Article by Kristi O’Harran, Seattle Daily Herald
Folks don’t need to tote a wallet or purse to Curry’s Market in Valier.
Everyone in town has a charge account. Customers put money down on deposit and purchases are deducted from the tab.
That sort of country life appeals to Mark Hinricksen, 59, of Marysville, Wash., who is Montana to his toenails. He aims to skedaddle back to his hometown of Conrad in the next few years.
Meanwhile, he creates art that captured the essence of a place where he attended a two-room schoolhouse, skated on frozen ponds and built forts over clotheslines.
For the 14th consecutive year, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is the nation’s top agricultural business lender in total dollar volume, according to 2009 data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC). Combining totals for Wells Fargo and Wachovia, the company extended its leadership by extending approximately $9.4 billion in agricultural loans last year.
“Despite the recession, Wells Fargo increased its agricultural lending by 12 percent between 2008 and 2009,” said Michael Swanson, chief agriculture economist for Wells Fargo.
He went on to say, “This increase not only reflects our continued commitment to helping agricultural businesses but is an indication of what was happening across the industry. While grain and forage producers increased their profits, livestock producers experienced record losses which resulted in unprecedented borrowing. As lenders, we had to help balance the needs and understand stresses across the entire agricultural supply.”
CONCENTRATION — Cowgirl senior Sami Fagan, playing shortstop, gets set to field a grounder in a recent game. The only senior on the team, she played in her final home game on Tuesday against Simms. Photo courtesy of Brian Robinson
The weather finally cooperated and the softball team was able to get on to the ball field at the Cut Bank Invitational on Saturday.
The team gained a split in their contests, dropping a tough loss to the host squad 4-3 and then coming back to stop the Sunburst Refiners 11-1.
Conrad came back from being down 0-2, helping Cut Bank to the early lead with four errors in the first inning, to take a 3-2 lead in the third inning, only to have the Lady Wolves score a single run in the fifth and put away the contest with a walk-off safety in the bottom of the seventh.