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Crow royalty feels the love during holiday banquet

Crow royalty feels the love during holiday banquet

HARDIN — Andrea Stump, the 17-year-old Miss Crow Nation leading up to the 2015 Crow Fair Powwow Celebration, said she attended a holiday banquet Wednesday determined to “present ourselves in a positive way and represent the Crow Tribe.”

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New community center gives homeless more options

New community center gives homeless more options

The Montana Rescue Mission has the building. Harvest Church has the band of willing volunteers.

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City Council votes to help bring Popeyes to Billings

City Council votes to help bring Popeyes to Billings

Strong to the finish, Billings’ new Popeyes Louisiana Chicken restaurant gained approval Monday for about $71,000 in tax increment financing assistance.

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City Council to consider Cajun chicken cooperation

City Council to consider Cajun chicken cooperation

The Billings City Council will decide Monday whether the Magic City is ready to support Cajun chicken.

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Billings' health care system a significant part of the local economy, study shows

Billings' health care system a significant part of the local economy, study shows

A new report from a University of Montana economist predicts that health care — already the largest piece of Billings’ economy — will grow even more dominant in the coming years.

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Library's south side entrance opens; more parking available

Library's south side entrance opens; more parking available

The November cold snap snatched away any hopes of completing the Billings Public Library’s parking garden before spring, but book lovers will still have reason to celebrate recent developments at their new library.

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At least 9 couples will wed at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14

At least 9 couples will wed at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14

At least nine area couples plan to dress in their finest on Saturday morning for their last chance at celebrating a synchronous wedding.

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Grant from Phillips 66 will allow firefighters to videoconference

A $40,000 grant from Phillips 66 will help protect Billings residents from potentially slower fire and other emergency response times by allowing for videoconference training for firefighters.

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Organizers thank the many who make Montana Marathon go

Organizers thank the many who make Montana Marathon go

The 120 or so volunteers who make the Montana Marathon work every year aren’t in it for the money, but they were pleased to be thanked and rewarded for their efforts during a ceremony Tuesday at Billings Clinic.

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Billings lobbyist directed to support Medicaid, monitor Bullock's pre-K plan

The Billings City Council approved its 2015 Montana legislative priorities by an 8-3 vote Monday, but not without substantial debate.

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City Council will offer final instructions to city lobbyist Monday

The Billings City Council will have its final crack at further shaping or amending the city’s 2015 state legislative priorities during its Monday meeting.

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Billings has 8 distinct neighborhoods, at least for city planning purposes

Billings has 8 distinct neighborhoods, at least for city planning purposes

As Billings continues to grow and spread out, residents sometimes aren’t quite sure of the exact locations of some of the Magic City’s shifting neighborhood boundaries — but city officials have a pretty clear idea.

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'An exciting day' as Mustangs announce sale to Iowa group

'An exciting day' as Mustangs announce sale to Iowa group

With best wishes from the former ownership, the two new owners of the Billings Mustangs said hello to Dehler Park and the Magic City on Friday afternoon during a press conference held, appropriately enough, in the Mustangs’ clubhouse.

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Toys big and small: Billings native has been building cars for decades

Toys big and small: Billings native has been building cars for decades

Bruce Ryniker began working as a car and toy car designer as a child and developed his talent as a student at Senior High School.

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Ideas to reduce transiency, public intoxication start to percolate

Ideas to reduce transiency, public intoxication start to percolate

City, business and social service leaders continued to collect and report on ideas for dealing with and helping the Billings inebriate and transient population during a second follow-up Wednesday to October’s two-day Community Innovations summit.

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Hardin company wants to smooth soldiers' return to civilian life

Hardin company wants to smooth soldiers' return to civilian life

HARDIN — Westmoreland Coal Co. is going green — and becoming Army strong — in ways that exceed even the grandest of reclamation projects.

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City health care plan has saved taxpayers nearly $3 million

By incentivizing city employees to visit one health care provider over another, taxpayers have saved an estimated $2,875,000 over the past three years — and Billings city workers have saved a like amount in premiums.

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Billings considering revamping its special event permitting process

Billings considering revamping its special event permitting process

An ad-hoc committee formed to study Billings’ special events policy will report to the City Council on Monday.

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Black Friday? That's so last week. Say hello to 'Giving Tuesday'

Black Friday? That's so last week. Say hello to 'Giving Tuesday'

“Giving Tuesday” might be seen as a counterweight to last week’s Black Friday and today’s Cyber Monday holiday season spend-a-thons.

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Mission possible: Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals to 800 people at the Montana Rescue Mission

Mission possible: Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals to 800 people at the Montana Rescue Mission

New Billings residents Rob and Kristina Thomas weren’t sure how they’d be celebrating Thanksgiving with their two children, William, 2, and Lacy, who’s 9 weeks old.

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Shoppers get up early and stay late to get deals at Billings stores

Shoppers get up early and stay late to get deals at Billings stores

A small line of brave shoppers had already formed by 5:45 a.m. at the doors of Kmart, 15 minutes before the retailer was scheduled to open its doors on Thanksgiving Day.

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Cancer survivor, doctors talk up prevention with Billings hockey team

Cancer survivor, doctors talk up prevention with Billings hockey team

Former Billings Bulls hockey player Ben Gibson is six months cancer-free, and on the day before Thanksgiving, he gratefully spread the message of the importance of early detection of testicular cancer to former and current Bulls skaters.

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After an RV tour of 32 states, Red Lodge entrepreneur returns to offer his thanks

After an RV tour of 32 states, Red Lodge entrepreneur returns to offer his thanks

Keith Lauver’s Cooksimple all-natural mixes are on sale, at $4.99 per box, in about 5,700 stores in all 50 states as well as Australia and Canada. On Tuesday, Lauver said thank you to the store that gave him his start — Good Earth Market Co-Op in Billings.

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Council votes to pay extra garage costs

By an 8-3 count Monday, the Billings City Council approved compensating the contractor on the Empire Parking Garage project with $764,268.32 for costs generated by delays and the resulting extra work encountered during last winter’s brutal weather.

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Eagles soaring out of Heights scout troop

Eagles soaring out of Heights scout troop

Boy Scout Troop 18, sponsored by the Lake Hills Ward of the LDS church in Billings Heights, has way more Eagle Scouts than scouts of any other rank. Their stories are as varied as the colorful merit badge sashes each scout sported during a recent troop meeting.

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City Council asked to pay one more bill on the Empire Parking Garage

City Council asked to pay one more bill on the Empire Parking Garage

Last winter’s brutal temperatures and prodigious snowfall is the gift that keeps on taking from city coffers.

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New pastor at First English seeks to foster a loving faith community

New pastor at First English seeks to foster a loving faith community

A month into her ministry at First English Lutheran Church in Billings, the Rev. Stacey Siebrasse hopes to help move the congregation in a direction it was already headed — as a church “with an authentic way of being in our community and in our world.”

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Hop on the bus, Gus: Laurel schools pining for more bus drivers

Hop on the bus, Gus: Laurel schools pining for more bus drivers

LAUREL — Like many other Montana school districts, Laurel schools could use a few additional bus drivers. To help fix the problem, Laurel school administrators have come up with novel methods to add to their bus driver ranks.

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Some deputy court clerks granted exemption from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Some deputy court clerks granted exemption from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

As many as four deputies in the Yellowstone County Clerk of District Court’s office have indicated their unwillingness to issue wedding licenses for same-sex couples, and for now they won’t have to.

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Two gay couples turned away at the courthouse by balky computers

Two gay couples turned away at the courthouse by balky computers

Two gay couples hoping to be the first in Yellowstone County to tie the knot Wednesday afternoon were done in by the state’s computer system.

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Get the picture? Charter customers line up for digital cable boxes

Get the picture? Charter customers line up for digital cable boxes

Charter Communications customers who woke up without a picture on their television Tuesday morning seemed to know just how to get it back.

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City Council hears from its lobbyist

Once the Montana Legislature gets down to business Jan. 5, 2015, Ed Bartlett will be the Billings City Council’s eyes, ears — and mouthpiece, too — at the state capitol.

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Strategy is key to Billings man's board game, marketing plan

Strategy is key to Billings man's board game, marketing plan

Billings resident Kevin Scharfe loves playing board games, but there are two things about them for which he doesn’t much care.

November 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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City Council can avoid a federal fine by self-reporting filing deficiencies

If the Billings City Council moves swiftly enough, the city can avoid paying civil penalties to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for late reporting on past bond issues.

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Giving voice to the Jolly Old Elf

As his busy time ramps up, Santa Claus apparently accepts help anywhere he can find it.

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Summit aims to help make Billings a more diverse and inclusive city

Summit aims to help make Billings a more diverse and inclusive city

The 30 or so people who attended Not In Our Town’s Summit on Hate on Saturday learned that everyone is biased — and it’s OK.

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A chance to pig out: Long lines at first-ever Bacon Fest

A chance to pig out: Long lines at first-ever Bacon Fest

Organizer Rick Roddam of Townsquare Media had a modest goal for Billings’ first Bacon Fest, held Saturday at the Montana Convention Center and attended by more than 1,000 lovers of all things porcine.

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No ruling on Gazette request for landfill-related documents

No ruling on Gazette request for landfill-related documents

Yellowstone County District Court Judge Michael G. Moses said Thursday he needs more information before he can rule on whether and in what form the city of Billings must turn over documents to The Billings Gazette related to potential financial irregularities at the city landfill.

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'Sobering center' suggested to address homeless, transient problem downtown

'Sobering center' suggested to address homeless, transient problem downtown

Creating a place for intoxicated people to sober up could be a key part of addressing downtown Billings’ homeless and transient problems.

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Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

At least two dogs died Wednesday morning in a fire that tore through a West End home, sending homeowner Bonnie Willis running barefoot into the frigid streets for safety.

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Billings Clinic rolls out vein scanners to securely identify patients

Billings Clinic rolls out vein scanners to securely identify patients

Admissions personnel at Billings Clinic have begun taking their patients’ names in vein.

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City, Gazette will square off in court Thursday over landfill documents

City, Gazette will square off in court Thursday over landfill documents

A legal dispute about whether the city of Billings must turn over documents to The Billings Gazette that might detail possible employee misconduct at the city’s landfill is headed for Yellowstone County District Court.

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Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

About 75 people — most of them veterans — gathered at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark for a Veterans Day celebration Tuesday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and honor those who have served or are serving in the nation’s armed forces.

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Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Homeowners sometimes save themselves a few thousand dollars by refinancing their homes to lower their interest payments.

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Monday's City Council meeting to discuss Heights land annexation

Monday's City Council meeting to discuss Heights land annexation

A hearing on a proposed annexation, another on the proposed removal of what’s known as a slope easement and a bond refund are the three main pieces of business before the Billings City Council Monday.

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Mentors provide support, structure to people in veterans court

Mentors provide support, structure to people in veterans court

It’s ingrained in military culture never to leave a fellow warrior behind. Mentors paired with offenders in the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court have carried that imperative throughout their adult lives, decades after their own military service.

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Vista volunteer works to ease burdens of military families

Vista volunteer works to ease burdens of military families

As the wife of a Coast Guard reservist who previously served eight years in active duty, Erica Zutz understands the challenges of military families: modest pay, busy schedules and the hassle of finding — and affording — quality child care.

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Billings sculptor has carved out his niche in the doll market

Billings sculptor has carved out his niche in the doll market

The doll designer who would grow up to make spot-on tiny tributes to such beauties as Elizabeth Taylor got his start making a Humpty-Dumpty doll after he couldn’t find one in Billings.

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'It was to be a temporary move': Battlefield superintendent seeks to have artifacts returned

'It was to be a temporary move': Battlefield superintendent seeks to have artifacts returned

HARDIN — National Park Service officials believe it’ll take constructing a new visitor center at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument before nearly 185,000 artifacts now being stored in Arizona can be returned and displayed.

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