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Racquetball Essentials

Text by Shane Klippenes and Photography by Jim Wells

Unlike some athletic endeavors, racquetball is an inexpensive sport to tryout, with many court facilities offering equipment rentals to newbies for a fair price. (Access Fitness provides a ball, racquet and eye protection for $5 per visit).

After you’ve rented a few times, or if you’re just ready to buy your own equipment right away, here’s a short list of essential gear you’ll need and price ranges to go with them.

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Lindsay Garpestad – Miss Rodeo Montana

Three Generations and the Three Rs

Text by Kay Bjork and Photography by Jim Wells

Lindsay Garpestad is sixth generation rancher and third generation rodeo queen in her family.

Lindsay Garpestad is sixth generation rancher and third generation rodeo queen in her family.

If there were a rodeo queen gene, Lindsay Garpestad certainly would have it.

Lindsay was crowned 2016 Miss Rodeo Montana and became the third generation rodeo queen in her family. Her grandmother Kay Harrison was Miss Dillon Jaycee Rodeo queen in 1952; her mother Vonda Harrison captured the same title in 1983 and her second cousin Shonda Nelson was Miss Rodeo Montana in 1990.

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Gaining Popularity with North Central Agriculture

Written by Suzanne Waring

The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, and North Central Montana has chosen to be right in the middle of the festivities. Pulse growers, elevator managers/owners, and consumers from this region began celebrating on January 6 at Columbia Grain, Inc., by participating in a Pulse Feast where all of the dishes contained pulses—even dessert. As Montanans celebrated, others throughout the world were also taking part in Pulse Feasts. We pause to wonder exactly the reason for the excitement occurring throughout the world and here in Montana.

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Cooking with Pulses

A New Food Trend Offers Highly Nutritious, Easy to Prepare & Affordability in the Kitchen

Recipes by Electric City Coffee | Photography by Jacqui Smith

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Bacon & Lentil Caprese Salad

· 12 ounces Groundworks Farm bacon
· Salt and pepper to taste
· 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
· 6 cups tossed spring greens and Prairie Heritage Farms Spinach
· 1 cup cooked pulse red lentils
· 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
· ½ cup mozzarella balls
· 3 slices roasted beets
· 3 slices avocado
· 2 cups balsamic vinegar
· Freshly cracked black pepper

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Batter Matters

Conquering Expectations One Crepe at a Time

Text by Colter Pedersen | Photography by Jacqui Smith

“I never wanted to open a restaurant,” begins Kayt Bonahoom. Which is funny, since she just opened her second location. “I am not a cook by any means,” she continues, “But I’m a researcher. Cooking is following instructions, if you can follow instructions you’re fine.” Kayt comes across as a problem solver, her tone casual and confident. When she speaks, the twinkle in her eye belies her lack of any formal culinary training.

Three years ago she was a seamstress, selling clothing alongside her husband Josh’s artwork at the farmer’s market. Today she’s running a mini empire with two mobile food operations, two permanent locations and a catering enterprise on the side.

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Sparkling Vanilla-Pear Bourbon Lemonade

Imbibing in Spring

Text by Hayley Leray | Photo by Rhonda Adkins

What’s the best way to segue into spring? With a cocktail of course! This Sparkling Vanilla-Pear Bourbon Lemonade is the perfect teaser for the warmer days ahead. Infused with market-fresh ingredients, this seasonally inspired recipe screams summer with lemonade but the pears, vanilla, thyme and brown sugar give it a warming quality and depth of flavor… the perfect ingredients for transitioning into spring. So, dust off the patio furniture and gear up for some warm-weather imbibing.

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