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“That was long before skateboard parks,” he said.

The new business owner does have Butte ties. His grandfather, Thoralf Fromdahl, worked in the Butte mines, and his dad, Mel Howe, worked four years here in the early 1980s.

Although he may now be 55, Howe still skateboards every day. That’s how much he loves the sport.

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“At my age, I’m now at the intermediate level,” he explained.

He still reaps the benefits from the sport.

“It keeps me in shape,” he explained, “and makes me focus.”

Since Howe’s teen-age years, skateboarding has certainly evolved and become more accepted as a sport. So much so, that it is now an Olympic competition.

That was not the case in 1978, when Anaconda…

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