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So far, smooth first day at elementaries under construction

So far, smooth first day at elementaries under construction

Outside Broadwater Elementary on Wednesday morning, families posed for first-day-of-school photos, kids stopped to give their principal a fist…

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Reader photos: First day of school

Reader photos: First day of school

Readers share their photos of the first day of school. Share yours on the Billings Gazette Facebook page.

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Crow Reservation triple-murder suspect due in court Wednesday

Crow Reservation triple-murder suspect due in court Wednesday

A man accused in a triple murder on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation is due in court Wednesday for a mental health competency hearing.

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Retrospective: 10th Avenue Grocery

Retrospective: 10th Avenue Grocery

Few small neighborhood grocery stores remain in business in Billings today. But for decades, many residents needed only to walk or bike a few …

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Ferris wheel operators learn the trade at Scheels

Ferris wheel operators learn the trade at Scheels

Ferris wheels have changed a lot in the half century since Paul Courchaine last operated one.

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Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.

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Casper threatened with whitewater lawsuit after boy dies in river

Casper threatened with whitewater lawsuit after boy dies in river

CASPER, Wyo. — The 8-year-old boy rescued from the North Platte River two weeks ago sat at his father’s side during Tuesday’s Casper City Coun…

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No offers yet on Helena's Capital Hill Mall

No offers yet on Helena's Capital Hill Mall

HELENA — Capital Hill Mall in Helena has received interest from several buyers since it went on the market earlier this summer.

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Feature video: Rattlesnakes fighting for territory at Pictograph Caves

Feature video: Rattlesnakes fighting for territory at Pictograph Caves

YouTube user Paul Goins posted video of two rattlesnakes fighting for territory at Pictograph Caves State Park in Billings. 

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Expect busy Labor Day weekend in Yellowstone

Expect busy Labor Day weekend in Yellowstone

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park over the Labor Day weekend can expect campgrounds and lodging in and around the park to fill early in the day.

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Stevensville man charged in gun threat

HAMILTON — A 41-year-old Stevensville man faces charges alleging he threatened several people with a gun, fired a shot near a house and, accor…

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Female grizzly, 2 cubs relocated again

KALISPELL — A family of grizzly bears that had eaten corn and carrots from a garden in the Creston area and was spotted walking through yards …

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2015 health-insurance policies on Obamacare exchanges won’t increase much

2015 health-insurance policies on Obamacare exchanges won’t increase much

HELENA — Prices for health insurance policies sold on the “Obamacare” online marketplace in Montana for 2015 will increase by an average of 1.…

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Havre businessman pleads guilty in corruption case

GREAT FALLS — A Havre businessman has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy that defrauded the Chippewa Cree Tribe and funneled money to …

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Former NPR reporters take lead journalism posts at University of Montana

Former NPR reporters take lead journalism posts at University of Montana

MISSOULA — Two former National Public Radio reporters will have a hand in directing the news at Montana Public Radio and shaping the next gene…

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County fed up with owner of collapsed Butte building

County fed up with owner of collapsed Butte building

BUTTE — Butte-Silver Bow has lost patience with the owner of an Uptown building that collapsed in June.

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Kalispell pilot fulfills childhood dream of flying as an Air Force Thunderbird

Kalispell pilot fulfills childhood dream of flying as an Air Force Thunderbird

KALISPELL – Jason Curtis will have a lot on his mind this weekend.

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Mills Police to create statue of deceased K9 Nyx

Mills Police to create statue of deceased K9 Nyx

CASPER, Wyo. — The Mills Police Department plans to construct a bronze statue of its former K-9 officer Nyx, who died last month after being l…

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Alleged attack in Walmart parking lot likely will leave 70-year-old blind in one eye

Alleged attack in Walmart parking lot likely will leave 70-year-old blind in one eye

MISSOULA — Les Gapay winces while his nurse peels away the bandage and gently lifts his swollen eyelid to apply ointment to his bloodshot eye.

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Warmer weather Wednesday and Thursday; Weekend thunderstorms possible

Warmer temperatures are likely in the Billings area for the next few days, but cloudy skies and the threat of rain could chill temperatures ov…

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Gazette opinion: Zinke flunks political courage test

Gazette opinion: Zinke flunks political courage test

The major party candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to get elected. Much more is being…

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Make-A-Wish Montana fulfills boys dream of being a filmmaker in Hollywood

Make-A-Wish Montana fulfills boys dream of being a filmmaker in Hollywood

With the sun-soaked iconic palm trees of Hollywood as a backdrop, a 12-year-old Billings boy fulfilled his longtime dream of spending a week a…

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SD2 staff rings in another school year with pep rally at Alberta Bair

SD2 staff rings in another school year with pep rally at Alberta Bair

Amid optimism for the school year ahead, the “imperfect student” took center stage during School District 2 opening ceremonies held Tuesday fo…

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Saco sewer deluged by weekend rains

Rainwater overwhelmed the sewer system in tiny Saco on Sunday afternoon. 

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Wyoming looks to Bohl over Grizzlies

Wyoming looks to Bohl over Grizzlies

The new front man for Wyoming football was dressed to kill at his weekly press conference on Monday afternoon.

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YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills

YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills

After a few words from officials involved in the project, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch dedicated a new playground at its London Lodge …

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Fort Shaw fire chief dies a month after crash

GREAT FALLS — A volunteer fire chief has died a month after being critically injured in a crash between a water tender and a fire truck as bot…

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Experts: CSKT compact based on reasonable science

HELENA — A legislative working group came to their final meeting Tuesday armed with a 100-page report that says the scientific modeling used i…

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Search continues for UM student missing a week

Search continues for UM student missing a week

MISSOULA — The search continued Tuesday for a 21-year-old college student who disappeared in southwestern Idaho while traveling to the Univers…

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Judge won't move trial in exchange shooting death

Judge won't move trial in exchange shooting death

MISSOULA — The trial of a man charged with shooting a German exchange student in his garage in April will remain in Missoula, a state judge has ruled.

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Game day slowly approaching for confident Prukop

Game day slowly approaching for confident Prukop

BOZEMAN -- Dakota Prukop looks you in the eye when he speaks. Maybe that’s the way he’ll play quarterback: Confident, concise and without hesitation.

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Man dies after being hit by train in Miles City

MILES CITY — A 50-year-old Miles City man has been killed at a train crossing in the city.

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Pioneer, Northwest leagues to hold all-star game

Pioneer, Northwest leagues to hold all-star game

Billings Mustangs general manager Gary Roller said a game featuring all-stars from the Pioneer League against all-stars from the Northwest Lea…

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Yellowstone County lifts burn ban

Becasue of rain over the weekend, fire restrictions in Yellowstone County will lift Tuesday at midnight.

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Live blog: Aftermath of 6.0 Napa Valley earthquake

Live blog: Aftermath of 6.0 Napa Valley earthquake

Follow the latest updates on earthquake cleanup and recovery.

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Stage 1 fire restrictions lifted in Beartooth Ranger District

The Beartooth Ranger District has lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions on its lands in the greater Red Lodge area thanks to an average 1.75 inches…

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Livestock Department faces $400K budget shortfall

Livestock Department faces $400K budget shortfall

BOZEMAN — The Montana Board of Livestock has approved plans to leave a dozen jobs unfilled, increase fees and ask the state for more money to …

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Kalispell Walmart employee falls off ladder, dies

KALISPELL — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating after an employee at the Kalispell Walmart fell from a …

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Health screenings valued at more than $100 will be offered free in Billings

Health screenings valued at more than $100 will be offered free in Billings

Hundreds of people are expected to get free health screenings when the “Walgreens Way to Health Tour” bus stops in Billings Sept. 9.

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Accused I-90 shooting accomplice held on $500K bond

MISSOULA — The 34-year-old woman who allegedly left a man for dead after her partner shot him twice near Interstate 90 earlier this summer is …

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Cool weather on Tuesday expected

Cool weather on Tuesday expected

Billings residents who dragged out thick blankets to keep warm in the cooler weekend weather can put them back in the attic.

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No intent found in Wyoming police dog case, DA says

No intent found in Wyoming police dog case, DA says

CASPER, Wyo. — Mills police officer Zachary Miller did not intend to kill police dog Nyx, an eight-year veteran of the department, when he lef…

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Grinnell Glacier: Glacier sits in wild country despite crowds

Grinnell Glacier: Glacier sits in wild country despite crowds

MANY GLACIER – Midsummer crowds on the Grinnell Glacier trail can inspire complacency. But rest assured: This is wild country and choice bear …

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MSUB extends cooperative agreement with Japanese university

MSUB extends cooperative agreement with Japanese university

Montana State University Billings and Japan’s Prefectural University of Kumamoto (PUK) extended by three years on Monday a long-running agreem…

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'A toast to Uncle Joe': Family honors last of 5 brothers who served in WWII

'A toast to Uncle Joe': Family honors last of 5 brothers who served in WWII

When his country needed him during World War II, Joe Sterling was there.

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Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs owes Ed Saunders a swift and sincere apology.

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Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Go back to the drawing board. In effect, that’s what the Billings City Council told the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board on Monday.…

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