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Best Places to Cool Off in North Central Montana This Summer – Our Top Five

Flick User, Stevendamron

With summer finally here and some 80 degree temperatures, I'm thinking of the best place or places to keep cool this summer. Of course, being the Puffman, I am already “cool” but here are, what I think, the 5 best places to cool down this summer.

Olson's Drug - Conrad
Olson's Drug – Conrad


Olson’s Drug

Beautiful Downtown Conrad



My first suggestion would be Olson's Drug in beautiful, sunny downtown Conrad. Olson's has a real soda fountain and Pete McKeone knows how to make a GREAT ice cream soda which I feel is more or less a lost art these days. A real chocolate soda consists of hard vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, AND soda WATER. It's cooling, refreshing, and not filling on a hot summer afternoon.


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Google StreetView


The Dixie Inn of Shelby



Another place that is cool is Darrell's Dixie Inn on Highway 2 west of town. Back in the 70's, when Jimmy Carter asked Americans to turn the danged thermostat down, Darrell followed the instructions from the chief commander in chief and hasn't looked back since!


Google StreetView
Google StreetView


Shelby Swimming Pool



! If you enjoy taking a plunge, the Shelby swimming pool is the best! There's open swimming, lap swimming, water aerobics and there's a new handicap chairlift in the pool. Pool Parties are also available so everyone can have fun and cool off at the same time. There's even a wading pool for the young tadpoles 6 years of age and younger and also for handicapped children of all ages.


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Google StreetView


The Roxy Theater



Another “cool” place is our beautiful Roxy Theatre in downtown Shelby. Talk about air conditioned comfort, spacious seating, and a relaxing respite during these dog days of summer.


(Flickr User, m.prinke)
(Flickr User, m.prinke)


The 5th place I would suggest is our KSEN Radio control room when I'm on the air. I like to keep the air conditioning blowing in there as cool as possible without freezing up the equipment. I've always felt that a “cool control room” forces one to work harder, think faster, and not become sleepy or sluggish when playing the slow ballad type songs of which I am so fond. It may be “Nappy Time” on the Puffman Show but try dozing off when ice crystals are forming on your cup of coffee. Have a happy and COOL summer!


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