Tom Heyneman: Continuing a family legacy on the Bench Ranch

Tom Heyneman: Continuing a family legacy on the Bench Ranch

Tom Heyneman is continuing a family legacy on the Bench Ranch and through his leadership at Northern Plains.

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Melissa Holt: Deep roots and deep love for eastern Montana

Melissa Holt: Deep roots and deep love for eastern Montana

Melissa Holt was born and raised in Glendive. She lives in the home her maternal grandparents bought after moving to the Montana town generations...
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Norane Freidstadt: Building citizen and conservation power for decades

Norane Freidstadt: Building citizen and conservation power for decades

Norane Friedstadt is no stranger to nonprofit and community work. She and her husband, Rob, moved to Helena at the age of 22, and...
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Hard pressed: Billings letterpress studio breathes new life into old artform

Hard pressed: Billings letterpress studio breathes new life into old artform

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Northern Plains member Alan Shammel named 2023 Central Montana Fair Person of the Year

Northern Plains member Alan Shammel named 2023 Central Montana Fair Person of the Year

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How Pat Thiele found himself in the Battle of the Bulls

How Pat Thiele found himself in the Battle of the Bulls

Pat Thiele first became a Northern Plains member in 2016 when he heard about our “soil crawl” workshops focused on regenerative agriculture practices. He...
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Kris Glenn: Finding her voice, finding a system

Kris Glenn: Finding her voice, finding a system

Kris joined Northern Plains almost on a whim. In 2018, she signed up for a public speaking workshop Northern Plains was hosting, but she gained something much deeper.

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Ita Killeen: “My job is to have joy in my life, in addition to caring about the climate.”

Ita Killeen: “My job is to have joy in my life, in addition to caring about the climate.”

Ita Killeen believes in the power of people and connection when it comes to fighting climate change. Originally from Maryland, Ita moved west early,...
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A lifelong love of Montana, the outdoors drives Edward Barta’s work

A lifelong love of Montana, the outdoors drives Edward Barta’s work

As a Montanan born and raised, Edward Barta speaks passionately about the outdoors. He cites days hunting and fishing with his grandfather on the...
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