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College Student Turned Entrepreneur

Bailey Scott brings joy to Billings, one frozen treat at a time Bailey Scott loves to get into her favorite ride, grab her friends, crank up the music and hit the streets to cruise around. Bailey’s “ride,” however, isn’t typical for most 20-year-olds. It’s a brightly decorated baby-blue ice cream truck filled with prepackaged ice…

Rising to the Challenge

Student athletes join forces to improve the halls of their high schools In the sports world, there’s nothing quite like a crosstown rivalry. Behind the action, the athletes wear their game faces as they get ready for the latest round of competition under the Friday night lights, on the court as the first serve is…

As the World Turns

DIY creates a unique statement piece Globes used to be a staple in every home and classroom back in the day. Flash forward to today and home decorating gurus have put a new spin on this old-time favorite. After tracking down a globe for $12 at a secondhand store, I was ready to combine a…

Meet He’Lena

A smart, outgoing, funloving teen in search of a forever family When you meet 14-year-old He’Lena, it doesn’t take long to see what’s behind this sweet teen. She’s not only smart and motivated, she’s outgoing and, according to her foster family, “loves to be the entertainer.” You’d never know the trials she’s already faced in…

A Little Sauce on the Side

Recipes for amazingly easy and tasty condiments Let me set the scene. It was the holiday season and our daughter, Lindsay, was home for a week. As we typically do on Saturdays, I had plans of whipping up a hot breakfast with huckleberry pancakes (berries I had frozen from the fall), bacon and lots of…

Out of the Box Education

How escape room style games are finding their way into the classroom Walking into Katy Lefler and Michael Thomas’ science class at Ben Steele Middle School is like stepping into an adventure. Kids are huddled over sheets of paper with a few large and small locked boxes in front of them. As the noise of…

Third Time is a Charm

Billings woman is proof a VBAC is possible, even after multiple c-sections   Before 26-year-old Krischel Moran even felt the flutters of her third child inside the womb, she knew she and her husband, Luis, wanted this baby to come into the world differently. With two prior Caesarian section births, she did her research, hoping…

Cover Story: Bethany Taylor, a true survivor

Local teen moves from a broken home to a mended soul Bethany Taylor’s narrative could start with any one of a collection of hard-knock stories about her childhood, which she freely shares. But if you ask Bethany, the story really starts with her earliest memories at the Yellowstone County Boys and Girls Club Lockwood clubhouse….

Be the Lighthouse

Navigating the waters of the teenage years Being a teenager isn’t easy. It’s a slippery ledge between childhood and adulthood as teens lean out and into the risks and privileges of the grown-up world. Being the parent of a teenager can seem just as treacherous, a balancing act between holding the baby you’ve known forever…

Baking Up Love

Christine Burley, Jilan Johnson & Joanie Swords Today I needed a bite of comfort. I am sitting at a table by the front window of Harper and Madison as the warm sun streams in. With headphones on, I am listening, by pure coincidence, to jazz guitarist Chris Standring play “Have Your Cake and Eat It”…

One Man’s Trash…

SCRaP lets creativity flourish You’ve likely heard this one before: One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Tami Zemliska knows this to be true. “It is that simple,” she says. “I can love an old milk can that has ‘Dalhart, Texas’ on it because I have a connection to it. That line between junk and…

All Wrapped Up

Original Art Adorns Downtown Utility Boxes When Natasha Potratz glanced at all the drab, gray-green utility boxes scattered around the downtown landscape, it sparked an idea. Instead of just letting these boxes fade into the background, she saw a way to shine a spotlight on area artists and make their work public in the city’s…

Setting the Stage for Art

Billings Open Studio gives artists a space to create In a downtown Billings parking lot adjacent to the Babcock Theatre, an accidental conversation is brewing. Gallery owner Zach Terakedis has just run into Ted Kim, the operator of Billings Open Studio (BOS). Kim is just arriving to meet artist and photographer Brooke Moore, who is…

Vintage Style

Sherry Daly takes fashion back in time With a little imagination, each garment on the racks at Montana Vintage Clothing will tell a story. That gauzy, mauve shift dress from the 1920s might have been worn to a dance at the old Northern Hotel, or maybe it was worn to one of Billings speakeasies. That…

Finding Treasure in the Magic City

It’s as easy as an afternoon walk After this past winter, you’re probably craving a change of scenery — maybe a trip to an exotic city where you’re blessed with a whiff of warmth and wonder, novelty and nuance. Imagine yourself admiring the beauty of baguettes and boules lit by a shard of sunshine piercing…

Front Row Seat to Change

From Billings to the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women “This is such an exciting and pivotal time to be a woman,” Sienna Miller, activist and actress, told the crowd gathered at the United Nations building in the heart of New York City. Renee Coppock and I were in the audience representing the Zonta Club of…

It’s Sandal Season!

6 Sassy & Stylish Summer Ready Looks The countdown is over and sandal season — a season we live for — is finally here. So bring those tootsies out of hibernation, pamper them with a pedicure and then embrace the warmer weather and the trendiest looks with one (or more) of these stylish sandals. ROSE’…

Be Social. Live Local.

Go Unite brings the spice to an otherwise average night out on the town What’ll you have? The usual. When it comes to a night out, does it go something like this? Drinks at the usual neighborhood hangout, dinner at one of your usual tried-and-true restaurants. Maybe follow it with a movie, or just head…

Healing to the Beat

Brooke Wagner brings the sounds of music to Billings pediatric patients On a quiet morning in St. Vincent Healthcare’s neo-natal intensive care unit, monitors beep, keeping a digital eye on some of Billings’ tiniest residents. In a peaceful corner, Kim Strand sits, cuddling her 19-day-old granddaughter, Freya. The tiny little girl had a rough entry…

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