In This Issue: Letter from Board Member Chuck Wambeke
Famous Inspirational People Welcome our new members! Roots Hair Studio: Highlighted Member Gator Gutters: Highlighted Member Headwaters Storage: Highlighted Member
Headwaters Livestock Auction LLC: Highlighted member
Bob's Plumbing: Highlighted member Thank you Renewing Members
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A Letter to our members from Chuck Wambeke:
Wow! Back in January I knew 2020 was going to be a memorable year. Memorable because of all the great things happening in Three Forks and not because of what was happening in Wuhan, China. No, that was not even a consideration for creating a memorable year in my mind. No doubt it has created a memory, but you know what? We're creating a whole bunch of other memories also.
We're creating memories that make our community stronger by reinforcing our commitment to one another. We are making our community stronger by continuing on with the plans and projects that weave us all into the fabric of our town. No, the reason I thought 2020 would be so memorable in January was my excitement for some of the cool stuff that is finally coming together here in Three Forks.
In January I was excited because, after 18 years of planning and saving, the TF Rodeo Arena was close to getting new bleachers. In February the TFRA Board received approval from the City Council and has been moving forward since then. Come July we'll have 2,289 brand new, ADA accessible, aluminum seats. This ~$510,000 project will give us ~2800 total seats or 800 more than previous years and that's exciting. That's memorable.
In January I was also excited about the Headwaters Area Food Bank's new home. It wasn't completed yet but I was excited because I knew 2020 was the year it would be done. And now, after 16 years at 12 E. Cedar St, HAFB will have a permanent, ADA accessible home at 216 1st St W with plenty of room to expand if necessary. This ~$120,000 project to provide food security for so many in our community strengthens our fabric and that's exciting. That's memorable.
In January I was also excited about our TF Chamber of Commerce. With Brooke Luegers driving the ship, some exciting things are going on. In this second year of the reorganization, Brooke has guided the Chamber through a difficult time of selecting what activities to prioritize. Paring down the number of events sponsored by the Chamber was difficult but necessary. Hiring a 4/5 time Executive Director was a difficult decision also but now with Leandra on board we all know it was the right move. And with the new committees, so much is happening and getting accomplished. Only four months into the new year and a spectacular Annual Dinner has been planned by the Special Events Committee (which will be held at a later date) and they are already moving on to planning the Farmer's Market and Rodeo Dayz. Engaging with the City and The Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District in the Prosperity Through Cooperation forum, the Civic & Economic Development Committee has been facilitating discussions on improving broadband in the commercial district and meeting with businesses that want to come to TF. While all of this is going on, the ambassadors have been welcoming new businesses to town and sponsoring Business After Hours gatherings. And all that's exciting. That's memorable.
So while the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 will certainly be a memorable event, we hope it is just that, an event to be remembered. But the rest of these memories are not just events. No, they are new pieces of fabric being stitched into our community quilt. They are new, they are shinny but even when they fade in years to come, they will have changed the look of Three Forks in so many ways and that's exciting. That's memorable.
A little history...
She was born "Otaki" during Hudson's Bay Trading era in Southern Alberta, Canada. She was called "Brown Weasel Woman" and she was the oldest child of five. The tribe she was born into was the Piegan Tribe of the Blackfeet Nation (there were three total tribes in the Blackfeet Nation.) When she was young, she preferred to play with the boys over the girls, and when she was 12, she began to wear boys clothing. She wanted to do the things her brothers were doing, and against her mother's wishes, her father began to teach her. Otaki's father was a very important warrior in their tribe and he taught her how to hunt and fight. Soon, she was good enough to go out on hunting expeditions and shoot a buffalo on her own.
On one particular hunting expedition, the group was attacked by the Assiniboine, an enemy tribe of theirs. As Otaki fled along with the rest of the hunting party, her father's horse was shot down. As soon as she saw this, she turned around and raced straight into enemy fire. She dropped the fresh meat from her horse and pulled her father on with her, saving his life.
Soon after, her mother fell ill and Otaki had to help care for her. Around the same time, her father died in a battle against the Crows. After hearing of this, her mother succumbed to her illness, leaving Otaki in charge of the family as the eldest child.
Carrying her father's rifle, she tagged along on a raid to a Crow camp to help take back horses that were stolen from them. It is said that the party leader spotted her, and tried to make her go back home, yet she refused. He then threatened to call off the raid if she did not comply, and she replied that she would continue on to the Crow camp alone if that were the case. With that, her stubbornness won. During the raid, she successfully captured 11 horses for the tribe. On the way back to camp, as she kept watch while the men rested, she spotted two enemy Indians try to make off with their stolen goods and she took them down herself.
...she was then invited to a 2nd war party, and invited to participate in the Medicine Lodge Ceremony to share her tales. Usually, only men were allowed to participate in this ceremony. The tribe's Chief, Lone Walker, bestowed the name "Running Eagle" on her because of her greatness. This was a name only given to the greatest warriors, and it was the first time it had ever been given to a woman. She was also asked to be a part of the Braves Society of Young Warriors.
After she gained the respect of her whole tribe, she continued to lead many successful war parties and hunting expeditions. Her life ended sometime after 1878 in a battle against the Flathead warriors. The Flathead warriors had heard that a woman was leading the war party, so they targeted her immediately, and clubbed her from behind.
She died a successful warrior and a hero, doing what she loved. Today, the Pitamakan Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana is named after her. Montana is the site where many of her Blackfeet predecessors still reside on a reservation in modern-day America.
"Running Eagle Falls"
*Information from Wikipedia.
Our Newest Members!
STEER IN TRAILER SALES
Steer In Trailer Sales is located here in Three Forks, up off HWY 287.
They are a large horse, stock, utility, flatbed and cargo trailer dealership handling Titan, Logan Coach, Haulmark, Trailswest, Wilson, Charmac, Big Tex, and Look Trailers for sale.
Feel free to email or call them for a quote on
any of the horse trailers for sale listed on this website.
Steer In Trailers is proud to serve
Montana, Idaho, Wyoming,
Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Washington, and Canada.
Ask them for a quote on delivery!
They have a large inventory of horse trailers and stock trailers. Steer In Trailers stocks well over 100 new horse trailers,
stock trailers, as well as cargo trailers, utility trailers
and flatbed trailers at all times!
Let them know you saw them here in the chamber newsletter.
Karen Rose created a beautiful,
outdoor event venue called Latitude 45: Dining Under the Big Sky
This unique venue can be used
for weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats
or relax and enjoy being a guest at a farm to table dinner.
If you want to experience true Montana,
enjoy and appreciate the natural outdoors with friends and family,
then this is the place for you to come.
Karen has created truly the perfect setting
to rent for your summer outdoor event,
or experience being a guest at her farm to table dinners.
Also offering classic movies, complete with popcorn,
shown in the barn, after dinner or on movie nights.
Wish you could go see Latitude 45? You can!
Sunday, June 14th OPEN HOUSE
4pm till Dark
Please join Karen at Latitude 45's Open House
Sunday June 14 at 4 pm
at 5353 Buffalo Jump Rd.
Three Forks, Mt. 59752
Celebrate the completion of the new 1,000 sq.ft. covered pavilion.
We will enjoy light appetizers, lemonade,
yard games, and finish off the evening with a movie,
starting at 7 pm, in the barn.
Please bring your own alcoholic drinks if you prefer that.
Address: 5353 Buffalo Jump Road
Children welcome BUT NO PETS.
Wednesday, June 17th Business After Hours
5pm till Dark
The Three Forks Chamber of Commerce
invites you to our next
Business After Hours:
Wednesday, June 17th, 5pm till dark.
Location: Latitude 45
5353 Buffalo Jump Rd
Three Forks, Mt. 59752
The perfect setting for farm to table dinners.
We will be celebrating her new membership to our chamber.
~Appetizers and Drinks for all~
Stay through the evening to experience a movie in the barn!
Sorry, No pets allowed.
Call the Chamber for Directions:
Our Highlighted Members
Roots Hair Salon 214 S Main St
Three Forks, Mt 59752
406-209-0906 The Roots cozy salon is located in lovely Three Forks, Montana.
Owned by Montana native, Miranda Peterson, we specialize in styling, hair color, and waxing, for men, women, and even kids!
They exclusively use Verb and IGK products
at Roots Hair Studio!
Their friendly staff of livestock marketing experts have both the know-how and the connections with buyers across the United States.
From a rancher’s perspective, there isn’t anything like an auction. Many producers have found that they don’t just get $1 or $2, but $10 more per hundred for their cattle when they are well-sorted and
presented in front of the buyers.
Headwaters Livestock Auction we are getting the best prices for producers.
Located in Three Forks, Montana holds cattle sales
every Monday and horse sales as announced.
Special feeder, stock cow and sheep sales are hosted in season.
Now selling STUR-D Livestock Equipment Products –
come visit the Sale Barn to view a catalog.
25 Wheatland Rd
Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-0502
Bob's Plumbing & Drain
GET A QUOTE
Septic or Sewer problems are never convenIent.
We are proud to offer Complete Rooter Service.
Repair and Replacement:
tubs, sinks, showers, toilets,
garbage disposals, water heaters, hydrants.
If any pipe in your home is leaking, please give us a call.
We work on all types of pipe.
Pipes break for many reasons from old age to freezing.
We are always here to repair them.
Offering 24hr Plumbing Repair and Drain Cleaning Service because no one chooses when they are going to have a plumbing problem. From a clogged toilet to burst pipes, we're always here to help. To view their full website, CLICK HERE 406-585-3585
~Members Renewing~ THANK YOU!
We now take credit cards for your annual membership renewals and more!
Email us HERE for an invoice with a credit card link!
Headwaters Community Arts Institute (Fancy Feet!)
Montana Pony Connection
Three Forks Area Ambulance
Three Forks Floral
Did you know?
The Three Forks Pie Lady donated $225 worth of FREE Pie Slices to our seniors.
Trisha Jones did family porch pictures for Free.
(Keeping with social distancing!)
And our community donated hundreds of dollars to do the posters lining the Golf Course fence line coming into town, celebrating them in STYLE!
Maybe a new tradition has been born?
Thank you Three Forks,
~Actions like these that make our community exceptional~
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