By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Not a stranger to the political arena, Keith T. Melhus, age 50, is running for a seat in the State House of Representatives, HD-27, formally held by Rep. Llew Jones.
Melhus is running as a declared Republican and is challenging fellow Republican Rob Cook.
Readers may recall that Melhus was a candidate for the Mayor of Conrad.
He tells The I-O. concerning that election, “I personally feel that I succeeded, not failed, since my goals were achieved and you (the public - benefited from my designs, expense and activities – meaning that you now have an elected, not appointed mayor and were presented with a choice for your vote, even if it wasn’t a vote for me.”
In January, letters were mailed to voters who had previously signed up for the annual or permanent absentee list, requesting the voter to update their address in order to receive their ballots by absentee for elections through January of 2011.
Even though the law refers to the list as “permanent” absentees, the voter needs to return an annual letter confirming the voter’s mailing address before an absentee ballot can be mailed to the voter.
The ballot can only be mailed once the confirmation card is received back from the voter. Often voters move or will be away from their regular mailing address during the election cycle and the confirmation letter ensures that the voter has the opportunity to specify the correct mailing address for each election.
Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
Approaching the gates of the Taj Mahal is definitely an event for the memory archives. In the cool, crisp light of pre-dawn in Agra city, the heat and sweat and chaos that are India fell away. We were about to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
As we walked hand-in-hand towards the gate, two stern guards barred our way. Each eyed us as if we were potential international terrorists. Machine guns in hand, one of them spit out:
“Taj Mahal is closed.”
But there must be some mistake. We traveled all the way to India, rode around in 100-degree heat for the last two-weeks and this – the climax of our first journey through India is closed? But here I am, getting ahead of myself, and giving away the end of the story. We had better start at the beginning.