By Crystal Thompson
Nestled among the wheat fields of Montana's Hi-Line is a town called Kremlin. Unlike it's Russian counterpart, this town does not attract a lot of attention. In fact, some people say that if you blink while driving the long stretch of Highway 2 between Chester and Havre you might miss it.
But to the few hundred people who make their home in Kremlin, it is not a place to be missed. Kremlin is known for its strong sense of community. In Kremlin, as with many small towns, neighbors are not only neighbors, they are friends.
Kremlin is home to KG Elementary School, where children in kindergarten through sixth grade receive the education foundation needed to learn and grow into their adult years. Kremlin participates in the 4-H program with a group known as the Kremlin 4-H Hawks, who support various educational activities and participate in the Great Northern Fair. Groups like the Kremlin Extension Homemakers and the Kremlin Volunteer Fire Department help keep the town running. The Kremlin Farmer's Union station serves as a meeting place for local farmers to discuss everything from crops to weather. Kremlin is also home to the AgWise fertilizer plant, which is locally owned and operated.
A lot of Kremlin's sense of community stems from it's schools and churches. Kremlin is home to two places of worship, the Kremlin Lutheran and the Kremlin Methodist Church. Both churches continue to hold up a long tradition of religion in the area.
Many of the town's current residents come from generations of Kremlin homesteaders, railroaders and farmers. In Kremlin, roots run deep, as does its history and its hometown pride.