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Oct 19, 2011 10:26 AM by Mark Thorsell (KPAX/KAJ Media Center)

Wednesday morning Montana news headlines

BONNER - First Bonner lost the Stimson Lumber Mill and now the town stands to lose another community icon right across the street: the post office. Residents learned their local office is among a list of 90 Montana post offices the United States Post Office (USPS) proposes to close in a major national consolidation. On Tuesday, Western Montana USPS operations manager Ken Bates hosted a meeting for residents in the Bonner School gymnasium.

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MISSOULA- Each month we track the cost of living in our Breanna's Basket series and this time around, a dip in gas prices is saving drivers money. But, many people are spending more on sweets with Halloween just around the corner. October is home to one of the biggest deals on food ever, that is if you're a kid- free candy on Halloween night.

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MISSOULA- A Missoula soldier is recovering in a Germany hospital from severe injuries, after he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. On Sunday, the wife of U.S. Army Private First Class Sam Helmer, 21, received a call many people dread and can't really prepare for. The Army told Amanda Helmer her husband was severely injured in Afghanistan.

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KALISPELL- The Samaritan House has been very full this past year in Kalispell and staff members tell us that their newly remodeled kitchen has been the answer for the shelter's rising demand for food. The kitchen was finished up back in August as part of a state grant which allowed the organization to build a larger commercial kitchen.

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A Bitterroot Valley teacher received a pleasant surprise on Tuesday. Elaina Tande, a speech therapist with the Bitterroot Valley Education Co-op, received a grant for over $7,000 for her classrooms. The grant is part of the Century Link Teachers and Technology Program. This program rewards teachers around the state that help use technology to improve student performance.

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BROWNING - Montana Native American leader Elouise Cobell will be laid to rest this Saturday at her Browning area ranch. Her funeral service has been set for Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Browning High School gymnasium with her burial to take place after the service at Cobell's Blacktail Ranch. A 5 p.m. viewing will be held on Friday night at the high school.

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MISSOULA- It's very difficult to spread out the spotlight for an entire football unit when everything just seems to be working. The Grizzlies defensive line came out of Saturday's win over Portland State with most of the accolades, pressuring quarterback Connor Kavanaugh throughout the contest. But the secondary has also gotten a boost with the recent play of Houston Roots.

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Chrissy Kohler's StormTracker Weather Center forecast: The fog will be patchy and more dense in some areas than in others. The fog will mix out by lunchtime bringing those sunny skies back to us a last into the afternoon. Temperatures will linger in the 30s and even lower 40s through the morning but then rise quickly into the mid 50s this afternoon.

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