Becoming a Caregiver: How My Life Changed in a Blink of an Eye

Ron and Cindy Kiosse

Ron and Cindy Kiosse

Post written by Cindy S. Kiosse, Operations Officer, Stockman Bank – Terry Branch

When you face unexpected circumstances, you do your best to handle the situation while learning on the fly.

Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes – parents, children, spouses, family, friends – and most don’t have much time to mentally prepare for all that being “a caregiver” involves.

I didn’t understand the true meaning of “Your life can change in a blink of an eye” until July 2010. On one hot July night, my mind was on the yard I’d just finished mowing. I remember feeling how satisfied I was to know it was done for another week. Two hours later, our yard would be the least of my concerns for nearly the next four years. Continue reading

Home Is Where Your Heart Is

Naomi RolandsonPost written by Naomi Rolandson, CSR and Social Media Ambassador, Hysham

When I tell people I’m from Montana, I can see the movie reels turning in their heads.

They imagine streams of clear gurgling water, majestic snow-capped mountains and stately Ponderosa Pines as shown in movies like A River Runs Through It, The River Wild, and The Horse Whisperer.

The imaginary bubble above their head quickly bursts when I mention Eastern Montana.

There are many who actually believe if they travel east of Billings they would immediately be in North Dakota! Now, I know, Eastern Montana doesn’t have mountains and mountain lakes, but HELLO….we’re still part of Montana! Continue reading

It’s Time: The 2017 Brawl of the Wild is Here!

It’s time. The 117th Brawl of the Wild is here and tensions are high across the whole state. Jabs about which school is better are all too common this time of year and, for the most part, it’s just playful joking that usually never goes too far.

As a community bank in Montana, we have plenty of grads from both schools and the rivalry runs deep here. With that in mind, we asked three employees to write a little bit about what the Cat/Griz, or Griz/Cat depending what team you root for, means to them! Enjoy!

Cody Walk

The In Between-er
Cody Walk, Digital Media Coordinator

Cats or Griz? Blue or maroon? Bozeman or Missoula? For me, the answer is always…“Both!”

With no allegiance to either team, the Brawl of the Wild has been a little different for me. Having parents that attended college in Iowa and no other relatives that graduated from UM or MSU, I was never pressured to pick a side. Being born and raised in Billings didn’t sway me one way or the other either.

This next part may ruffle a few feathers, but as a child growing up, one year I would deck out in Griz gear for the game, and the next it would be all Bobcat blue and gold, usually depending on which team had the better record! Continue reading

Thanking Our Stockman Bank Military Veterans

Ashley Glantz

Ashley Glantz

Post written by Ashley Glantz, HR Recruiting Specialist

We all know one.

Maybe you’ve had the honor of loving one.

Maybe you interact with them on a daily basis.

Maybe it’s a family member. Or a coworker. Or a friend.

For every interaction we have with our military veterans, we’re better for it. We owe a debt of gratitude to every veteran who has served, as well as their families who have supported them along the way.

Today we’d like to take a moment to thank a few of the veterans from the Stockman family for their service to our country, their friendship, and their hard work. Continue reading

Many Hands Make Light Work…Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Janine IMG_1243 EPost written by Janine Merrill, Marketing Officer for Stockman Bank

In Montana we truly are neighbors helping neighbors.

We recently saw the significance of this during the Lodgepole Complex and Western Montana fires this year.

It was amazing and inspiring to see Montanans come together to help those in need.

Being neighborly has tremendous meaning but sometimes people overlook the significance of what it truly means to be a good neighbor.

As a rancher in Montana (I’m from the central Montana area – Stanford to be exact!), the concept of being neighborly is not only alive and well, but we consider our neighbors to be our most important commodity.

The camaraderie we share as fellow ranchers and farmers is heartfelt and is the cornerstone of any successful operation. Continue reading

Domestic Juggler

Brandi Gray

Brandi Gray

Post written by Brandi GrayCompliance Officer | Domestic Juggler | Motivator | Lover of Eastern Montana | Outdoor Enthusiast

I’m a full time employee at Stockman Bank as well as a full time wife and mother.

I love my job and I love my family, but times can get crazy just trying to get to the bank in the morning. This juggling act means that my circus has many acts vying for the attention of the ringmaster.

Sometimes it feels like I’m riding a unicycle on a tightrope with acrobats flying around me while I’m spinning plates. The Gray Circus runs from 6:30 AM to 7:45 AM weekdays. I may not have every duty every morning, but the majority of the time these are my duties as mom/ringmaster: Continue reading

Montana Thrillers: Haunted Tales of Historic Sites in Montana

Cassandra GarrisonPost written by Cassandra Garrison, Real Estate Media Specialist | Web Developer | Techie | Philanthropist | Gypsy Soul | Snowboarder | Top-Tier Millennial

Yes! My favorite time of year is finally here…. Autumn!

I eagerly anticipate the arrival of this season every year!  I love everything about fall for many reasons: warm cozy sweaters to snuggle into, visiting the local pumpkin patch, shopping at the local farmer’s market, and the colorful cornucopia of red, gold, and bronze colors that adorn our trees for a short time every year (Although I wish it were longer!).

My favorite holiday also happens to be Halloween. Since I was a child, I’ve loved dressing up and going trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, drinking hot apple cider, and watching Halloween movie classics like Hocus Pocus, Nightmare before Christmas, and Casper.

Yes, it’s true, the kid at heart still lives within me during the holiday season.

Another family tradition I greatly enjoy is telling ghost stories around the firepit or campfire. I’d previously shared with you that my father is a living Montana history book. Turns out our state has its fair share of ghostly history! Whether you believe or don’t believe in ghosts, it’s fun to hear these chilling tales of rumored hauntings.

Throughout the month of October, I plan to revisit the history of some historical sites in Montana that have reported ghostly activity. I’ll begin with 3 places in Montana that are fairly well-known. So who’s ready to go ghost-hunting with me across the state? Continue reading