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COLUMBUS — When Mikaela Koski traveled to Jerusalem in June, she never expected that she’d return home a month later knowing how to tell the difference between fireworks and gunshots. Nor did she foresee the adrenaline “rush” she’d experience when a wailing siren signaled an incoming rocket.
Beth and Deo Kessy, with daughter Abigail, are owners of Tupo Africa Safaris. They divide their time between Montana and Tanzania.
More than 450 species of birds have been identified in Tanzania, including this lilac breasted roller.
Evening settles in on the Rufiji River in southern Tanzania.
One of the favorite stops for Tupo Africa Safaris, the Serengeti shows its late-afternoon colors. The national park is located in Tanzania.
Animal viewing, such as catching a close-up glimpse of elephants, are common sights during a safari with Tupo Africa Safaris.
Beth and Deo Kessy, owners of Tupo Africa Safaris, divide their time between Montana and Tanzania. The Montana connection has enticed several Billings-area families to visit the East African nation — some more than once.
It was by happenstance that Jamie Pearson and her husband, Dieter Zimmermann, discovered Tupo Africa Safaris. But it was a stroke of luck for the Billings family of four.
Don Rickhoff, manager at Evergreen IGA, was even surprised himself. While making a pass through his store last fall, he was amazed at how many Montana products they carried.
COLUMBUS — When 5-year-old Eddie Arlt got "caught being good" at school several weeks ago, his mother Stacy Arlt could hardly believe his change in behavior.
COLUMBUS — Deanna Hovland was devastated when her horse Rosie badly injured her leg several months ago.
COLUMBUS — Jeanette Campbell had noticed the two-story brick Norton House on numerous occasions. But it was not until the Park City woman walked closer that she was struck by its crumbling facade.
COLUMBUS — Crouching in the shadow of the Stillwater County Courthouse, a simple brick structure has stories to tell.
A decade ago, when Lisa Dobbs Bradley graduated from Columbus High School, the thought of marrying a man in the military hadn’t crossed her mind. Nor did the challenges associated with being a military spouse.
CROW AGENCY — Kimberly Takes Enemy credits the wisdom of her elders for her accomplishments in business.
ABSAROKEE — Torger Onseyen might have grown up in Montana had his grandfather survived.
Sharon Eggen Brown of Billings welcomes Arne Habjorg to her hometown of Absarokee on Monday. Brown’s grandparents emigrated from Habjorg’s hometown of Byneset, Norway.
A group of more than 50 Norwegians from Byneset, Norway, made a stop at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee. There, they joined in singing hymns from their homeland.
Arne Habjorg, left, of Byneset, Norway, visits with Norm Tjeltveit of Absarokee. The two had met when Habjorg visited the area two years ago. At that time, he was gathering information about the 1,400 Norwegians who emigrated from the Byneset area to south-central Montana between 1860-1930. …
Ketil Rostrum of Byneset, Norway, shows a photo of his farm back home. The farm was the birth place of Ole Eggen, who later homesteaded outside Absarokee. Eggen is the grandfather of Sharon Eggen Brown of Billings.
Torger Onsoyen of Byneset, Norway, left, walks through the Rosebud Cemetery outside Absarokee on Monday with Sharon Eggen Brown of Billings. Brown’s grandparents emigrated from the Byneset area and evenutally homesteaded in Absarokee, where she grew up.
Debby Beartusk of Billings, left, visits with Lillian Rathe of Byneset, Norway, during a stop at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee on Monday. Beartusk, who was wearing a pin and earrings from her ancestral land of Norway, shared history with Rathe.
RED LODGE — Roxie Melton, chair of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s board, would like nothing better than to have the Red Lodge-based electric cooperative out of the headlines.
Bruce Harcourt likes to show off his scar.
The statistics are staggering, and the cost in lives and dollars is devastating.
In researching the influence of the Crow Tribe in Stillwater County, student Tyler Harrison focused on the misinterpretation that lead to the name “Yellowstone.” He discovered that the Crow word Iichiilikaashaashe literally translates to “Elk River” or “Elk Crossing River.”
COLUMBUS — Who knew?
COLUMBUS — When Larry Goehner reflects on his life, he sees a pattern created by interlocking puzzle pieces. There’s the piece that instilled in him a deep spirituality, the piece that linked him up with a man named Ralph Showers and the piece that brought him to Montana.
ABSAROKEE — A knee-length white physician’s coat, with a stethoscope stuffed into its pocket, hangs on the rack just inside the door at Dr. Jack Exley’s house in Red Lodge. The time-honored doctor’s “uniform,” draped where he left it when he cleaned out his office, represents four decades of…
COLUMBUS — Many of Montana’s counties have marked their 100th birthday, sometimes called the “platinum” anniversary.
RED LODGE — Echoing sentiments voiced by the board of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative, co-op member Bill Hand of Nye presented his case for liquidating, rather than restructuring, the beleaguered Southern Montana Electric.
COLUMBUS — On a raw day in early spring, the Upper Whitebird Schoolhouse south of Columbus appears abandoned and forlorn. Its playground is empty, raked by a biting wind that sets the old merry-go-round in motion.
The Whitebird Schoolhouse is one of hundreds, if not thousands, of schoolhouses that once marked Montana’s countryside. Today, the stories of its past continue to breathe life into the building.
It’s been several years since Claire von Nieda shot hoops in the Absarokee High School gym.
While the housing market in Billings shows signs of a resurgence, real estate agents in outlying communities report a mixed bag. From Red Lodge to Roundup, Glendive to Livingston, location and history shape current trends in market activity.
As a member of the Brigham Young University Ballrooom Dance Company, Claire von Nieda wears a range of dresses, from a flowing white gown to a body-hugging, black sequined number when she plays the "vamp."
Absarokee grad Claire von Nieda came home to perform with the BYU Ballroom Dance Company in Absarokee. Using the gym locker room as a dressing room the dancers crowded around the mirror to apply makeup.
Unlike most of her fellow dance teammates, Claire von Nieda had only taken dance lessons for two years during elementary school. Here von Nieda is pictured with her first dance instructor, Carla Buell of Absarokee.
REED POINT — Their power bills reflect the highest rates in the Western United States and their electric cooperative is bound by a contract that doesn’t expire until 2048.
Chuck Archambault was reluctant to sign up for last year’s e200 class, put on by the Small Business Administration in Helena.
RED LODGE — Trustees for Beartooth Electric Cooperative were unanimous in stating their frustration with the bankruptcy plan put forth a week ago for Southern Montana Electric, the umbrella cooperative that contracts for their power.
The team at Billings Clinic’s Metabolism Center doesn’t talk about pounds shed. Instead, the doctors and staff members focus on the numbers that really count: lower blood pressure, reduced blood sugar and the 70 percent of patients who enjoy improvement in joint disease.
Dylan DeLay was only 7 or 8 when his symptoms first struck. Today, the 13-year-old remembers the sensation all too well.
A BSAROKEE — When the pews are packed, barely 120 parishioners can squeeze into Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee. But the small-town church’s new pipe organ will rival the power and sound surging from places of worship many times its size.
FISHTAIL – True to their motto – “We have more fun than anyone” – two Absarokee women have organized an event guaranteed to make just about any woman kick up her heels. In fact, the event promises such a rollicking good time that Today show staff will be filming it for airing later this summer.
SOUTH OF ROSCOE — First it was fire. Now it’s a hydro project.Residents of the East Rosebud valley had no way to stop the Shepard Mountain fire that roared through the drainage and torched their cabins 16 years ago. But this time, many of the same residents see an opportunity to halt what th…
COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Gary Woltermann has spent more than 70 years in this Stillwater County seat, and he remembers when a train passing through town was a “big deal.”
When Mike Hines quit his day job to launch his own business, he didn’t foresee one particular pitfall.
WEST OF RAPELJE -- Perched on the high plains of northern Stillwater County, the Phipps' Beaverhead Ranch may seem like the middle of nowhere. But the family operation hits the big time this week as "America's Favorite Family Business" on PBS' BizKids television show.
RED LODGE -- The Beartooth Electric Cooperative should have an interim manager on board within two weeks time, according to an update during the board's March meeting in Red Lodge on Friday.