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Tastings: Where’s the Beef in Billings?

In search of that great steak Where’s the beef in Billings? If you’ve wondered where is the best spot in Montana’s Trailhead city to get a delectable steak, wonder no more. Our Tastings Team went on the hunt to answer just that question. MEET THE TASTINGS TEAM Each one of the tasters, Deb Goffena, Lynda…

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There’s the Rub

Savory spices and sassy grilling sauces The inspiration has come from William Shakespeare in Hamlet’s famous soliloquy in Act 3, Scene 1. “To die: to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: aye, there’s the rub.” My high school English Literature teacher, Merlin Willard, would be happy I remember most of Hamlet’s famous speech, but he…

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Making the City Magic

Visit Billings works to put our city on the map Travelers who flew in or out of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport last winter, likely became acquainted with Gus and Charlie. They were hard to miss. Gus is a colorful, larger-than-life Grizzly Bear and Charlie is a wild and wooly bison. Photos of both were literally…

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Time for a Staycation?

Some of the Valley’s best and most beautiful destinations When the summer skies start to heat up the Montana and Wyoming landscape, many will look for that great weekend escape. Tourism in Big Sky Country alone is a $3.9 billion industry and for at least the past five years, that number has been on a…

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Repurposed Planter

Dress up your patio on a dime Reduce, reuse and recycle is a statement that I try to live by. That’s why when I had a few abandoned drawers from a previous dresser project, I knew throwing them away wasn’t an option. Since spring has sprung, I dreamt up a plan for a repurposed planter….

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Preserving the Memories of Times Gone By

Joyce Jensen loves sharing pieces of our area’s history Joyce Jensen didn’t know anything about typography, page layout or fonts when she created her first book, a history of the First United Methodist Church in Billings, in 1989.  She didn’t know much about formal historical research, either.  But as soon as she got her teeth…

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Making a Return Flight

New name & new look for Billings hot air balloon festival As gas-powered fans help inflate the rip-stop nylon, hands unfold and shape it to get the air pockets filled. Within minutes, this heap of fabric will be setting sail in the skies with nothing but rope, a piloted basket and some propane to help…

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Helping Billings Take Flight

The women of Horizon Air On this windless blue-skied afternoon the “Team Billings” ground crew at Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air is once again striving for excellence. Their call to attention: Flight 2400 from Seattle is touching down at Billings Logan International Airport. Outfitted in fluorescent green vests and sunglasses, the ground crew stands ready for the…

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Promoting Pure Gold

Billings area women help shine the light on The Great American Wheat Harvest Every year at about this time, you see the stalks sprout and start to manifest into a golden carpet over sections of the Montana landscape. Nearly six million acres of wheat is harvested each year in our state bringing in a cash…

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The Joy of Creating

Crooked Line Studio brings out the artist in all Think you don’t have the artistic talent to draw a stick figure? That won’t make a difference at Crooked Line Studio. Owner Julie Durrett didn’t either when she first jumped into the world of art. Now she’s running Crooked Line Studio, a refuge for non-artists who…

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Packing for the Voyage

Mix & match style to get the most in your suitcase When summer hits and vacation time gets closer, you know you can”t take your closet with you. Yet, you want options when it comes to a fashionable fun-filled getaway. What you wear for an afternoon of sightseeing will, no doubt, look entirely different compared…

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Country Living that Fits the Bill

A downstairs remodel cuts through the red tape    This feature is brought to you by My Handyman Service & Construction, making your life easier, one project at a time! The serenity, beauty and privacy of Nancy and Bruce Fisher’s home in Evergreen Subdivision, located between Laurel and Silesia, provides this couple their share of…

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Preserving a Taste of Montana

Becky’s Berries sweet and savory jams, jellies, syrups & sauces To see Becky Stahl at her stove cooking jam, is akin to watching an accomplished artist at work. Her kitchen is her studio and the rich juice and berries are her paint. She’s meticulous, precise, and knows the process like she knows her own children…

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Natasha Potratz Loves Summer in the City

One of a Kind Events bring Vitality Downtown When Natasha Potratz throws a party, the entire city gets an invite. “It is a really satisfying feeling knowing that all of your efforts bring something to the community that people enjoy,” she’ll tell you. It’s a good thing this ‘hostess with the mostess’ loves what she…

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Cindy Thompson Hits the Ground Running

Montana Marathon strives to promote an active lifestyle Cindy Thompson won’t soon forget the moment that lit a fire inside her and turned her into a marathon runner. It was a September morning in the year 2000. She agreed to help hand out water at one of the stations for the Montana Marathon. As she…

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Sylvia Gusick: Revving Engines & Raising $

Burn the Point helps Billings take a trip down Memory Lane When 65-year-old Sylvia Gusick was a teenager, she didn’t “burn the point” like they did decades ago on the streets of downtown Billings. She “ripped the strip” in the small town of Winnett, Montana. In this town of 200 or so people, guys wore their…

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