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On July 16, 1909, Dan Whetstone, an experienced Minnesota newspaperman, published the first issue of a new five-column, eight-page weekly, the Cut Bank Pioneer Press in Cut Bank, Montana.  From the beginning, the weekly promoted the community’s access to farm land and shipping on the Great Northern Railroad connecting the plains of Montana to the Twin Cities and the Pacific Northwest.  The newspaper also promoted Cut Bank’s proximity to the Blackfeet Reservation, over 514,000 acres soon to be opened to non-tribal settlement.  The editor also boasted about the young town’s cultural advantages:  Cut Bank had the only city band in the county.

Early on, Dan Whetstone joined a small cadre of rural northern Montana editors who regularly challenged the Anaconda Company press, supporting Progressive candidates for office.  The newspaper followed Cut Bank’s transition from a homesteading mecca to a center of oil boom in the 1920s.

Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT