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CONNECT MT

We create a space for conversation about our community with those helping create it. Starting with our Northwest corner of Montana, we hope to inspire our listeners with ways to engage within your community. Season 1: By sharing the voices of those who inspire us with their leadership, we hope to highlight the origins of their abilities to: Ask, Empower, and Serve. Season 2: This is your neighbor at work: There's something extraordinary about the ordinary.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Jeni Felts, The Shelf Helper

Jeni Felts set out and created her own niche in the business world using her desire to serve those around her. She helps draw out something that we all intrinsically have deep down: the ability to organize our living spaces and bring added peace to our lives. What most of us lack is the training on how to make this a systematic process, and the discipline to carry it out again...and again...and again on an hourly basis.  She has found a sense of excitement and creativity with her decision to set out on her own venture. We hope you enjoy learning from Jeni. See if she can help you:   https://www.theshelfhelper.com/

1hr 24mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 18 Chris Krager

Chris Krager is the executive director of the homeless shelter in Kalispell, Montana known as the Samaritan House. He's also an accomplished musician. His passion for people and connection provides a natural platform from which he's grown both careers. He's a helper at heart and genuinely hopes to keep making  a difference in people's lives. We hope you enjoy getting to know Chris.

1hr 7mins

16 May 2019

Rank #2

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Taylor Ferda

Taylor works in Kalispell as a middle school teacher. He's a pretty reflective and collected friend. We've come to respect him as someone who makes an effort to help students engage the world around them in a thoughtful and deliberate way. On this episode you'll hear him discuss his road to a teaching career, and the pieces of history he finds most compelling...they might not be the headline topics that our textbooks show us. He'll also review why U2 is likely the most influential music group ever. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Taylor!

1hr 23mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 7: Chris Kulp

Chris is an Architect with 100 Fold Studio in Lakeside, MT. He has traveled the world with his education and career and his perspective has continued to evolve. He consciously develops his efforts to empower those around him with a fundamental desire to serve those he meets. 

53mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 6: Jana Sund

Jana Sund is a local midwife to the Kalispell, MT area. Jana is truly an expert in her field. She has walked through many hardships and celebrations involving motherhood and childbirth. This interview is full of laughter and life.  If you are a man, woman, have children or do not, chances are you can glean some insight from this conversation!  

1hr 4mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Episoe 16 Kelly Kirksey & Shelby Olivier

Kelly Kirksey and Shelby Olivier are starting their own podcast called "The Missing Peace." They will discuss their experiences, struggles, and, most importantly, their hope as parents raising kids with special needs. Their message and energy inspires us and those around them. On this episode they discuss their constant search for resources for their kids, and how, until now, there has not been a podcast dedicated to these families. We hope you find hope in their tireless love and their message!

57mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Justin & Julie Season 1 Wrap Up

In this short, final episode of Season 1, Justin and Julie talk about the ways they've grown, the most impactful attributes of Season 1 and the plans for Season 2!

28mins

2 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 9: Burket Kniveton

Burket Kniveton works at the Center for Restorative Youth Justice in Kalispell, MT. He has a passion for impacting the next generation and he's taken consistent steps toward helping adolescents realize their true potential. He is an avid seeker of adventure and a fantastic photographer. We loved our conversation with Burket, and we hope you do too.

1hr 1min

15 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 1: Julie Shobe

This episode features one of the CONNECT MT hosts, Julie Shobe.  We find out more about Julie's drive for self improvement, leadership and adventure. 

27mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 8: Faith Corpron

Faith Corpron's list of training and growth includes:  massage therapy, meditation, marketing and sales. She's diversified her capabilities to better serve those around her. She creates community on several levels, most publicly with the direct sales company, Mary Kay. She is  a person who beams with positivity while honestly acknowledging areas for improvement.  Listen in and meet Faith!

53mins

9 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 3: Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders is a friend of ours who lives, works and recreates in Kalispell, MT. He is also hunter, a father, an engineer, a skilled conversationalist and a leader in the Flathead Valley. This episode explores the origins of his desire to serve beyond the confines of his job and his home, and his ability to create leaders around him.

1hr 6mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Sean Anderson, Senior Librarian

Welcome to Season 2!  Sean is our neighbor. He works in Kalispell at ImagineIF libraries. He shares the deeper intricacies of library operations and the meaning it brings to those who work there. He  describes the management of a book collection, but also how this library is so much more than that. We are fortunate to have a dedicated neighbor and friend, and the greater Flathead area benefits from his energy and love for learning. We're excited for you to meet our punk rock-librarian-husband-dad-neighbor, Sean and to hear about his love for breakfast burritos!

1hr 1min

6 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Chelsey Fjeldheim, LCSW

Chelsey works in Kalispell as a clinical therapist. She's amplified her natural skill set of listening well, applying it at the professional level where she impacts the lives around her with multiple therapeutic techniques. She offers positive influence and clarity in a world that often lacks both. Her use of reflection, introspection and humor made this episode a fulfilling experience for all of us. We're excited for you to meet her! She's a good witch..Take a listen to find out why!

57mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 4: Sarah Cameron

This episode features a loyal friend of the Shobe's, Sarah Cameron. Sarah leads an active family life and has climbed the leadership ladder in a home-based sales company called Norwex. She somehow maintains her friendships, business and customer relationships with a consistency that is hard to find. 

45mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Katie Cantrell

Katie Cantrell's writing expresses her love for life, her family and the multitude of stories that unfold while parenting three kids. She recently made the leap from working in the home as a mom to also working as a freelance writer. Fortunately, she's kept up her blog (dating back to 2007!) to document her own growth in the midst of life's changing seasons. She's even written a book. Katie sat down with us to discuss what it's like to choose to stay home with kids, even when that role didn't turn out the way she expected, and how she's incorporated writing to both supplement and make sense of her primary job as a mom. Check out her blog!   www.katiecantrellwrites.com

1hr 19mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #15