Candidate Daines marches through Conrad

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

This past Tuesday congressional candidate Steve Daines (R) was in Conrad on his campaign swing through the area.

An earlier try to get here had been snowed out.

An avid shooter and hunter, one of his stops was at the Shooting Sports Club.

He had heard about what had been accomplished and wanted to see for himself the facility that has made a name for itself all across Montana.

“Conrad should be very proud for what they have done here with all the volunteers that contributed their weekends to make this possible,” he said.

He went on to add, “This is a model that other communities should follow for projects.”

While he grew up in Billings and lives in Bozeman, Daines has direct ties to Conrad.

His great-great-grandmother Karine Dyrud, immigrated from Norway in 1896.

As a widow and mother of seven children she moved from Minnesota and homesteaded 23 miles east of Conrad.

She is buried in the small cemetery near the Golden West Lutheran Church.

He put himself through college at MSU-Bozeman, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

He left the state to go to work for Procter and Gamble and during his 13 year career with the company he was based in Hong Kong.

In 1997 he returned to the “Big Sky” and went to work for RightNow Technologies. At the time there were about 100 employees.

Today there are over 1,000 employees making it the largest commercial employer in Bozeman. They also have 16 offices around the world.

Always having an interest in politics, he traveled to Dallas in 1984 as one of the youngest delegates for Ronald Reagan. He was the founder of, a non-profit organization advocating the return of Montana’s $1 billion surplus to taxpayers in 2007.
He was the state chairman for Gov. Mike Huckabee in his bid for president in 2008.

He tells the I-O, in a short interview on Tuesday, “We’re running up a deficit of $1.6 trillion, partially from government bailouts and massive spending packages that are threatening to bankrupt us.”

Asked how one could relate to a trillion dollars, Daines  said, “This may help. A million seconds is equal to 11 years. A billion seconds is equal to 32 years and a trillion seconds is equal to 32,000 years.”

If elected, he noted that there are 87 freshmen congressmen and women with which a coalition could be built and as a team be willing to address the problems that are too massive for one person to take on by themselves.

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