Although I've only been with the Missoulian since May, it was still challenging to narrow down my top five favorite stories from this year. In the end, I picked the five stories that connected me with the community. 

As the conditions of the pandemic ebb and flow, schools across the state have made progress to return to some semblance of normalcy. At Paxson Elementary that included the reintroduction of the foster grandparent program. The reporting experience was one of my first with local schools in Missoula and was a story idea I had rattling around in my head since before my time at the Missoulian. 

During the summer I had the opportunity to learn about edible plants in our own backyard that have medicinal purposes at a Traditional Ecological Knowledge Series at the Payne Family Native American Center. 

Before the school year kicked off I met a rad group of 24 women on a cross-country motorcycle trip to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted white women the right to vote. They concluded their ride in Arlington, Virginia, for the Women's Motorcycle Festival and Conference. 

As the fall progressed I made contact with parents around western Montana that turned to privately homeschooling their children when their districts decided to do away with remote learning opportunities. After my reporting was published the Pleninger family was able to connect with the Missoula Online Academy through Missoula County Public Schools. 

Just before the end of the semester I met with the inaugural class of the University of Montana's brewing science certificate. It was so much fun getting to meet students from so many different corners of campus that were brought together by their interest in craft beer. 

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Missoula Aging Services foster grandparent program offers an extra set of hands for teachers to provide one-on-one support for students primarily in reading or math. 

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The intergenerational knowledge of edible plants held by Iko’tsimiskimaki “Ekoo” Beck can be traced back at least six generations.

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A group of 24 women packed their motorcycles, zipped up their jackets and revved their engines before heading out on day five of their three-week cross-country journey celebrating women's right to vote.

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The topic of face coverings in schools has become a polarized discussion at school board meetings across the state as COVID-19 cases began to …

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Brauenbären, which means “brew bears,” is a German-style hefeweizen crafted by students in collaboration with brewers at Draught Works.