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Songwriters in the Spotlight

The streets of Red Lodge come alive with music In college, Michelle Rivers wrote what she thought was just a silly little love song about that cautious, curious, in-between time in a relationship when it looks like friendship might evolve into romance. She bared her 20-something soul in “Falling for You,” with a line that…

Meet Tara

A sporty & smart teen longing for a ‘Forever Family’ With a sparkle in her eye, it doesn’t take long to realize that 14-year-old Tara has spunk and drive. She’s also a kid who wears her heart on her sleeve. As one of nine kids, this teen is currently living in a group home, hoping…

Hitting the Motherlode

The summer we shared our backyard and a whole lot more There is nothing I love more than a little adventure. It’s the precise reason why my husband and I ended up with two strangers camping in our backyard, eating watermelon on the patio one Fourth of July.   This story begins with my decision…

Dreaming Big

Meet Katy Easton, the new Downtown Billings Alliance CEO When Katy Easton visits a new community, she makes a point to visit its downtown. Katy believes that a vital, energetic downtown reflects the health and well-being of the larger community. She never guessed that one day she’d find herself at the helm of Montana’s largest…

Adding a Golden Glow

D.I.Y. Candlesticks are perfect indoors or out There’s been a trend over the past few years to make our outdoor spaces an extension of family living and entertaining, especially when the weather turns warm. Simple patio chairs have been replaced with sectional lounge sets, and soft ambient lighting is all the rage. One mood enhancer…

Urban Chic

Lofty Living in the Heart of Downtown In the center of Billings, once-forgotten historical buildings now bask in new life. “It’s only going to get better,” booms Randy Hafer, president and co-owner of High Plains Architects, a visionary working to make the heart of downtown a mecca for living in Billings’ urban core. Two decades…

Cover Story: Marilyn Floberg

Celebrating home & giving back to her community When Marilyn Floberg arrived by train with her two young children at the Billings Depot in 1960, she remembers looking out the window at the breathtaking Rimrocks and stepping out the doors to one of those mild January days that Billings seems to experience fairly regularly. “I…

Life Is A Gift

A chat with 108-year-old Millie Eyre At 108 years old, Millie Eyre still has that sparkle in her eye. She still lets her fingers glide along the ivory as she plays the piano. She makes sure to get in a few games of bingo each week and believes ice cream is a food group. She…

Mana Lesman

Artist, Dancer, & Celebrant of the Ordinary Walk into the home of artist Mana Lesman and you’re awed by the beauty and peace, all enfolded into an airy sense of space. Shards of light dance on amber-colored wooden walls, old-timey snowshoes lie crisscrossed on rafters above your head, stained glass glows in a window, and…

The Old House Stays

Step inside the Gertsch home Chelsie and Jake Gertsch knew that living in town — in a subdivision — wasn’t exactly their idyllic spot for putting down roots. They desired to raise their children in similar fashion to how they had been raised. “Chelsie grew up in the country (between Billings and Shepherd) and I…

Clip It Up!

Turn an old frame into a memory holder Do you ever have those photos that you want to display but simply don’t have enough picture frames to display them all? Now, you can share these memories en masse with a fun and easy DIY project. This memory frame is not only a great project for…

Fearless Fashion

Please don’t “dress your age!” Break the rules. Shatter the chatter about what you can and cannot wear once you hit a certain age.  What does “dress your age” mean anyway?  We decided to throw out the rules and spark a fashion rebellion urging women to wear what speaks to them, sparks that passion for…

Flo McMasters

Kindness Ambassador If you could define the life of Joliet resident Flo McMasters in one word, it would be “service.” Just look at a few of the organizations she’s involved in — president of the Joliet Community Center and the Joliet Lions, member of the library board, a founding member of the Free Range Banana…

A Crisis in Care

The staggering statistics involving kids in foster care On any given day, most social workers in our region look at the rising caseload that sits on their desks. Many carry three times the number of cases that is ideal. Workers oversee anywhere from 40 to 60 cases at a time, trying to make sure each…

Overcoming Injury

Cyclist rekindles interest in pedal-powered transportation thanks to Tour de Fleur When a pickup truck plowed into a group of cyclists on a rural road in Wisconsin more than a decade ago, one of the first things to cross Sandy Vancleeve’s mind was whether the children in the group were safe. “We were just going…

Writing Life’s Stories

Billings woman shares why you should write your own memoir Within arm’s reach, author Virginia Tranel has at least half a dozen books with colorful little slips of paper tucked between the pages. The books are memoirs by various writers, and since Virginia is in the process of writing a memoir – her second –…

Going Gray

Finding a way to reclaim my roots Imagine the scene. A young mom, harried, arms full of screaming toddler and a stuffed platypus that keeps getting tossed to the floor that is covered in snow boot debris. The mom just wrote a check for the basket full of groceries she is trying to maneuver and…

Polly Eames

Healing the addicted At a stage of life where many people are enjoying their friends and family and a quiet retirement, Polly Eames is on the move. At 80 years old, Polly, an addiction counselor at Rimrock Foundation, is sharper and in better shape than many people half her age. A lifelong Montana resident and…

Aging In Place

Simple changes for safe, everyday senior living My parents enjoyed long lives, fortunately. They were also blessed to have lived in their home well into their 90s. While aging in place, it became harder for my mother to get in and out of the bathtub. They had it replaced with a walk-in shower. They abandoned…

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