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PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT HOEKSEMA

From Michigan to Montana

F irst pulled to southwest Montana from the cold clutches of Michigan, Scott Hoeksema (Hooksum-uh) moved to Bozeman in 1999 to attend Montana State University. While in college Hoeksema split his year studying Land Resources and Environmental Science and working in Alaska.

 PHOTO COURTESY PETER SCHMEIDING

To Nepal, with love

Peter Schmeiding will be the first to tell you: he’s not one to talk about himself. But for the Ennis, Big Sky and Bozeman dentist, there’s a lot more than just a successful dental practice to discuss.

Ericka Kirkpatrick demonstrates the hat smoothing process. After sanding the felt a torch is used to get rid of any remaining fibers, creating a hat as smooth as velvet. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

A tip of the hat

Growing up watching her mother Sheila make cowboy hats, Ericka Kirkpatrick certainly learned a lot about the unique trade. She’d help with all the aspects of the trade, but she was sure it wasn’t something she’d take on as her own career.

Hard work matters

Waded Cruzado, President of Montana State University, has a message for aspirational students in the state: Hard-work matters. Cruzado should know. She is a first-generation college student from Puerto Rico who, due to hard work and perseverance, serves as one of the few Latina presidents of a university in the nation.

Miss Montana at the Museum of Mountain Flying in Missoula, before departing for Ennis: (L to R) Shaun Raunig, Mike Farinelli, Richard Raunig, Fred Raunig, Bill Drew. PHOTO COURTESY KEELY FLATOW

From Normandy to Ennis

Among the 24,000 American, British and Canadian troops who landed at Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, were scores of Montanans. They included ranch kids from places like Choteau, Geyser and Sand Coulee. Thankfully, many made it back home and lived long lives.

Niva described himself in these three ish words: passionate (for the business community), empathetic and embodying a lack of patience with bureaucracy. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAD NIVA

GSD

Brad Niva moved to Big Sky at such a time that he gets to experience the Big Sky we all knew before the pandemic ever happened. Or at least, a Big Sky relatively removed from some of the more obvious pandemic details.

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