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Scheels donates $333K to YMCA

Scheels donates $333K to YMCA

The Billings Family YMCA got a massive boost Thursday in its efforts to renovate many of its facilities with a third of the $1 million they need in the form of a donation from Scheels.

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Standoff suspect charged with probation violation

Standoff suspect charged with probation violation

The convicted felon involved in a four-hour standoff with Billings police on the South Side on Dec. 15 was charged Wednesday with violating his probation — the same charge that led to a warrant that sparked the standoff in the first place.

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'Serving the youth of this community': Bank gives $20,000 to boost Boys, Girls Clubs

'Serving the youth of this community': Bank gives $20,000 to boost Boys, Girls Clubs

The sound of “Thank you” being yelled by two-dozen kids bounced around the gymnasium at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County’s Bair Family Clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, directed at officials from Rocky Mountain Bank.

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Police arrest man after 4-hour standoff on Billings' South Side

Police arrest man after 4-hour standoff on Billings' South Side

A man was arrested without incident after a nearly four-hour standoff at a South Side home Monday.

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Lockwood students earn $18K for new playground, get healthy tips from former NFLer

Lockwood students earn $18K for new playground, get healthy tips from former NFLer

As a reward for raising $18,000 for a $230,000 project to get new playground equipment for their school, Lockwood elementary students on Friday got to attend a special assembly that included learning new games and healthy habits from a former professional football player.

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MSUB committee will look for ways to retain students

MSUB committee will look for ways to retain students

Montana State University Billings has taken the first steps to identify what its students need to succeed and find ways to improve student retention rates.

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Rescued eagle released at Norm's Island

Rescued eagle released at Norm's Island

It took wildlife officials a few minutes to coax her out of her cage and back into the wild, but a young eagle rescued from the Yellowstone River near Billings in late November was returned to the wild on Tuesday.

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MSUB projects $4.4M budget gap for next school year

MSUB projects $4.4M budget gap for next school year

Montana State University Billings could face a $4.4 million budget shortfall for the 2015-2016 academic year, and school officials said Monday they’re already working to find a solution.

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From dropping out to doctorate

From dropping out to doctorate

Even as a kid, Kevin Majewski had always known that he wanted to go to college.

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West High student credits Upward Bound with love for science

West High student credits Upward Bound with love for science

Going into high school, Billings West High senior Erica Noble thought she knew the career she wanted to pursue but that quickly changed with her involvement in the local arm of a federal program designed to prepare some students for college.

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Upward Bound helped actress find college, career

Upward Bound helped actress find college, career

To date, 2005 Billings Skyview High graduate Marie Burke has been featured in a trio of national commercials, three television shows and two films.

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Upward Bound celebrates 50 years of helping at-risk youth

Upward Bound celebrates 50 years of helping at-risk youth

As Marissa Henthorn and Alice Zeeb — both seniors at Billings Senior High — tapped away on laptops, Michelle Watson offered advice and tips on the tricky and sometimes exhausting process of finding and applying for college scholarships.

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Global program gives Head Start kids creative freedom

Global program gives Head Start kids creative freedom

As teacher Wendy Jam read a short story about a musician to a half-dozen youngsters at Head Start Inc. on Friday morning, she’d occasionally pause to let the kids holler out the instrument played by the main character.

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Phillips 66 donates $50K for ZooMontana wolverine habitat

Phillips 66 donates $50K for ZooMontana wolverine habitat

Phillips 66, which has a refinery in Billings, has donated $50,000 to ZooMontana to build a new wolverine habitat and exhibit.

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Jason Priest pleads guilty to amended charges, 4 misdemeanors, in assault case

Jason Priest pleads guilty to amended charges, 4 misdemeanors, in assault case

Former state Sen. Jason Priest pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to four misdemeanor charges in an assault case involving his daughter and wife.

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'Now is a perfect time to enroll': Quicker airport screening available at Billings airport

'Now is a perfect time to enroll': Quicker airport screening available at Billings airport

Some travelers flying out of Billings can now spend a little less time with a little less hassle in security lines at the airport.

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ZooMontana introduces new Canada lynx

ZooMontana introduces new Canada lynx

On Wednesday, ZooMontana introduced its newest resident to the public — a 4-year-old male Canada lynx named Opi.

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BPD seeking warrant after November Fuddruckers incident involving singer Jeremih

BPD seeking warrant after November Fuddruckers incident involving singer Jeremih

The Billings Police Department is seeking an arrest warrant in relation to a Nov. 5 incident in which R&B singer Jeremih and his entourage were involved in a fracas at a Billings restaurant that made national news.

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'Roller coaster month' includes wild temperature swings, double the average snowfall

'Roller coaster month' includes wild temperature swings, double the average snowfall

From a high of 69 degrees on Nov. 8 to a low of eight below zero on Nov. 30 — and 13.2 inches of snow throughout, more than double the monthly average — last month’s weather was anything but consistent.

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Rimrock Mall: 'A development of superlatives'

Rimrock Mall: 'A development of superlatives'

When Rimrock Mall first opened its doors on Sept. 11, 1975, it marked a turning point in Billings' history.

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Ice, slush cause Laurel water intake problems; FEMA to help with new intake

Ice, slush cause Laurel water intake problems; FEMA to help with new intake

Ice, slush and lower seasonal flow levels in the Yellowstone River combined last week with a reshaped river channel from 2011 flooding to cause problems for the city's water supply through its main intake on the river.

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MSUB to offer new programs to meet licensing rules for pre-K accreditation

MSUB to offer new programs to meet licensing rules for pre-K accreditation

Montana State University Billings announced on Tuesday that it will launch new and updated early childhood education licensing programs.

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'You know you can check up on him': NICU cameras provide 24/7 access to infants

'You know you can check up on him': NICU cameras provide 24/7 access to infants

Even though they take every chance they can to spend time with their newborn son, Khalen, at St. Vincent Healthcare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since his birth in late September, Nick and Kyrsten Bronson can’t always be there.

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Boy grows hair, raises money for sick youth

Boy grows hair, raises money for sick youth

Gavin Stichman is a little camera shy but he loves sports — “all of them, any of them,” in his words — and his favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers. At school, his favorite subjects are, in order and once again in his words, recess, math and spelling.

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MSUB rolls out new pre-engineering program

MSUB rolls out new pre-engineering program

You won’t find anyone with an engineering degree from Montana State University Billings, but there’s a good chance that in a few years, there’ll be plenty who took the first steps toward earning it there.

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Months of work lead up to ski season

Months of work lead up to ski season

It sure does take a lot of work to have so much fun.

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Frigid temperatures don't hinder medicine wheel ceremony at MSUB

Frigid temperatures don't hinder medicine wheel ceremony at MSUB

As she used a bowl filled with smoldering tobacco to smudge rocks adorned with the names of American military veterans, Montana State University Billings student Kaja Anderson listed off the names she hoped to add to the rocks.

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Recipient of environmental award to keynote NPRC meeting

Recipient of environmental award to keynote NPRC meeting

Helen Slottje has spent the last four years crafting a successful legal strategy utilizing zoning laws to prevent oil and gas fracking from entering communities across New York, and she hopes an upcoming speech can help do the same for Billings.

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Singer reportedly causes ruckus at Fuddruckers; St. John addresses response time

Singer Jeremih and his entourage reportedly caused a bit of a ruckus at the West End Fuddruckers on Wednesday, and the incident has Billings Police Department Chief Rich St. John defending the department after some community criticism for its response time.

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Carter, Hernandez win Justice of the Peace elections

Carter, Hernandez win Justice of the Peace elections

Unofficial final results tallied into early Wednesday show incumbents David Carter and Pedro Hernandez each won handily in their bids for Yellowstone County’s two justices of the peace jobs.

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Souza coasts to victory for District Court seat

Souza coasts to victory for District Court seat

When the tallying of the votes wrapped up early Wednesday, Rod Souza finished with a 10 percent lead over Bill Speare in unofficial final election results, with more than 55 percent of the votes, to replace retiring District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh.

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For only 2nd time, every October day was above 50 degrees in Billings

For only 2nd time, every October day was above 50 degrees in Billings

October in Billings was quite a bit warmer, with less precipitation than normal, nearly to record levels.

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'A passion for protecting folks': Billings man honored for fraud prevention education

'A passion for protecting folks': Billings man honored for fraud prevention education

Alex Ward doesn’t like to call them con artists.

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With quarantine lifted after reported bite, ZooMontana wolves back on display

With quarantine lifted after reported bite, ZooMontana wolves back on display

The 10-day quarantine placed on ZooMontana’s pair of gray wolves after a report that one of them might have bitten a young child has ended, and the wolves are back on public view.

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Sidney officer shoots, injures man during traffic incident

A Sidney police officer shot and injured a 59-year-old North Dakota man when the man pulled out a handgun during a traffic incident early Friday.

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ZooMontana's deer Rocket euthanized at age 17

ZooMontana's deer Rocket euthanized at age 17

ZooMontana’s 17-year-old Sika deer, Rocket, was euthanized on Monday due to complications and concerns over his progressing arthritis.

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2nd robot enables BPD bomb squad to respond to more than 1 incident at a time

2nd robot enables BPD bomb squad to respond to more than 1 incident at a time

As he navigated the department’s new bomb robot through the hallways of the Billings Police Department’s training and operations building, Sgt. Jason Gartner noted that it hasn’t seen any action yet, outside of training and a few demonstrations.

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USDA inspects wolf enclosure after bite reported at ZooMontana

USDA inspects wolf enclosure after bite reported at ZooMontana

The United States Department of Agriculture inspected ZooMontana’s wolf enclosure on Tuesday as the investigation continued into a report of a child being bitten by one of the animals.

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3rd-graders among 156,433 Montanans taking shelter, 'covering their noggins'

3rd-graders among 156,433 Montanans taking shelter, 'covering their noggins'

In the unlikely event that an earthquake rumbles its way through Billings, 8-year-old Gracie Dague and her classmates at Lockwood Elementary know what to do.

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Man accused of hitting pregnant girlfriend with hatchet

Man accused of hitting pregnant girlfriend with hatchet

A man was accused Monday of strangling his pregnant girlfriend last week before hitting her with the blunt end of a hatchet.

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ZooMontana investigating report of child bitten by wolf; animals quarantined

ZooMontana investigating report of child bitten by wolf; animals quarantined

One of ZooMontana’s two gray wolves bit a young child on Sunday afternoon.

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Deliberate homicide trial delayed after key witness fails to show up

Deliberate homicide trial delayed after key witness fails to show up

The trial for a man accused of shooting another man to death in Lockwood last January, scheduled to begin on Monday, was continued after a key witness failed to show up.

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Woman charged in apparent Africa-based firearms scheme

A Billings woman was charged Friday with participating in a scheme that apparently has roots in West Africa and involved selling collectible guns without actually providing any of the guns.

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2 men charged with tying up, robbing couple

2 men charged with tying up, robbing couple

Two men already in jail on unrelated charges were charged Friday with tying up a couple and stealing from their home in July.

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Luther teacher named Montana Rural Teacher of the Year, heads to national conference

Luther teacher named Montana Rural Teacher of the Year, heads to national conference

Earlier this spring, Luther teacher Carolyn Hutson was named the 2014 Rural Teacher of the Year by the Montana Association of County School Superintendents and was later announced as a finalist for national rural teacher of the year.

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Sharing the fight: Group brings together young adults with cancer

Sharing the fight: Group brings together young adults with cancer

In just one day, Alicia Steere’s priorities expanded from the day-to-day duties of a wife and mother to how to fight a potentially deadly disease while keeping a sense of normalcy within her own family.

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Should dogs be allowed in city parks? Board seeks public input

Should dogs be allowed in city parks? Board seeks public input

When the Billings Animal Control Board meets on Tuesday, it could be the first step toward lifting a half-century-old ban on dogs in developed city parks.

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YWCA to launch Domestic Violence Awareness campaign Wednesday

In effort to raise awareness of Domestic Violence Month during October, YWCA Billings will launch its Step Up to End Violence campaign on Wednesday.

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Billings program honored for focus on Lewis and Clark, technology

A Billings-based educational program that teaches middle-school students about technology used during Lewis and Clark’s historic journey by comparing it to its modern counterparts has received a national honor for its efforts and will celebrate the award at a public event Wednesday.

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Montana breweries take home hardware at national beer competition

Montana breweries take home hardware at national beer competition

Five Montana breweries brought home six medals — half of them gold — for their beers and one was named very small brewery of the year at the Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver last weekend.

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