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…

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…

For Bull Riding Champ, Family Comes First

Family, friends & working on the ranch keep Jess Lockwood grounded People in Montana have good reason to be proud of Jess Lockwood. Last November, at the age of 20, he became the youngest person ever, and the first from Montana, to win the Professional Bull Riders World Championship in Las Vegas. But we have…

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…

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