Spooktacular benefit planned for Independent-Observer editor

By I-O Reporter Deanna Wakkinen

Buck Traxler, Conrad’s Independent-Observer editor for the past 26 years, has undergone triple bypass surgery.

As an effort to assist him with medical bills, a Halloween party is being hosted at the Pondera Golf Club in Conrad.

The night will get underway with dinner starting at 6 p.m. Big Ox BBQ is providing pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and coleslaw. Plates will be $5 and free-will donations will also be accepted.

Bring your costume and enjoy music provided by Harry and Lloyd’s DJ Service beginning at 8 p.m. There will be an adult costume contest and there will be a winner in the singles and couples group. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.


Bucket raffles will be set up throughout the night and an arm’s length of tickets can be purchased for only $20 and each ticket can be placed in the bucket of your choice for your chance to win.


Raffle items include a two-night stay at the Conrad Super 8, a $700 will writing package from Gianarelli Law Office, a fishing package from Mountain View Co-op and various baskets and gift certificates from area businesses.

For those wishing to make a donation to the bucket raffle, they may do so by dropping items off at or by contacting the Independent-Observer.

During the night, 50/50 tickets will also be sold.

For those wanting to make a direct donation to Traxler, please make checks payable to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

For more information on the benefit, please call the Independent-Observer at 271-5561.