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Flower-ful ministry

Flower-ful ministry

A gnarled piece of driftwood sat on the wooden communion table in the church’s sanctuary. Although the church was nearly empty during the hour before the Sunday morning service, the sounds of the choir practicing drifted into the sanctuary, where Shirley Spildie clipped chrysanthemums for an…

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Refined Western: Red Lodge woodworker updates rustic look

Refined Western: Red Lodge woodworker updates rustic look

RED LODGE — Building wooden toy dump trucks as Christmas presents for relatives unleashed Nick Kosorok’s passion for woodworking in the late 1970s.

January 22, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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Therapy dog alerts owner to fire

Therapy dog alerts owner to fire

A chubby Chihuahua prevented a bedroom fire from turning into a disaster Friday morning in Huntley.

January 20, 2012 4:30 pm Photos

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Hard work turns single mom into homeowner

Hard work turns single mom into homeowner

For more than a year, Synobia Chan, a single mom, was fierce in her determination to do whatever it took to build her own home.

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Finding family: Billings sisters connect after 50 years apart

Finding family: Billings sisters connect after 50 years apart

Mary Parr Young was raised as an only child.

January 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Beading artist discovers talent by chance

Beading artist discovers talent by chance

A Billings bead artist prices her most sophisticated woven seed-bead necklaces at thousands of dollars.

January 08, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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Sophomore with Down syndrome relishes role at West High

Sophomore with Down syndrome relishes role at West High

A sense of belonging helps smooth any teen’s path through high school.

December 26, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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West Park Plaza Santa retiring to care for wife

West Park Plaza Santa retiring to care for wife

If Santa seems a trifle less jolly this Christmas, it could be because he's saying goodbye to families he has known for years.

December 23, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Youth Volunteer Corps energizes teens to tackle community projects

Youth Volunteer Corps energizes teens to tackle community projects

To pass muster as Santa, Parker Paulson, a rail-thin teenager, packed a pillow and a parka into the Santa suit made by his grandmother. The Santa suit was a veteran of many Christmases — worn by uncles and other relatives — but Parker was a nervous newbie, his “Ho Ho Ho” lacking in self-assurance.

December 19, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Great-great-grandmother rides again thanks to hospice program

Great-great-grandmother rides again thanks to hospice program

A 98-year-old hospice patient took a lap around the arena on horseback Friday as her family applauded her spunk.

December 16, 2011 5:30 pm Photos

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Insider eyes Yellowstone in winter

Insider eyes Yellowstone in winter

For a backcountry traveler in winter, serious trouble is often one mistake away.

December 15, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Growth Thru Art finds a new home

Growth Thru Art finds a new home

Aryss Teterud strung beads for a key chain as she sat in a wheelchair at the art studio. Strands of her salt-and-pepper gray hair were pulled back by metal barrettes. Color-drenched paintings covered the walls around her, and traces of past projects showed in the dried paint splotches on the…

December 13, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Fancy facades: Mesker adornments survive on historic Montana storefronts

Fancy facades: Mesker adornments survive on historic Montana storefronts

Montana merchants lusting after big-city style and modernity could get it shipped to them by rail once the Northern Pacific Railroad forged through Eastern Montana in the 1880s.

December 11, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Crow beader relishes making 'something out of nothing'

Crow beader relishes making 'something out of nothing'

Three horses with lightning bolts zigzagging down their flanks charge through a pale blue background. A rider on horseback wears a full headdress as he races across the other side of the buckskin vest. Stylized hoof prints are scattered across the fringed vest, which is trimmed in traditiona…

December 02, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Wall-banging rescue brings pet cockatiel Bitsy home

Wall-banging rescue brings pet cockatiel Bitsy home

A disturbance in the finance department on the First Interstate Center’s 13th floor Wednesday morning had nothing to do with the state of the economy.

November 30, 2011 5:00 pm Photos

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Couple shares 'kitchen ministry'

Couple shares 'kitchen ministry'

With crisp linens and centerpieces on the tables and gourmet food on fine china, the Thanksgiving Day meal at American Lutheran Church is not quite what you'd expect from a church supper.

November 23, 2011 7:00 pm Photos

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For love of birds: Couple organizes audubon's weekend birding trips

For love of birds: Couple organizes audubon's weekend birding trips

As a rule, George and Bernie Mowat won’t drive more than 100 miles, one way, to see a rare bird.

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Powerlifter earns Special Olympics honor

Powerlifter earns Special Olympics honor

Powerlifting is about much more than physical strength.

November 07, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Resurrecting a war relic

Resurrecting a war relic

ROBERTS — In October, Bob Clement test drove a piece of history.

November 06, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Downtown Transfer Center keeps riders moving

Downtown Transfer Center keeps riders moving

Traffic trickles through downtown in the predawn darkness as the first MET buses converge on the Downtown Transfer Center.

November 05, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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YWCA fundraiser finds a new venue

YWCA fundraiser finds a new venue

The YWCA's major fall fundraiser has always had the feel of a holiday party.

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Play, sing, share: Community Playgroup fosters tots' social skills

Play, sing, share: Community Playgroup fosters tots' social skills

Toddlers and preschoolers roved unfettered across a room sprinkled with toys, flitting between blocks and baby dolls, homemade play dough and puzzles.

October 24, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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True grit: Kids with cancer cowboy up

True grit: Kids with cancer cowboy up

Rodeo cowboys show their mettle every time they tough it out after getting bucked off.

October 10, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Boulder Elementary’s PTA presidents form lasting bonds

Boulder Elementary’s PTA presidents form lasting bonds

The women who gathered for dinner at the tail end of September shared a common bond.

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'Stress-free' time under the Big Sky

'Stress-free' time under the Big Sky

Lance Cpl. Kenton Kurz thrust his right leg out to the side at each step as he limped briskly through the sloping yard to the horse pasture. He was eager for the morning horseback ride, despite a nerve-damaged right leg that sometimes stings like bees.

October 02, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Retiree gives back to wars' wounded with open heart, home

Retiree gives back to wars' wounded with open heart, home

When Bill Cohen bought the 520-acre Howling Wolf Ranch in the Shields River Valley northeast of Livingston two years ago, he knew it would provide fly fishing, horseback riding and other outdoor recreational opportunities he wanted to offer wounded military men.

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Lunchtime at Pioneer School

Lunchtime at Pioneer School

Joann Palmieri volunteers her time every other Wednesday to cook and serve lunch to children at Pioneer School northeast of Billings

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Celebrate Community: Something’s cooking

Celebrate Community: Something’s cooking

Twice a month, a dedicated grandmother gives parents at Pioneer School a break from packing school lunches.

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Celebrate Community: Sumo wrestlers at Saturday Live fund school books

Celebrate Community: Sumo wrestlers at Saturday Live fund school books

There are quicker ways to make money than sumo wrestling in padded suits during Saturday Live, the annual carnival to benefit Billings area public schools. But few score higher for out-and-out silliness.

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Life on the back side of the track

Life on the back side of the track

A horse hung its head over the stall door of the shed row, spotlighted in the pre-dawn darkness by a bare bulb. In the scruffy village of campers and pickup trucks on the back side of MetraPark’s racetrack, trainers and stable hands had already begun the day’s work.

September 18, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Homegrown hops turn into local brew

Homegrown hops turn into local brew

Before Mark Clark planted hops, the neighbors on the hillside behind his Billings home had a clear view into his backyard.

September 15, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Football jerseys pay tribute to former West, Western player

Football jerseys pay tribute to former West, Western player

Jerseys on the football field and a roadside marker pay tribute to Michael Guelff’s life and untimely death.

September 12, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Celebrate Community: ‘Dream beds’ raises money to support families

Celebrate Community: ‘Dream beds’ raises money to support families

When Christy Ellerbee volunteered to put together a dream bed for a child as a fundraiser, she knew just where to turn for help. She plugged into the diehard cadre of University of Montana fans known as Griz Nation. Fans helped her round up bedding and enough merchandise to decorate a child…

September 05, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Romance writer leads dual life

Romance writer leads dual life

Romance writer Jamie DeBree likes to get four to five hours of sleep a night. Luckily, she can get by on three.

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Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Fire spinner Jonnie Egeland moved across the grass like a lithe dancer ringed by a hoop of fire. As the hoop spun around her waist, the flames seemed to lick at her back.

August 28, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Voices of Heart Mountain: Former internees, visitors reflect on relocation camp

Voices of Heart Mountain: Former internees, visitors reflect on relocation camp

Gloria Kubota, 95, came to Heart Mountain with her parents, her husband and her 18-month-old daughter. Her son was born at the camp hospital, a building whose chimney remains standing.

August 20, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Senior High grad's humor film wins at Comic-Con

Senior High grad's humor film wins at Comic-Con

Lazing around like a slacker in a fuzzy pink bathrobe earned a bit of notoriety for Andrew Gumm, a veteran of many Billings community theater productions and a 2005 graduate of Senior High.

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What every Billings-ite should know

What every Billings-ite should know

Some bits of knowledge come at our parents’ knee. Some are learned by trial and error. Other things seep into your consciousness, absorbed by living in a place, settling in to a particular spot on the planet.

August 14, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Lifelong collector to display centuries-old coins at MontanaFair

Lifelong collector to display centuries-old coins at MontanaFair

Ancient coins encrusted with centuries of dirt and corrosion soak in a jar of olive oil at Lynden Sears' home in the Heights.

August 13, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Garbage can art raises funds for South Park's gazebo

Garbage can art raises funds for South Park's gazebo

Surrounded by the mesh screen, wires wrap like vines around a galvanized metal trash can. The wire mesh screen and long-leafed blades of scrap steel create a cage around the can. A cone-shaped top rises above the trash can lid.

August 08, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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All-class reunion kicks off at Huntley Project

An all-class reunion this weekend celebrates the 100th anniversary of Huntley Project Schools and offers the school’s alumni their first look at the rebuilt high school after the devastating arson fire of September 2008.

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Alumni get peek at new Huntley Project school

Alumni get peek at new Huntley Project school

In a few weeks, students who were freshmen in 2008, when Huntley Project High School in Worden burned to the ground, will enter a new state-of-the-art school as seniors.

August 05, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Celebrate Community: Esprit de Corps

Celebrate Community: Esprit de Corps

COONEY STATE PARK — Slapping Uno cards down on a shaded picnic table at Cooney State Park, south of Billings, the five teens around the table acted like old friends.

August 01, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Run-down home frustrates neighbor

Run-down home frustrates neighbor

Sheryl Logan Hoffarth lives along one of the last residential blocks of State Avenue between the sugar factory and Van's State Avenue IGA. Her modest, well-tended two-bedroom home sits in a neighborhood she describes as "marginal at best."

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Boarded-up houses cause headaches for neighbors

Boarded-up houses cause headaches for neighbors

A fire-damaged house on Miles Avenue has been vacant and uninhabitable for more than 30 years — longer than many neighbors have lived on the block.

July 31, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Vacant home targeted by vandals

Vacant home targeted by vandals

Carie Keller knows the house number of the home next door because when she calls the police, the dispatcher always asks for the address.

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Life’s curveballs hinder Heights homeowner

Life’s curveballs hinder Heights homeowner

Steffanich Square, a quiet, block-long street east of Bench Boulevard in the Heights, is dominated by split-level homes built in the mid-1970s.

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Proposed ordinance would place tough restrictions on vacant eyesores

The first draft of a proposed ordinance against boarded-up houses would put tough restrictions on vacant homes in Billings.

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