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Opheim

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  • Granrud’s Lefse Shack

    Photo courtesy: Granrud’s Lefse Shack

Opheim, ten miles from the Saskatchewan border, was named for Alfred S. Opheim, the second postmaster. Opheim is in rich wheat-growing country. The town had no railroad until 1926, when the Great Northern extended its Bainville-Scobey branch, one of the last examples of rail construction in Montana. During homesteading days Opheim was a beehive of industry: stores, banks, lumberyards, hotels, and bars did a profitable business. Wild grasses grew stirrup-high; sod-busters plowed it under and for a few years reaped huge profits from grain crops. They built large houses and barns and modern schoolhouses. But the drought years broke many of the farmers, and the land was left to lie fallow.(from Cheney’s Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)

On the 51 mile stretch of road between Glasgow and Opheim along Montana Highway 24 lie some of the wildest prairie lands in the northern part of Missouri River Country. If you happen to be driving about one mile south of Opheim, Montana, you’ll find Granrud’s Lefse. People come from all over to tour their unique operation and sample lefse hot off the grill. Their season starts up in the fall and runs into April. Come by some time to watch and taste.

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