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Paul Brown, Libby-area logger, competes in the Ax Throw, July 1999

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Libby High School: Documenting Local History
A Local Legacy

What makes your city or town like no other? During the summer of 1999, a group of teenagers from Libby High School formed a team to tell the world why Libby, Montana, is unique. Some of the students were interested in photography and some in history, but each student documented his or her own view of life in Libby. Several teachers at the high school worked with their students on the project.

The students covered several local events in their project, including Logger Days, a four-day festival held in early July, and Nordicfest, an annual three-day event celebrating the town's Swedish heritage. Logger Days celebrate Libby's historic timber industry with food, parades, and crafts. Highlights of the celebration include logging competitions such as a "Lumberjack Relay" race and sawing and ax-throwing events.

Nordicfest remembers the early 1900s in Libby, when a lumber mill was established and Scandinavian loggers came from Minnesota. The celebration, which started in 1985, features craft and quilt shows, a parade and Fjord horse show and food like Swedish meatballs and "Vikings on a stick."

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