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Don Rickhoff, manager at Evergreen IGA, was even surprised himself. While making a pass through his store last fall, he was amazed at how many Montana products they carried.
COLUMBUS — Deanna Hovland was devastated when her horse Rosie badly injured her leg several months ago.
COLUMBUS — Who knew?
EMIGRANT — About the time many gardeners are leafing through seed catalogs, Jill Brackenbury, horticulturalist at the B Bar Ranch above Emigrant, is already harvesting baby greens and fresh herbs.
ABSAROKEE — When the berries come to a rolling boil, Becky Stahl doesn’t waste time. By the pitcher-full, she pours the steaming crimson-and-purple preserves into dozens of jars lined up on her workspace. On a long day, she can process 600 to 700 jars, with nary a drop spilling outside its target.
BEEHIVE — When one of her clients rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, Donna von Nieda followed his trajectory via GPS, using her computer at home.
DEAN — The Beartooth foothills south of this dot on the map are buffeted by wind and crusted with snow drifts this time of the year. But underground, beneath winter's grip — and only a few miles from another geologic formation that bears platinum and palladium — a reservoir of heavy crude ha…
Bryan Ulring is bucking tradition.
The first stage of the Highwood Generation Station project is drawing closer to completion, but the gas-fired power plant located outside Great Falls and matters related to it continue to divide members of Southern Montana Electric, which is building the facility.
The statistics are downright staggering.
Since limited dollars already curb senior programs, the obvious question remains: how will a shrinking work force meet growing needs?
Dr. Robert Rosenbaum, St. Vincent Healthcare's new geriatrician, personifies the “new” senior citizen. Retired once from a career teaching medicine in Michigan, he went back to school in his mid sixties — “I decided I wanted to learn about older people because I was becoming one of them,” he…
COLUMBUS — When Tori Howard found them, the dolls were tucked inside an old steamer trunk in a homestead cabin on the verge of collapse.
ABSAROKEE — When Christmas came to Absarokee this year, a longtime landmark was not to be seen.
ABSAROKEE — Haley Fallang is in good company.
Lillian Sorg and a dozen other senior citizens, all residents of the Meadowlark Assisted Living facility in Columbus, were treated to Christmas early this year. Santa and his elves from Kruizin 4 Seniors came bearing gifts specifically purchased to meet the wish list of each recipient.
Gladys Henry, 97, was thrilled with the warm pajamas and other gifts that Santa's elves — aka Kruizin 4 Seniors volunteers such as Marissa Plumb — brought to her this year. “It seems they know just what you can use,” Henry said.
Herman Sorg, a resident of Meadowlark Assisted Living in Columbus, gets a kick out of the sweatshirt loaned to him by one of Santa's elves. Kruizin 4 Seniors brought Christmas cheer to 170 Stillwater County seniors this year.
COLUMBUS — Peanut butter and Sprite don't top many Christmas wish lists, but such simple gifts were enough to make Charlie Bare grin ear to ear.
The first phase of the Highwood Generation Station under construction near Great Falls could be online as soon as May or June, said Tim Gregori, CEO of Southern Montana Electric.
Kenna Emmons can't come home for Christmas.
COLUMBUS — Ken Malm tried to be patient. But from all appearances, the 4-year-old from Columbus could hardly wait to make a beeline for the rows upon rows of tables piled high with hundreds of colorful gifts — puzzles, slippers, DVDs, ice skates, tools, cookbooks and many, many more.
Zoey Browne, 5, of Columbus had her arms full at the kids-only shopping day in Columbus. Her grandmother took her to the event while Zoey's parents shopped in Billings.
Kylee Bryant, 6, of Rapelje, looks for gifts with her "personal shopper" Tosha Vavak of Columbus. More than 100 young children from Stillwater County purchased gifts for their family during Project Hope's second annual kids-only Christmas shopping day in early December.
Ken Malm, 4, of Columbus, gets help from his personal shopper Garret Schatz, 12, also of Columbus.
COLUMBUS — The panoramic view from Rose Marie Mitchell's front door is a jaw-dropper. But it comes with a price.
Rose Marie Mitchell, a resident of the Columbus area, has requested an extension of her rural mail route because she is legally blind and her husband is frequently out of town. She seeks to have her mail delivered up a private road to the end of her driveway.
HARLOWTON — Philip Wilsman brings dinosaurs back to life.
HARLOWTON — The small town with the sun-washed streets looks more backroads-Montana than Internet epicenter. But the Wheatland County seat, population 1,100, now serves as headquarters for a net-based business that is bucking the global economic trend.
ROUNDUP — When Corky McKown put his house on the market last spring, he didn’t get a single nibble.
COLUMBUS — Paul Matovich doesn’t think he has done anything special. But some people do.
Muneyoshi Shibagaki is in the habit of waking early each morning and taking a walk. And one of those morning walks, taken in Billings earlier this year, confirmed his commitment to bring business to Billings.
Eric Murtha can only speculate that a deer crossed his path that fateful day.
When fire season sweeps across Montana, the Butlers keep an eye on the weather and scan the horizon for lightning. But above all, they never stray beyond cell phone range.
RED LODGE — For the second time in a year, Ira Vinson and his fiancee, Lynda Smith, had to vacate their home.
ROBERTS – As a wave of anti-incumbency sweeps the nation, so went elections for the Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s board.
ROBERTS — In years past, a free lunch and a goody bag have enticed members to Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting in September.
Muffler mining: Stillwater’s expanded recycling facility boosts recovery of metals from catalytic converters
COLUMBUS – A vein of precious metals buried beneath the Beartooth Front isn’t the only source of palladium and platinum in south-central Montana.
Cardboard moving boxes scattered throughout Stillwater Mining Co.’s former Billings headquarters are far removed from the congested streets of Beijing. But both signal what could be a change in fortune for the only producer of palladium and platinum in the United States.
Dr. Harry Boye says he has nothing to hide.
ABSAROKEE — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a District Court ruling that sided with the Absarokee Water Board in response to a complaint filed by Andy Jensen, manager for the Absarokee Water District.
HARDIN — Kristi Gatrell laughs when she describes Hardin’s first CT scanner, a medical device used to create a three-dimensional image of the inside of a patient’s body.
Quality care is the target for health care facilities both large and small. As rural hospitals strive to maintain services, they bank on what they do best.
Gary Bostrom can breathe a brief sigh of relief now that Musselshell voters approved a 20-mill levy in support of the county’s health care facilities.
In a two-pronged decision, the Department of Natural Resources ruled Tuesday that a definition relating to the appropriation of water does not conflict with the state’s Water Use Act. However, the department simultaneously announced that increasing demands on water in Montana warrant a new d…
DEAN — Though the four girls share DNA, they live with four different families in four different towns.
They’re supposed to be safer, but Justin Vandersloot is far from convinced.
RED LODGE — In the past year, 13 percent of teens in Carbon County have been the victim of teen dating violence, according to a recent survey on Montana youth risk behavior.
Burt Williams and Charles Sangmeister, both members of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative, are all for member involvement when it comes to their electric cooperative.
Charlie Yegen, left, and Dick Lutke tell how available grazing land has increased since 82 acres of Russian olive thickets were cut down on Yegen’s property. Behind them is one of 95 piles of Russian olive tree slash to be burned next winter.