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Joy Larson

Joy Larson was raised in Montana, is a graduate of the University of Montana, mother of four, animal lover and writer.
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4 Best Made in Montana Fly Fishing Products

This past weekend, Missoula was host to the Orvis Guide Rendezvous Show. This show included both Montana-based companies and companies based outside of Montana, all of which cater to fly fishing in some aspect or another. Pretty much any and every kind of company that can be associated with fly fishing was there, from raft frame makers to cooler manufacturers and drift boat manufacturers to anchor companies.

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Best and Worst Jobs of 2013 – Did Yours Make the List?

Have you ever wondered if there was a better job for you out there? Have you ever dreamed it was possible to not loathe waking up and forcing yourself to go to the same old boring job day after day? What if you could have a job with better pay and less stress? What would that job be?

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Wine and Whiskey in the West – Brought to You by Chicks n Chaps

If you’ve ever seen a western then you know that everyone in the west drinks whiskey, that is unless they’re yellow-bellied. You don’t get much more western than Montana and rodeo. What better way to help raise a little money for a good cause than with a whiskey tasting?  They do realize that not everyone likes whiskey, so they’ll let those of you who don’t, taste wine instead.

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Best Animal Video Ever

Have you ever noticed how different animals eat? It’s interesting if you think about it. For example, a cow simply plants its face in its food and chews away. How about an alligator? What do you think it’s like when an alligator opens its big jaws and just chomps away? That must make quite a mess. How about a lizard? It slithers along and then suddenly attacks its prey.

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Townsquare Media Can Help You Grow Your Small Business

Missoula seems to be a hot spot for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Starting and running a small business is no small task, especially in Montana. It seems that we were one of the last places for the Internet and cellphone companies to find. But now that they are here and just about everyone has them, wouldn’t it be great if you could reach them?

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9 Mile House is Back – Bringing With it the Best Cheeseburger and Fries

I have a confession to make. For the past month or so I have been indulging in the best cheeseburger and fries I’ve ever had. I am feeling a little bit guilty about not sharing, so I will let you in on my little secret. The best cheeseburger and fries I have ever eaten are from the newly reopened 9 Mile House, which is now known as the 9 Mile Roadhouse. You can still find this out of the way eatery at 28030 Old US Highway 10 West in Huson.

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Five Best Practical Jokes to Play on Your Kids This April Fool’s Day

I love having kids. They are so much fun, and really fun to play tricks on. April Fool’s Day has got to be the most fun day of the year when you have kids. There isn’t much that will put a smile on your face faster, or make laugh longer, than seeing the surprise on your child’s face when they realize they’ve been tricked, and by their parents no less. So, to help all of us parents make this April Fool’s Day great, I’ve compiled a list of practical jokes to play on your kids.

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What’s the Big Deal with Steelhead Fishing in Montana?

As I have mentioned before, my husband is an ex-fly fishing guide. So, whenever I want any information on this subject, I go straight to him. It also helps that he seems to have an unhealthy obsession with fly fishing. We often joke about this, as certain times of the year I find myself a fishing widow. Of course these times coincide with the numerous fly hatches.

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