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Hi-Line hit with severe flooding

Hi-Line hit with severe flooding

A deluge that soaked much of the Montana Hi-Line with as much as eight inches of rain earlier this month caused record flooding that had some areas still under water on Friday.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Investigation into decapitated body continues; sheriff asks for public's help

Investigation into decapitated body continues; sheriff asks for public's help

As the investigation continues into the murder of Cody, Wyo., resident Juan Antonio Guerra-Torres, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward is asking for the public’s help in tracking down several people who might have information in the case.

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State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

So far, the 2014 wildfire season in Montana has been defined more by what hasn’t happened than by what has.

August 29, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Albertsons parking lot sale raises $4,000 for Meals On Wheels

The local Meals On Wheels program got a little extra help Wednesday morning when it received a $4,000 check from a Billings Albertsons grocery store, which raised the money in June through a parking lot sale.

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YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills

YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills

After a few words from officials involved in the project, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch dedicated a new playground at its London Lodge for autistic boys in the most fitting way possible: by letting kids play on it.

August 26, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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MSUB extends cooperative agreement with Japanese university

MSUB extends cooperative agreement with Japanese university

Montana State University Billings and Japan’s Prefectural University of Kumamoto (PUK) extended by three years on Monday a long-running agreement that includes exchange student programs, immersive language programs and faculty education opportunities.

August 26, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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NBC's Dateline to feature Billings teen who survived plane crash

NBC's Dateline to feature Billings teen who survived plane crash

The story of how Billings teenager McKenzie Morgan walked away from a plane crash in the remote mountains of Wyoming will be featured during a segment on Sunday night's episode of "Dateline," NBC's long-running television newsmagazine series.

August 22, 2014 6:45 pm Video Photos

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Police looking for youth who darted rabbit

Police looking for youth who darted rabbit

The Billings Police Department is keeping a closer eye on Stewart Park on the West End after a least one rabbit was hit with a blow dart.

August 22, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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'Focus on the individual student': New chancellor sets high expectations for MSUB

'Focus on the individual student': New chancellor sets high expectations for MSUB

Mark Nook, Montana State University Billings’ newly hired chancellor, laid out on Thursday morning his vision and goals for the upcoming school year, citing a desire to focus on student issues, strategic planning and fundraising for a massive renovation of the science building.

August 21, 2014 6:00 pm Video Photos

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What's next for Riverside, other parks? Laurel ponders next move after levy defeat

What's next for Riverside, other parks? Laurel ponders next move after levy defeat

City of Laurel officials are starting to discuss what to do with city parks in the wake of voters rejecting in June a citywide parks district that would provide services and maintain improvements.

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Sunset sessions: Classes combine paddleboard, yoga on Lake Elmo

Sunset sessions: Classes combine paddleboard, yoga on Lake Elmo

A light breeze sent small ripples rolling across Lake Elmo on a recent warm August evening.

August 20, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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NDO supporters rally downtown

NDO supporters rally downtown

Nearly 250 people rallied in downtown Billings on Monday evening to show their support for continuing efforts to pass an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, which the Billings City Council defeated on Aug. 13.

August 18, 2014 7:49 pm Photos

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YMCA overhaul continues; Scheels commits $333K matching donation

YMCA overhaul continues; Scheels commits $333K matching donation

When the Billings Family YMCA unveils its new men’s locker room next week, the first major step in a massive, monthslong $2.5 million renovation of its locker rooms will be complete.

August 16, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Behind the scenes at MontanaFair: 'Nick always gets it done'

Behind the scenes at MontanaFair: 'Nick always gets it done'

He’s kind of the guy behind the guy, the one who makes things run smoothly for the people tasked with making sure MontanaFair runs smoothly.

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Home Depot crew, grant help build greenhouse for veterans

Home Depot crew, grant help build greenhouse for veterans

A $10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation will help nearly 20 veterans living in a Billings transitional center provide fresh produce for themselves and others while getting a little therapeutic work in along the way.

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Back where she started: Khaleel trades dean's office for classroom

Back where she started: Khaleel trades dean's office for classroom

A calendar hangs on the wall in a corner of Dr. Tasneem Khaleel’s office in Montana State University Billings’ Sciences Building. It’s opened to the month of February 2004.

August 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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New MSUB classroom to integrate technology, collaboration

New MSUB classroom to integrate technology, collaboration

Montana State University Billings will start holding classes this fall in a new cutting-edge, high-tech classroom that blends new technology and a different approach to student-professor collaboration in its College of Education building.

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Bus station to become Pub Station

Bus station to become Pub Station

By the end of November, the sign in front of the downtown Billings bus station will change, with just a little reorganization, but it will mark the start of a far different business.

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Whittenberg takes over as head of Montana March of Dimes

Whittenberg takes over as head of Montana March of Dimes

When Gayle Whittenberg learned the executive director of the Big Sky Chapter of the March of Dimes planned to step down, it didn’t take long for her to respond.

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Book research leads to 13 years of ballet for Roundup-area man

Book research leads to 13 years of ballet for Roundup-area man

Larry Stanfel, 74, stood on the balls of his feet with his arms stretched overhead, his gaze locked forward and his neck and back straight, seemingly pointing toward the ground under his feet at the Montana Dance Center.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Conference aims to help people with social learning issues

Conference aims to help people with social learning issues

A two-day conference held in Billings this week aims to send its 650 attendees from across Montana home with innovative ways to help people with autism and other social-learning challenges.

August 05, 2014 5:45 pm Video Photos

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July weather: Temperature hits 100 for 1st time in more than 2 years

July weather: Temperature hits 100 for 1st time in more than 2 years

Temperatures in Billings hit 100 degrees last month for the first time in more than two years, marking what was otherwise a mostly typical month of weather.

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SD2 begins elementary, middle school redistricting efforts

SD2 begins elementary, middle school redistricting efforts

Billings' growth over the past 30 years has created some often-confusing attendance boundaries that end up with some students being bused past their neighborhood schools to far-off schools with more room.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MSUB to host statewide summit on sex assault

MSUB to host statewide summit on sex assault

Montana State University Billings will host a statewide summit on sexual assault in September.

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Cadillac roadster enthusiasts to meet up in Billings

Cadillac roadster enthusiasts to meet up in Billings

With the flick of a switch from the driver’s seat, the trunk of Rod Hessler’s 2007 Cadillac XLR convertible pops open and the hard-top roof moves out, up and toward the front of the car on mechanized arms before settling on the body.

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Summer science: YBGR students get hands-on courses

Summer science: YBGR students get hands-on courses

Just a few minutes into Dan Carter’s physics and engineering presentation in Jevon Lulf and Tammy Baldry’s classroom at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch’s Yellowstone Academy, the kids were already hooked.

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Boys and Girls Clubs looking to boost exposure, youth involvement

Boys and Girls Clubs looking to boost exposure, youth involvement

Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County has joined up with a national campaign to provide its services to more local youth and increase its presence in the Billings area.

July 29, 2014 5:10 pm Photos

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Lincoln Center has shaped education in Billings for 130 years

Lincoln Center has shaped education in Billings for 130 years

Not long after Billings popped up as a bustling railroad town in 1882, a single downtown site has been, in one way or another, a hub for the city's public education.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Grass fire burns 25 acres between Billings and Roundup

Grass fire burns 25 acres between Billings and Roundup

Conditions ripe for fire quickly spread a grass fire that started between Billings and Roundup on Thursday afternoon and damaged a mobile home, but thanks to a quick and heavy response from area fire departments, it was out almost as quickly.

July 24, 2014 3:07 pm Photos

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Assembly required: CTA puts together playground equipment for Boys, Girls Ranch

Assembly required: CTA puts together playground equipment for Boys, Girls Ranch

As about 10 employees of CTA Architects Engineers crowded around a piece of playground equipment Wednesday, bolting metal arms, supports and other parts together, their boss stood off to the side and chuckled.

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YBGR warns of potential phone scam

YBGR warns of potential phone scam

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch said Friday that businesses around town have been receiving phone calls claiming to be from the organization but that none of its employees made the calls.

July 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Man charged with downtown shooting incident

Man charged with downtown shooting incident

A Billings man was charged on Friday with shooting toward two women on Thursday night in downtown Billings.

July 18, 2014 3:10 pm Photos

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Woman jailed on attempted murder charges in Forsyth arson case

Woman jailed on attempted murder charges in Forsyth arson case

Two Forsyth residents face charges that they tried to kill five people by setting a house on fire.

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MSUB appoints new vice chancellor

MSUB appoints new vice chancellor

Montana State University Billings announced on Thursday that Joseph Oravecz, dean of student affairs at the University of Nebraska Kearny, will be its next vice chancellor for student affairs.

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Kids get free summer meals at Boys and Girls Clubs

Kids get free summer meals at Boys and Girls Clubs

As dozens of youngsters lined up in the cafeteria at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County’s Bair Family Clubhouse on the South Side, the smell of freshly cooked French toast and sausage wafted through the room.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Giuliani to speak at inaugural Montana Business Hall of Fame

Giuliani to speak at inaugural Montana Business Hall of Fame

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the featured speaker at the MSU Billings Foundation's inaugural Montana Business Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Fundraising continues for new MSUB science hall

Fundraising continues for new MSUB science hall

In about six weeks of fundraising, the MSUB Billings Foundation has raised just a little less than $500,000 for a major, $15 million renovation of Montana State University Billings’ decades-old science hall.

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Phillips 66 gives $750K to SD2's science, technology program

Phillips 66 gives $750K to SD2's science, technology program

The Phillips 66 Billings Refinery pledged on Wednesday to donate $750,000 over three years to support enhanced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Billings School District 2 elementary and middle schools.

July 09, 2014 10:10 am Photos

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Soaked Fun Run promises cool start to State Games; 5K moves to Saturday

Soaked Fun Run promises cool start to State Games; 5K moves to Saturday

Even though it’s often one of the hottest, driest times of the year in Billings, the annual Big Sky State Games will kick off this year on a refreshingly cool, wet note.

July 09, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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SD2 gives tentative OK to redistricting group

The Billings School District 2 Board of Trustees and the SD2 high school planning and development committee discussed on Monday night the members and general duties of the committee that will recommend new boundaries for elementary and middle schools in Billings.

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'It's pretty impressive': Show up early for Laurel's fireworks show

'It's pretty impressive': Show up early for Laurel's fireworks show

LAUREL — What took the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department a year to plan, weeks to raise more than $60,000 for and hours upon hours of free time to put together and set up will all go up in smoke and sparks on Friday night.

July 03, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Slightly cooler, drier June wraps up, hot temperatures on the way

Slightly cooler, drier June wraps up, hot temperatures on the way

The month of June wasn't too hot, or too cold, and it finished a little drier than normal.

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'This is a wonderful city': 1st day on the job for MSUB chancellor

'This is a wonderful city': 1st day on the job for MSUB chancellor

Mark Nook started his new job as chancellor of Montana State University Billings on Tuesday.

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Demolition begins at McKinley

Demolition begins at McKinley

By late Tuesday morning, the annex building at McKinley Elementary School was little more than heaps of rubble and a few support beams, marking the next step in a major renovation of the 100-plus-year-old school.

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Rogers appointed to SD2 board

Rogers appointed to SD2 board

The Billings School District 2 Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Rob Rogers as its newest member on Monday night, filling a seat that's been vacant since May.

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New football league for kids looks familiar, but changes are behind the scenes

New football league for kids looks familiar, but changes are behind the scenes

The new Yellowstone Youth Football league, which is now taking early registration and gearing up for its inaugural season beginning in September, might look similar on the surface to its predecessor, but behind the scenes it's a whole new, different organization.

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Cruzado, MSU officials get whirlwind tour of Eastern Montana

Cruzado, MSU officials get whirlwind tour of Eastern Montana

HUNTLEY — A gray, drizzly Thursday morning welcomed a cadre of Montana State University officials to the Southern Agricultural Research Center, where the group began the third day of an energy and agriculture tour of south central and Eastern Montana.

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No one hurt when toilet explodes at county courthouse

No one hurt when toilet explodes at county courthouse

Nobody was injured when a toilet exploded Tuesday at the Stillwater County courthouse in Columbus.

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Albertsons seeks donations for garage sale to benefit Meals On Wheels

The Albertsons grocery store, 511 Central Ave., will hold a garage sale Saturday to benefit the local Meals on Wheels program and is asking the public to donate items for the sale.

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After slow start, Food Bank garden growing steadily

After slow start, Food Bank garden growing steadily

On a sunny and warm Friday morning in a field at Oscar’s Park just west of Billings, Sharon Wetsch looked over seven pallets loaded with pots of ready-to-plant vegetables and herbs.

June 25, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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