Speaking at the River Edge Resort and Steakhouse.
Two miles from Wyoming, and home of the Stoneville Saloon, famous for "Cheap Drinks and Lousy Food".
High school memories back when the Bozeman Hawks and the Copperheads used to play each other.
It´s not the end of the internet, but you can see it from there!
Cup of coffee with four multi-generational MT ranchers. Two of these ranches have been in the same family since the 1880´s.
Lots of activity here producing Montana oil.
With Fallon County Commissioner Deb Ranum at the county fairgrounds.
An honor to fly in a Chinook helicopter today in Belgrade with MT National Guard. Shown here with with my good friend, General Kendall Switzer - high school classmate and former Blue Angels pilot.
Big Hole, MT
Winter in the Big Hole.
Big Sky, MT
Taking two of Steve´s nieces sled riding. Steve started skiing at Big Sky when it first opened in 1973.
Big Timber, MT
Dinner at The Grand Hotel in Big Timber with Matt & Bonita Cremer. I killed my first antelope on the Cremer ranch with my grandpa and dad when I was thirteen.
Flathead Lake with Havre native Harry Hyatt. Harry was also a Chemical Engineer from MSU.
State Senator Alan Olson and his wife Jean, at the Crowne Plaza. I remember having lunch at this same hotel with President Reagan in 1982.
Jefferson County Rodeo and Fair parade with some young cowboys and cowgirls.
MSU Homecoming Parade, great crowd of moms, dads, strollers, & kids on skateboards!
Copper Moon Cafe, where 38,000+ milkshakes have been served since 2004. Hard to beat a Moosetracks milkshake!
In front of "Dorothy´s"...laundry, broasted chicken, and great ice cream!
Meeting with Blackfeet tribal leaders, and State Rep Lila Evans.
Wide open country between the Snowy´s and the Belt´s.
Steve and Cindy grabbing lunch at Pork Chop John´s with owner Ed Orizotti...business was started in 1928
Filling up in Cascade. Gas prices are climbing.
A hot cup of coffee at Spud´s Cafe in Chester, with owner Kim Miller. Kim is from Joplin, MT.
Chinook...home of the Sugarbeaters.
Great time had by all at the annual Choteau Shrimp Peel!
The Wooden Nickle Family Restaurant with Candace -- her parents have owned it for 27 years, and she grew up working (mostly cooking) in the family business
Packed house at the Jefferson County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Clancy.
Stillwater County Commissioner Jerry Dell in Columbus
Pondera Shooting Club with the mayor of Conrad, John Shevlin. My grandpa was born here in 1918.
My folks have owned this sod farm for years--a small business that supplies sod to western Montana.
Home of the Culbertson High School Cowboys and Cowgirls.
Cut Bank, MT
Good meeting today with local farmers and small business owners, as well as Liane Johnson, former Vice Chair of the Montana Republican Party.
A beautiful area on the upper end of the Bitterroot.
Deer Lodge, MT
Best donuts in all of Montana at Boomerang Bakery, in downtown Deer Lodge. Pictured here are three generations of the Menicucci family, owners of the bakery for over 30 years.
Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds with Dillon native Mitch Staley.
Wagon Wheel Cafe and home of the amazing $1.30 deluxe cheeseburger. Best food prices in Montana!
Bright blue skies in Ennis, home of the Mustangs.
Local rancher Jennifer Curtiss at the Lincoln County Lincoln-Reagan dinner
Friday night football in Fairfield.
As close as you can get to North Dakota and still be in Montana.
Great group of folks in Forsyth!
Fort Belknap, MT
Near where the Milk River crosses Highway 2.
Fort Benton, MT
Choteau County Lincoln Dinner in Fort Benton with local rancher Fred Booth. Fred said he´s not going to smile for a picture until we get the nation´s spending under control! The people of Montana aren´t happy with what´s going on in DC.
Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier and his wife Stephanie in Glasgow.
Breakfast at CC´s Family Cafe, including three generations of the Hinebaugh ranch operation.
Golden West, MT
My great-great grandma´s grave at Golden West cemetery. She was a tenacious pioneer, seeking freedom and opportunity.
Great Falls, MT
Grabbed a cup of coffee at the 4B´s with former Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Milburn. My mom remembers seeing her first rodeo in Great Falls when she was four years old.
Named for pioneers Henry and Julia Hall, and was an important ship point for ag products raised in the area.
Main Street in Hamilton, with businessman Fred Thomas. Fred formerly served as Senate Majority Leader in the Montana Legislature.
Wide open country between Broadus and Alzada!
Tough to beat cinnamon rolls at the Oh´s Bakery and Cafe, pictured here with the bakery´s owner.
Home of the Wildcats, and base of Hollowtop, a mountain I climbed as a kid.
Chatting with three state legislators in Havre.
Heart Butte, MT
Beautiful country on the Blackfeet Reservation.
Former Montana Governor Tim Babcock (1962-1969), and his saddle that was made years ago in Deer Lodge.
Home of the Mountaineers and Lady Bobcat Rachel Semansky, our daughter Annie´s roommate from MSU.
Hwy 323, MT
New paved highway between Alzada and Ekalaka!
Hwy 87, MT
One reason we call it Big Sky Country.
Home of the Hysham Pirates, 2007 6-Man Football State Champs!
With Jersey Lilly owner June, who cooks, waits tables, washes dishes, pays the bills...she does it all!
Winter in Jackson.
Also known as Ismay, with State Senator Jim Shockley. Ismay changed to Joe thanks to the famous former ´49er quarterback from the 1980´s.
A fired up crowd at the Community Center in Joliet.
Spring thaw and gumbo.
Judith Gap, MT
Always an impressive sight of the windmills near the Snowy Mountains.
Serving at the 26th annual Chocolate Extravaganza. 450 came to enjoy some of the best chocolate in Montana. Conclusion? It´s all about the chocolate!
Lots of snow this winter in Lambert, home of the Lambert Lions! Anxious for Spring.
Slayton Mercantile in Golden Valley County. My dad and grandpa used to hunt around here back in the 1940´ and 50´s.
Yogo Inn in Lewistown with Terry Gill and Dee Boyce.
Libby needs jobs! Far too many Montanans out of work here.
A full house at the Park County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Livingston Saturday Night!
El. 1820´ vs. Montana´s highest point Granite Peak @12,799´, which I climbed in 1982.
Discussing local concerns at the Great Northern Hotel in Malta.
A picture perfect day at the Manhattan Potato Festival
Roadkill Saloon along the Boulder. Memories of many great backpacks up on the Lake Plateau in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Melville Lutheran Church organized in 1885
Miles City, MT
A great cup of coffee and sandwich at the Main Street Grind with Kathy Sparr and friends.
The Thunderbird, one of Missoula´s classic motels. My dad remembers from his college days driving across the Van Buren Street bridge, now a footbridge, just behind the motel. Owner Thelma Baker´s granddaughter took a few minutes away from desk clerking to be in this picture.
Downtown Mosby and the post office...where the Musselshell crosses Hwy 200.
Home of Granrud´s Lefse Shack, the largest private employer in town!
Former mayor Zane Murfitt and Mike Hayes, and one of the best looking main streets in MT.
Some great young people, representing the future of Sanders County at a bake sale
Lunch at Mare´s on Main in Plentywood with business leaders and ranchers, including former legislator Ed Smith.
Downtown Plevna with their State Senator Eric Moore.
Pompey's Pillar, MT
Where William Clark engraved his name on July 25th, 1806.
Red Lodge, MT
Standing in front of the Red Lodge Cafe, which dates back to 1937, with State Senator Jason Priest.
Farmers Kitchen with owner, Wes Nostdahl. He waits tables, cooks, and washes dishes. A hard working, one man, Montana operation!
God´s Country and downtown Ringling...namesake of a Jimmy Buffet song
Quick stop at the Subway in the Travel Plaza at Rocker.
Beautiful day in Ronan, with some kids from Lake County. Elections are about the future for our kids and grandkids.
Had to stop and take a picture in Roscoe, gateway to Montana´s highest peak. Brought back memories of climbing 12,799´ Granite Peak back in 1982 during my college days. Many great adventures backpacking across the Beartooths!
A top notch breakfast this morning at the Busy Bee Cafe
Grabbed a bowl of chicken noodle soup and sandwich at Roy Grocery. Hit the spot!
A bit breezy today....Cindy calls it a whiteout, and she´s probably right. Strong north wind, snow, and hard to see Highway 2. Taking it slow.
County seat for Golden Valley County -- enroute to go antelope hunting.
Gassing up at Savage, MT. Gas prices are going up. We need to drill more Montana oil!
Cup of coffee at the Outlaw Trail Cafe with local businessman and rancher DeWayne Wilson.
Duey said, "Made enough $ on my cows last year to afford a new roll of duct tape."
Along the Musselshell River.
Shelby train station -- my mom tells me that my Norwegian ancestors used to come here from Conrad to catch the Empire Builder to see family back in Minnesota.
Cup of coffee with local sugar beet grower Don Steinbeisser, Jr, and President of MonDak Growers Association.
Beautiful country along the Sun River.
Square Butte, MT
The Square Butte Country Club described as "the friendliest place in town".
St. Ignatius, MT
Breathtaking view of the Mission Mountains coming into St Ignatius today taken from the pick-up. Fresh snow and blue sky!
St. Regis, MT
Huckleberry shake at the Frosty Drive-In.
The Judith Basin county courthouse.
Valley Drug-the happening place in Stevensville...where they say "If we don´t have it, you don´t need it!"
Late night mail drop at one of Montana´s rural post offices
Owner Rance and his sister-in-law Ruby at the Dizzy Diner. Good place to grab a great cheese burger.
Thompson Falls, MT
Originally the Ward Hotel, built in 1907 by Edward Dolan who ran for governor in 1908.
Beautiful country along the Kootenai River.
Twin Bridges, MT
Girls Class C bball -- the only game in town!
Gene and Cheryl Curry, who farm and ranch in the area.
Jim Cloud, owner of Ridgeway Pharmacy and daughter Amanda (MSU grad and former FFA State President) at their mail order fulfillment operation in Victor. They are Montana´s largest postal customer. A great business creating jobs in the Bitterroot!
West Yellowstone, MT
Beautiful summer evening at Playmill Theatre.
White Sulpher Springs, MT
Hard to beat Class C basketball in Montana.
A pleasure spending time today in Whitefish with former Governor Stan Stephens.
Handmade road sign created by a 14 yr-old from Whitehall. Thanks for your support, Robert!
Home of the Longhorns, Class C football State champs five times, and second place six times.
In the heart of the Big Hole, one of Montana´s many amazing places.
Wolf Point, MT
Wide open country on the Fort Peck Reservation.
Dirty Shame Saloon where sign on the door says "Check your guns at the bar".
Lame Deer, MT
In the heart Northern Cheyenne country.
Stopped by the Elliston Country Store-- family owned for more than 40 years.
Between Baker and Wibaux, MT
On the road between Baker and Wibaux -- fighting to protect and defend liberty
On a sunny day in Froid
Medicine Lake, MT
On a stop in Medicine Lake
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