The tour has come to a close.

Thank YOU for being apart of it, allowing us to shine a bright light on the heroes across Montana!

We gave away a Bad Boy Zero Turn Mower!

Here's who was nominated:

Tow Rope Heroes


Billings Strong Campaign Billings Strong kicked off during the campaign.  Led by Dan Carter, Leif Welhaven, and Jonna Jones, the team decided that they needed to do something in an effort to turn the negativity of the pandemic around.  They

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Big Timber

Art & Barb Sell Art Sell has been involved in promoting and developing the City of Big Timber for it seems as long a a Century. Art is in his 90’s but continues to make himself count. Long-time member of the City leadership,

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Becky Titus During the shutdown period of the COVID pandemic, Becky was instrumental in organizing a cruise night in Glendive. This event got people out of their homes and showed great hometown pride. At one of the turnaround spots organizations

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Amanda DeGrand When neighbors call, Amanda is quick to respond. She is a true Tow Rope Hero in her rural community. You will find her helping out at all the neighbors at brandings in the spring and then again when

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Miles City

John & Jennifer Goff This incredible couple is renovating the Miles City Theatre for the community! Evin Wiebers Evin Weibers has helped when needed many times and deserves a nomination as a Tow Rope Hero.  Whether it’s early in the

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ASSIST – Kalispell ASSIST connects people to resources necessary in regaining their health and independence. It’s disheartening how many people become ill and depilated with no idea where to turn for help. ASSIST identifies these people and matches them with

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Amy Peterson & Ronald McDonald House Staff / Volunteers – Missoula Despite having to close their doors for a little while during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Ronald McDonald House of Western Montana led by CEO Amy Peterson and her great

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Alyssa Rameriz, ED, Lincoln Co. Library Alyssa Rameriz serves as the Executive Director of the Lincoln County Library, and as the Treasurer for the Libby Chamber. She is an inspirational figure, and a catalyst in engaging others and increasing citizen

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Bill French Bill served on the Conservation District for 64 years! Not paid a single dime, however for mileage maybe … he jokes. He has a love for farming and ranching since he was younger and says that he “hopes

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Alyvia Hammond, Havre Alyvia is a 3rd grader. She has a heart of gold and wanted to do something to support the nurses. She made bracelets and sold them at her mom’s store to buy coffee gift cards for the

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Ben Widhalm – Shelby Ben has been nominated for his work in the Shelby area.  He is very dedicated to helping maintain the flag flying over Shelby and is an asset to the community.   Dwaine Iverson – Shelby Creator

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Cathy Burwell – Helena This past year presented a unique challenge to all businesses, not just those that belonged to the chamber. Cathy and her team at the Helena Chamber knew it was time to return to the roots of

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Great Falls

John Barnes & Neal DuBois, Tracy’s Diner – Great Falls, MT Tracy’s Family Diner had closed prior to the pandemic, after being in business for 50 years. New owners John Barnes and Neal DuBois revived the iconic restaurant months before

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  Whitney Brady & Kim Miller – Support Our Hometown Heroes – Lewistown, MT Helping to show the community’s appreciation for hospital and school employees through different acts of service, such as support signs, delivering food and coffee to school

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Why The Tow Rope Tour?

Tow ropes are a tool used to provide a connection and a tug to get out of a sticky situation.

As for the Tour, the tow rope represents something much deeper:  The pride and resourcefulness you feel to extend the tow rope and the hope and relief it brings to those who connect on the other end.

Part of what makes Montanans unique is we would never leave someone on the side of the road. You never know when the next car will be along. We stop. We help. We reach out to our neighbors.

Now, that’s something to celebrate.

What Did the Tour Include?

Northern Broadcasting traveled the state to broadcast Voices of Montana and Northern Ag Network programming LIVE and LOCAL from communities across Montana!

Each tour stop included radio interviews and social media content from businesses, farms and tourist attractions across the state. 

And don’t forget prize giveaways!

What's a Tow Rope Hero?

While YOUR Tow Rope Hero might certainly be someone who has towed you out of a ditch, a tow rope hero is anyone who has had the courage and patience to stop and think of others. 

  • An entrepreneur who created a business to fill a need in your town. (Like Big Sky RancHers from Lewistown)
  • A parent who stepped in to be an FFA Advisor after a teacher left (Like Stefanie Leach from Ledger)
  • A neighbor who helps plow you out (Like Bob Bergren from Havre)

Whoever your Tow Rope Hero is, let’s honor them!

Tow Rope Dates/Information

Tour #5:

Nov 22nd: Big Timber @ Circle T Taproom

Nov 23rd: Billings @ Western Ranch Supply West

Tour #4:

Oct 13th:  Miles City @ Miles City Saddlery

Oct 14th:  Baker @ Big Game Casino and Tavern

Oct 15th:  Glendive @ Dawson County Courthouse

Tour #3:

Aug 2nd: Libby @ Libby Chamber of Commerce

Aug 3rd: Kalispell @ Glacier Bank

Aug 4th: Missoula @ Paradise Falls & Downtown Missoula ‘Out to Lunch’

Tour #2:

May 19th: Shelby @ Northtown Drug

May 20th: Havre @ MSU Northern – Diesel Tech Center

May 21st: Malta @ Crossroads Coffee & Bistro

Tour #1:

April 13th: Lewistown @ Town and Country Foods

April 14th: Great Falls @ Tracy’s Diner

April 15th: Helena @ Mountain Health Co-op Headquarters

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