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Brawl of the Wild… aka Cat/Griz.

For many Montanans across the state, this week is a time when emotions run high! Whether your blood runs blue and gold or maroon and silver, everyone has a stake in the game when it comes to the Brawl of the Wild aka Cat/Griz.

The passion for Montana football also runs deep for many of our employees. We asked a few to share what Cat/Griz means to them and to give us their predictions for the outcome of this year’s game.

Bob Burns, Missoula Market President, Griz Fan

What it means: “A win by the Griz means family bragging rights for the next 364 days!”

Prediction: “The Griz will take back the trophy with a 28-17 win over the Bobcats.”

Paul Pahut, Bozeman Market President, Bobcat Fan

What it means: “The Brawl, to me and my family, is like a religious holiday and everyone knows we will be there.  The final emotional build up is an entire week long process. My 9 and 12 year olds have grown to love the build up and will hopefully go to the game this year, weather permitting.”

Prediction: “It will be a tough fought win for the Bobcats with a 27-24 final score.”

Brandon Dwyer, Missoula Commercial Loan Officer, Former Grizzly Football Player

What it means: “The brawl of the wild is the ultimate showcase for displaying the highest level of athletic achievement the state of Montana has to offer. For me, a native Montanan from Kalispell, being a Montana Grizzly football player meant an opportunity for me to “serve my state” by using my athletic talents to bolster that belief.  It was an incredible honor to be a Grizzly and being involved in one of the oldest rivalries in college football has been tremendous and I loved sharing my state with all of those out-of-state players on the roster.”

Prediction: “41-17 Grizzlies.”

Travis Wright, Miles City Senior Credit Officer, Former Bobcat Football Player

What it means:  “I grew up as a third generation Bobcat football player.  As a kid I would often hear stories from my grandfather and dad about past Cat-Griz games, former players, and the importance of the rivalry to my family and the State.  When I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in three rivalry games, I always had a special sense of pride in knowing that I was a part of an event that means so much to so many people.”

Prediction: “105-0 Cats”

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The History of Cat Griz

Saturday, November 23rd marks the 119th Brawl of the Wild, which will take place at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. The rivalry between Montana and Montana State began November 26, 1897 in Bozeman and is one of the oldest football rivalries west of the Mississippi. Montana leads the series 72-40-5. While UM holds a sizable lead in the all-time series, Montana State has won more conference championships (20) and more national championships (3). UM has won 18 league titles and two national titles.

This year, the Griz are hoping to break the Cats three game winning streak and bring the Great Divide Trophy back to Missoula. Last year the Cats enjoyed the greatest comeback and most amazing finish in Cat-Griz history at Washington-Grizzly Stadium when Montana State rallied from a 22-0 deficit to a 29-25 win by forcing and recovering  a fumble after Montana advanced the ball to within one-foot of the goal line with 14 seconds to play. The win also earned the Bobcats a berth in the FCS playoffs.

While Cat and Griz fans may not agree on much, Paul Pahut says there is one belief Montana football fans all share. “The best Cat/Griz experience is from the stands, whether in Bozeman or Missoula. You can feel the passion and excitement of the fans on both sides!”

There’s no doubt that passion and excitement will be on full display for this year’s Brawl of the Wild. Enjoy the game!



If you are interested in hearing about one of the most memorable Cat/Griz games in the history of the rivalry, our good friend Rocky Erickson has shared this incredible story. Thanks Rocky!

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2019 Annual Contribution Limits

Brenda Hittmeier, CFP®

Brenda Hittmeier, CFP®
Managing Director – Billings
Stockman Wealth Management

Year-end is fast approaching and you are probably wondering how to get the most out of your annual giving or what to do for investing or adding funds to an individual retirement account (“IRA”).  It makes a lot of sense to measure your contributions against the allowable Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) limits, while there is still time to make an adjustment, before the end of the year.

Some reminders or things to check out include:

  • 401(k) Plan – The most an employee can contribute to a 401(k) for 2019 is $19,000 and you have until December 31 to do so. If you are over age 50, you can contribute an additional $6,000.  Reach out to your Human Resource department to increase your contribution between now and the end of the year.
  • IRA – The maximum IRA contribution for 2019 is $6,000. If you are over age 50, you can add another $1,000 per year.  You have until tax filing date to make IRA contributions.  This is true for both Traditional IRA’s and Roth IRA’s.
  • Health Savings Account (“HSA”) – A family can contribute up to $7,000 and an individual can contribute $3,500 per year to a HSA. You must make this contribution by December 31. If you are 55 or older anytime in 2019, you can contribute an extra $1,000.
  • Use any remaining flexible spending account (“FSA”) money you have allocated for the year. One of the downsides to an FSA account is that money is often “use it or lose it”.  This means any money still in the account at the end of the year is gone forever.  While there is still time, check your balance and order that new pair of glasses or schedule a checkup.  Be sure and check out your plan’s rules.  Not all FSA’s are 100% use it or lose it.  Some offer a grace period and others allow you to rollover $500 for the next year.
  • Take the required minimum distribution (RMD) from your retirement plan if you turned age 70 1/2 this year, or are older. Your financial advisor can calculate the amount you are required to take.  The first year you reach the RMD age requirement, you have up until your tax filing date of the following year.  All other years, your deadline is December 31st.  Penalties are stiff, so it is always a good idea to consult a tax expert.

You still have time to make a contribution for 2019.

Our Stockman Wealth Management team is more than happy to help answer any of your questions.
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