Montana Agates: The Other State Gem

The editor would like to apologize for the lack of pun-y title. There’s got to be clever plays on the word “agate” but we just couldn’t think of one. Growing up, our house always had a collection of “interesting rocks.” Whenever we were walking around, if we saw an interesting rock, we would say “huh, … Read more

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Who Says Montana in December is Beautiful?

Who says that Montana in December is beautiful? (Besides us, a bunch of times) I mean look at this tree. It isn’t the kind of picture you would see hanging in a fancy art gallery. And this picture of the sun sparkling on Helena Reservoir doesn’t need to be accompanied by an epic soundtrack. Montana … Read more

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Grizzly Encounters

Last November, Tempest videographer Mike Dreesman was filming the fall larch colors in the Seeley-Swan Valley when he encountered a Grizzly Bear near Van Lake: I passed a car parked on the side of the highway. I looked back and realized that the driver was looking at a grizzly bear, so I whipped the mini-van … Read more

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In Which a Merry Christmas is Wished to All

Christmas is a time for spending with family and friends, but lots of people in Montana in the 1800s ended up spending Christmas away from their families. Miners, and lumberjacks, and railroad workers all ended up spending many Christmases in camps scattered across the unpopulated plains and mountains of Montana. It may seem bleak but, … Read more

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Tri-County Fair

The school year is right around the corner, and being the procrastinator that I am, I have yet to begin the packing process–no need to mention that I move this Tuesday.  I am a master of procrastination, my tactics ranging from cleaning the entire house (other than my own room) to taking a nap or … Read more

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The Montana State Park Where an Oasis Awaits

The transition between the days of the buffalo and life on the reservation was not easy for the Native American peoples.  As the white men continued to move across the country, and settle in the west, the Native American way of life was undergoing immense changes that would forever affect the people.  Chief Plenty Coups … Read more

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