Transcript for How Montana is bouncing back after the COVID-19 pandemic
Okay, whit, time again to "Rise & shine" with our incredible tour around the United States and this time we are in Montana, a state full of natural wonders and such incredible resilience, let's go back to will reeve. Hey, will. Reporter: Hi there, Cecilia. I'm here on white fish lake trying not to fall into it. We're just outside glacier national park known as the backbone of the world. And speaking of backbones it's the people here who are the backbone of this state which has so much natural wonder, the small businesses are what make it run as with any state in Montana, it's the people who make the place. With its majestic mountains lake lined valleys and vast frontiers, adventure awaits around every corner in Montana. It makes sense why around 12 million people visit the state each year to see natural wonders like the vibrant stalagmites of the Lewis and Clark caverns or peak of lone mountain in big sky. Soaring over 11,000 feet with views of three states. Here in the small town of fillsburg. Co-owner Shirley beck says customers have traveled from 50 states and 40 countries for a taste of their 1100 kinds of candy. I don't want anyone to forget phillipsburg. Reporter: It forced her to close up shop during the The first thing we did. Give everyone a significant raise. That paid off. This memorial day sweet palace had the busiest weekend in its history. We saw at least 1500 to 2,000 people. All 810 were here. A harbinger of what is to be and better be on our toes. The imagination brewing company on eye mission to build community. Former humanitarian aid workers Fernanda and Robert built it for community transformation six years ago with the goal of bringing people together all while giving back 25% of their profits. It was something not negotiable for us. Reporter: When they closed their doors they jumped in to help the front lines making over 350,000 face shields and employing 30 local people to help. Feel that energy while everybody was united in a common purpose to get more ppe out to the people that needed it at that time. Reporter: Montana is also home to 12 tribal nations. And seven reservations including the flatheadrest ser Vegas. The reservation opened after a year of shutdowns to protect tribal members from covid-19. Flathead lake is the crown jewel of the flat headrest ser Vegas. For Tammy, a member of the tribe and owner of flathead raft company that meant no business during peak travel season. They have all the langue and stories but it's really heartbreaking to see your company not be open when this is a season that you should be open and people should be having fun and enjoying the river and the lake. show me I'm beautiful for these two the closures turned into an unexpected cross-country collaboration. We started during the pandemic. I was in New York and Nick over here lives in Montana so he was in Montana. And we started playing music together remotely. The reaction from all the people when we posted our first video. I almost don't mind When everyone said, do more. Do more. Reporter: Their new band big sky city lights are booking all over the state. You don't plan on something and then you find you're in this accidental band and you're like, what? It's just remarkable. all I want to do is dance with you all I want to do is dance with you Reporter: We were so fortunate to meet so many great people here in Montana but Nick and Susan especially are emblematic of the state here. A local and out-of-towner coming together with a shared interest and a shared passion sharing their love for this great place. Cecilia. Ah, it's really great and commending you on your core exercises that you've been doing, will. Obliques of steel. Keeping it tight in thank you. Well, thank you. Let's check back in with ginger.
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