Judi Ward gets things in order on the last day of her 40-year career. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

A fond farewell

The year is 1981. Ronald Reagan is leading the country. Sandra Day has been appointed to serve as the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. Raiders of the Lost Ark topped the movie scene while Dynasty was all the rage on television. And in little old Harrison, Mont., Judi Ward started her career at the Harrison School District.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Turner

Finding your own last best place

If you’re like me, your days of extreme hiking, rough climbing and sleeping on rocks may now be fond memories. Or maybe not so fond. If I never again carry a backpack for days, subsisting on dehydrated food, that will be OK. Done that. The aging process has slowed down my pace and made me protective of my kneecaps.

At Ennis-Big Sky Airport with Miss Montana. (L to R) Keely Flatow, Bill Drew, Shaun Raunig, Fred Raunig, Richard Raunig, Mike Farinelli. PHOTO BY BETSEY WELTNER

From Normandy to Ennis

Among the 24,000 American, British and Canadian troops who landed at Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, were scores of Montanans. They included ranch kids from places like Choteau, Geyser and Sand Coulee. Thankfully, many made it back home and lived long lives.


National Weather Service presents 10 Year Length of Service Award

Leroy Reister was presented with a 10 Year Length of Service Award from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Great Falls (GTF), MT. Leroy takes care of an automated precipitation gauge that records twenty four hour rain and snowfall amounts at his station located in Silver Star, Mont. Observations from Leroy’s station date back to 1939.

While she is approved as a pastor, we cannot officially refer to Reynolds as Rev. Reynolds until she is ordained by the Presbytery. This ceremony will happen in August. And then, it will be cool to say Rev. Reynolds. It just rolls off the tongue. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY GRACE REYNOLDS

Head in the clouds

Mary Grace Reynolds’ cat’s name is Thomas Jefferson.

“He’s currently sleeping in the chair that is for other people to sit in, and I’m trying to find a way to discourage him from doing that,” Reynolds said during her first day as Madison Valley Presbyterian Church’s new pastor.

Antiques and restoration have been passions for Roxy Hudak since she was 16. It’s a hobby and passion she’s excited to share with others. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

A little bit of everything

There’s a place Roxy Hudak goes when she needs a break from it all. It’s called her Woosah room – a place for clarity and calmness. Some folks find this place along the river, or perhaps in their garden. For Hudak, the room decorated with mementos of home and family, happens to be in the back of her new shop:


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