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Barbara Opdahl is the answer for Clearwater History Trivia #613, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Barbara Irene Opdahl was born Nov. 25, 1938 in Albert Lea, MN. She married her childhood sweetheart Harlan Opdahl in 1959. A vacation trip west resulted in their move to Idaho in 1965.

She worked at Pierce schools from 1966 to 1971 and then went to work for the US Post Office from 1971 to 1988. Along the way, the couple, along with Harlan's brother, Duane and wife, Vi, partnered to form Triple O Outfitters. Barb was the chief cook and ultimate hostess for bear and elk hunters and Lewis Clark trail riders. Her sourdough pancakes, huckleberry desserts and camp potatoes were legendary. Her enthusiam for outdoor life was contagious, just like her smile.

Barbara was an active community member. She served on the Pierce Library Board, was a 4-H Leader, a member of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, Gem Community Board Member, Clearwater Basin Collaborative member, Potlatch Advisory Committee, and served on the Idaho Travel Council. She was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church and served in various capacities, including teacher and council member.

Barbara personified the spirit of hospitality. She loved to camp, hunt, snowmobile and embroider. She also loved to cook. Family and friends were always welcome at the Opdahl home, especially around meal time. The entire time her children attended school, each teacher enjoyed a pan of her cinnamon rolls at Christmas. They were so well loved that she continued the tradition for staff even after the youngest graduated. Barbara never missed an opportunity to make new friends. Her faith and devotion to God were the center of her life.

She passed away Sept. 8, 2014.

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