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56 Counties: Broadwater County

courtesy Jen Dalrymple and Peter McBride
Jen Dalrymple (left), Peter McBride

Broadwater County is one of many counties in Montana that came into being because of the railroad. And in fact, the county seat, Townsend, is named after Alma Townsend, the wife of the president of the Northern Pacific at the time it came through Montana. But the railroad is long gone from Townsend, so it relies heavily on agriculture to stay relevant.

Born in Laramie, Wyoming, and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Colonel Jen Dalrymple retired after 30 years of serving in the US Air Force and now calls Townsend, Montana home. She is currently a member of Governor Gianforte’s Veterans Affairs Board and spends her time on various Veteran Honor Guards and Veteran support agencies. While helping Veterans and their families is her main focus, she also enjoys substitute teaching at both White Sulphur Springs School District and Townsend School District, participating in Townsend Rotary and helping with a myriad of community projects.

Peter McBride is happiest when he is farming the land that has been in his wife’s family for five generations. Born and raised in Orange County, California, he made his career as a graphic and structural designer. He met his wife, Kellie, in 1990 when they both worked for the same design firm. He fell in love with her and quickly fell in love with her home state of Montana, specifically Broadwater County. In 2006 they left California behind, and made Montana their home. Peter works as the Facilities Manager of Billings Clinic Broadwater, a volunteer EMT, a farmer, and vice-president of the Broadwater County Democrats.

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