Montana Photographer Photojournalism Stanford08
Outside their mother's home in Stanford, Kyle Marquardt, left, and his brother Jerry watch over their dogs and Jerry's two daughters. The brothers, now in their mid-20s and working in the oil industry in Winnet, say they spent their elementary-school years in Stanford. "After moving away," says Kyle Marquardt, "you realize how good it was." Those sentiments are echoed by Ryanne Blank, who grew up in Wolf Creek, then moved around the country a bit before she and her husband took over the Sundown Motel from his parents four years ago. "Small towns are the best," she says. "(Stanford) is a close-knit community. It's almost like a big family."