana law: MCA 60-6. This law protects the safety of drivers on state highways by prohibiting anything from being...

 

Column: The Gas Plant

My first couple of summer jobs were both at fast-food restaurants. After a stint the summer after I graduated high school as a glorified gopher at a Days Inn, I found myself employed at a McDonalds the summer after my first year at the University of...

 

Our View: Wrestling on the Rise in Three Forks

What the Three Forks High School wrestling team has accomplished since the program was re-established in 2017 has been astonishing. Over the first three seasons, the program slowly started to build its numbers. With some talented newcomers, they were...

 

Column: Shredded Jack

For many people, getting home and going straight to the kitchen is probably not their idea of fun. While there are certainly probably one or two nights a week, I want nothing to do with cooking dinner. For the most part, I do enjoy cooking. Having...

 

The Prairie Doc: Influenza Rare This Season

Do you know anyone who had influenza this past year? Chances are you do not. Sure, plenty of people had the “stomach flu” with vomiting and diarrhea, otherwise known as gastroenteritis. Some people had colds and others had COVID-19. But cases of...

 

Column: Did you really just turn off the lights?

The older I get, the less patience I have for people who are being ridiculous. The teenage version of myself most likely would have described the current version of myself as a cranky jerk who likes to yell at vehicles as they pass him, going way...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Our View: Donations Show Best of Community

The February 17 issue of the Voice included an article from the City of Three Forks officials thanking those who donated $156,760 to five projects in 2020. A large portion of the donations was for the new bleachers at the rodeo grounds. Other...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Column: Is he really pounding the desk?

Throughout my newspaper career, I have seen a little bit of everything. A majority of it has been a positive experience, and this is what I want to be doing, but my previous job as a publisher certainly added some gray hairs. Most of the people I dea...

 

Our View: The Confusion of 2 Policies

Montana’s use of masks has been a hot topic for debate with people both for and against very passionate about their stance. This editorial is not intended to pick a side or even to take a middle ground, it is instead to discuss the confusion that...

 

Column: The Movies...

A trip to the movie theater as a kid was always a real treat. I can still remember walking through the doors and into the lobby, where the smell of popcorn greeted me almost as if it was saying welcome back, Jack. We would always get a massive tub... Full story

 

Our View: Pandemic shows best of Three Forks

Over the past few weeks, the Three Forks Voice has published a series of articles about the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on area businesses. Throughout each of the interviews and articles, one thing is consistently repeated. Owners are very...

 

Column: Could have been twins

As I was posting stories to the website earlier this month, I noticed in a basketball story that it said “fowl trouble” instead of “foul trouble.” I wasn’t quite sure whether to scream or laugh or perhaps a combination of both. The paper...

 

Our View: Amazing job by Three Forks Speech Team

There have been some extremely positive things happening lately in the Three Forks School District. While there has been positive news since the start of school in August, perhaps the biggest story of the school year happened earlier this month. The...

 

Column: Mallrats

Having a teenage daughter can sure be a roller coaster ride. Sometimes I never know what type of mood they will be in. Sometimes it is splendid, and others can be a downright scary fit of hormones that makes me want to go and hide in the shed. While...

 

Our View: Be vigilant around parks, churches

In August of 2019, a front-page story in the Voice detailed the vandalism that occurred at the Three Forks United Methodist Church. Vandalism has also been reported numerous times at local parks including before Christmas at the new portable ice...

 

Column: Armchair Chef

I probably watch way too much television, but I could probably think of worse things I could be doing with my time. A great deal of the shows I watch are what you could describe as gritty and it is not uncommon for me to finish a complete season on...

 

Our View: Ice rink huge for Three Forks

While many residents may have been glad to see the end of 2020, there was some great news at the end of the year from the City of Three Forks. A new portable ice rink was constructed and filled at Stevenson Park and although the weather has not alway...

 

Column: Hastings

I am not a big fan of huge retail stores. Sometimes it is a necessary evil to go to one of the big box stores to make a purchase but that does not mean I have to enjoy even one second of it. My hometown didn’t get a Walmart until I was in late...

 

Our View: New members would be huge for TFAA

In late 2020, Three Forks Area Ambulance hosted a drive-by fundraising event to help generate funds for an Emergency Medical Training Class for new members. When putting together a story about the event it became very clear that the service was in...

 

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