Madison County

Gayla Allhands, Carol Wilcox and Sara Dunham at the grand opening of the new Sheridan Senior Center building Oct. 15. Photo by Hannah Kearse

Sheridan Senior Center

Several white signs and quilts lined the walls of the Sheridan Senior Center during its grand opening Oct. 15. The signs acknowledged donors who helped make the new facility possible, and members sewed the quilts.

Endecott’s cow-calf operation outside of McAllister. PHOTO COURTESY OF RACHEL ENDECOTT

More than a job

Mental health affects everyone, regardless of gender or occupation. Suicide rates are higher in rural America and Montana leads the nation in number of suicides. The isolation and job factors associated with agricultural work in rural Montana, and the stigma tied to identity, makes seeking out help difficult. 

Grizzlies in the Gravellys

Donivan Campbell wrapped his hands around the back of his head and neck as a grizzly bear pinned him face down in a forest west of Black Butte, the highest peak of the Gravelly Mountains. He felt the moist warmth of the bear’s mouth on the hand covering his head as a large tooth slid between his fingers.

Dottie smiling outside the Madison Valley Medical Center. With some bothersome wind, we laughed about going for the ‘windswept look.’ Photo by Keely Larson

Community focused

In a world that values individualism and independence almost to an extreme, people like Dottie Fossel are instrumental in promoting community values. Fossel is hardworking and self-reliant, but also community-minded, selfless and devoted.


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