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    Helena Hiking Challenge
    Heidi O'Brien
    August 15, 2017
    When the snow melted in Helena’s South Hills Trail system this spring over seventy miles of single track opened...
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    Arachnids at Exploration Works
    Summer Intern
    July 19, 2017
    By Emmie Bristow From the hundreds of tarantulas Indiana Jones fought in Raiders of the Lost Ark, to the thousands...
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    A Trip Back in Time with Last Chance Wagon Rides
    Summer Intern
    June 23, 2017
    By Emmie Bristow As a sixth generation Montanan, I was raised around many ranch-hands. I have a long list of...
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    Sunday Historic Walking Tours in Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    June 1, 2017
    Helena's Historic Walking Tours Photo credit: helenahistory.org Historic Walking Tours of Helena are available Sunday afternoons this summer at 2:00 pm. $5/person and children...
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    Best Montana Vacation Destinations: 10 Things to Do in Helena
    Heidi O'Brien
    March 28, 2017
    Top 10 Things to Do in Helena, Montana Located in southwest Montana, Helena is a beautiful getaway spot—a capital city...
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    Santa Sightings
    Anna Strange
    November 29, 2016
    Anna with Santa at the Downtown Helena Parade of Lights in 2015 Where to find Santa in Helena - December...
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    Thankful in Twenty-Sixteen
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 23, 2016
    Left to Right: Jennifer Davis, Anna Strange, Heidi O'Brien In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, it's time to reflect upon...
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    Top 5 Free Things to do in Helena, Montana During Any Season
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 9, 2016
    #5 Explore the Bray The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts 26-acre grounds contain hundreds of ceramic artifacts and sculptures...
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    Rentals for Your Next Adventure in Helena, MT
    Summer Intern
    August 24, 2016
    By Skylar Rispens School shopping getting you down? September and beyond in Montana is full of continued opportunities for adventure. Beauty...
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    Our Top Ten Beer Choices - Montana Brewers Summer Rendezvous
    Heidi O'Brien
    August 12, 2016
      Helena Montana's 150 Birthday Brew Fest Every year when the Montana Brewers Association releases their list of featured beers for...
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    Motorcycles at the Holter
    Summer Intern
    August 2, 2016
    A Different Kind of Art By Emmie Bristow When many of us think of art, we tend to think of paintings,...
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    MT Shakespeare Company Summer Productions
    Summer Intern
    July 18, 2016
    Bringing Classic Tales Alive in Helena By Emmie Bristow For many in Helena, the Montana Shakespeare Company summer productions are an...
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    Last Chance Tour Train: A Unique Way to Explore Helena
    Summer Intern
    June 25, 2016
    Skylar Rispens, Visit Helena Intern By Skylar Rispens Being born and raised in Helena, I am pretty familiar with the Last...
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    Why You Should Visit Helena, Montana
    Summer Intern
    June 14, 2016
    Meet Emmie - Visit Helena Montana's Summer Intern I grew up in the valley of Helena, Montana very close to...
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    Trail Rider Starts Friday Morning Service
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 27, 2016
    Trail Rider Shuttle Starts Friday Morning Service: Hike, Bike or Run to work via Helena’s Trail System Beginning next Friday, June...
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    5 Tips for Traveling Safely in Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 18, 2016
      Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour Great Food at Alive at Five Beautiful Skies & Helena’s Iconic Firetower The deck at the...
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    Peggy Plays Pickle Ball
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 17, 2016
    Senior Olympics in Helena, Montana It’s game time. Pickle ball was founded by a Seattle resident who named the game...
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    Hidden Gems: Aaron Parrett’s Territorial Press
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    April 1, 2016
    A Helena Hidden Gem Photo courtesy of Gary Pemble By Brian D’Ambrosio Printing was sustainable before ‘sustainability’ became a buzzword. Before the...
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    The Concert That Never Was
    Anna Strange
    March 7, 2016
    'Come Fly Away' to the music of Frank Sinatra & Barbra Streisand By Anna Strange CLICK HERE to Enter to WIN 2 Tickets to...
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    Ten Mile Creek Brewery
    Heidi O'Brien
    February 26, 2016
    Ten Mile Creek Brewery: A new version of an old story Photo: Ten Mile Creek Brewery   Ten Mile Creek Brewery New York...
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    Glacier National Park vs. Yellowstone National Park
    Anna Strange
    February 10, 2016
    Anna Strange, left, and Heidi O'Brien, right, can't agree on which Montana National Park is best. Glacier National Park...
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    Falling in Love at the Symphony
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    January 28, 2016
    "Shakespeare in Love" by the Helena Symphony - Saturday, February 20 By Brian D'Ambrosio Voice Actor - Rick Wasserman To commemorate the...
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    Summer Internship Opportunity
    Anna Strange
    January 11, 2016
    Accepting Applications -- Tourism Marketing Summer 2016 Intern Apply Today - Email [email protected] The Helena Tourism Alliance, Helena’s destination marketing entity,...
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    Montana Wildlife Center
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    January 8, 2016
    Preserving History and Wildlife By Brian D’Ambrosio Aged buildings discarded. Doors sealed. Factories shuttered. Older architecture is commonly replaced with new...
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    Introducing The Great {Selfie Spot} Race
    Anna Strange
    December 22, 2015
    Turn mobile device horizontal to view contest details.  
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    Starting Your Helena, Montana Christmas Tradition
    Heidi O'Brien
    December 18, 2015
    by Heidi O'Brien So much of what we love about the holidays is tradition. Some traditions have been with us...
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    Santa Sightings in Helena, Montana
    Anna Strange
    December 11, 2015
    Looking for Santa dates in 2016? Click HERE for 2016 Santa Sightings in Helena, Montana. 2015 Info Listed Below: Holiday Weekend...
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    Helena, Montana Shirt Promo
    Anna Strange
    December 7, 2015
    Shopping for the Helena & Mountain Biker Enthusiast by Anna Strange At the Helena Tourism Alliance Visitor Center located at 105...
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    Capturing Montana's History
    Anna Strange
    December 1, 2015
    A Guide to Montana Historical Society Resources by Anna Strange On my tour of the MHS Collections. Recently I was fortunate enough...
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    Feeling Thankful
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 24, 2015
    by Heidi O'Brien Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life it's hard to remember to actually take the time...
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    Top Helena, Montana Gifts to Give
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 16, 2015
    Have you thought much yet about your holiday shopping list? Here at the Helena Tourism Alliance we are still...
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    What is your favorite part about winter?
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 10, 2015
    by Heidi O'Brien Recently on our I Know Helena Facebook Page I posed the question: What is your favorite part...
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    Ho Ho Holter Bazaar - Get a jump on your Christmas Shopping
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 6, 2015
    Save the date: November 12 to 15, 2015, 10 am to 8 pm at the Holter Museum of Art  by...
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    Radon Health Mines of Boulder-Basin Montana
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    November 4, 2015
    By Brian D'Ambrosio for the Helena Tourism Alliance Note: We are not endorsing the claims made by the benefits of radon...
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    Changing Seasons and Perspectives
    Anna Strange
    October 28, 2015
    A Guide to Winter Activities in Helena, Montana By Anna Strange Today it changed. The frost on the windows of my...
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    Stellar Helena, Montana Skies
    Heidi O'Brien
    October 12, 2015
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    Everything Apple Festival
    Heidi O'Brien
    September 30, 2015
    By Heidi O'Brien When I was little, I remember our orange and light brown Fisher Price record player blasting out...
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    One set. Two shows. 20 performances.
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    September 24, 2015
    By Brian D’Ambrosio, for the Helena Tourism Alliance Grandstreet Theatre's Upcoming Productions It’s Shakespeare with a stroke of Sondheim, a stylish...
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    What's the Buzz Downtown?
    Anna Strange
    September 10, 2015
    By Anna Strange Introducing you to two new shops in Downtown Helena, Montana.  When you listen closely you'll hear the buzz in Downtown...
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    Helena Bighorns 101
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    September 8, 2015
    A new sheet of ice covering a lake. The powdery snow shoveled off in clumps to the sides. A...
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    Wild West Cache Bash - October 2-4, 2015
    Heidi O'Brien
    August 25, 2015
    STAY TUNED: We will post the coordinates for the modified geocaching poker run on Saturday, October 3 at 9...
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    #GetOutdoors for Dinner
    Anna Strange
    August 19, 2015
    Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Downtown Helena, Montana Helena locals and visitors looking to soak in every ounce of the...
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    Our Top Ten Beer Choices - Montana Brewers Summer Festival - August 15
    Heidi O'Brien
    August 12, 2015
    This weekend, from Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16 is the number one event weekend in Helena, Montana...
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    Helena Summer Brewers Festival Musicians
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    August 10, 2015
    By Brian D'Ambrosio On August 15, 2015, the Montana Brewers Association welcomes Montana brewers from across the state to Helena....
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    Bike Helena Shuttle Fest
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 30, 2015
    Welcoming our visiting riders and hikers to Helena, Montana Make the most of your summer - come explore the trails...
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    We all Scream for Ice Cream
    Anna Strange
    July 23, 2015
    Must Try Ice Cream Stops in Helena, Montana By Anna Strange Ice cream lovers have had the perfect excuse to indulge...
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    #1 Event Weekend in Helena - Aug 14-15-16
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 16, 2015
    It's only one month away: Bike Helena Shuttle Fest and Montana Brewers Association Summer Festival Join in the fun for...
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    Experiencing History in Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 13, 2015
    How you can experience Helena, Montana's History Pioneer Cabin - Helena's Oldest Documented Dwelling June 1 to August 31,...
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    A Day Trip from Helena, Montana: Virginia City & Nevada City
    Heidi O'Brien
    June 25, 2015
    Day-tripping from Helena, MT by Heidi O'Brien, Helena Tourism Alliance Helena, Montana is smack-dab in the middle of western Montana. ...
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    Helena Area Hikes
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    June 17, 2015
    By Brian D’Ambrosio One of Helena’s greatest attributes is that anyone living or visiting here can enjoy the beauty and...
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    Selfie Spots
    Anna Strange
    June 10, 2015
    Helena, Montana: Selfie spots throughout town feature the best of Montana’s capital city #VisitHelenaMT
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    Top Ten Helena Events of the Summer
    Heidi O'Brien
    June 4, 2015
    There's so many wonderful things to do in Helena, Montana this summer.  It was pretty tough to narrow our...
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    Ceramic Continuum of Archie Bray Residents
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    May 26, 2015
    By Brian D’Ambrosio For more than fifty years, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts has been a robust...
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    Loving Helena
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 4, 2015
    The Helena Blog has evolved into a voice for what to experience while in Helena, Montana.  Writer Brian D'Ambrosio...
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    Helena's Guide to Coffee
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    April 28, 2015
    By Brian D’Ambrosio, for the Helena Tourism Alliance Let’s face it, coffee is a savior. Bioactive compounds in your French Roast...
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    Helena, Montana Photo Contest
    Heidi O'Brien
    April 2, 2015
    Calling all photographers! Do you have a stunning shot of the St. Helena Cathedral at twilight? Do you have the BEST...
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    Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine & Gold Fever Rock Shop - A Montana Mining Adventure
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    March 17, 2015
    By Brian D’Ambrosio There are barely a handful of places in the U.S. where you can mine for your own...
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    Hiking Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    March 9, 2015
    The sun is shining.  The birds are singing.  It’s time to get out and enjoy Helena’s South Hills Trail...
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    A.L. Swanson Gallery and Craftsman Studio - Orvis Fly Box
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    February 11, 2015
    Article By Brian D’Ambrosio To diversify is to bet on, rather than against, your own ingenuity. A.L Swanson’s business model is...
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    A Message to Helena Residents
    Heidi O'Brien
    February 5, 2015
    Dear Helena, Montana Resident - My typical blog content always is based on information that a visitor will find important...
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    Ellen Baumler & Her Helena History Passion
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    January 5, 2015
    By Brian D’Ambrosio, for the Helena Tourism Alliance Self-disciplined. Self-directed. Curious. These three words perhaps best describe Ellen Baumler, the Interpretive...
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    Vote Helena, Montana Most Travel Worthy State Capital
    Heidi O'Brien
    December 16, 2014
    Helena, Montana offers our visitors so many experiences - we are certainly a wonderful Capital City to visit and here's...
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    Top Ten Best Helena, Montana Gift Ideas
    Heidi O'Brien
    December 9, 2014
    Have you completed your Holiday Shopping?  Here at the Helena Tourism Alliance we are still working on all our...
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    Jmacs Pottery: Jeremy McFarlane’s Journey
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    December 2, 2014
    By Brian D’Ambrosio, for the Helena Tourism Alliance True health instills positive energy in the mind, body, and spirit.   For...
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    Feeling Thankful for Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 20, 2014
    I love Thanksgiving.  Of all the holidays, I hold Thanksgiving to closest to my heart.  I have such great...
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    Trout Creek Canyon
    Heidi O'Brien
    November 4, 2014
     A perfect Montana hike for the family Close encounters at the park in York, Montana. Trout Creek Canyon – in...
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    Recycled Art: Artist Liz Harter Creates from Found Objects
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    October 27, 2014
    By Brian D’Ambrosio Ziploc bags chock-full of upholstery tacks.  Stash boxes of bolts, screws, pins, and thimbles. Tin cans jam-packed...
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    A Helena Afternoon: Grandstreet Theatre, Blackfoot River Brewing Co., Taco del Sol & Big Dipper Ice Cream
    Heidi O'Brien
    October 22, 2014
    This Sunday in Helena, Montana, I took the afternoon off from running weekend errands, cleaning the house and encouraging...
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    This Weekend in Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    October 10, 2014
    It's October in Montana.  The aspens are shining gold against the lodge pole pines on the ridges skirting Helena....
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    Haunted Helena: Montana's Queen City Ghosts
    Heidi O'Brien
    October 2, 2014
    Haunted Helena by historian Ellen Baumler. I'm a sucker for a good ghost story.  I have many scary stories committed to...
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    Deaton Chaps - Helena Couple Hand-Produce Western Leggings
    Brian D'Ambrosio
    September 23, 2014
    There is no doubt that Helena, Montana has hidden treasures galore.  From gold of the 1860s, to hidden geocaches...
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    Mini GeoTour Caches
    Heidi O'Brien
    September 12, 2014
    Greetings Geocaching Folks! This laminated card will hold the password for the Mini GeoTour Get Your Gold Cache Bash Challenge....
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    The Final Touches: Get Your Gold Cache Bash - September 13, 2014
    Heidi O'Brien
    September 4, 2014
    On September 13, 2014 Helena will be hosting a Geocaching Bash of $1000 proportions. Get Your Gold Cache Bash –...
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    Best Time of Year in Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    August 27, 2014
    Elkhorn Mountains with a Dusting of Snow. Photo: Richard Krott It’s hard not to think that every time of year...
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    Helena's 150 Birthday Brewfest - What are your top five beer choices?
    Heidi O'Brien
    August 15, 2014
    Helena Montana's 150 Birthday Brew Fest Who doesn't love a good list!?  Here at the Tourism Alliance we are looking...
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    Bike Helena Shuttle Fest
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 29, 2014
    Update: Bike Helena Shuttle Fest for 2015 Has Been Scheduled! The second annual Bike Helena Shuttle Fest is taking place...
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    Going to the Stampede
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 25, 2014
    Last Chance Stampede & Fair There's still two more days to catch the Last Chance Stampede & Rodeo. Make your...
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    Get Your Gold Cache Bash
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 24, 2014
    Check out the Helena, Montana Get Your Gold Cache Bash on September 13. With Helena's "Best of the Road, Best...
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    Trying New Things in Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 15, 2014
    Of all the things that I am, I can absolutely assure you that I am a creature of habit....
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    The Helena Blog
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 8, 2014
    Follow our blog and find something that will appeal to you as you discover Montana's beautiful capital. Visit Blog
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    Explosions of a Different Kind
    Heidi O'Brien
    July 3, 2014
    When you think the 4th of July, you can't help but to think fireworks.  It pretty much goes hand-in-hand....
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    4 Hours Away: Yellowstone to Helena
    Heidi O'Brien
    June 28, 2014
    My son and me at Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful area.   Almost twenty years ago, I came...
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    Centennial Park - Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    June 9, 2014
    Smiles all around at the Vigilante Bike Park Cruising on the pump track. Taking a break from biking on...
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    Helena's Free Trail Shuttle
    Heidi O'Brien
    June 3, 2014
    Helena's free Trail Rider begins it's shuttle June 4. This summer the Trail Rider will operate 5 days a...
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    All Aboard!
    Heidi O'Brien
    June 2, 2014
    In honor of opening day for the Last Chance Tour Train, I'm going to recycle an older blog entry...
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    Geocaching: “Oh the Places You’ll Go”
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 27, 2014
    Beautiful Ophir Cave in the Helena National Forest. Beautiful Ophir Cave in the Helena National Forest. On the road out...
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    Geocaching Event - June 21, 2014
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 23, 2014
    MTScarecrow poses with some of this year's event prizes for the June 21 Geocaching Event. CLICK HERE: for info on...
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    Pet Peeve: “There’s Nothing To Do”
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 18, 2014
    The Helena events calendar features no shortage of things to do in Montana's Capital City. A friend the other made...
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    Geocaching The Best
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 13, 2014
    Photo: geocaching.com uploaded by user PBtotheJ Every time someone logs a Helena, Montana GeoTour geocache on geocaching.com, I receive an...
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    Helena, Montana - Half-way Between Yellowstone & Glacier
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 7, 2014
    The route from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park. I recently gave a presentation on Helena, Montana and focused...
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    Welcome Germans, Italians, Australians, Swiss to Helena, Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 5, 2014
    The York Bar: Who was more fascinated – The locals or the visitors? No Helena tour would be complete...
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    Helena, MT featured in the 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas
    Heidi O'Brien
    May 1, 2014
    Helena, Montana Best of the Road. Best for Geocaching The 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas has recently been released and...
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    Southwest Montana
    Heidi O'Brien
    April 24, 2014
    The monthly Southwest Montana meeting was held this Wednesday in Helena, Montana. Southwest Montana is a state tourism...
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    Be Our Guest
    Heidi O'Brien
    April 18, 2014
    This week I had the pleasure of attending the Montana Office of Tourism’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism.  It’s always...
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    Les Miserables - London, England to Helena, Montana?
    Heidi O'Brien
    April 12, 2014
    April 25 - May 18 at Grandstreet Theatre The last time I saw Les Miserables was almost twenty years ago...
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    Living in a Small Town
    Heidi O'Brien
    April 8, 2014
    Looking out at the East Helena Valley at Sunrise When visitors come to Helena, Montana they are always surprised to...
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