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Chippewa Cree judge orders new tribal elections

Chippewa Cree judge orders new tribal elections

HAVRE — A tribal court has invalidated the November election of four new members to the Chippewa Cree Business Committee after a non-tribal member was allowed to vote.

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Montana has low obesity, high binge drinking

Montana has low obesity, high binge drinking

GREAT FALLS — An annual survey of U.S. health ranks Montana 22nd in the nation overall, which is an improvement by one spot from the previous year.

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Dog and 10 puppies abandoned near garbage bin in Grand Forks

Dog and 10 puppies abandoned near garbage bin in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A black lab and her 10 puppies are safe after being abandoned in a box next to a Dumpster Wednesday night in south Grand Forks during single-digit temperatures.

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East Helena man gets suspended sentence for church burglaries

East Helena man gets suspended sentence for church burglaries

HELENA — An East Helena man who was found guilty of multiple church burglaries has been sentenced to 20 years in the Montana State Prison with all of those suspended on the condition that he must complete Treatment Court.

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Former VA employee sentenced for sexual assault

HELENA — A former Montana Veterans Affairs employee and former American Federation of Government Employees Local Union president was sentenced to two years deferred and fined $590 on Wednesday in Helena Municipal Court.

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More routes in Yellowstone open to snowmobiles, snowcoaches

More routes in Yellowstone open to snowmobiles, snowcoaches

Thanks to additional snowfall this week, Yellowstone National Park staff announced the opening of additional groomed road segments to motorized oversnow travel.

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$500K in scholarships offered to manufacturing and energy students

$500K in scholarships offered to manufacturing and energy students

HELENA — The Gianforte Family Foundation announced on Thursday $500,000 worth of scholarships for students who enroll in manufacturing and energy industry programs at two-year colleges in Montana.

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Judge will decide if convicted killer in 17-year-old case deserves new trial

Judge will decide if convicted killer in 17-year-old case deserves new trial

THOMPSON FALLS — The fate of a man who has spent more than 17 years in the Montana State Prison for a murder he has always denied committing is in the hands of state District Court Judge Jim Wheelis.

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Kaarma prosecutors: No evidence partner 'colluded, facilitated'

Kaarma prosecutors: No evidence partner 'colluded, facilitated'

MISSOULA — Janelle Pflager, the partner of the Missoula man who was convicted of murdering a teenage exchange student this week, will not face charges.

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Montana cabin owners rejoice over capped federal lease rate

Montana cabin owners rejoice over capped federal lease rate

MISSOULA — Owners of cabins on national forest lands throughout Montana celebrated on Thursday after passage of the bipartisan Cabin Fee Act.

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Snowmobiler rescued in Gallatin County

BOZEMAN — Rescuers found a Bozeman snowmobiler who became separated from others in his group.

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Judge will decide if convicted killer in Trout Creek case deserves new trial

Judge will decide if convicted killer in Trout Creek case deserves new trial

THOMPSON FALLS – The fate of a man who has spent more than 17 years in the Montana State Prison for a murder he has always denied committing is in the hands of state District Court Judge Jim Wheelis.

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Bozeman hospital acts to prevent flu spread

BOZEMAN — Bozeman Deaconess Hospital has imposed restrictions on visitors in order to prevent the spread of influenza.

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Split PSC shoots down agreement for wind power project

HELENA — A divided state Public Service Commission this week rejected NorthWestern Energy’s agreement to buy power from a new wind project at a cost lower than the utility is paying for power from hydroelectric dams purchased earlier this year.

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Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

The state Board of Livestock voted Thursday to terminate five jobs and furlough other workers to cope with a substantial shortfall in the Livestock Department.

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Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Construction of a 120-turbine wind farm is underway in Carbon County as developers scramble to benefit from a last-minute federal tax credit passed this week.

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1 Wild Card winner in Havre in lottery drawings

1 Wild Card winner in Havre in lottery drawings

HELENA — Results of Tuesday and Wednesday's Montana Lottery drawings:

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Great Falls fatal victim identified

GREAT FALLS — The man who died in a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 15 in Great Falls has been identified as 24-year-old Benjamin Thomas Ronnau.

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Corvallis company fined for workplace fatality

MISSOULA — A Corvallis asphalt company and its owner must pay $20,000 in fines and restitution for the 2012 death of an employee.

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MCC announces $100K donation from First Interstate

Miles Community College announced on Thursday that it has received a $100,000 donation toward its ongoing efforts to build a new $3 million Ag Advancement Center from First Interstate Bank Miles City and First Interstate BancSystem.

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Diren Dede's host parents express relief at guilty verdict

Diren Dede's host parents express relief at guilty verdict

MISSOULA — Kate Walker and Randy Smith, the Missoula couple who hosted 17-year-old foreign exchange student Diren Dede in their home until he was gunned down in a garage just down the street, expressed relief in the wake of Wednesday’s verdict.

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Tester nominates 30 Montana students to military academies

Tester nominates 30 Montana students to military academies

MISSOULA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester nominated 30 high school students to apply to the nation’s prestigious military academies.

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Walsh congratulates 28 Montanans nominated to military academies

Walsh congratulates 28 Montanans nominated to military academies

MISSOULA — U.S. Sen. John Walsh congratulated the 28 Montanans he nominated to apply for enrollment at America’s military academies.

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Advocates seek grizzly re-introductions in Selway-Bitterroot

Advocates seek grizzly re-introductions in Selway-Bitterroot

HELENA — An advocacy group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot area of Idaho and Montana.

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