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The New Frontier: A Year of Exploring

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This September marks one year of our monthly franchise, "The New Frontier."

Hard to believe it's already been a full year, and yet it makes perfect sense. No one can fit this much travel into anything less!

For the past 12 months I have had the opportunity to wander throughout the Treasure State, and bring you stories you don't normally get to see on the news. Stories not of crime, violence, politics, or budget. But stories of innovation, excitement, support, and interest.

"The New Frontier" began as an opportunity to share stories of trailblazers doing new, big, innovating work in our state. And that's still the main focus, hence the "New" in "The New Frontier."

But since we started, I realized something: sometimes, what makes a community wonderful is not the big and elaborate innovations happening. Instead, it boils down to the deep desire to change things, no matter how small that change may be.

Take Harry Benjamin in Shelby, who just wants more kids to smile when they ride his newly-restored carousel. Or Allyson and Charley Willet, who wanted to share trail tips in the Little Belts on their website, "Into the Little Belts."

Then there's Taylor Woods, who dedicates one weekend every year to cleaning up graffiti in the Lick Creek Cave. Eileen Torgerson, who is braving the pain to try a non-FDA approved cancer treatment. Gregg Carlson, who helped change the way agriculture is studied and researched at the Northern Ag Research Center in Havre.

I could go on, but you get the point.

So I want to use this as a chance to say thank you. Thank you to the people who have shared their stories with me, and thank you to the people who have watched and listened. This is not always an easy world to live in, but if we continue focusing on stories like these, the stories of "The New Frontier," the stories of positive change, no matter how small... then I think the future frontier suddenly becomes a little bit brighter.

Lets make this next year even better.

-Taylor

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