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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…
RED LODGE — Building wooden toy dump trucks as Christmas presents for relatives unleashed Nick Kosorok’s passion for woodworking in the late 1970s.
A chubby Chihuahua prevented a bedroom fire from turning into a disaster Friday morning in Huntley.
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.
Mary Parr Young was raised as an only child.
A Billings bead artist prices her most sophisticated woven seed-bead necklaces at thousands of dollars.
A sense of belonging helps smooth any teen’s path through high school.
If Santa seems a trifle less jolly this Christmas, it could be because he's saying goodbye to families he has known for years.
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.
A 98-year-old hospice patient took a lap around the arena on horseback Friday as her family applauded her spunk.
For a backcountry traveler in winter, serious trouble is often one mistake away.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
As a rule, George and Bernie Mowat won’t drive more than 100 miles, one way, to see a rare bird.
Powerlifting is about much more than physical strength.
ROBERTS — In October, Bob Clement test drove a piece of history.
Traffic trickles through downtown in the predawn darkness as the first MET buses converge on the Downtown Transfer Center.
The YWCA's major fall fundraiser has always had the feel of a holiday party.
Toddlers and preschoolers roved unfettered across a room sprinkled with toys, flitting between blocks and baby dolls, homemade play dough and puzzles.
Rodeo cowboys show their mettle every time they tough it out after getting bucked off.
The women who gathered for dinner at the tail end of September shared a common bond.
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.
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.
Joann Palmieri volunteers her time every other Wednesday to cook and serve lunch to children at Pioneer School northeast of Billings
Twice a month, a dedicated grandmother gives parents at Pioneer School a break from packing school lunches.
Seeing a llama befriend a miniature donkey makes it easy for an animal lover smile.
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.
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.
Before Mark Clark planted hops, the neighbors on the hillside behind his Billings home had a clear view into his backyard.
Jerseys on the football field and a roadside marker pay tribute to Michael Guelff’s life and untimely death.
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…
DONALD LOREN HARDY
Romance writer Jamie DeBree likes to get four to five hours of sleep a night. Luckily, she can get by on three.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ancient coins encrusted with centuries of dirt and corrosion soak in a jar of olive oil at Lynden Sears' home in the Heights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Carie Keller knows the house number of the home next door because when she calls the police, the dispatcher always asks for the address.
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.
The first draft of a proposed ordinance against boarded-up houses would put tough restrictions on vacant homes in Billings.
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