The Ultimate Bedroom

How to Sink into Slumber Whether your heart beats for a truly romantic boudoir or you simply desire a space to kick off the shoes at the end of the day, your personal space should provide comfortable, quality sleep. Your overall health depends on it. Since you spend more than one-third of your life between…

Swing for a Cause!

Tee up and lend a hand to community charities Every year, our area’s nine golf courses donate their greens to dozens of charity golf tournaments. Love the game and like the thought of helping out charitable organizations in the process? Take a swing at one of these events that mix golf and fundraising all for…

Establishing Body Balance, Ending Pain

Tiffani Hein brings Rolfing therapy to Billings Four years ago, Jesse Hein’s doctor suggested that he consider the possibility of using a wheelchair. His arthritis was so severe he was already using a cane. At age 29, his prognosis was bleak. Jesse’s injuries date back to 2003 when he was a rescue swimmer in the…

A Passion for Books & People

Kelsie Rubich takes reading on the road for our seniors For the past 2-and-a-half years, Billings has been lucky enough to host Kelsie Rubich’s passion for libraries and people. She just so happens to be the Seniors Librarian at the Billings Public Library. A Washington native, Kelsie’s work has touched the lives of all ages…

The Heart Gallery: Steven

This artistic & athletic kid needs a family of his own “Steven has a passion for family, especially his siblings,” says Diana Tolstedt, a foster/adoption recruiter with Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. That is why this 13-year-old boy refuses to give up, holding out hope that an adoptive family will be found. “He is a very sensitive young…

Figure It Out!

Community Members Target the Child Welfare Crisis On a brisk Thursday evening, colorful quiet took over the offices of First Montana Title in downtown Billings. Business leaders from all types of industries, along with social workers, college students and concerned community members gathered around artist canvases and donned painter’s smocks with one focus, to take…

On the Ride of Her Life

Billings woman breaks barriers in TrailNet’s Tour De Fleur Looking at 53-year-old Dawn Summers, you see the sunshine in her personality and her passion for life. She has a great job and is happily married to the love of her life, Guy. She is a mom to three adult kids and proud grandma to three….

Cover Story: More than a Game

The First Tee is changing the course of kids’ lives Editor’s Note: From the first issue, Yellowstone Valley Woman’s cover story has worked hard to shine the spotlight on women changing lives, inspiring others and building a better community. When we looked at The First Tee program and saw how this recreational golf program was…

Is Golf Good For Your Health?

The benefits to your mind & body If you like to soak up the sun for a round of golf every now and then, doctors say you’re doing a lot more than just enjoying the sport and socializing with fellow lovers of the game. There is a whole host of health benefits every time you…

Battling Drug Addiction in the Tiniest of Patients

Dr. Alison Rentz helps change the culture of care in the NICU When Neonatologist Dr. Alison Rentz makes her rounds at Saint Vincent Healthcare, she’s checking up on some the city’s most fragile residents. Her patients’ tiny heads don hats in shades of soft pink or baby blue. Tubes can be seen delivering nourishment as…

Fishing for Success

Angela Echo Hawk mixes opportunities to hone her creative business spirit Angela Echo-Hawk is a connector. Whether she’s connecting people with wild Alaskan salmon caught by her husband or selling gently used clothing and furnishings through her family’s consignment business, Angela exudes an entrepreneurial spirit. “If you want to start a business, I have a…

Serving Up Salmon

Deliciously marinated and served with family favorite side I absolutely love pasta and my dear family is kind enough to put up with my obsession. They even allow me to throw caution to the wind and mix it up with different sauces. Recently, I have been on a pesto kick. There are days when I…

Ginny Mermel: Unsung Hero for Hungry Kids

Filling empty tummies one child at a time Ginny Mermel vividly remembers growing up in a home where money was tight and resources were, at times, more than a little scarce. “We were very poor,” Ginny says reflectively. “My dad was ill my whole childhood and my mom supported the family as a secretary. She…

What’s Up?

How Ceilings Make Your Space The ceiling. It’s an often overlooked feature that designers are now proving, can truly take center stage in a room. “They’re a big surface area,” emphasizes Designer Jeremiah Young, owner of Kibler & Kirch, interior design studios in Billings and Red Lodge. “You need to do something with them.” Whether…

Boxed, Sealed & Delivered

The Tasting Team gives mail order menus a try In the New Year, the old excuse of “I don’t have time to cook” can no longer be used. How much easier can making dinner be when all the ingredients show up in a box on your front door? Companies such as Wildtree, Blue Apron, and…

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