Billings Friends of NRA Banquet 

Join us for the Friends of NRA Banquet on March 8 at the MetraPark Montana Pavilion to support shooting sports in Billings and the great state of Montana. The Friends of NRA is the blockbuster fundraising program under The NRA Foundation. Since day one, it has been a 100 percent grassroots effort fueled by a united front to secure the Second Amendment and raise money for the shooting sports. Nothing makes a Friends of NRA event more unique than the 13,000 dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to make these events happen and the generous attendees and donors who support their efforts. 

There is something for everyone at a Friends of NRA event. From the moment you walk in, the atmosphere is brimming with excitement. Whether you’re keeping an eye on that unique item in the silent auction, trying your luck at the game tables or just dining on some delicious food, you’ll be sure to have a good time. It’s a family-friendly event chock-full of everything from exclusive, limited edition merchandise and firearms to knives, art, jewelry and more. Not to mention all the great people you’ll meet in the process!

To purchase tickets to the event, please visit, or for more information, contact John or Sheila at 406.256.4909.

Yellowjacket Emergency 
Pantry at MSUB benefits from Run! Turkey Run! race

Recently, Montana State University Billings Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry received an 
$8,000 donation from race proceeds of the Run! Turkey Run! race. Other beneficiaries included Meals on Wheels, Family Service Inc. and Billings BackPack Program.

The mission of the Run! Turkey Run! race is to combat hunger in the Billings community. At the check presentation, race organizers shared how in selecting this year’s beneficiaries they knew they were reaching children, families and the elderly, but they hadn’t reached an important sector of the community: college students. This spurred them to add Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry of MSUB as the fourth beneficiary this year.

Run! Turkey Run! is hosted by the Yellowstone Rim Runners, a local running club. Each year, several thousand people run or walk in the race.

To date, Run! Turkey Run! has raised more than $170,000 in the fight against hunger. The race began in 2011, spearheaded by a student at Billings Senior High School who saw the need and opportunity in the community.

Organizers hope to gift $10,000 to each beneficiary in 2018.

MSUB Announces 2018 Writer
-in-Residence Valerie Hemingway

MSU Billings is pleased to announce that Valerie Hemingway, daughter-in-law and former assistant to Ernest Hemingway, is the 2018 writer-in-residence. 

She was actually the first writer-in-residence at MSUB back in 2012 and is returning as the seventh writer-in-residence. Previous writers include Tim Cahill, Gary Ferguson, Craig Lancaster and Virginia Sprague.

Originally from Dublin, Valerie went to Spain at the age of 18 to work as a journalist with the intention of gaining experience to be hired by the Irish Times. During her visit, she interviewed Ernest Hemingway who presented her a job offer. She worked for two years as his assistant and became his protégé.

In 1960, she moved to the U.S. to work at Newsweek magazine. Shortly after, Ernest died and his wife, Mary, asked Valerie to accompany her to Cuba to assist with the Hemingway estate. Valerie helped Mary with classifying Ernest’s papers for four years and sending his things to the U.S.

Valerie met Gregory, one of Ernest’s sons, at Ernest’s funeral, and they married in 1966. In 1980, Gregory and Valerie moved to Montana. 

Interest in Ernest as an author led to many biographies, books and articles. Valerie went on to write a memoir, published in 2004. The book, Running with the Bulls – My Years with the Hemingways centers around her time with the author.

Valerie is currently serving as a consulting editor on a 17-volume, Complete Letters of Ernest Hemingway, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Volume four of the series was published in October 2017.

“This is a rare opportunity to get to study with someone who knew Ernest Hemingway’s life and literature personally, edited his papers, had access to him and understands how it applies today,” Director of University Honors Program David Craig said.