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SUBSCRIPTIONS If you are moving, renewing, have a question, or wish to have your name le off our mail advertisers' list, please enclose your name and mailing address with your correspondence for faster service. Please allow 8 weeks for a change of address. A new subscriber's first issue will be mailed within 8 weeks of order receipt. Our standard subscription rate is $35 per year. Address all correspondence pertaining to your subscription to: WINSTON PUBLISHING P.O. Box 1707, Great Falls, MT 59403, or call 406-452-1177 or email us at Visit our websites: EDITORIAL INFORMATION ose submiing manuscripts, photographs, artwork or other materials to SignatureMontana for consideration should not send originals unless specifically requested to do so by Winston Publishing in writing. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other submied materials must be accompanied by a self-addressed overnight delivery return envelope, postage prepaid. However, Winston Publishing is not responsible for unsolicited submissions. Email: WINSTON PUBLISHING P.O. Box 1707, Great Falls, MT 59403 Any reproduction of all or part of Signature Montana without the express wrien permission of the publisher is prohibited. PRINTED IN THE USA All statements, including product claims, are those of the person or organization making the statement or claim. e publisher does not adopt any such statement or claims as its own and any such statement or claim does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. PUBLISHER • David F. Leray EDITOR • Hayley Lenington-Leray CREATIVE DIRECTOR • Ted Stuff SALES/MARKETING • Jack May, Jessica Riffel GRAPHIC DESIGNER • Samantha Louthan COPY EDITOR • Katherine Niemi CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kay Bjork Heather Bode Diane Edwards Mary Ellen Henderickson Shane Klippenes Polly Kolstad Holly Matkin Shannon Ruckman Suzanne Waring CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Craig Edwards KC Kreit Really Montana Photography Ali Spoon Eric Visocan Jim Wells Steve Wolff Sara Young Spring always seems like a good time for some fresh thinking. I don't know about you but the temptation to clear away the cobwebs is irresistible. And, since we somehow overlooked Signature's ten year anniversary last spring (oops!), it seemed fiing to indulge in a metaphorical visit to the hairdresser and personal trainer for a fresh new look. Under the direction of creative director, Ted Stuff, our editorial team was tasked with reimagining and retooling our approach. What beer way to celebrate our ten plus one year anniversary than with a modern makeover! We hope you are as pleased with Signature MT's fresh new logo and graphic look. ough the packaging has been altered, the magazine's focus SiG MT 10 FROM THE EDITOR Hayley Lenington-Leray SiG MT remains, uncovering the beautiful, evocative, and compelling people and places in central Montana. Our new look allows the words and the photography to be the star of every page. Sometimes on the path of life we trip and fall and have a difficult time geing up. is issue of Signature MT is a lile past due, not because stories came in late or photography had to be reshot but rather, God had a different plan. On April 6, 2018 our nephew, Jacob Leicht, and 15 other members of the Humboldt Bronco's hockey team, including coaches, statistician, athletic trainer, radio announcer, and bus driver lost their lives in a horrific bus accident in Saskatchewan, Canada. With heavy hearts and a multitude of tears and questions, we made the trip to Humboldt to be with family. What came next was something I could never have imagined. Over 3000 people including NHL players, Olympic gold medalists, Country music artists, all dawning hockey jersey's, filled the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt to pay their respects for our nephew, Jacob. My husband has spoke of his time on the ice, but never in my wildest dreams did I understand the depth in which one sport could weave its way into the hearts and souls of nearly every Canadian family. Rather than mourn her son's death, that day, my sister-in-law Celeste with husband Kurt by her side, asked for everyone to cheer for him one last time at his home arena. Eleven chants of "Go Broncos Go" rang through the raers, followed by 11 seconds of noisemakers and horns, to honor their son's jersey number, number 11. "I think it will be a beautiful send-off to my beautiful boy," she said. Over 50 hockey players from every level raised their sticks, forming an arch, in honor of Jacob as the funeral procession exited the ice. My heart broke for Celeste and Kurt, but what came next has served as a reminder that there is kindness and compassion in this world beyond what is evident in most people's daily lives. What has come in the aermath of this tragic event has been extraordinary… the world embracing a community's remarkable strength, solidarity and selflessness in the face of tragedy. In honor of a world's kindness and compassion, we dedicate this issue of Signature Montana to our nephew, Jacob Leicht and all of the others who lost their lives. May their passion for excellence and love of life continue to shine down on us all. S MT

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