Monday Buffet: Libby Man Sentenced, Obama & Clinton Wrap, Hedgehog Attack

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy World Health Day.

It’s a vaguely spring-like morning in the Flathead but the news is hopping after a weekend of high-profile visits from Democratic presidential candidates over the weekend. On the Beacon, a Libby man found guilty of plotting to have his wife killed was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday. Keriann Lynch profiles a local woman who has published several successful books on knitting. And Editor Kellyn Brown muses on some of the more, er, interesting folks running for state public office this year.

Unless you were under a rock this weekend, you noticed that Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton came to Montana this weekend. Myers Reece covered Obama’s Saturday morning speech to a raucous crowd of thousands at the University of Montana. Later that day, both candidates spoke to several thousand Democrats in Butte at the Mansfield-Metcalf dinner. Matt Gouras, of the Associated Press, also wrote an interesting analysis of whether the visits by Obama and Clinton will help or hinder Montana Democrats. And several Montana reporters landed interesting interviews with Obama, though it doesn’t look as though anyone landed a face-to-face with Clinton. Please correct me if I’m wrong. John S. Adams of the Great Falls Tribune questioned Obama on leadership appointments to agencies like the EPA and the U.S. Forest Service. Jodi Rave of the Missoulian questioned Obama on Native American issues. And Lee’s Chuck Johnson spoke with Obama about rural healthcare. And on Sunday, Clinton held a rally and described herself as participating in a political tradition pioneered by Montana’s Jeanette Rankin.

In other state news, Montana’s showdown with the federal government over Real ID appears to be averted for now. And the Montana Standard reports on a Dillon man who won the Jackson Hole World Championship Hill Climb in snowmobiling.

And finally, an ugly and improvisational scene in New Zealand, where a man attacked another man with a hedgehog. Vicious. Have a great Monday.

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