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Seized artifacts returned to Custer museum

Seized artifacts returned to Custer museum

Federal officials have returned a trove of artifacts seized from a Custer-themed Montana museum during a criminal investigation that never led to charges, the museum's director and its attorney said Monday.

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Living on the edge: Businessman still practices Finnish art of knife sharpening, makes house calls

Living on the edge: Businessman still practices Finnish art of knife sharpening, makes house calls

His body no longer sports the 23-inch neck, 36-inch thighs and 18-inch forearms needed to squat lift 750 pounds. That’s when his dreams were focused on making the U.S. Olympic team to compete in the 1980 Moscow Games.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Historian weaves tales of Montana Territory and Civil War

Historian weaves tales of Montana Territory and Civil War

In his latest book, Great Falls historian Ken Robison attempts to answer a straightforward question: “How did the Civil War affect Montana?”

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Judge asked to resolve Custer Battlefield Museum artifacts dispute

Judge asked to resolve Custer Battlefield Museum artifacts dispute

Settlement talks have broken down between the government and the director of a Custer-themed Montana museum seeking the return of items seized during an artifact fraud investigation that was later dropped, according to court documents.

June 24, 2013 11:07 am Photos

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Custer's Last Stand Reenactment

Custer's Last Stand Reenactment

Rick Williams plays Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer during the Custer’s Last Stand Re-enactment in Hardin. The re-enactment will be canceled for 2015 and is expected to resume.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
‘Custer’ story is best suited for fans who have only a casual interest in leader

‘Custer’ story is best suited for fans who have only a casual interest in leader

The great Larry McMurtry has written a book about Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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Billings collector fills in the pieces of Montana's past

Billings collector fills in the pieces of Montana's past

Thomas Minckler has spent most of his 40-year working life helping other people acquire rare and valuable artifacts, most of them related to the American West and early Montana history.

September 02, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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A look at some of Minckler's treasures

A look at some of Minckler's treasures

The treasures of Montana history that are part of Thomas Minckler’s collection can seem almost inexhaustible. Here’s a look at a few gems. The earliest known letter, and envelope, mailed from Montana, or Dakota Territory as it was still known. It was dated Feb. 6, 1863, and datelined Bannack…

September 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Lack of bidders cancels auction of town, Custer archive

Lack of bidders cancels auction of town, Custer archive

GARRYOWEN — About an hour before this flyspeck of a town and a large collection of historic documents were to be auctioned off Wednesday afternoon, auctioneer Tommy Williams reflected on the fickleness of the business.

August 15, 2012 8:15 pm Photos

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Custer's scouts

Custer's scouts

Four of Lt. Col. George A. Custer's six Crow scouts pose for a photograph in 1908 standing among the tombstones on the Little Bighorn battlefield in this photograph from Herman J. Viola's book, "Little Bighorn Remembered, the Untold Indian Story of Custer's Last Stand." The four scouts are, …

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Friends, family gather for annual battle re-enactment

Friends, family gather for annual battle re-enactment

For longtime participants in the Custer's Last Stand Re-enactment near Hardin, the annual event is like a family reunion.

June 21, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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Dispute over seized Indian artifacts in talks

The government is entering settlement talks with the director of a Custer-themed Montana museum, trying to resolve who owns a cache of American Indian artifacts seized in raids by federal agents.

June 17, 2012 1:03 pmLoading…
Paxson exhibit up at Bair Museum in Martinsdale

Paxson exhibit up at Bair Museum in Martinsdale

MARTINSDALE — The Charles M. Bair Family Museum is featuring a special exhibit, “Edgar Samuel Paxson —Illustrations from The Life of L.B. Stateler, A Story of Life on the Frontier.” The work, on exhibit through July 15, is on loan from Virginia Lee Speck.

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Police investigating West End head-on crash

Two people were taken to Billings hospitals on Sunday night after a head-on crash between a motorcycle and a sport-utility vehicle.

April 29, 2012 10:32 pmLoading…
Judge unseals documents in Custer museum raids

Judge unseals documents in Custer museum raids

A federal judge has unsealed search warrant affidavits and other documents related to government raids on a Custer-themed museum in southeastern Montana.

February 23, 2012 7:15 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: U.S. government is enemy in Custer artifact battle

The United States has become a country of us versus them. Slowly, some in our country are recognizing the danger of entrusting power to government without demanding accountability in return. The cost of apathy is the loss of freedom. The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people. It was …

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Garryowen dealer seeks return of seized Custer museum artifacts

Garryowen dealer seeks return of seized Custer museum artifacts

GARRYOWEN — A few miles from where George Custer made his infamous Last Stand against thousands of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, artifacts dealer Christopher Kortlander is waging his own battle with authorities to reclaim a trove of war bonnets, medicine bags and other items seized during gove…

January 29, 2012 9:30 am Photos

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O'Donnell barn shaped Billings' history

O'Donnell barn shaped Billings' history

Harley O’Donnell remembers when his family’s barn had horse stalls opening on each side of a center aisle.

November 27, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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