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 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    March 16, 2017

24 Years and Still Learning

It was 24 years ago March 11 that a beautiful young lady flew to Anchorage, Alaska, to meet me to embark on the wonderful life-long journey together that we call marriage. I believe my wife Missy is the best gift God has given to me outside of life i...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    February 9, 2017

The President

We live in a time in America, though certainly not the only time in America, where much of the country seems to be polarized between differing political viewpoints. And this polarization seems to show up most after an election, with some of those...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    December 22, 2016


It is a mere few days from one of the greatest celebrations of the year. This will be our 24th year celebrating the Christmas season in Seeley Lake. And though a few times we have spent Christmas with family elsewhere, we still have been in Seeley...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    November 3, 2016

Musing from a Muslim Country

I started writing this in a hotel room near the end of a trip to a predominantly Muslim country. I thought I would share a few musings about our experience in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was not the first time we have visited a Muslim...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    September 15, 2016

The Power of Words

Words have power. Words are a primary method of communication. They can change the destiny of nations, causing war or peace. When spoken, they can stick in our memories for our entire lives, and even beyond as we pass them on to others. When written...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    July 28, 2016

Plans & Instructions

As a builder, I have the opportunity to look at a lot of plans for all kinds of various projects. For the most part, I enjoy it - there is such a variety of building styles and types out there with every project being unique in some way or another...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    June 9, 2016

Studying Scripture According to OICA

I had the benefit of a Christian education as a child. And no, that does not mean that I was homeschooled by Christian parents during my formative years - I did about 3 months of homeschooling as a freshman in high school. And no, that does not mean...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    April 21, 2016


As we all know living here in western Montana, the weather changes fairly drastically on a seasonal basis. Sometimes it changes even much quicker - like recently when it went from snowing one day to sunny and warm a day later. We live in an area...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    March 3, 2016

Thoughts from a Snowmobile Trip

I write this having just returned from a snowmobile trip to British Columbia. Seeley Lake has wonderful snowmobiling, world-class snowmobiling, but sometimes it’s nice to just get away on a trip to somewhere else. While out riding, I had a few...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    January 14, 2016


As a contractor, I have many opportunities to see the value and effects of appreciation. Appreciation is simply defined as “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” There are certain customers that I find more...

 By Shane Kesterke    Opinion    November 26, 2015

Enter with Thanksgiving and Praise

It is one of my favorite holidays this week - Thanksgiving. Between feasting, family, friends, floats, furlough and football, it always seems to be a fabulous time! There is a long tradition of Thanksgiving in our nation, dating all the way back to...