Can you sense the excitement? April Wuelfing’s six-year-old daughter Pattyn snapped this photo right after her mother learned she was Montana’s newest James Madison Fellow. That title comes with some perks, including a $24,000 scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in history. PHOTO BY PATTYN WUELFING

The rest is history

When an unexpected Fedex package arrived on Sheridan history teacher April Wuelfing’s doorstep recently, she didn’t think much of it. With three kids and all the online shopping being done lately, she figured it was something for the kids or her husband.

A mother and daughter, united by pregnancy. PHOTO COURTESY MARISA WEPPNER

Twin spirits

As any woman with children can attest, announcing your first pregnancy to your mother can be a nerve-racking experience. Twenty-three-year-old Montana native Marisa Weppner was living in Costa Rica and had recently learned she was expecting a baby. The time had come for a phone call to break the good news to her mom, Joan Hendrickson.

Lure Me Inn’s new proprietor Tony Treglia revels in his new home and business. He’s passionate about maintaining the Inn’s already-established reputation as a quiet, welcoming haven for travelers from near and far. He stayed at the property before purchasing it and looks back fondly at his first stay in Cabin 5. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

A dream come true

Sometimes opportunity presents itself in the most unexpected of ways. Prior to the pandemic Tony Treglia was a successful businessman, working in corporate human resources, before starting his own consulting and executive search practice. But by late spring 2020 business had all but dried up.

Dr. Jane Mangold has presented at nearly 400 MSU Extension programs in all 56 Montana counties, and also serves on the Montana Invasive Species Council. PHOTO COURTESY JANE MANGOLD

Outstanding in her field

Montana State University Professor and Invasive Plant Specialist Jane Mangold has spent more than two decades studying and educating Montana communities about noxious weeds. Her work locally has included outreach classes for ranchers, herbicide trials and articles in The Madisonian.

All entrants into The Prospects competition pictured here, overlayed on an image of the state of Montana. PHOTO COURTESY OF JODY SANDRU

Madison County cleaned up

A person can get stuck in the mentality that if you grow up in a small area, you won’t have the same opportunities as others living in cities or metropolitan places. It can feel like the success of whatever it is you are trying to succeed in is based on location, not ability or passion.


Son of Ireland

The month of March is an especially appropriate time to consider the life of one of Madison County’s early residents and founding fathers, William Ennis. William was the sixth of eleven children born to John and Mary Ennis; who had emigrated to Ireland from Scotland. William was born on St.

Joanne’s mother was a resident at Tobacco Roots for three years. Here, the mother and daughter couple dance during the facility’s prom for residents. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNE GALIGER

Her calling

Joanne Galiger has been married to her husband, Mike, for 47 years. Each of those 47 years, the couple has lived in Sheridan.


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