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Lindsay Garpestad

Calling Simms home, Lindsay is the 22 year old daughter of Vonda Harrison and the late Lonny Garpestad and sister to Nathan Garpestad. Lindsay is a Cum Laude and Sigma Beta Delta graduate of Carroll College in Helena, with two bachelor degrees in Political Science and Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing.


Lindsay attended C.M. Russell high school in Great Falls where she was a 2011 Top 5 Graduating Seniors recipient, was in National Honor Society all four years, received a volleyball letter, and was a yearbook editor in 2009-2011. While in college, Lindsay was the recipient of over 10 scholarships, including the Montana Silversmith Pursuit of Excellence and the Bud Dawson and Fred Sanborn Livestock Scholarships, just to name a few.

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Bailey Veteto

Bailey Veteto is the 15 year old daughter of Justin and Jill Bailey, and the late Jeff Veteto, and older sister to Sterling Bailey. Bailey hails from Big Timber, MT.


Bailey is a sophomore at Sweet Grass County high school in Big Timber where she has been on the honor roll or high honor roll for five consecutive years, maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or above. She was awarded the Presidential Academic Achievement Award for two years and as a freshman, received two Academic All-State awards for outstanding achievement in athletics and academics. She has been a part of the Science Olympiad, Academic Olympics, and Mathletes competitive teams.

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Did You Know?

Jim Bridger (1804-1881). Trapper, scout, mountain man. One of first white men to see the future Yellowstone Park and Great Salt Lake, which he believed to be an arm of the Pacific Ocean. Became partner of Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1830 and established Fort Bridger in Wyoming Territory in 1842. Laid out routes for the Central Overland Stage and Pike's Peak Express Company. Returned to Missouri in 1867 where died on his farm on July 17, 1881.


Rendezvous were held on a yearly basis at various locations until 1840, mainly in Wyoming, but Pierre's Hole in Idaho and Bear Lake in northwest Utah were favorite sites as well.


Fort Manuel Lisa was established in 1807 by Manuel Lisa at the mouth of the Big Horn River near Hysham. This was the first permanent settlement in Montana and was occupied until 1811.


John Jacob Astor was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the US. He amassed his wealth through fur-trading, opium smuggling, and New York City real estate. Famed patron of the arts. At the time of his death, he was the wealthiest person in the US.


In 1919, the Hudson’s Bay Company was approaching its 250th year in business. What began in a coffee house in London, in 1670, had now grown to become the undisputed leader of the international fur trade.


The desire for beaver fur hats in European men’s fashions dates back centuries and spurred the development of the 17th century North American fur trade. Beaver fur was the most prized of the fur trade because of its water repellant qualities. Encouraged by European trade goods, natives hunted beaver to extinction in some areas.