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MONDAY, DEC. 27, 2010

Kathleen Callahan holds her newly adopted dog, Aussie, at her home in Athol on Dec. 10. She lost her dog Paddee to  poisoning in April.  (Kathy Plonka)

Parting Shot: New puppy eases pain of loss 

An Athol woman whose dog died in April after a suspected poisoning has found a new puppy. Kathleen Callahan turned 58 on Dec. 4. The day before, she brought Aussie, a 6-month-old Shih Tzu-terrier mix, home from the Kootenai Humane Society. “You were my birthday...

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Wild Card 12.27.10 20 

Hope you heard Christa Hazel on Main Street Monday with Kerri Rankin Thoreson. She rocked! And I'm not saying that because my cat and I got a special shout out. (Though Kerri did NOT have to mention my bathrobe). It was worth waking up for!...

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Norwegian Food

Name that food 18 

So, if you've been around Huck's Online long enough you know I refer to Christmas Eve as the Festival of Strange Norwegian Meat. Each year we spend Christmas Eve at my in-laws. My father-in-law and one of my brothers-in-law are first generation Norwegian immigrants. So...

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Kennedy's departure marks end of an era 

WASHINGTON – The Kennedys have held congressional seats, the presidency and the public’s imagination for more than 60 years. That era ends when Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island vacates his U.S. House seat next month, leaving a City Council post in California as Camelot’s sole...

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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick turned back the clock on Sunday. (Associated Press)

Obama calls Eagle's owner re: Michael Vick 20 

Michael Vick has been getting support from all sides during his road to redemption. He's now getting it from the leader of the free world. NBC's Peter King reports that Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie earlier this week to congratulate him for...

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The first baby boomers are turning 65 in 2011 and they may just change the world for older citizens. Front to back are Martha Chadwick, Dick Warwick, Loni Daly and Ed Clark.  (Christopher Anderson)

Baby Boomers turn 65 

The first baby boomers are turning 65 in 2011 and they may just change the world for older citizens. Front to back are Martha Chadwick, Dick Warwick, Loni Daly and Ed Clark. The first baby boomers will turn 65 on Saturday. Every day, for the...

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“This is going to be my new life,” said Karen King, left, of Coeur d’Alene, as she talked with Angela Thompson, of Post Falls, about the Cloverleaf Grange in Post Falls on Dec. 17. Attendance at the grange – established in 1906 – is currently on an upswing.  (Kathy Plonka)

Idaho's oldest Grange

“This is going to be my new life,” said Karen King, left, of Coeur d’Alene, as she talked with Angela Thompson, of Post Falls, about the Cloverleaf Grange in Post Falls on Dec. 17. Attendance at the grange – established in 1906 – is currently...

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DFO mug for Huckleberries blog sidebar.

Hucks column to have new home 

This’ll be my last Huckleberries column as part of Handle Extra. When you next see Huckleberries, it’ll be after the new year, included in the weekend edition of the regular Spokesman-Review. The Handle Extra is going away at year’s end. Read more. D.F. Oliveria/ SR...

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Patrick Jacobs is the entertainment columnist for Handle Extra.  He writes the "Get Out" column.  He blogs under the name OrangeTV or OTV.     JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

OTV: New Year's Eve North Idaho style 

Fashion wise, different cultures bring in the New Year in a variety of different ways. For example, fancy panties are de rigueur for folks in Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela; red underpants are supposed to bode well for love in the new year, while yellow...

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Hugh Hefner
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Hef to wed again 10 

CHICAGO – Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner says he's gotten engaged again. Hefner said in a Twitter message early Sunday that he'd given a ring to girlfriend and Playmate Crystal Harris, saying she burst into tears. "This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," he...

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Land Board's PR agent top GOP operative 12 

BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has paid more than a quarter-million dollars since 2007 to one of the state’s top Republican operatives for a public relations campaign, but officials say the state’s getting a great deal. “We’re very happy with the results so far,”...

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Polar Plunge Proof: Mike Kennedy

Polar Plunge Proof 20 

Mike Kennedy sends this photo along as proof that he has indeed plunged. He also sent other photos, but I've chosen not to post those. I think FCC decency standards apply to blogs. "Use the pictures if you must, but please tell them you airbrushed...

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President Barack Obama makes statement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Hawaiian governor takes aim at birthers 69 

HONOLULU – Frustrated by what he sees as a never-ending campaign to undermine President Barack Obama, Hawaii’s new governor says he plans to use his new post to counter conspiracy theorists who continue to allege that the president was not born in the United States....

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Mike K to KT: I have done the plunge! 

Oh dear. There's trouble brewing in Huckleberry land. On this morning's Main Street Monday radio show, Kerri Thoreson asserted that Cda City Councilman Mike Kennedy had not done the Polar Bear Plunge. On Kerri's facebook page Kennedy says: "I'M CALLING MY LAWYERS! OR LARRY SPENCER,...

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Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick talks about the race on Election Night in Boise (Betsy Russell)

Minnick's concession made Twitter history

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick talks about the race on Election Night in Boise BOISE – Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick’s election-night concession on Twitter made history – according to Twitter. It was ranked No. 8 on the site’s list of the “10 Most Powerful Tweets of...

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KTEC on fast track 

It's full speed ahead for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus. The Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland school districts, along with their business partners, are proceeding ahead with the professional-technical high school on the Rathdrum Prairie as if a planned bill expediting the construction will...

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 Keith Allred, left, talks with 1st District Rep. Walt Minnick during a picnic for Canyon County Democrats  July 10 in Nampa, Idaho.  (Associated Press)

Allred stays focused on citizens' interests

Keith Allred, left, talks with 1st District Rep. Walt Minnick during a picnic for Canyon County Democrats July 10 in Nampa, Idaho. BOISE – Before Keith Allred ran for governor of Idaho, the former Harvard University professor was becoming an increasingly common sight in Idaho’s...

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Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck fumbles as he is hit by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Travis LaBoy. (Associated Press)

Losing Seahawks may be division champs 11 

TAMPA, Fla. — The tailspin continued Sunday for the Seahawks. So, too, did their playoff chase. Yes, it’s been that kind of season for the Seahawks and the NFC West. Seattle suffered its seventh lopsided loss in nine weeks, falling 38-15 to Tampa Bay at...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 26, 2010

Don't forget to tune in 

Hucks Online regular Christa Hazel will be Kerri Thoreson's special guest on Main Street Monday. You can hear Christa at 7 a.m. on http://www.kvni.com/ Who wants to call DFO to make sure he's awake?

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SATURDAY, DEC. 25, 2010

Christmas Weekend Wild Card 15 

Merry Christmas Hucksters! I'm already knee-deep in wrapping paper.Hope your weekend is filled with all the things and people you love most. Leave your own Christmas greetings or other thoughts on this wild card. See you Monday!

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FRIDAY, DEC. 24, 2010


Christmas Eve Wild Card 15 

I'm still recovering from my adventures at Sushi Track last night. I had to grab my food from a moving conveyor belt. I confess I got a bit competitive with the gal acrosss the belt from me and grabbed some plates just because it looked...

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Associated Press Eli Manning and the Giants wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the NFC by beating Carolina in overtime. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Football Moms 

New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson is one of the bit players on a defensive line that has ranked among the league's best in recent years. A seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2006 out of Northwest Missouri State, Tollefson has worked...

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