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To mark The Billings Gazette's 125th anniversary, we look back at news on this date from earlier editions of The Gazette and the frontier publications that merged to form the newspaper.

On Feb. 17:

In 1912: “Within the next four or five months all of the units at present unappropriated on the Huntley project will have been taken by actual settlers, in the opinion of C. D. Howe, engineer in charge of the government reclamation service.”

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In 1938: “Lewistown's second disastrous fire in less than a week gutted the two-story stone Robinson and Allen building Thursday. ... Last Saturday, a fire wiped out an entire Lewistown business block with a loss estimated at $100,000.”

In 1987: “The winter of 1986-87 may be the first year in Fort Peck Lake history that the lake stays open through the winter. The lake was still not frozen over on Feb. 13, breaking the record set Feb. 12, 1981, for the latest initial ice cover.”

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