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 By Judy Yirsa    News    January 27, 2021

St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church Youth Group is Fundraising to go to Europe in 2022!

The youth group of St. Margaret Mary’s has been busy since the start of the Fall season with fundraising and planning for their upcoming trip to Europe! Accompanied by a few parents, their youth group instructor Judy Yirsa, and pastoral leader Fr....

 By Judy Yirsa    Lifestyles    June 24, 2020

Small Town • Big World

The Future of Travel As temperatures rise and summer fast approaches, Americans are beginning to look for travel options. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, Montanans, especially, are looking to escape... Full story

 By Judy Yirsa    Opinion    March 25, 2020

This Too Shall Pass

Much like the rest of this community, I have been following the news of all things related to COVID-19 closely. It has left me feeling scared for loved ones in larger cities and anxious for the near future, but overall it has left me with a heavy...


Cline Family Escapes the Cold to Visit Sunny Florida!

On Christmas morning, Travis and Darlene Cline excitedly awaited their children Gabe and Brookelyn's responses, as they opened their gift containing tickets to Walt Disney World! Sadly, they would nev...


Bob & Rita Yirsa Celebrated Their Birthdays in Napa Valley, California

At the end of August 2019, Bob and Rita Yirsa were surprised by their children, as well as their daughter and sons-in-law, with a trip to Napa Valley, California, in celebration of their combined 85th...


Cheap Flights; Excellent Sights

Last week I wrote about Vanessa and Liana Janssen's recent visit to Japan. In actuality, the Janssen family consists of three children in total. It simply was not feasible for the entire family to mak...


New Year, New Perspective Inspired by Japanese Culture

This last fall, local Vanessa Janssen traveled with her daughter Liana to Japan. They were joined by Vanessa's parents, sister, and her sister's boyfriend. The reason for their family reunion? To visi...

 By Judy Yirsa    Opinion    December 4, 2019

Small Town Big World; Rolling With The Punches In Calgary

Every Saturday morning, my family and I enjoy a pancake breakfast, then sit down together to watch our favorite travel shows. In the middle of one of the videos, a commercial for Calgary appeared. It...

 By Judy Yirsa    News    November 27, 2019

Breaking traditon, spend Thanksgiving in Paris

Last year my husband and I were in the early stages of planning a family vacation for the following summer when we came across shockingly low-priced flights from Great Falls to Paris. The only catch...


Small Town • Big World

As a young child, I developed a love for travel from road trips with my family. The destination was always predictable. We would either visit family in San Diego or my family in Baja California, Mexico. Being as I grew up in Central California in...


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