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The Ekalaka Eagle
Oscar Dahl began publishing the five-column, eight-page weekly, the Ekalaka [Montana] Eagle on January 1, 1909, and continued doing so until he sold the newspaper to Tom and Gladys Taylor in 1946. Shortly after opening, a fire destroyed part of the newspaper office, but that did not deter the publisher. The Eagle is the oldest newspaper in Carter County, Montana, and in fact the oldest business in Ekalaka. The publisher Dahl started with South Dakota newspapers, working at age ten as a "printer's devil" and later as a pressman and editor.
During World War I, the Ekalaka Eagle lobbied for the Red Cross and against the "Kaiser." To cater to the many immigrants in the region, the newspaper ran a weekly column featuring important news from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark entitled, "In the Scandinavian North." Ekalaka became the seat of Carter County in 1917 and served the commercial needs of far-flung cattle and sheep ranches. To accommodate local ranchers, the Eagle published a two-column feature each week with pictures of local cattle brands.
Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT