Reviewing the Past

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Following are articles as they appeared in the Ranger-Review, the Dawson County Review, and Glendive Independent, 25, 50 & 100 years ago this month.

25 Years Ago

Giving his students a clean school to learn in is only a small part of Randy Unruh’s life as he goes to school each day. Recently he completed a 5-foot wooden and wire replica of one of the dinosaurs that once roamed the Glendive area, so that first graders could add some graphic realism to their learning experiences as they completed their unit on dinosaurs.

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Snorkk. “Honey, wake up. You’re snoring.”

Snorkk. “Would you please roll over?” Jostle, jostle.

Snork. “ROLL OVER!”

Ah, the final pleading cry of the snorer’s bedpartner moments before a pillow is clamped over his or her ears. Another good night’s sleep down the drain.

Each night, millions of Americans snore their way through sleep –– much to the chagrin of their light-sleeping bedpartners. Knowing your partner can’t help snoring isn’t particularly comforting when you’ve been awakened for the third or fourth time. And, if the snorer is you, mornings might find you wracked with guilt when you see dark circles under your partner’s eyes from yet another night of disrupted sleep.

Obstructions to the airway, such as a floppy tongue, soft palate (the roof of the mouth) or uvula (the tissue dangling from the back of the mouth), are the usual culprits of snoring. Obesity, which tends to narrow the airway, is another common cause. And while there are more than 300 devices patented to control snoring –– nose clips, chin straps and even a collar that delivers an electric shock, to name a few –– most are proven to have little or no effect,

What does work for many snorers is a relatively new and fairly painless surgery called laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty, or LAUPP, that can typically be performed under a local anesthetic over three or four 15-minute outpatient visits.

LAUPP involves two main steps. One is to shorten the uvula by “vaporizing” it with the laser. The other is to tighten the floppy soft palate by making small laser cuts. The body’s own healing process draws the soft palate up and tightens it.

Snoring could be a warning sign of a potentially dangerous condition called sleep apnea, in which a person doesn’t breath right at night either because of an airway obstruction or a lack of “messages” from the brain telling them to breath regularly. People with sleep apnea may wake up hundreds of times during the night and not even be aware of it.

50 Years Ago

Now. A car with a

computer in it.

–––––––––––––––Every Volkswagen Squarback now comes with a computer.

It looks like a box, about a foot wide, and is connected to the engine in 9 places.

Let us explain. (Or try to.)

The Volkswagen Squareback is one of the few cars in the world with a fuel injection system.

A computer was designed to control this system. To think for it.

For instance, the computer figures engine speed, engine load and engine temperature.

Then sends precise amounts of fuel and air to each cylinder.

Fuel waste decreases; mileage increases. And you’ll get about 27 miles to the gallon.

What you won’t get are carburetor problems. There is no carburetor. Nothing to adjust, nothing to clean, nothing to ice.

Only the VW Squareback (and its sister car, the Fastback) has a fuel injection system and a thinking computer.

Volkswagens always made sense.

Now they have sense.




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Great Falls, February, 24.––From an unhappy home on a ranch far distant from a railroad a shy, attractive 18 year old girl came into the local U.S. Employment Service office one day last week. She had come to Great Falls with the idea, vague as to details, of bettering herself.

Unused to city ways and strangers, the girl preferred a place in the country if it was possible to find one. Miss Farr of the Women’s Division, told her a young couple on a nearby ranch who had that day made application for a young girl to live with them and the girl took the place at once. Today she came into the office to see Miss Farr and said “I cannot thank you enough. Everything on the ranch is lovely and I am so interested in it all. I am busy and as happy as can be.” The girl, through the Employment Service, found more than a job, she found a home.