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Extra effort: Grocery store manager boosts montana goods  (copy)

Extra effort: Grocery store manager boosts montana goods (copy)

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.

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Equine rehabilitation and conditioning facility is 1st of its kind in region

Equine rehabilitation and conditioning facility is 1st of its kind in region

COLUMBUS — Deanna Hovland was devastated when her horse Rosie badly injured her leg several months ago.

January 05, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Big project for 'small museum, small town'

Big project for 'small museum, small town'

COLUMBUS — Who knew?

July 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Greenhouse gets a jump start on organic crops

Greenhouse gets a jump start on organic crops

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.

April 10, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Becky’s Berries: Hobby ripens into thriving business

Becky’s Berries: Hobby ripens into thriving business

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.

February 27, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Absarokee business specializes in wilderness preparedness

Absarokee business specializes in wilderness preparedness

BEEHIVE — When one of her clients rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, Donna von Nieda followed his trajectory via GPS, using her computer at home.

February 06, 2011 6:28 am Photos

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'Montanan-at-heart' hopes to recover heavy oil from Beartooth front

'Montanan-at-heart' hopes to recover heavy oil from Beartooth front

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…

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Eco-conscious partnership promotes innovative ranching practices

Eco-conscious partnership promotes innovative ranching practices

Bryan Ulring is bucking tradition.

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Southern Montana Electric board bickers as Highwood project progresses

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.

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Steady sources of funding elude advocates

Steady sources of funding elude advocates

Since limited dollars already curb senior programs, the obvious question remains: how will a shrinking work force meet growing needs?

January 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Hospitals making changes to deal with older patients

Hospitals making changes to deal with older patients

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…

January 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Dolls to the rescue

Dolls to the rescue

COLUMBUS — When Tori Howard found them, the dolls were tucked inside an old steamer trunk in a homestead cabin on the verge of collapse.

January 04, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Absarokee Christmas tree dark this year

ABSAROKEE — When Christmas came to Absarokee this year, a longtime landmark was not to be seen.

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Absarokee freshman repeats at regional Punt, Pass and Kick competition

Absarokee freshman repeats at regional Punt, Pass and Kick competition

ABSAROKEE — Haley Fallang is in good company.

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A gift for Lillian Sorg

A gift for Lillian Sorg

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.

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Warm gift for Gladys Henry

Warm gift for Gladys Henry

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.

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Herman Sorg

Herman Sorg

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.

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Motorcycle group plays Santa to seniors

Motorcycle group plays Santa to seniors

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.

December 21, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Southern Montana Electric approves rate hike

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.

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Family of ill 8-year-old taking home to her this holiday

Family of ill 8-year-old taking home to her this holiday

Kenna Emmons can't come home for Christmas.

December 17, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Celebrate community: Project Hope

Celebrate community: Project Hope

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.

December 12, 2010 5:30 pm Photos

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Kids shopping

Kids shopping

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.

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Kids shopping

Kids shopping

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.

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Kids shopping

Kids shopping

Ken Malm, 4, of Columbus, gets help from his personal shopper Garret Schatz, 12, also of Columbus.

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Blind woman can't get mail delivered to her house

Blind woman can't get mail delivered to her house

COLUMBUS — The panoramic view from Rose Marie Mitchell's front door is a jaw-dropper. But it comes with a price.

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Rose Marie Mitchell, a resident of the Columbus area

Rose Marie Mitchell, a resident of the Columbus area

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.

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A very narrow niche

A very narrow niche

HARLOWTON — Philip Wilsman brings dinosaurs back to life.

November 14, 2010 12:30 am Photos

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Harlo’s online ticket company stays ahead of the curve

Harlo’s online ticket company stays ahead of the curve

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.

November 02, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Residents say Signal Peak brings good, bad changes to Roundup

Residents say Signal Peak brings good, bad changes to Roundup

ROUNDUP — When Corky McKown put his house on the market last spring, he didn’t get a single nibble.

October 27, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Columbus grocer recognized for hiring workers with disabilities

Columbus grocer recognized for hiring workers with disabilities

COLUMBUS — Paul Matovich doesn’t think he has done anything special. But some people do.

October 25, 2010 12:10 am Photos

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Opportunities blowin’ in the wind

Opportunities blowin’ in the wind

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.

October 17, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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A new man finds his old family after near-fatal crash

A new man finds his old family after near-fatal crash

Eric Murtha can only speculate that a deer crossed his path that fateful day.

October 10, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Flames or famine: Fire contractors riding out recent lean years in Montana

Flames or famine: Fire contractors riding out recent lean years in Montana

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.

September 26, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Two moves later: Red Lodge subdivision residents ‘move up’ but wait for fixes

Two moves later: Red Lodge subdivision residents ‘move up’ but wait for fixes

RED LODGE — For the second time in a year, Ira Vinson and his fiancee, Lynda Smith, had to vacate their home.

September 26, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Tide turns at Beartooth Electric

ROBERTS – As a wave of anti-incumbency sweeps the nation, so went elections for the Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s board.

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Beartooth meeting offers key opportunity for member input

ROBERTS — In years past, a free lunch and a goody bag have enticed members to Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting in September.

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Muffler mining: Stillwater’s expanded recycling facility boosts recovery of metals from catalytic converters

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.

September 12, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Promise for palladium

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.

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Doc advocates ‘professional’ medical marijuana

Doc advocates ‘professional’ medical marijuana

Dr. Harry Boye says he has nothing to hide.

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State high court rules for Absarokee Water Board

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.

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Rural hospitals work hard to upgrade

Rural hospitals work hard to upgrade

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.

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Hardin hospital promotes culture of care, CEO says

Hardin hospital promotes culture of care, CEO says

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.

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Roundup Memorial Hospital goes to plan B

Roundup Memorial Hospital goes to plan B

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.

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DNRC releases ‘dual’ ruling on water appropriations

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…

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Foster kids meet again, swap stories at camp

Foster kids meet again, swap stories at camp

DEAN — Though the four girls share DNA, they live with four different families in four different towns.

August 16, 2010 11:23 pm Photos

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Some former critics see benefits of traffic circles

Some former critics see benefits of traffic circles

They’re supposed to be safer, but Justin Vandersloot is far from convinced.

August 08, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Foundation singles out Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Carbon County

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.

August 03, 2010 8:04 pmLoading…

Beartooth Co-op members launch petition for mail ballots, easier access to information

Burt Williams and Charles Sangmeister, both members of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative, are all for member involvement when it comes to their electric cooperative.

July 21, 2010 5:26 pmLoading…
Russian Olive Tree

Russian Olive Tree

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.

July 20, 2010 11:34 pmLoading…

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