In June 2020, I launched a Montana Television Network series called Montana Cares. The goal of the series is to tell the stories of local businesses in Cascade and surrounding counties that had received funding through the CARES Act during the Coronavirus pandemic. I set out to learn how the money helped these business owners, how they got through the pandemic, and how their lives have been changed thanks to COVID-19.

Episode One: Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company. A video game production company run by two brothers out of their mom’s house that was founded when the family reached rock bottom in the early 2000s. Read the full story here.
Episode Three: Wheels of Thunder. A family-owned roller skating rink fell on hard times when they had to close their doors during their usual busy season. CARES Act Funding and community support are keeping a community favorite rolling on. Read the full story here.
Episode Two: LeVeque Ranch. This family-owned ranch has been around since the 1800s. While their day-to-day operations on the ranch weren’t drastically impacted by the pandemic, their income was negatively affected by falling cattle prices and the closure of meat packing facilities. Read the full story here.

Episode Four: C.M. Russell Museum. Even a renowned hub of Western history and culture faced some challenges thanks to COVID-19. The Museum thrives on local tourism and history buffs from Montana and other states, but having to close their doors wasn’t easy for the 60+ year community staple. Read the full story here.