Articles written by Melody Martinsen

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  • YAM teaches basic mental health hygiene to ninth graders

    Melody Martinsen, Choteau Acantha editor|Oct 4, 2018

    Retired Browning educator Larry Woolf spent 11 years as a teacher and 15 as a guidance counselor in public schools on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has seen, again and again, the devastating pain of teenage suicide. "Working in the schools, I'd gone to enough funerals for kids," he said in an interview this spring. The pain of losing those young people motivated Woolf to become a trainer in a new mental health program for teenagers - a program he hopes will sharply reduce the rate of teenage...

  • Choteau Searches for Formula to Stop Loss of Population, Jobs and Students

    Melody Martinsen, Editor, Choteau Acantha|Mar 29, 2018

    CHOTEAU – "I'm really into formulas," says Choteau Area Port Authority board member Blair Patton. "People who are successful know the formula. You do not have a successful small community accidentally. There is a focused, purposeful action that leads into that." Patton returned to his family's ranch outside of Choteau after living many years in Lewistown. He operated a sports clothing and graphics business here, served on the Choteau City Council and now runs a lawn care service. He and his w...

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