Now, this may not be the "few ways" you want to hear, but I am going to be harsh, blunt...and well, honest.

Take a minute and look at who you work with, go to class with, go to church with, whatever it may be, and ask yourself "are they actually from here?" For the most part, the answer will be no. Although you will have some that will say, "well I have lived here since 2004" or whatever. But that is still not technically "from here".

Now I am going to make many of you annoyed and upset. But the reality of it is, if people keep coming to Bozeman, the prices will continue to hike. So here you go:

Solution Number 1: Move. You can easily move to a surrounding town, have the short commute back into Bozeman for concerts, MSU events, shopping, etc. Here are a couple of options that do not involve a "pass".

Belgrade, MT: Population in 2020, a little over 10,400. Rent is right around 200-400 cheaper per month, homes are slightly cheaper if you are wanting to purchase, and you are closer to the airport if you travel a lot. Check out this website for the 10 Best Things about Belgrade.

Photo by Blake Wheeler on Unsplash
Photo by Blake Wheeler on Unsplash
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Three Forks, MT: Just seven miles from Bozeman, home prices are MUCH more reasonable, and rent, although tough to come by, is significantly lower. Here is the best part, rated BEST PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY! What else could you ask for?

Solution Number 2: Start blasting our local social media, government officials. Start demanding some answers from the people who are allowing the price hikes, the inflation, the people who approve to pay an hourly wage so little that unless you make $200k PLUS a year, you will most likely not be buying a home. And yes, I do realize businesses are paying what they can afford, but how much is the rent of the building they are in?

Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash
Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash
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I know this is not the ideal solution, but I, like most of you, don't really get it, and most likely it is not going to slow down. So we have to problem-solve for ourselves. Let's use our voices and stop the crazy prices, then maybe it won't be so annoying having new people come to this wonderful community.

Montana Holiday Truck Village Sure Puts On One Heck Of A Show

Tis the season for holiday cheer, holiday lights, and holiday spirit. I headed to Belgrade this past Friday to check out the holiday spirit of the Truck Village and it was a heck of a show.

The event started at 530 and we got there right when it was opening, which was perfect for parking purposes and grabbing a bite to eat. You can check out some of the awesome trucks that were there. From semi-trucks to garbage trucks, and everything in between, the event was super cool.

Not only were there lots of bright, lit-up trucks there to see, but there was food, a few vendors, and animals to check out. A couple of super cute puppies almost came home with me, but I was told no, which is probably a good thing.

We walked through the lights, row by row, listening to the kids talking about how amazing it was and they were absolutely right. The work that these truck owners put into this event is amazing.

Some trucks were completely covered in lights from front to end, blow up Santa's and elves, and lit up American Flags. The Truck Village was a night for bragging and showing off the Holiday spirit, and these people did an amazing job.

It was incredibly nice to see all the families with there little ones enjoying the beautiful weather and a night that ended in celebration with fireworks. Next year will be just as great if not better, and I can not wait.

Photos from the Belgrade Christmas Convoy

Photos from the Belgrade Christmas Convoy