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By Mick Holien

Stop me if you’ve heard this but I had a reason why I chose to move to Polson some dozen years ago.

The people are different I often have said much like they were when I relocated to Missoula and from Spokane in the eighties.

But my pal Emma Lommasson, at 105-plus, said what happened to me Friday night just was a miracle – pure and simple – so you decide especially given the circumstances.

I visited the Cove Friday night to listen to Southern Comfort min honor of the Cripe’s retirement and closure of their shoe store.

Upon returning to my pickup to load the scooter I left the proceeds of a cashed check and a business card from local realtor Janet Frederick on my bumper and drove away, not realizing my mistake.

I had not realized my misfortune on Sat when Janet called to advise me Shirley had seen the cash blowing around next to the card that she had given me, figured it belonged to Frederick and called to return it.

Now to be fortunate enough that she found the money and figured it belonged to Janet is amazing but that Janet had just identified the money because of her card and called me … well maybe it was a miracle.

Of course she refused a reward and was just pleased to return the cash to its rightful owner.

We’re not talking chicken feed here – It was $200 and in six bills. To say when I unfolded and counted and found it all there left me speechless and both Janet and I immediately talked about restoring our faith – if it ever indeed was lacking.

Maybe Emma was right about that miracle.

But the whole scenario gets even weirder.

Three weeks ago I lost my wallet while hospitalized (little cash inside) and a few days later my roommate lost his with substantial cash inside in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

So we have a superior honest person in Shirley and a couple of rascals in the case of mine and my roommate’s wallets.

But it’s not too late. Whoever had the windfall with my roommate’s wallet please return it and we’ll figure out a reward making it worth your time.

As for mine, I think I am out of luck.

Maybe Emma was right … Just sayin’





The Die has been Cast

By Mick Holien

There is a solid certainty in in the confines of Main Hall on the University of Montana campus and the institution’s oldest graduate was quick to pass along her seal of approval Thursday on Charter, the 125th anniversary of the school’s founding.

New at the helm but surely not new with the charm UM’s 19th president dropped by Missoula’s Village Senior Residence along with also a new signee but not a rookie new presence, head football coach Bobby Hauck, if not for a better reason than to seek some of Emma Lommasson’s106- year-old wisdom.

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Be My Valentine

By Mick Holien

Happy mid-week Valentine’s Day and what a romantic story I have to share with you.

I guess I could say I planned it all out this way but alas the truth be known, some special activities I have planned for the University of Montana’s most elder Alumna just happen to be planned on Charter Day celebrating the founding of the institution 125 years ago.

Now you’ll remember I often have talked with you about the influence that 106-year-old Emma Lommasson has had on my life.

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Is There a replacement

By Mick Holien

I’m here to tell you if you are one of those folks who occasionally slips towards negativity, if not actual depression, I have discovered what I am sure many of you already know.

And I found it on the Internet by accident since I don’t spend a lot of time scanning through videos and the like.

Before I wrote this I probably should go back and find the site I spent about an hour on laughing my tail off but alas here we go.

I have always been an animal lover, always owned mostly larger-breed dogs and I have to admit since I had to put down my beloved yellow, Skyy, on May 30 there have been plenty of temptations to head to the Shelter or find another means of locating and adopting a rescue dog.

Actually when Skyy made the trip across the Rainbow Bridge I disassembled her kennel used to house her when I was on the road and give her access to the remainder of the residence.

Trying to remove the temptation to obtain a quick replacement – even though there probably can’t be one – I guess.

So far I have settled on the canvas mounted photo of her greeting me every time I come into the living room and so far so good.

But as I said today I discovered even a better scenario.

Scan the Internet – and I am sure there are plenty of such sites out there – and find videos of dogs mimicking and joining the family of other classes of animals.

We are all used to a female dog nursing babies to health but to watch other species not just return the favor and aggressively play with canines, but also to learn the antics by watching other breeds and a variety of different animals.

We knew of course they can dance but if watching animals perform doesn’t bring a smile to your eyes – well I don’t know what will.

I have personal evidence of that in a picture mounted on my refrigerator.

After I had a stroke a couple of years ago my pal Rose brought Skyy to Providence Center rehab a couple of times.

But on one particular day, granted it had been a couple of weeks since I had seen her, aged as she was up on the hospital bed she came to put her snout under my chin and give me a physical.

Not a bit of hesitation and no coaxing, if was just up I come and fortunately somebody got a photo.

As sweet as that was, please go find funniest homer animal videos (not the real spot) and prepare yourself for a mood change.

It’s worth the time – Just saying’

 


Which Holiday

By Mick Holien

If you’re from the “old school,” whatever that can now be described as, celebration of the birthday of our country’s first president would be celebrated ten days from today on Feb. 22nd.

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Talkin' Hoop

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Who's your Daddy

Mick Holien

If there is a single thing the inaugural class of Bobby Hauck’s Grizzly football recruits since 2008 have quickly grasped on the day of National Letter of Intent signing is no matter how quickly you are traversing the M trail you could still could find a surprise waiting ahead.

With their arrival at the M they discovered the guy who lost but five games his last three seasons he Missoula helm just hankering to introduce them to Bobby Ball.

Bobby Haack with his third tenure in Missoula and second as the head guy and most of his staff along with administrators made the annual trek to Kalispell with a short layover in Polson to show off to more than 300 people an impressive list of recruits dominated by a Bakers dozen of Treasure State products.

There were 26 signees, including 15 who signed early, who filled the 18 scholarship limit. Note that football rides can be split between players.

Former Grizzly QB Grady Bennett placed a quartet from Glacier High in Kalispell, the only high school to provide more than a single player, although Missoula schools had three signees.

With the transfer of Dalton Sneed from Fort Scott Community College via UNLV and the signing of Garrett Graves of Lincoln County High School in Eureka and the return of Gresch Jenson and redshirt Tanner Wilson, the holdover of Caleb Hill, and the departure of Nate Dick, there is now a quarterback in each class which is most desirable.

Bobby will don the head coach garb for the 97th time come September and little has changed in the enthusiasm and pizzas that pushes his desire to succeed.

There is plenty of Grizzly lore in the signees with Hauck;’s son Robby transferring from Northern Arizona with the blessing of Jerome Souers, the signing of Colten Curry whose dad Scott is a Hall of Famer from Valier who p[layer from 95-98, Gabe Sulser from Billings senior whose dad Mark from Glasgow played from 97-98 and Nick Germer from Sentinel whose Dad Chad is the offensive line coach who played from 88-91.

The class stretched from as far away as Pennsylvania to9 southern California and is weighted to the offense 16 players including five offensive linemen and three tight ends.

Bobby ball you see showcases fullbacks and tight ends.

I always say you never know till they’re upperclassman but this signed unit looks especially formidable.


Happy Daze?

By Mick Holien

I am not so sure that in the dozen or so winters I have resided up here in the woods on Holien acres, which actually paints an inaccurate impression of my meager existence there has ever been quite as much snow piled in the driveway.

Long ago it was too much accumulation for a snow blower and whole I have a great machine with weights and chains, along with a three deck mower, in the carport its work credentials have been less than fruitful over the last few winters.

So since the snow was stacked so high and wide it required a truck with a blade that promptly got stuck in my driveway requiring my pickup for assistance.

Who’s counting but I think that might be the fourth vehicle stuck in the driveway which is a mere 100 feet but has a strange twist to and then of course you have to count the two visitors – one stuck at the gate almost to the private road and the other pulling a short trailer who got stuck so as to block any neighbors anyone from coming or going.

That is my way of being neighborly I guess.

But remember my groundhogs shadow and hold on to your hat cuz spring’s right …

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Bobby Ball

By Mick Holien

Recent recruiting and commitment guidelines for high school students anxious to display their prowess at a more elevated level have altered some of the intrigue surrounding the traditional February contract signing but boosters always cling to any and all of what they might speculate as “inside” information and Wednesday is no exception.

And in addition to announcements about future Griz pigskin performers they’re anxious and probably even hopeful they might glean a tidbit of well you know “did you know that?

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For a Change It was Super

By Mick Holien

How is it that a guy can write copy the day after the Super Bowl and not talk football?

The myriad of bowls long have put wrap on the collegiate season at all levels, all star games have been contested , conf hoop is well underway, and well you’re right, I can’t not talk some football.

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Repeat Pete

By Mick Holien

It’s unfortunate that by the time to hear this, your fate has been determined.

Indeed dateline Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Gobbler’s Knob where since Feb 2, 1887, groundhog day has been celebrated and here bin its 131st year it has been determined that

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You Are Covered and a Surprise

By Mick Holien

What and how must we be prepared to utilize learned life skills that even can become life saving.

Such was the case again Wednesday when a garbage truck was struck by a locomotive filled with Republican representatives traveling to a retreat in West Virginia.

Fortunately several physicians with a variety of skills were aboard including Dr. Brad Wenstrup, a podiatrist but also a U. S. Army reservist battlefield surgeon who also sprung to action when house members were attacked while practicing for a celebrity fundraising softball game in D.C.

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A Grand Dame

By Mick Holien

I can sure understand the dismay from folks who get caught in that digital abyss where telephone instructions do nothing but place one on a circle carousel with surely no quick end in sight.

Much to my chagrin I decided last week to enter into the Veterans Administration register by mail sequence.

But let’s start at the beginning: Ten days ago I went to the Polson Senior Center to, for the first time register for VA medical benefits. After only being able to complete part of the form for lack of information, I returned on the representative’s next day with the completed form.

The following week I received a letter not telling me that I am eligible but rather that I should contact the nearest VA office for a medical evaluation which happens to be in Kalispell.

Now on to the abyss, said the brave scribe.

I called the first number and was remotely advised I was number 27 so I patiently waited about 40 minutes until they got to me.

While the nice woman had my name misspelled she started taking info until we were abruptly disconnected. Since she had not told me her name or extension and she didn’t call me back, I was left to start anew.

Upon redialing this time I received four choices, none of which did exactly what I needed.

So I just used common sense to by starting with one and dialing to the last number of four to no avail.

Since I also was provided the Helena number I did the same thing with them. Nope.

Frustrated I decided I would wait through the weekend in the hopes someone would return my call.

The following bright and early morning I started the process over again and after three misfires actually contacted an operator who established the appointment some 45 days away in Kalispell.

I then asked whether this letter is an indication I am eligible for benefits and to my surprise he told me no that was another process.

Well since I don’t figure they would do a medical eval if I was not covered, I am going to the March appointment and just see what happens.

And for that kind readers and listeners, let’s just say I’ll let ya know…just sayin’

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Mick Talk

By Mick Holien

Do you really know of anything more intense yet enjoyable than college basketball?

In fact I really don’t want to limit the parameters of entertainment to a collegiate experience because I firmly believe similar elements exist anytime you get five people on a court – lit or unlit by the way – roll a leather sphere onto the playing surface and utter something about let’s see what you’ve got.

Really it makes little difference who controls the opening jump and who cares who the sharpest shooting team is, or the breakneck or Princeton pace at which the contest is played at.

No you see after really my fullest weekend of hoop, eight days before the Super Bowl. there are a lot of things that just do not matter relegating the contest to be determined on the last touch.

And you might have heard a colloquialism or Mick Talk to describe one of those situations.

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Sports and Suicide

By Mick Holien

Refusing to release details contained in the suicide note left by Washington State University presumptive starting quarterback Tyler Hilinski has only served to fuel speculation about what prompted the talented signal caller to take his own life.

Evidence seems to indicate Hilinsky, who was slated to take the Cougar helm after the graduation of Luke Faulk, took the weapon in the morning of Jan. 16.

When he didn’t attend a later weightlifting session and after he subsequently didn’t answer knocks on his door the Pullman Police Department attempted to contact him at his Aspen Village Apartment only to discover his unresponsive body,

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Lebsock's More than a Football Coach

By Mick Holien

When someone wistfully describes the culmination of a celebrated employment, I quickly am drawn to visualizations of an aging icon, probably faded from his prime, set to grab what they can out of an athletic afterlife, drawing a tilt from the recliner and a forced mental relaxation probably not celebrated in decades.

But in the resignation of the only football coach known by the Falcons of Billings Skyview, withdrawing from a 33-year tenure after athletically mentoring an entire family must have covered the spectrum of fatherhood joy mixed with occasional and disapppointment.

Thus described from afar are the exploits of the Magic City’s Ron Lebsock who not only can be comfortably described as the face of Skyview High school but the mainstay of the Billings gridiron.

A Butte native, Ron toiled his wares for the Grizzlies from 1974-77j playing for the legendary Jack Swarthout, then a couple of seasons for Gene Carlson, an era during which Montana had but a single winning season.

In his senior season of 1977, a four win season, Lebsock was named the recipient of the Steve Carlson award as the Most Valuable Player.

A center, Ron was flanked by future pros Terry Falcon at one guard and Guy Bingham on the other.

Not only did the five boys play for their Dad, four of them also played for the Grizzlies.

Shawn, who played for the Griz in 2006 while Nick waswith Montana in 2007. Connor played from 13-15 while Shawn was there from 06-09.

Ron directed the Falcons Wing T to a state title in 95 with a 27-20 victory over Bozemsn and claimed a second chipper victory in 2013. In all he made the polahyoffs 12 times and posted a 145-182 record

The Lebsock name can easily claim acclaim in the annals of Montana football lore and masde it a family affair. Just sayin’

By Mick Holien

When someone wistfully describes the culmination of a celebrated employment, I quickly am drawn to visualizations of an aging icon, probably faded from his prime, set to grab what they can out of an athletic afterlife, drawing a tilt from the recliner and a forced mental relaxation probably not celebrated in decades.

But in the resignation of the only football coach known by the Falcons of Billings Skyview, withdrawing from a 33-year tenure after athletically mentoring an entire family must have covered the spectrum of fatherhood joy mixed with occasional and disapppointment.

Thus described from afar are the exploits of the Magic City’s Ron Lebsock who not only can be comfortably described as the face of Skyview High school but the mainstay of the Billings gridiron.

A Butte native, Ron toiled his wares for the Grizzlies from 1974-77j playing for the legendary Jack Swarthout, then a couple of seasons for Gene Carlson, an era during which Montana had but a single winning season.

In his senior season of 1977, a four win season, Lebsock was named the recipient of the Steve Carlson award as the Most Valuable Player.

A center, Ron was flanked by future pros Terry Falcon at one guard and Guy Bingham on the other.

Not only did the five boys play for their Dad, four of them also played for the Grizzlies.

Shawn, who played for the Griz in 2006 while Nick waswith Montana in 2007. Connor played from 13-15 while Shawn was there from 06-09.

Ron directed the Falcons Wing T to a state title in 95 with a 27-20 victory over Bozemsn and claimed a second chipper victory in 2013. In all he made the polahyoffs 12 times and posted a 145-182 record

The Lebsock name can easily claim acclaim in the annals of Montana football lore and masde it a family affair. Just sayin’

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By Mick Holien

When someone wistfully describes the culmination of a celebrated employment, I quickly am drawn to visualizations of an aging icon, probably faded from his prime, set to grab what they can out of an athletic afterlife, drawing a tilt from the recliner and a forced mental relaxation probably not celebrated in decades.

But in the resignation of the only football coach known by the Falcons of Billings Skyview, withdrawing from a 33-year tenure after athletically mentoring an entire family must have covered the spectrum of fatherhood joy mixed with occasional disapppointment.

Thus described from afar are the exploits of the Magic City’s Ron Lebsock who not only can be comfortably described as the face of Skyview High school but the mainstay of the Billings gridiron.

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The Desk is Winning

By Mick Holien

Try as I might, I just never seem to get it accomplished and even when doing so would make my life so much easier.

It is not as if I haven’t tried and even occasionally I am bound and determined to make strides but yet for a short while to no avail.

Find out what this demon is.

The quartet of rollers emanating from the bottom of my office chair now roll gently toward that 1800-square inch culprit.

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My Television Habits

By Mick Holien

Even though I realize you are probably listening to your radio during the evening hours, I’ve been known to get hooked on a variety of television shows to spell my time.

I must confess however with the advent of Digital Video Recorders (DVR) I seldom take 60 minutes to watch an hour show, instead like most of you I suspicion slipping past the commercials and taking probably 48 minutes or so to consume an episode.

Sometimes I wonder why the cost of television advertising continues to increase when it seems it has less value with a preponderance of consumers doing likewise with the fast forward button.

Anyway it is about this time of year, right around the turn of the calendar that network and cable gurus start deciding what program won’t make the cut for next season.

It happens every season I’ll get hooked on a program or maybe just a character and folks obviously smarter than I determine I guess the numbers don’t support its continued airing.

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On to the Super Bowl

By Mick Holien

It was pleasing to realize while watching the Philadelphia-Minnesota game on Sunday that a couple of former Grizzlies and a third player with Treasure State connections will cash in for an extra game by heading to the Super Bowl.

It is probably no secret that Griz All American Hall of Famer Tim Hauck is listed as the safeties coach for Philadelphia after a lengthy (12 year) professional career starting in 1989.

Besides NFL accolades and the UM Hall of Fame, last year Tim was elected to the three-year-old prestigious State of Montana Hall.

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Suicide Could Awaken

By Mick Holien

You may have heard on the news that Tyler Hilinski, the presumptive starting quarterback for Washington State, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this week.

The death of a rising star has not only prompted shock and dismay from teammates and prominent former Cougar signal callers, but reaction from the NCAA’s chief medical officer and a shocking on-air dissertation from a Spokane television sports anchor.

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New Words

By Mick Holien

I knew that you would be pleased to know that the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a few inches wider thanks to the addition of 250 new words and definitions.

Powers that be tell us that corresponds to the growth of our language, but I reserve that judgement for you.

Some are just silly while others I think need little explanation since their use is so common.

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