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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Wings Across the Big Sky Festival Brings Birders and Wildlife Enthusiasts to the Electric City

Story By Amy Joyner • Photos By Russell Hill

Every migrating flock of Canada Geese tells people below there is strength in numbers. In Great Falls June 9-11, about 400 birders will combine forces learning about birds and their habitats during the Montana Audubon’s Wings Across the Big Sky Festival, co-hosted by Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon.

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Fictional Fantasies of Friends

Fantastic Superheroes Save the Day!

Text by Mary Ellen Hendrickson and Photography by Jesse Martinez

Great Falls author, Ryan Acra, is sharing his first book with readers and local public schools, encouraging children and adults to “be open.” “Don’t block off the magic of life, dreams and joy. Be present!”

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Women Making Strides in a Man’s World

Closing the Agricultural Gender Gap

Written by Suzanne Waring

Although in the minority, women have always been involved in Montana’s agriculture. When the early 20th Century homestead acts opened up land for occupancy, women who were heads of households took up land. Up to 18 percent of all homesteaders in Montana were women. Today nearly one million women are working America’s lands, which is nearly a third of our nation’s farmers.

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Missouri River Living

A Home of Solitude & Sanctuary

Text by Heather Bode | Photography by Jim Wells

Do we remodel or build new? It’s a question faced by many families on the journey of home ownership. For Nick and Robin Jankiewicz, the decision was clarified by a piece of paper. “We wanted to remodel our last home, but when the remodeling quote came in, we figured we’d might as well just build,” says Robin.

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World War II Waste Hatch Gunner Remembers

Edward Anthony Maierle Retells his B-24 and B-17 survival maneuvers

Text by Polly Kolstad and Photography by Jesse Martinez

It has been a few years since Edward Anthony Maierle was employed at Fligelman’s Department Store in Helena, Montana.

He was working there December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy and flew to Hawaii to become an “Avenger” (American torpedo bomber World War II) stationed on Pearl Harbor.

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Got Counties?

The naming of Montana’s 56 counties
adds color and meaning to our rich heritage

Text by Michael Ober

Just how did Montana end up with such a patchwork of unique counties? Examination of historic maps reveals the inexorable expansion of humanity across the territory and, later the state. The peopling and populating of Montana can be told in the origins of its counties.

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