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Sugar beet harvest fires up Tuesday

Sugar beet harvest fires up Tuesday

HUNTLEY — It was barely noon and already 94 farm trucks had unloaded sugar beets at the Huntley pile — 1,700 tons and another 10 trucks waitin…

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This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

The Billings Public Library’s parking garden will be constructed before Nov. 1 — well, most of it, anyway.

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PSC poised to approve NWE purchase of hydro plants — but on what conditions?

PSC poised to approve NWE purchase of hydro plants — but on what conditions?

HELENA — A majority of the state Public Service Commission appears poised to vote Thursday to approve NorthWestern Energy’s proposed $870 mill…

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Update: Plane crashes southeast of Great Falls; 1 killed

GREAT FALLS — Authorities say one person was killed when a plane carrying four people crashed about 30 miles southeast of Great Falls.

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Billings man who also raped woman gets 18 years in prison on burglary charges

Billings man who also raped woman gets 18 years in prison on burglary charges

A Billings judge Tuesday sentenced a man who sexually assaulted a woman in her home to 18 years in prison.

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Prep coach charged with having sex with players

BOZEMAN — The girls' basketball coach at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky is charged with having sexual relationships with two of his players.

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'Significant' amount of marijuana found in Laurel residence

'Significant' amount of marijuana found in Laurel residence

Several marijuana plants, dried marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized by Laurel police officers early Tuesday morning in the 200 block …

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Man charged with DUI, endangerment in connection to 3-vehicle collision

A 24-year-old man is facing charges that he drove while high on marijuana and oxycodone and caused a three-vehicle collision that endangered f…

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MPEA considers appeal of decision on labor complaint

The Montana Board of Personnel is recommending that a complaint leveled against Yellowstone County by the Montana Public Employees Association…

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Detroit woman charged in ‘bad-eyesight’ cash con

A Detroit woman is facing a felony theft charge after she allegedly duped a cashier at the Laurel Wal-Mart into handing over more than $1,500 …

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Dozens nabbed for speeding in school zones

Dozens nabbed for speeding in school zones

The Billings Police Department is reminding drivers to slow down in school zones after one officer issued 29 citations and warnings on the fir…

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MCPS officials meet to determine future of suspended Sentinel principal, assistant principal

MISSOULA — Missoula County Public Schools officials declined Tuesday to say why they suspended two top administrators at Sentinel High School …

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Open container spotted at drive-thru leads to DUI charge

A man is facing a fourth DUI charge after an employee at a Billings fast-food restaurant reported Monday that a driver was drinking alcohol wh…

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Grand Teton facilities begin closing for winter

Grand Teton facilities begin closing for winter

MOOSE, Wyo. — Campgrounds and other facilities in Grand Teton National Park will be closing for the winter over the next two months.

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Body of missing Montana State student found at Ennis Lake

Body of missing Montana State student found at Ennis Lake

ENNIS — Search crews have located the body of a 19-year-old Montana State University student who went missing while swimming in a lake in sout…

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Officials identify victim of strip club shooting

Officials identify victim of strip club shooting

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim in the shooting outside a Missoula strip club early Monday morning as Ch…

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Antelope slowly rebounding in southeastern Montana

Antelope slowly rebounding in southeastern Montana

Recent surveys across southeastern Montana's Region 7 indicate that antelope populations are recovering but remain well below long-term averages.

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Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

Appeals court affirms Yellowstone Club ruling

An appellate court has affirmed a lower court ruling that allowed the bankruptcy reorganization of Montana's ultra-luxury Yellowstone Club, tu…

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Groundbreaking for new Lockwood fire station set for Wednesday

Groundbreaking for new Lockwood fire station set for Wednesday

The Lockwood Fire District Board and Lockwood firefighters will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the community’s new fire station.

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Stillwater scaling back work at Canada mine site

Stillwater scaling back work at Canada mine site

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.

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Cut Bank man dies in Havre motorcycle crash

HAVRE — A 39-year-old Cut Bank man died in a weekend motorcycle crash in Havre.

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Former state Senate candidate pleads not guilty to solicitation

Former state Senate candidate pleads not guilty to solicitation

A former Republican state senate candidate pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he solicited a 15-year-old girl for sex and then encoura…

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Days in the low 80s expected this week

Days in the low 80s expected this week

Cooler weather and minimal rain is expected all through the weekend in Billings.

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No injuries in Bakken fire caused by lightning

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — No injuries were reported in a weekend oil tank fire in the western North Dakota oil patch.

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Heights fire caused by heater

Heights fire caused by heater

A fire that severely burned a Billings Heights home at 1188 Matador Ave. Tuesday morning was caused by a heater located too close to combustib…

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'Suicide prevention is everyone’s business,' says Out of the Darkness walk organizer

'Suicide prevention is everyone’s business,' says Out of the Darkness walk organizer

Hundreds of people, many who have lost friends and family to suicide or who know the pain of depression, will take to the streets Sept. 21.

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Montana man with ALS embarks on what may be his final wilderness journey

Montana man with ALS embarks on what may be his final wilderness journey

GARDINER — Mike Yochim asked for help up from a blue chair in his living room with windows overlooking a cloud-covered Electric Peak.

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Gazette opinion: Let’s stick together to protect Montana’s last best wildlands

Gazette opinion: Let’s stick together to protect Montana’s last best wildlands

Most Montanans are too young to remember when spectacular Montana land last was protected as wilderness. That event was in 1972. A true grass …

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Mall retailers optimistic after Scheels leaves

Mall retailers optimistic after Scheels leaves

Scheels Sporting Goods has officially closed in the Rimrock Mall, but mall retailers say they are optimistic after losing a major anchor tenant.

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Billings biking club shares passion, fellowship while riding

Billings biking club shares passion, fellowship while riding

Competitive cycling also carries a spiritual message for one group of Billings riders.

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Author: Montanans value outdoor amenities first

Author: Montanans value outdoor amenities first

Jim Posewitz is often inspired by nature, and at the age of 79, the longtime conservation advocate, hunter and author had one of his most insp…

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Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative gr…

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Forest Service to move regional office in Missoula

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service plans to move its Region One headquarters out of a building in downtown Missoula in favor of a location at …

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Playoff-bound Mustangs walk off with victory over Great Falls

Playoff-bound Mustangs walk off with victory over Great Falls

The Mustangs clinched a Pioneer League playoff berth last Saturday, which rendered the balance of their regular season meaningless with respec…

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Australian company buys up shares of copper mine company

Australian company buys up shares of copper mine company

An Australian mining company now owns more than one-third of Tintina Resources, the company proposing to build a copper mine a mile from a tri…

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Skilled labor in more demand than ever, unions say

Skilled labor in more demand than ever, unions say

A crowd of about 2,500 people gathered in Rose Park to have burgers, hot dogs and perhaps a beer as they commemorated Labor Day.

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August mugshots

August mugshots

Look at some of the crime stories from The Billings Gazette from August.

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Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. — Sitting under a tent at an annual agricultural equipment sales event, Shawn Berry noted that orders for the machinery he sell…

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14 get medical treatment after laundromat boiler malfunction

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — At least 14 people in northwest North Dakota have sought medical treatment after becoming ill following a visit to a laundromat.

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MontanaPBS scrubs U.S. House debate coverage

MontanaPBS scrubs U.S. House debate coverage

BOZEMAN — MontanaPBS has canceled its broadcast coverage plans for an upcoming debate in Montana's U.S. House race now that one of the two can…

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Sentinel High School principal, vice principal suspended

MISSOULA — Missoula County Public Schools has suspended two of the top administrators at Sentinel High School following a "personnel issue."

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Wyoming maintains low unemployment through 1Q 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming's unemployment rate was well below the national average over the first three months of this year.

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Ideal barbecue weather expected for Labor Day

Ideal barbecue weather expected for Labor Day

Weather on Labor Day will be ideal for an outdoor barbecue, but late-day isolated showers could send folks headed indoors a little early. 

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Firefighter recounts rescuing mountain lion cubs from blaze

Firefighter recounts rescuing mountain lion cubs from blaze

FLORENCE — One of the firefighters on the crew that found a pair of mountain lion cubs in a fire near Florence said she’s glad both animals go…

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1 dead after shooting outside Missoula strip club

1 dead after shooting outside Missoula strip club

MISSOULA — Missoula police are investigating a fatal shooting outside a Missoula strip club early Monday morning.

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