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A new Limber Tree location to move into space vacated by Sage

A new Limber Tree location to move into space vacated by Sage

Yoga enthusiasts in Billings will soon have a new place to practice the ancient art, purchase apparel and get a massage or pedicure after thei…

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MSU paleontologist contributes to bird origin study

MSU paleontologist contributes to bird origin study

BOZEMAN — A casual conversation in the Japanese city of Fukui led to renowned paleontologists from Montana State University and China publishi…

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Yellowstone opens to self-guided snowmobilers

Yellowstone opens to self-guided snowmobilers

A new era in travel by snowmobile in Yellowstone National Park is off to a feeble start this winter.

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Downtown chalkboards

Downtown chalkboards

Residents have filled in lines on blackboards installed along Montana Avenue by the Montana Conservation Corps and the Downtown Billings Assoc…

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2015 bill could change Montana breweries

2015 bill could change Montana breweries

The Montana Beer and Wine Distributors recently withdrew from the Alcohol Beverage Coalition as a statement of opposition to a bill set for in…

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Victims in Frontage crash remain hospitalized

Victims in Frontage crash remain hospitalized

All three occupants riding in a Saab when it crashed into a pickup on South Frontage Road near Zoo Drive on Saturday remain hospitalized Sunda…

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Great Falls man killed near Winnett identified

A 48-year-old Great Falls man who died Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash on Montana Highway 200 has been identified as Buster L. Ross.

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No injuries in DUI crash into 5th Ave. home

No injuries in DUI crash into 5th Ave. home

No one was injured in a crash that sent a car into the side of a home at the corner of Fifth St. W. and Yellowstone Avenue on Sunday.

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Rare pops Christmas concert packs the ABT Saturday night

Rare pops Christmas concert packs the ABT Saturday night

The Alberta Bair Theater was packed Saturday night for a rare Christmas pops concert featuring the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale a…

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How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — The abrupt decline in oil prices stands to be bad news in North Dakota, a state that has reaped billions in tax revenue as ne…

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Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

In the long term, Helena’s stable economy was not as heavily impacted by the recession as other areas of Montana, said Director of the Univers…

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Government spending down in Montana

Government spending down in Montana

HELENA — Montana’s economy has not grown as fast in 2014 as was predicted and the reasons seem to be drops in commodity prices and lower feder…

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Me too: I think being a mom is hard.

Me too: I think being a mom is hard.

Yesterday I was looking out the window on an unseasonably warm December afternoon. The way it looked outside, with sun shining brightly and sn…

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Trio documenting Bakken boom through blog, book, documentary

Trio documenting Bakken boom through blog, book, documentary

WILLISTON, N.D. — It was in her senior year of college that Blaire Briody fell in love.

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Montana's latest natural resource -- booze

Montana's latest natural resource -- booze

BUTTE — Craft distilleries are beginning to scatter across Montana like shot glasses across a bar, and it turns out Montanans have a taste for…

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What's wilderness worth? Montanans explore spiritual significance of wild places

What's wilderness worth? Montanans explore spiritual significance of wild places

MISSOULA — You’ve talked your friend/spouse/child into shouldering a heavy pack, enduring a painful blister, incurring dozens of mosquito bite…

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Back to growing: Industrial growth boosts Great Falls economy

Back to growing: Industrial growth boosts Great Falls economy

HELENA — The Great Falls area is enjoying some industrial and other growth that is helping spur the local economy.

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Malmstrom AFB remains economic anchor for Great Falls — and Montana

Malmstrom AFB remains economic anchor for Great Falls — and Montana

GREAT FALLS — While manufacturing and other industrial developments are making a comeback here, city leaders say they still strive to maintain…

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Bakken job climate is getting tougher

WILLISTON, N.D. -- People seeking work in North Dakota oil country are finding a different climate from two years ago.

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Why not in Polson?

Why not in Polson?

POLSON — At the north end of Flathead Lake sits Bigfork, and its main drag — Electric Avenue — is packed with tourist-driven art galleries, gi…

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Small manufacturing where timber used to be

Small manufacturing where timber used to be

HAMILTON — The economy of the Bitterroot Valley appears to be on the upswing, but there are still some speed bumps that will have to be negotiated.

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Kalispell sees faster growth than the rest of northwestern Montana

Kalispell sees faster growth than the rest of northwestern Montana

KALISPELL — There are two economic forecasts for the northwest corner of Montana — one for Flathead County, which remains one of the state’s f…

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Windy conditions are likely near Billings

Windy conditions are headed toward Billings and could arrive as early as Sunday afternoon.

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Lack of riders, funds stopping bus in Big Horn Basin

Lack of riders, funds stopping bus in Big Horn Basin

CASPER, Wyo. — Janet Gammill lives in Basin, but loves her monthly trips to Casper where she visits family, shops, eats at restaurants and tak…

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'Better late than never': Missoula showing signs of recovery after recession

'Better late than never': Missoula showing signs of recovery after recession

MISSOULA — The Missoula economy was hit harder than other areas of the state by the recession of 2008 because the closures of both the Stimson…

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It's Montana's time for tourism

It's Montana's time for tourism

MISSOULA — If you could get every person on earth to spend just 50 cents in Montana once a year, you would pump more than $3.5 billion into th…

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Stronger than before: Missoula returns to pre-recession economy

Stronger than before: Missoula returns to pre-recession economy

MISSOULA — If there is one business in Missoula that could be considered a bellwether of the local economy, it might be WGM Group, a firm that…

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How will EPA rules on carbon work, and what's next for coal?

How will EPA rules on carbon work, and what's next for coal?

HELENA — Proposed federal rules to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants won’t take effect until 2016 — and won’t fall entirely o…

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Coal-industry studies say EPA carbon regs will jack electric bills

Coal-industry studies say EPA carbon regs will jack electric bills

HELENA — In their fight against federal rules to cut carbon emissions, the coal industry and its allies are producing studies saying the rules…

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From the editor: Readers, help us help you

From the editor: Readers, help us help you

A column is probably doomed when you begin it with a quote from the movie "Jerry Maguire." Yet, since it has to do with sports and is succinct…

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Natural resources in Montana: Still the Treasure State

Natural resources in Montana: Still the Treasure State

BUTTE — While accounting for about only 3 percent of the Montana’s employers, agriculture, forestry and mining industries make up 12.5 percent…

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Southwest Montana is a tale of two cities

Southwest Montana is a tale of two cities

BUTTE — Southwest Montana is anchored by two metropolitan centers — Butte and Bozeman — and the economic outlook for the region is a tale of t…

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MSU research, long a boon to Bozeman high-tech, sharpening emphasis on economic development

MSU research, long a boon to Bozeman high-tech, sharpening emphasis on economic development

BOZEMAN — In Gallatin Valley, now the fastest-growing urban economy in the state, farmers grow wheat to make bread, while entrepreneurial engi…

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Bozeman bouncing back after recession

Bozeman bouncing back after recession

BOZEMAN — Bozeman’s economy took a thrashing during the recession — at least compared to most of Montana. But by many measures, it’s bounding …

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Weather, cattle prices color the 2014 agriculture economy

Weather, cattle prices color the 2014 agriculture economy

Phil Steinberger was one of the lucky farmers. He got his wheat in the ground early, harvested in mid-July, and was done farming when all hell…

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Family working to adopt niece whose mother died in 2013 Lockwood fire

Family working to adopt niece whose mother died in 2013 Lockwood fire

To hear her aunt tell it, 11-year-old Jasmine Beyers has a pretty normal life. She loves “The Walking Dead” television show. She likes to hang…

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Longtime West Yellowstone businessman adapts to winter changes

Longtime West Yellowstone businessman adapts to winter changes

Until the 1970s, most West Yellowstone business owners would board up their windows, lock the doors and travel elsewhere as summer tourists dr…

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More companies offering holiday bonuses

More companies offering holiday bonuses

More employees are going to see something extra in their stocking from their boss this year.

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Billings public services stretched as number of chronically homeless rises

Billings public services stretched as number of chronically homeless rises

Minutes after receiving a call to assist a man in a wheelchair complaining of leg pain, firefighters from Billings Fire Station No. 2 and para…

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Wreck kills 27-year-old Whitefish woman

A 27-year-old woman from Whitefish died after crashing her Chevy Trailblazer on Friday in Whitefish, according to Montana Highway Patrol. 

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Billings street cleared after rock slide

Billings street cleared after rock slide

Mountain View Boulevard has been cleared after a rock slide earlier this week sent large boulders into the street and into backyards.

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House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

HELENA — In an unusual occurrence, the top two leaders of the Montana Senate in 2013 are moving over to the state House in January, where each…

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Bakken banks outperform rest of Montana, North Dakota

Bakken banks outperform rest of Montana, North Dakota

It didn’t take long for the deposits of Bakken oil and gas royalties to begin piling up at Richland Federal Credit Union.

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'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

With low unemployment, falling fuel prices, and growing consumer demand, the greater Billings area and most of Eastern Montana have been enjoy…

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