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Friday Five: November 9, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana a great place!

Skiing at Big Sky Resort1. Bozeman Rental Company Helps Launch Outings

Are you looking to take an outdoor adventure to Montana, but you don’t have the necessary equipment to explore Big Sky Country? Consider checking out Bozeman’s newest company, Hatch Adventures.

Hatch Adventures is a rental company that can prepare you for any outdoor adventure in the Treasure State. The company rents out vehicles prepared for an outdoor adventure like camping and include items like chairs, tables, coolers, and cooking gear. All the renter has to pick up is food and water. Vehicles can also be fitted for winter camping trips. Users can also rent rafts to check out Montana’s pristine waterways.

For more information on Hatch Adventures, check out the Helena Independent Record article here.

2. Richard Ford’s 1990 Montana Novel Wildlife Finally Hits the Big Screen

While A River Runs Throughout It helped put Montana on the silver screen for its inspiring settings, another Montana-based book called Wildlife hit theaters in October.

Wildlife is based off a book published in 1990 by Richard Ford, who at the time was living in the Rattlesnake Gulch north of Missoula. The book is set in Great Falls in the 1960s and portrays a young teen forced into the role of an adult witnessing his mother’s struggles and his parent’s marriage falling apart. Ford’s father died when he was 16.

The movie stars Jake Gyllenhall and Carey Mulligan as the husband and wife duo. It was the directorial debut for actor Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood.) The movie was released Oct. 19 in theaters.

For more information about Wildlife and Ford’s involvement in the movie, click here to read more from the Missoulian.

3. Conrad’s Folklore Coffee Is Whitefish Bound

Folklore Coffee in Conrad is opening its second location 160 miles away in Whitefish. The second location will be manned by one of the owners’ brother.

“We love it here, and my wife’ s family still farms here,” said Andy Pollard, one of Folkore’s original in a Great Falls Tribune story. “We have two little boys and love to be by family. Bigger towns are always a temptation, but we love the relationships we have here, and people do appreciate us. We don’t plan on leaving any time soon.”

Pollard’s brother moved to Whitefish for teaching but soon decided to change course and went to the American Barista & Coffee School in Portland.

Click here to read more about Folklore Coffee and the owners’ love for small-town Montana.

4. Discovery Ski Area Set to Open This Weekend

Are you craving to hit the slopes? You’re in luck because Discovery Ski Area in Phillipsburg is set to open this weekend.  In a Montana Standard article, ski area president Ciche Pitcher said the ski hill hasn’t opened this early in the eight years he’s been president.

After this weekend, the ski area will be open on weekends until December, when the weather should allow for a seven-day schedule. Discovery will also be open four days over Thanksgiving weekend.

To check out the prices for this weekend, click here.

5. Destination Missoula Celebrates 15 Years, Looks to Future in Evolving Industry

Destination Missoula, which started as a committee of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce,  has blossomed into its own organization that its celebrating 15 years of promoting Missoula and tourism. According to an article from the Missoula Current, Destination Missoula is looking to the future by writing a tourism master plan and continuing to promote the city’s growing music and arts scene.

“I’ve often said, my hardest job is to get people here the first time,” said Barb Neilan, the organization’s executive director in the story. “Once they come the first time, they fall in love with this community. More than 84 percent of the people who come here the first time will come back, and continue to come back.”

Tourism in Missoula pumps in more than $329 million to the local economy and attracts 4 million the city each year. The industry creates 3, 300 local jobs.

To learn more about Destination Missoula’s future plans, click here.

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