The late Betty Wetzel, a Bigfork writer who passed away in 2018, wrote this personal essay about surviving the 1918 pandemic as a child. One of Wetzel’s daughters discovered the unpublished piece, written in the mid-1990s, while sorting through her mother’s work and shared it with Flathead Living.
Over seven decades, Larry Wilson has watched the remote North Fork evolve in ways both obvious and subtle, and he has spent his life working to channel those changes to the benefit of this wild and rustic place he calls home
Photographer Bret Bouda has spent what seems like a lifetime photographing Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley, but before he arrived in Northwest Montana he could not have been further from home
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Another busy summer along the remote North Fork Flathead River has led to a spate of incidents involving unsecured garbage and grizzly bears this summer, culminating in the recent death of a well-known resident sow who lived among the locals for nearly two decades, as well as her three yearling cubs