Family Farming

By Stacy Bronec, photos by LeRita McKeever “You think you know what it will be like, but you never know what’s in store for you,” says LeRita McKeever, recalling the early years of marrying a [...]

Beyond the Fencelines

By Stacy Bronec “I’m fascinated by stories,” says Jesse Thompson, founder of Beyond the Fencelines. “I’ve always been drawn to stories, especially from the older generations and what we can learn [...]

Becoming a Master Gardener

By Stacy Bronec The Master Gardener program began in Washington state in 1973 and made its way to Montana in 1974. Since then, the program has been up and running in most counties across Montana. [...]

Why Goats?

Photo by Amber Hofstad By Stacy Bronec “Goats will come right up to you. People aren’t used to that,” says Deena Maier, founder of Windrift Hill in Conrad. “Goats are part of the family; they do [...]

Thank a Farmer

Text and Photo by Stacy Bronec “My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer,” [...]

Hope Springs Eternal

By Stacy Bronec This winter has been mild by Montana standards (not counting the week of subzero weather in February), but even so, there’s a noticeable change in the air. That, coupled with the [...]

Moving West

By Stacy Bronec John Lippert had only $100 in his pocket when he and his cousin hid on a railcar from Minnesota to Montana. The stowaways arrived in Carter, which was under a foot of snow, with [...]

Levee Gold

By Stacy Bronec In the late 1980s, First State Bank in Fort Benton (now First Bank of Montana) began offering Christmas Promotion loans and a local currency option years before the trend caught [...]

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