THE LOCAL NEWS OF THE MADISON VALLEY, RUBY VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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Photo by Keely Larson

Connection and Creativity

Many studies agree that social interaction is important for maintaining quality of life for seniors, some noting it can prevent illness by boosting the immune system. It is almost common knowledge, as is the idea that art can be used to bring people together and has since we learned  how to share crayons in kindergarten.

Boys and Barb Wire

The boys of the Ruby Valley Boys knew each other while going to college at Montana State University (MSU). They played at the Eagles in Bozeman together, appreciating that venue for its sizable dance floor. “It’s a whole lot easier playing when people are dancing,” Jim Anderson said.

Masson’s business card laying on one of her earth-toned pottery pieces. She displays finished items in a sunny room in her basement. PHOTO by Keeley Larson

Behind the Bazaar

Lynn Foreman, president of Ennis Senior Center’s Board of Directors, did not want to see the Holiday Bazaar fade away after the Madison Valley Woman’s Club stopped hosting two years ago after decades of sponsorship.

The Lutz spruce from the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska was chosen as the Capitol Christmas Tree in 2015. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE US FOREST SERVICE

Tree traditions

Christmas Trees at the White House have a lengthy history that has changed with the times. Currently, a rotation of states supplies the annual tree, and one year a former Alder resident chopped down the tree meant for the Capitol Building.

Landon Dybdal stands outside the Ruby Valley Medical Center in Sheridan Nov. 21. PHOTO BY HANNAH KEARSE.

Six months in

Since freshman year of college, Landon Dybdal’s goal was to become the Chief Executive Officer for a hospital before he turned 30. 

He accomplished that goal in Jordan, Montana’s Garfield County Health Center at 26. Two years later, Dybdal moved to Sheridan, Montana, to fill the CEO position at Ruby Valley Medical Center. 

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