See you at the Halloween benefit for Editor Buck Traxler on Oct. 28

On Sept. 21, Buck Traxler, Editor of Conrad’s weekly newspaper, the Independent-Observer, became a new man. Thanks to a triple bypass, Traxler, who has spent over 25 years keeping people informed of Conrad-area happenings, will be snapping photos and “getting the scoop” a while longer.

In an outpouring of support and friendship for the I-O’s editor-in-chief who has served tirelessly behind the scenes for so many years, the community is rallying together to put on a benefit in Traxler’s honor. Traxler has been a household name and a major force at the I-O since first going to work for Jack Lee in the 1980s.

In an effort to assist him with medical bills, a Halloween party is being hosted on Oct. 28 at the Pondera Golf Club.


Big Ox BBQ will get the evening started at 6 p.m. providing pulled pork sandwiches, homemade french fries, baked beans and coleslaw. There will be a small charge for dinner and free-will donations will also be accepted.


During the course of the evening, 50/50 tickets will be sold.

Music and dancing will be provided by Todd Truscott beginning at 8 p.m. so be sure and bring your dancing shoes.

In the tradition of Halloween, there will also be an adult costume contest, so get your costumes together. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners in the singles and couples group as well as for the sexiest costume.

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

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

One basket includes MSU-Bozeman apparel in a Bobcat duffel bag; two others include a massage, a pedicure and a manicure. There will be a bit of everything for everyone.

Should one wish to make a direct donation to Traxler, please make checks payable to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent will be matching funds for Traxler’s benefit.

Additional information regarding the benefit may be obtained by contacting the Independent-Observer at 271-5561 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .