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Huckleberries: Idaho duo tie the knot the rural-fashioned way

Sun., Sept. 18, 2011

The bride was lovely. The groom was nervous. The wedding carriage was spit-shined – a new Kubota tractor upon which bride Libby Stockdale made her grand entrance to her wedding at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 16 miles northeast of Sandpoint. Libby’s pop, Doug, was at the wheel. Libby was radiant, sitting in the front bucket, holding a bouquet of sunflowers. Now, Franck Eggelhoffer (Martin Short’s character in “Father of the Bride”) might not approve of Libby’s rural “limo.” But Marianne Love of the Slight Detour blog reports that witnesses enjoyed the “laid-back, warm, friendly gathering” that united Libby and Isaac Schoonover. Adding to the North Idaho flavor, the guests sat on hay bales. Bandannas inscribed with Libby’s and Isaac’s names served as favors. Marianne adds this description: “Men in the wedding party wore jeans and short-sleeved Western shirts, big belt buckles and boots. Women wore beautiful, elegant dresses and carried sunflower bouquets. The bridal attendants walked into the ceremony in their cowboy boots.” After exchanging vows, the newlyweds did a victory lap on the Kubota. Eatcher heart out, John Deere. 

Young & Wild

Adam Graves, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association official trying to unseat Councilman Ron Edinger, admits he had a lead foot as a youth. In response to a Hucks Online email containing a laundry list of misdeeds from yesteryear involving fast cars, Graves responded: “I was a wild kid until I got in trouble at 21 and changed my ways pretty fast. Since then I’ve just got speeding tickets as I’m a fast German car freak. But, alas, I had to give those up, and I’m down to (an old) BMW and a ’76 VW bus. Neither is fast. But both are fun.” What? You survived your wild-oat years sans speeding ticket?


Wonder what those two Jet Ski rental workers told their boss after crashing and partly sinking one machine near the Floating Green on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday afternoon, in broad daylight … Amber Copeland, a Coeur d’Alene council wannabe and single mother of four daughters, is the granddaughter of a Boundary County political fixture – ex-sheriff-commissioner Ron Smith. Amber avoids calling Ron “grandpa,” though. Sez she: “He prefers ‘grandaddy.’ It’s Ron’s Southern roots” … IDAHO made international news recently when the gay veep of the French chapter married her lover. That’s IDAHO as in International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia … If you’ve almost fallen on your back side after sliding barefoot in the dark through a pile of dog barf on a hardwood floor, you know how Coeur d’Alene Realtor Tom Torgerson felt Monday … If you and KXLY’s Kris Crocker were Facebook friends, you’d know that Kris was star-struck by anchorwoman Nadine Woodward when the two became part of the same evening newscast last week. Many are.

Parting Shot

Publisher Trish Gannon of the River Journal killed a ha-uge spider in her bathtub recently by hitting it three times with her shoe. Each time, she yelled, “Sorry!” When the spider finally quit spasming and lay dead, Trish ap-hollow-gized again, “I’m really sorry but you had to die.” Didn’t the Dixie Chicks say the same thing about Earl in that country song?

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