My Favorite Places to Visit in Montana in the Summer – Part 2

Post written by Cassandra Garrison, Real Estate Loan Specialist

Previously, in Part 1 of this blog series, I wrote about a few of my favorite places to visit in Montana in the Summer.

Welcome to Part 2!

I’ve had the pleasure to not only travel to many places throughout our state, but to also have the opportunity to live in some of our beautiful cities in Montana.

Because of that I’ve been able to experience the western charm and uniqueness that embodies the Montanan spirit throughout our state. While attending the University of Montana, I had the opportunity to explore and visit many more wonderful places our state has to offer.

Having lived outside of Montana, I can attest to the fact that Montana is well-known for our numerous national parks and western mountainous regions. Given the recent fires that have ravaged our state from east to west, I feel compelled to give my condolences to the Montanan families who have been directly affected by these fires. My thoughts and prayers are also with all those who are working night and day, away from their families, to keep these fires contained.

When the fire has been controlled, and the ash settles, I will hold onto my memories of the places I love as I remember them, and hope that we as Montanans can pull together to help foster the regrowth of these areas once the fires have subsided. Continue reading

The History of Stockman Bank

Bill Nefsy

Bill Nefsy

When Bill Nefsy bought tiny Miles City Bank in 1953, he had no idea the bank would grow into one of Montana’s largest community banks.

His vision was a simple one—he wanted to provide a way for his neighbors in Custer County—honest, hardworking farmers, ranchers, and business-owners—to obtain the financing they needed to operate and grow their businesses.

Like most who forged a life and livelihood in eastern Montana during the first half of the twentieth century, Bill Nefsy’s life was one of hardship, perseverance, and sacrifice. 

Born to Daniel and Mary Nefsy in 1913, Bill suffered tragedy early.  When he was just five years old, Bill’s mother Mary died in the Spanish Flu pandemic which struck nearly a quarter of the US population.  Eight years later, at the age of 13, Bill would lose his father to Rocky Mountain Spotted-Fever.

Orphaned and alone, Bill became a ward of the State until distant uncles stepped forward, claimed him, and relocated him to their ranch near Newcastle in Northeast Wyoming. Continue reading

New Website Launches! Welcome to

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new website!

Our goal from the beginning was to create a fresh and convenient digital experience for users by blending our traditional, western values with modern conveniences and state of the art technology.

The new website provides a clear message of who we are, what we stand for, and our commitment to Montanans.   Continue reading

My Favorite Places to Visit in Montana in the Summer – Part 1

Post written by Cassandra Garrison, Real Estate Loan Specialist

Montana is known for its’ snow-capped mountains, winding rivers, vast plains, rugged badlands, and wide-open sky. I’ve travelled many places, but nothing seems to compare to being at home in Montana amongst our beautiful scenery and seeing our unique sunsets.

My love for exploring and adventure sprouted at a young age, seeded by two adventurous spirits – my mom and dad. My dad’s appreciation for history, especially Montana’s history, meant sharing stories with me about lost treasure, old mining towns, western outlaws – stories that fascinated me, and made places we visited in Montana seem almost magical as a kid.

My mom, being an outdoors woman, loves to explore new places, and share fun times together as a family.

Together we would spend most weekends during the summer as a family going somewhere new in Montana. It’s why I always looked forward to summertime.

It meant camping in the mountains underneath a star-studded sky where you can vividly see the Milky Way, floating the rivers, visiting historical sites, hiking into wilderness territory to discover old hidden mines and cabins – it was my wonderland as a kid, and I had the opportunity to explore it all growing up in Montana. Continue reading

What Makes Montana So Unique?

Renee HalsethPost written by Renee Halseth, Operations Cards, Regulatory & Fraud Risk Officer, and Security Officer.

What is it about Montana that makes it so mysterious?

Is it gorgeous shifting of landscapes across the state, the big sky, the friendly people or the extreme weather?

It’s all of this and so much more that make Montana such a unique state.

The wide open spaces and independent spirit give our state a special touch that you just don’t find anywhere else in the United States.

We recently asked our employees the simple question, “What makes Montana so unique?”  We were flooded with so many great responses and we just had to share them with you.

“You know you’re from Montana when you take your horse to do your weekend errands.”
Nicolle S, Miles City

What a perfect way to run errands and exercise the horse all at the same time. Saddle up your trusty horse and venture on your way with a smile, nod and wave just like any other day of the week.

 “You know you are in Montana when you experience all four seasons in one day!”
Tim B, Miles City

Anyone raised or living in Montana will back Tim’s statement. More days than not, you wake to sunshine and blue skies and by lunchtime it’s snowing.  Montanans have mastered the skill of being prepared for all weather conditions regardless of the season. Continue reading

Life’s Rainbow

Post written by Jim Drummond, President

This will be my last active week at Stockman Bank. I will begin vacation next week continuing through the first week of August when I will turn in my keys and officially become “retired”.

I don’t know if anyone noticed the colorful rainbow that we had after a short rainstorm a couple of weeks ago. It was a day that started with a  bright blue sky in the morning and suddenly  turned dark in the afternoon. Thunder roared and lightning flashed, and then it rained heavily for just a few minutes.

As quickly as it happened, the storm ended and the sun came out. The summer breeze smelled like moist earth as the sun quickly went to work to dry the droplets on leaves and lawns.  Then in the east, as if by magic, a brilliant rainbow appeared.

Like all rainbows it was purple on the inner circle, then a band of blue, then  green, and yellow, and orange and then an outer ring of red.  The left side of the rainbow touched the mouth of Bridger Canyon, then proudly  arched up and over the green hills of the eastern valley to curve back to earth at the base of Mount Ellis.  The rainbow served as a picture frame for the valley and was just as spectacular, if not more so, than the picture. Continue reading