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Snowmobilers safe after going through the ice on Seeley Lake

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After both snowmobiles broke through, the drivers were able to escape and sustained no injuries.

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Southgate Mall sold to Ohio investment company

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Missoula's Southgate Mall will be soon owned by an Ohio investment group. 

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Dinner and a movie has new meaning in Western Montana

A new entertainment option preparing to open in Missoula, as AMC Theaters open the new Southgate Mall 9 this coming week. (MTN News photo) A new entertainment option preparing to open in Missoula, as AMC Theaters open the new Southgate Mall 9 this coming week. (MTN News photo)
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A new entertainment option preparing to open in Missoula, as AMC Theaters open the new Southgate Mall 9 this coming week. 

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Wedding dresses provide hope to grieving families

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Amazing Grace Wedding Dress Rentals and The Emma and Evan Foundation hosted An Evening For Angels on Saturday.

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FWP celebrates pending world-record ram with public viewing

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FWP celebrated the pending world-record ram produced in northwest Montana by hosting a public viewing on Friday in Kalispell.

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Annual Heart Expo returns to Missoula

Tte 15th annual event was held at St. Patrick Hospital. (MTN News photo) Tte 15th annual event was held at St. Patrick Hospital. (MTN News photo)
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The 15th Annual Heart Expo brought sponsored booths with information and gear, low-cost blood tests and hosted lecturers.

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Democratic primary candidates for US House seat debate in Bozeman

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Four of the five candidates running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives took the stage at the Rialto for the debate.

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New procedures in place following Big Sky High School threats

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Extra officers will continue to be seen at the school while staff members will be required to review run-lock-fight procedures.

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Snow and wind through early Monday

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Happy Sunday! A winter storm is moving through western Montana on Sunday, bringing heavy mountain snow, and lighter totals to most valley locations.

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Democratic intelligence memo released with redactions

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The House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a Democratic memo in redacted form.

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Highway 89 from Choteau to Browning closed until Monday

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Blackfeet Tribe Disaster and Emergency Services reports all routes and cut across roads on the southern part of the reservation are also closed.

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Missoula area firefighters "score" funds and fun times for local causes

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It's not the Stanley Cup but the rivalry is getting nearly as intense as the NHL in Missoula's annual "Fire on Ice" charity hockey game. 

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Search efforts continuing for missing Flathead skier

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry is leading the search. (MTN News photo) Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry is leading the search. (MTN News photo)
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Friday marked day seven of the search for a 62-year-old backcountry skier, Jonathan Torgerson.

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Loyola Sacred Heart HS takes precautions after threat to student safety

Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Missoula (MTN News photo) Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Missoula (MTN News photo)
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Another Missoula high school has taken action after threats were found on campus.

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Community rallying around family of missing skier

Volunteers are continuing to search Big Mountain while those in town are sending their love through notes. (MTN News photo) Volunteers are continuing to search Big Mountain while those in town are sending their love through notes. (MTN News photo)
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Volunteers are continuing to search Big Mountain while those in town are sending their love through notes.

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Protection order filed against Big Sky student who made school shooting threat

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The student in question was heard by multiple people in a classroom saying “it will take the whole (expletive) army to stop me when I shoot up the school."

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Montana Western re-opened after bomb threat

The University of Montana Western in Dillon. (MTN News file photo) The University of Montana Western in Dillon. (MTN News file photo)
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Classes and activities remain canceled for Friday. Classes will resume at 8:15 a.m. on Monday.

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"Low level" threat found at Sentinel High School

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A message sent to Sentinel High School parents by principal Ted Fuller states that a pair of students reported threatening graffiti was found Friday.

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Montana ranch growing fresh grass throughout winter

Almost 365 days a year, regardless of the weather outside, ranch owners Zack and Patty Wirth and their family are growing sprouted barley. (MTN News photo) Almost 365 days a year, regardless of the weather outside, ranch owners Zack and Patty Wirth and their family are growing sprouted barley. (MTN News photo)
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Almost 365 days a year, regardless of the weather outside, ranch owners Zack and Patty Wirth and their family are growing sprouted barley.

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Minor flooding, possible ice jams reported along Lolo Creek

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Missoula County officials are monitoring minor flooding as well as reports of ice jams. 

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Juvenile facing felony charge after Stevensville HS threat

Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo) Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo)
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Stevensville Police say following the investigation a juvenile male was arrested and is facing a felony intimidation charge.

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Apprenticeship program seeks to train more healthcare workers

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The apprenticeship program is important because Montana lacks people with these types of specialized skills.

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Scores of bison illegally released in Yellowstone National Park

The 96 bison captured this week had not yet been processed or tested for brucellosis. (MTN News photo) The 96 bison captured this week had not yet been processed or tested for brucellosis. (MTN News photo)
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Someone intentionally compromised the fences at Stephens Creek, releasing approximately 73 bison.

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"Vigilant Guard" exercise starts next week

The majority of the exercise will take place in Cascade County, but hospitals in Billings, Kalispell, and Missoula will also be participating. (MTN News photo) The majority of the exercise will take place in Cascade County, but hospitals in Billings, Kalispell, and Missoula will also be participating. (MTN News photo)
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The majority of the exercise will take place in Cascade County, but hospitals in Billings, Kalispell, and Missoula will also be participating.

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Target Range student repeats as county spelling bee champ

Target Range seventh grade student Reagen Remmers won first place for the third time in a row  (MTN News photo) Target Range seventh grade student Reagen Remmers won first place for the third time in a row (MTN News photo)
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Target Range seventh grade student Reagen Remmers won first place in the Missoula County Spelling Bee for the third time in a row.

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Highly anticipated new Missoula theater set to open

The highly anticipated AMC Dine In Theater has been under construction for more than 18 months. (MTN News photo) The highly anticipated AMC Dine In Theater has been under construction for more than 18 months. (MTN News photo)
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The highly anticipated AMC Dine In Theater has been under construction for more than 18 months taking shape at the Southgate Mall.

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FWP hosting viewing of pending world-record ram in Kalispell

The 9-year-old animal was found on Wild Horse Island State Park. (MTN News photo) The 9-year-old animal was found on Wild Horse Island State Park. (MTN News photo)
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The ram was officially measured at the Boone and Crockett club’s headquarters in Missoula and received an official entry score of 216-3/8 points.

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Minnesota man dies in Cooke City snowmobile crash

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A 29-year-old Minnesota man was found dead on Thursday after a snowmobile crash in the Cooke City area. 

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Pre-planned lockdown drill taking place at Sentinel High School

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The drill is scheduled to take place several times throughout the year and was scheduled prior to last week's Florida school shooting.

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UM enrollment takes another expected slide

The University of Montana campus in Missoula (MTN News photo) The University of Montana campus in Missoula (MTN News photo)
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Enrollment at the University of Montana has slid again, with just over 600  fewer students hitting the books for the spring semester.

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MCPS reacts to most recent Big Sky HS threat

A threat found at Big Sky High School on 2.22.18 prompted a police response. (MTN News file photo) A threat found at Big Sky High School on 2.22.18 prompted a police response. (MTN News file photo)
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"I really implore students in particular who may feel for some reason compelled to create rumors or to issue threats to contemplate the long-term consequences of their actions." - MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane

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MT delegation not rushing to support repeal of fed restriction on gun-violence research

U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester
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As the national debate on gun violence intensifies, Montana’s members of Congress say they’d like a thoughtful approach to get to the “root cause” of the problem, and believe it can be done through existing law. 

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MT ranks sixth highest in U.S. gun-related deaths

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Montana ranks sixth in gun-related fatalities in the United States, according to a report from 24/7 Wall St.

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Poverello Center faces occupancy crisis

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Missoula's Poverello Center might have to start sending people back into the cold. 

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MSU and UM among top schools for Peace Corps volunteers in 2018

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The University of Montana ranked fourth among medium schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. 

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Former Helena teacher pleads not guilty to raping student

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Rene Carter, a former Capital High School special education teacher, is accused of the rape of an underage boy.

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Health groups propose voter-initiative to hike tobacco taxes, extend Medicaid expansion

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Hospitals and other health-related organizations Thursday proposed a voter initiative to extend Montana’s expanded Medicaid program past 2019 and raise cigarette and other tobacco taxes to finance it. 

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KPAX Archives: the 2014 Missoula avalanche

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This week we look back on the Missoula avalanche of 2014, and the response of the neighborhood.

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Montana Ag: Precision agriculture is changing farming

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During the recent MATE Show in Billings, farmers could see some of the latest agricultural equipment and precision agriculture technology.
 

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Red Lodge man arrested for killing homeless man he said was "disrespectful"

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Authorities are investigating a murder south of Red Lodge. 

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Different faiths work to save Mission Valley murals

The inspiration came to producer Janis Cates two years ago but it wasn’t until recently the idea really started to gel. (MTN News photo) The inspiration came to producer Janis Cates two years ago but it wasn’t until recently the idea really started to gel. (MTN News photo)
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The inspiration came to producer Janis Cates two years ago but it wasn’t until recently the idea really started to gel.

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Belgrade High School under lockdown after rumors of gun in school

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Belgrade High School is locked down with students sheltering in place after students reported rumors that a student bringing a gun to school. 

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Latest Darby schools threat prompts parents pull kids from class

Darby High School was emptied after parents concerned for their children's safety came to get them after more threats made on social media were uncovered. (MTN News photo) Darby High School was emptied after parents concerned for their children's safety came to get them after more threats made on social media were uncovered. (MTN News photo)
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Darby High School was emptied after parents came to get students after more threats made on social media were uncovered. 

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Bigfork Fire Department seeking mill levy

The Bigfork Fire Department has been providing emergency medical services to the area since the 1970’s. (MTN News photo) The Bigfork Fire Department has been providing emergency medical services to the area since the 1970’s. (MTN News photo)
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The Bigfork Fire Department has been providing emergency medical services to the area since the 1970’s.

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MCPS superintendent offers reassurance to parents, students

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MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane has reaffirmed his commitment to keeping students and staff safe in a message sent out to families.

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Bullock admin proceeds with medical, dental budget cuts

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The Bullock administration is going ahead with $37.5 million in proposed budget cuts.

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Missoula County Commissioner Curtiss launches re-election bid

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Veteran Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss was first elected as Missoula County Commissioner in 2000 and is finishing out her third term.

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MSU researchers develop extra-strength concrete

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Researchers at MSU made a concrete that can carry up to 20,000 pounds, which is five times stronger than regular concrete.

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New threats investigated at Big Sky High School

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Big Sky High School administration reports they are investigating two new threats made towards students.

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Protesters accuse Daines of dodging Wilderness Study Area advocates during Hamilton visit

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They say they're upset that the U.S. Senator came and went without discussing the bill with them, saying there should be local, public meetings to discuss the merits and impacts of the WSA change.

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Student arrested, charged with threatening Philipsburg students

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Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson said the juvenile student is facing several charges.

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Missoula high school students hold walkout in response to FL shooting

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Students from Hellgate, Sentinel and Big Sky joined other high schools across the country in holding a walkout on Wednesday.

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Billings man found asleep at the wheel with beer in hand faces 10th DUI

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A Billings man may earn his 10th drunken-driving conviction after a sheriff’s deputy found him passed out behind the wheel with an open beer bottle in his hand on Saturday.

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Report: IL man fell to his death in Yellowstone NP while treasure hunting

Murphy fell to his death in 2017 (YNP report) Murphy fell to his death in 2017 (YNP report)
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An Illinois man fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year, marking what may be the third person to die while searching for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure.

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More threatening social media posts made toward Darby High School

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Darby Schools Superintendent Loyd Rennaker said the school is not in lockdown mode and that he does not believe there is a dangerous person on campus.

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Montana State University hosts "Bug Buffet"

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The menu items at the cafeteria in MSU’s Strand Union weren’t your average grub Tuesday. 

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Hot Springs students working with NASA

The five Hot Springs High School students were invited to join an exclusive group of 400 from around the world to work with NASA GLOBE scientists. (MTN News photo) The five Hot Springs High School students were invited to join an exclusive group of 400 from around the world to work with NASA GLOBE scientists. (MTN News photo)
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The five Hot Springs High School students were invited to join an exclusive group of 400 from around the world to work with NASA GLOBE scientists.

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Search for missing Flathead skier enters 5th day

Jonathan Torgerson, 62, was reported missing Saturday. (MTN News photo) Jonathan Torgerson, 62, was reported missing Saturday. (MTN News photo)
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The search for a Columbia Falls man who went missing over the weekend has entered its fifth day. 

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Missoula PD investigating "low-level threat" at Big Sky HS

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MCPS spokesperson Hatton Littman tells KPAX that a student received a verbal threat while exiting a class on Thursday.

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Sen. Daines brings tax cut tour to Kalispell

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Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) made a stop at a Kalispell business on Tuesday touting the impact of recently passed tax-cut laws. 

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Snow berm removal beginning on Kalispell roads

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The work will take place daily between 2 a.m. and approximately 2 p.m. until the project is complete. 

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Tips offered to keep your car running during our cold weather

Being prepared for this cold can be crucial to keeping your car going through the winter.. (MTN News photo) Being prepared for this cold can be crucial to keeping your car going through the winter.. (MTN News photo)
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Being prepared for this cold can be crucial to keeping your car going through the winter.

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Bison roundup underway at Yellowstone National Park

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Crews at Yellowstone National Park have begun rounding up bison as part of its Interagency Bison Management Plan for 2018.

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Gun owners are talking about gun control. Stop and listen

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Thanks to those activist kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the national conversation surrounding guns is evolving.

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Choir, orchestra practicing for fund raising concert for Mission murals

The production aims to raise money to help the Catholic Mission's continuing fundraising efforts to restore and save the historic murals in the Mission. (MTN News photo) The production aims to raise money to help the Catholic Mission's continuing fundraising efforts to restore and save the historic murals in the Mission. (MTN News photo)
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The production aims to raise money to help the Catholic Mission's continuing fundraising efforts to restore and save the historic murals in the Mission.

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MCPS discusses security at schools in special work meeting

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Missoula County Public Schools administrators and trustees discussed the safety of the district during a special Tuesday meeting. 

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Famed evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

An undated photo of Billy Graham with President Dwight Eisenhower. (Source: Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc.) An undated photo of Billy Graham with President Dwight Eisenhower. (Source: Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc.)
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Evangelist Billy Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

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School walkouts planned in Missoula, Helena

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A website tracking planned school walkouts shows two planned for Montana. 

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Lawmaker from Billings offers bill to strengthen state's firearm background checks

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A state senator from Billings submitted a bill draft request on Monday that she said would help keep guns out of the hands of some dangerous people.

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Sen. Tester files as candidate; field may be complete for MT’s top 2018 race

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pays his candidate filing fee Tuesday U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pays his candidate filing fee Tuesday
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The Republican candidates have been busy beating up on Tester

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One Class at a Time: Franklin Elementary

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This week’s One Class at a Time winner is aiming to round out the sound of his music class.  

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Darby High School threat suspect makes first court appearance

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Court documents say he made statements that students should wear certain colors to avoid being shot at school.

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U.S. Army awards heroism medals to junior cadets killed in Florida shooting

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The U.S. Army is awarding its Medal of Heroism to three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets killed in last week's school shooting in Florida, 

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Semi truck accidents cause blockage, delays on I-90

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Two semi truck accidents created traffic shutdowns on Interstate 90 east of Missoula on Tuesday.

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Montana man rescued near Beehive Basin after skiing accident

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The 19-year-old man had skied off a jump, wrecked and was unconscious for approximately 30 minutes.

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Billings Police Department employee fired after tampering with evidence in 130+ cases

Billings Police Chief Rich St. John announced the technician's termination on Tuesday. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John announced the technician's termination on Tuesday.
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An evidence technician for the Billings Police Department has been fired after she admitted stealing close to 1,000 pills collected as evidence in 138 cases.

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Trump announces crafting of regulations to ban bump stocks

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The regulations will be finalized "very soon," President Trump said. 

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Cross-country skiing at MacDonald Pass Ski Trails

John and Ann Torske have been cross-country skiing together at the MacDonald Pass Ski Trails for more than ten years. (MTN News photo) John and Ann Torske have been cross-country skiing together at the MacDonald Pass Ski Trails for more than ten years. (MTN News photo)
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John and Ann Torske have been cross-country skiing together at the MacDonald Pass Ski Trails for more than ten years.

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On Special Assignment: Eddie the Eagle comes to Whitefish

Michael Edwards -- Eddie the Eagle -- gained a following during the 1988 Olympic Games. (MTN News photo) Michael Edwards -- Eddie the Eagle -- gained a following during the 1988 Olympic Games. (MTN News photo)
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MTN News talked with Michael Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who turned his unlikely childhood ski dreams into a reality.

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Butte man treated after Sunday morning shooting

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A Butte man was treated for a gunshot wound after an early Sunday morning shooting. 

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MHP Sergeant offers survival tips for mass shootings

MHP Sergeant Jay Nelson says the basic things to remember in such a situation are, “Run, Lock, Fight.” (MTN News photo) MHP Sergeant Jay Nelson says the basic things to remember in such a situation are, “Run, Lock, Fight.” (MTN News photo)
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Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Jay Nelson says the basic things to remember in such a situation are, “Run, Lock, Fight.” 

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MT undersheriff urges improved background checks for firearm purchases

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Butte’s undersheriff says last week’s school shooting in Florida shows how inadequate background checks can be for firearm purchases.

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Sheriff investigating after two people injured in Ennis shooting

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The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened Monday. 

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