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Up close and personal: UM student experiences Israeli, Palestinian conflict firsthand

Up close and personal: UM student experiences Israeli, Palestinian conflict firsthand

COLUMBUS — When Mikaela Koski traveled to Jerusalem in June, she never expected that she’d return home a month later knowing how to tell the difference between fireworks and gunshots. Nor did she foresee the adrenaline “rush” she’d experience when a wailing siren signaled an incoming rocket.

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Beth and Deo Kessy, with daughter Abigail

Beth and Deo Kessy, with daughter Abigail

Beth and Deo Kessy, with daughter Abigail, are owners of Tupo Africa Safaris. They divide their time between Montana and Tanzania.   

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Lilac breasted roller

Lilac breasted roller

More than 450 species of birds have been identified in Tanzania, including this lilac breasted roller.

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Rufiji River

Rufiji River

Evening settles in on the Rufiji River in southern Tanzania.

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Late afternoon in the Serengeti

Late afternoon in the Serengeti

One of the favorite stops for Tupo Africa Safaris, the Serengeti shows its late-afternoon colors. The national park is located in Tanzania.

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Elephants

Elephants

Animal viewing, such as catching a close-up glimpse of elephants, are common sights during a safari with Tupo Africa Safaris.

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Beth and Deo Kessy

Beth and Deo Kessy

Beth and Deo Kessy, owners of Tupo Africa Safaris, divide their time between Montana and Tanzania. The Montana connection has enticed several Billings-area families to visit the East African nation — some more than once.

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Montana woman, Tanzanian husband team up for safari business

Montana woman, Tanzanian husband team up for safari business

It was by happenstance that Jamie Pearson and her husband, Dieter Zimmermann, discovered Tupo Africa Safaris. But it was a stroke of luck for the Billings family of four.

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Extra effort: Grocery store manager boosts montana goods  (copy)

Extra effort: Grocery store manager boosts montana goods (copy)

Don Rickhoff, manager at Evergreen IGA, was even surprised himself. While making a pass through his store last fall, he was amazed at how many Montana products they carried.

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For Columbus boy, horse therapy, speech therapy combine to ease autism symptoms

For Columbus boy, horse therapy, speech therapy combine to ease autism symptoms

COLUMBUS — When 5-year-old Eddie Arlt got "caught being good" at school several weeks ago, his mother Stacy Arlt could hardly believe his change in behavior.

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Equine rehabilitation and conditioning facility is 1st of its kind in region

Equine rehabilitation and conditioning facility is 1st of its kind in region

COLUMBUS — Deanna Hovland was devastated when her horse Rosie badly injured her leg several months ago.

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Norton House shares history with Columbus

Norton House shares history with Columbus

COLUMBUS — Jeanette Campbell had noticed the two-story brick Norton House on numerous occasions. But it was not until the Park City woman walked closer that she was struck by its crumbling facade.

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Mystery in history: Columbus residents research past of town's father

Mystery in history: Columbus residents research past of town's father

COLUMBUS — Crouching in the shadow of the Stillwater County Courthouse, a simple brick structure has stories to tell.

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Reviving ‘Rosie the Riveter’

Reviving ‘Rosie the Riveter’

A decade ago, when Lisa Dobbs Bradley graduated from Columbus High School, the thought of marrying a man in the military hadn’t crossed her mind. Nor did the challenges associated with being a military spouse.

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Young Crow entrepreneur builds a business to lift her community

Young Crow entrepreneur builds a business to lift her community

CROW AGENCY — Kimberly Takes Enemy credits the wisdom of her elders for her accomplishments in business.

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Norwegians trace paths of fellow countrymen who came to Montana

Norwegians trace paths of fellow countrymen who came to Montana

ABSAROKEE — Torger Onseyen might have grown up in Montana had his grandfather survived.

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Sharon Eggen Brown welcomes Arne Habjorg

Sharon Eggen Brown welcomes Arne Habjorg

Sharon Eggen Brown of Billings welcomes Arne Habjorg to her hometown of Absarokee on Monday. Brown’s grandparents emigrated from Habjorg’s hometown of Byneset, Norway.

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Singing hymns

Singing hymns

A group of more than 50 Norwegians from Byneset, Norway, made a stop at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee. There, they joined in singing hymns from their homeland.

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Arne Habjorg and Norm Tjeltveit

Arne Habjorg and Norm Tjeltveit

Arne Habjorg, left, of Byneset, Norway, visits with Norm Tjeltveit of Absarokee. The two had met when Habjorg visited the area two years ago. At that time, he was gathering information about the 1,400 Norwegians who emigrated from the Byneset area to south-central Montana between 1860-1930. …

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Ketil Rostrum of Byneset, Norway

Ketil Rostrum of Byneset, Norway

Ketil Rostrum of Byneset, Norway, shows a photo of his farm back home. The farm was the birth place of Ole Eggen, who later homesteaded outside Absarokee. Eggen is the grandfather of Sharon Eggen Brown of Billings.

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Torger Onsoyen and Sharon Eggen Brown

Torger Onsoyen and Sharon Eggen Brown

Torger Onsoyen of Byneset, Norway, left, walks through the Rosebud Cemetery outside Absarokee on Monday with Sharon Eggen Brown of Billings. Brown’s grandparents emigrated from the Byneset area and evenutally homesteaded in Absarokee, where she grew up.

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Debby Beartusk and Lillian Rathe

Debby Beartusk and Lillian Rathe

Debby Beartusk of Billings, left, visits with Lillian Rathe of Byneset, Norway, during a stop at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee on Monday. Beartusk, who was wearing a pin and earrings from her ancestral land of Norway, shared history with Rathe.

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Beartooth Electric offers updates on bankruptcy, options during annual meeting

RED LODGE — Roxie Melton, chair of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s board, would like nothing better than to have the Red Lodge-based electric cooperative out of the headlines.

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Innovative approach to valve surgery yields results, shorter recuperation

Innovative approach to valve surgery yields results, shorter recuperation

Bruce Harcourt likes to show off his scar.

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Task force combats prescription drug abuse

Task force combats prescription drug abuse

The statistics are staggering, and the cost in lives and dollars is devastating.

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A sampling of the students’ research of the Crow Tribe

In researching the influence of the Crow Tribe in Stillwater County, student Tyler Harrison focused on the misinterpretation that lead to the name “Yellowstone.” He discovered that the Crow word Iichiilikaashaashe literally translates to “Elk River” or “Elk Crossing River.”

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Big project for 'small museum, small town'

Big project for 'small museum, small town'

COLUMBUS — Who knew?

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After 27 years, director of Special K Ranch passes the baton

After 27 years, director of Special K Ranch passes the baton

COLUMBUS — When Larry Goehner reflects on his life, he sees a pattern created by interlocking puzzle pieces. There’s the piece that instilled in him a deep spirituality, the piece that linked him up with a man named Ralph Showers and the piece that brought him to Montana.

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40 years of rural medicine: Absarokee doctor calls it a career

40 years of rural medicine: Absarokee doctor calls it a career

ABSAROKEE — A knee-length white physician’s coat, with a stethoscope stuffed into its pocket, hangs on the rack just inside the door at Dr. Jack Exley’s house in Red Lodge. The time-honored doctor’s “uniform,” draped where he left it when he cleaned out his office, represents four decades of…

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Stillwater County celebrates Platinum Jubilee

Stillwater County celebrates Platinum Jubilee

COLUMBUS — Many of Montana’s counties have marked their 100th birthday, sometimes called the “platinum” anniversary.

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Member calls for liquidation of troubled electric cooperative

RED LODGE — Echoing sentiments voiced by the board of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative, co-op member Bill Hand of Nye presented his case for liquidating, rather than restructuring, the beleaguered Southern Montana Electric.

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This schoolhouse rocks: Community preserves spirit of quintessential Whitebird School

This schoolhouse rocks: Community preserves spirit of quintessential Whitebird School

COLUMBUS — On a raw day in early spring, the Upper Whitebird Schoolhouse south of Columbus appears abandoned and forlorn. Its playground is empty, raked by a biting wind that sets the old merry-go-round in motion.

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Stories breathe life into Stillwater County landmark

Stories breathe life into Stillwater County landmark

The Whitebird Schoolhouse is one of hundreds, if not thousands, of schoolhouses that once marked Montana’s countryside. Today, the stories of its past continue to breathe life into the building.

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With little experience, Absarokee grad earns spot on BYU dance troupe

With little experience, Absarokee grad earns spot on BYU dance troupe

It’s been several years since Claire von Nieda shot hoops in the Absarokee High School gym.

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As always, location, location rules Montana real estate

As always, location, location rules Montana real estate

While the housing market in Billings shows signs of a resurgence, real estate agents in outlying communities report a mixed bag. From Red Lodge to Roundup, Glendive to Livingston, location and history shape current trends in market activity.

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A range of dresses

A range of dresses

As a member of the Brigham Young University Ballrooom Dance Company, Claire von Nieda wears a range of dresses, from a flowing white gown to a body-hugging, black sequined number when she plays the "vamp."

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Claire von Nieda gets ready in Absarokee

Claire von Nieda gets ready in Absarokee

Absarokee grad Claire von Nieda came home to perform with the BYU Ballroom Dance Company in Absarokee. Using the gym locker room as a dressing room the dancers crowded around the mirror to apply makeup.

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Claire von Nieda and Carla Buell

Claire von Nieda and Carla Buell

Unlike most of her fellow dance teammates, Claire von Nieda had only taken dance lessons for two years during elementary school. Here von Nieda is pictured with her first dance instructor, Carla Buell of Absarokee.

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Beartooth Co-op members turn out for 1st informational meeting; 5 more set

REED POINT — Their power bills reflect the highest rates in the Western United States and their electric cooperative is bound by a contract that doesn’t expire until 2048.

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SBA’s e200 class offers instruction for Montana small-business owners

SBA’s e200 class offers instruction for Montana small-business owners

Chuck Archambault was reluctant to sign up for last year’s e200 class, put on by the Small Business Administration in Helena.

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Beartooth Co-op trustees describe bankruptcy plan as ‘totally inadequate’

RED LODGE — Trustees for Beartooth Electric Cooperative were unanimous in stating their frustration with the bankruptcy plan put forth a week ago for Southern Montana Electric, the umbrella cooperative that contracts for their power.

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Billings Clinic Metabolism Center focuses on patient, quality of life

Billings Clinic Metabolism Center focuses on patient, quality of life

The team at Billings Clinic’s Metabolism Center doesn’t talk about pounds shed. Instead, the doctors and staff members focus on the numbers that really count: lower blood pressure, reduced blood sugar and the 70 percent of patients who enjoy improvement in joint disease.

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New doctor offers new pediatric specialty at Billings Clinic

New doctor offers new pediatric specialty at Billings Clinic

Dylan DeLay was only 7 or 8 when his symptoms first struck. Today, the 13-year-old remembers the sensation all too well.

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Small-town church ‘pulls out all the stops’ for a pipe dream

Small-town church ‘pulls out all the stops’ for a pipe dream

A BSAROKEE — When the pews are packed, barely 120 parishioners can squeeze into Immanuel Lutheran Church in Absarokee. But the small-town church’s new pipe organ will rival the power and sound surging from places of worship many times its size.

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Sisters on the Fly’s ‘Fishtail Frolic’ to benefit breast cancer patients and survivors

Sisters on the Fly’s ‘Fishtail Frolic’ to benefit breast cancer patients and survivors

FISHTAIL – True to their motto – “We have more fun than anyone” – two Absarokee women have organized an event guaranteed to make just about any woman kick up her heels. In fact, the event promises such a rollicking good time that Today show staff will be filming it for airing later this summer.

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Petitioners rally against East Rosebud hydropower project

Petitioners rally against East Rosebud hydropower project

SOUTH OF ROSCOE — First it was fire. Now it’s a hydro project.Residents of the East Rosebud valley had no way to stop the Shepard Mountain fire that roared through the drainage and torched their cabins 16 years ago. But this time, many of the same residents see an opportunity to halt what th…

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More questions than answers at Columbus train forum

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Gary Woltermann has spent more than 70 years in this Stillwater County seat, and he remembers when a train passing through town was a “big deal.”

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‘Growth coach’ helps manage the gap between dream and drudgery

‘Growth coach’ helps manage the gap between dream and drudgery

When Mike Hines quit his day job to launch his own business, he didn’t foresee one particular pitfall.

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Rapelje ranch earns spot on PBS program for kids

Rapelje ranch earns spot on PBS program for kids

WEST OF RAPELJE -- Perched on the high plains of northern Stillwater County, the Phipps' Beaverhead Ranch may seem like the middle of nowhere. But the family operation hits the big time this week as "America's Favorite Family Business" on PBS' BizKids television show.

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Hiring of interim manager on fast track for Beartooth Co-op

RED LODGE -- The Beartooth Electric Cooperative should have an interim manager on board within two weeks time, according to an update during the board's March meeting in Red Lodge on Friday.

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