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The coronavirus pandemic may have helped push folks to seek respite in the great outdoors, as the supervisor of the 2.8 million-acre Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest told people at a recent gathering that “our visitation was off the charts.” 

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CORRECTION: In a story by the UM Legislative News Service covering a “Handle with Care” bill working its way through the Montana Legislature, the organization for which Matt Kuntz serves as the executive director was misidentified. Kuntz is the executive director of National Alliance on Ment…

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With the holidays behind us and several months of winter still ahead, some of us gardeners (and ‘want-to-be’ gardeners!) get restless for nurturing something, anything, green. Maybe even something with blossoms!   While the seed catalogs are rolling in and we are dreaming of what our gardens…

HELENA – Gov. Greg Gianforte this week announced his nomination of Adam Meier to lead the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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The retired sergeant, the one with the 6-foot foldout measuring stick, wasn’t there when I headed for the order window at the coffee shop. The rest of the veterans were uncharacteristically quiet, arrayed around the sidewalk in folding chairs and blankets against the cold, listening to an em…

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Remember the Burma-Shave signs on our highways. They were introduced in 1925 by the Burma-Vita company. The company’s original product was a liniment made of ingredients described as having come “from the Malay Peninsula and Burma”. Sales were down and the company sought to expand revenue by…

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FFA Christmas trees are in! They were harvested on December 12th; they are sorted by size and ready to go. Trees will be sold from 3:35 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in the High School Shop. Please come to the big shop door at the back and come in the small door next to it. Please n…

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BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Drivers in the City of Bozeman can now pay for parking through ParkBZN, the City's first mobile payment app powered by Passport. The City chose Passport, a leading transportation software provider, to offer its drivers more ways to pay to park and to simplify its parking management for the future.

GREAT FALLS — December may be the season of giving – but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by …

ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ted's Montana Grill, a Classic American restaurant, is making holiday gift giving and entertaining less stressful with its new Butcher Shoppe - an online service that offers American bison or premium beef as individual steaks, fresh grind and specialty boxes. All orders arrive fresh, never frozen, the next day to anyone in the continental U.S. As a special holiday offer, shipping is free for orders of $150 or more with code FREESHIP150.

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As the Covid-19 landscape continues to chip away at cherished traditions, The Augusta Area Chamber of Commerce has altered their annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. While in the past, local businesses and generous citizens would decorate Christmas trees whimsically, hilariously and beautifu…

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Due to an increase in COVID cases in the region, and in cosideration of the upcoming holidays, The Fairfield Historical Society will not be holding a regular meeting in December.

Four years after the FBI sent “Confidential Human Sources” secretly to gather information on Donald Trump’s team, the president’s opponents in politics and the media continue to deny that the bureau spied on his 2016 campaign. They are now using that denial to dismiss questions of voting irregularities in the 2020 election by arguing that Trump and his allies traffic in outrageous falsehoods for partisan purposes.

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With winter storms arriving early to our area I doubt many are thinking about gardening, even with the thaw, sunshine and warmer temperatures that followed.  However, now may be a great time to start thinking spring!  One of my MSU Extension colleagues is definitely looking to use the fall a…

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The second of two parts examining what a non-aggressive redistricting for Republicans and Democrats would look like after the coming reapportionment. Part 1 assessed Alabama through Missouri.

This question can be answered empirically thanks to a groundbreaking collaborative effort between RealClearEducation, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and College Pulse. The 2020 College Free Speech Rankings represent those organizations’ attempt to quantify the state of free speech on campus, relying primarily on survey data collected from nearly 20,000 undergraduates at 55 major American colleges and universities. Students were asked questions that revealed both their commitment to free speech and their perception of their peers’ and administrators’ support for the same.

A curious thing happened as Fulton County, Ga., election officials counted mail-in ballots at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena in the days after the election. In the early hours of Nov. 5, a surge of some 20,000 mail-in votes suddenly appeared for Joe Biden, while approximately 1,000 votes for President Trump mysteriously disappeared from his own totals in the critical swing state, where Biden holds a razor-thin lead.

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One day, a lively and successful businessman was bitten by a wasp, triggering an unexpected encephalopathy of the brain. Afterwards, he was a changed man, doing almost nothing all day and expressing little interest in anyone else. But this apathy could be swiftly reversed with even the tiniest stimulation from another human being – offering a newspaper or challenging him to a game of bridge, for example. It's as if the man could react, but not act.

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A review of current state unemployment rates reveals a stark partisan divide between the states with the highest and lowest unemployment rates. As the chart below reflects, nine of ten states with the highest recent unemployment rates have a Democratic governor (the tenth is deep-blue Massachusetts, currently led by Republican governor Charlie Baker). Meanwhile eight of the ten states with the lowest unemployment rates have a Republican governor (with the two exceptions being otherwise red states of Montana and Kentucky). The 30 states in the middle are more evenly split — 17 have a Republican governor and 13 have a Democratic governor.

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Trailing just Russia and Canada, The United States is the third-largest country in the world by landmass, covering nearly 2.3 billion acres. The largest overall landowner in the country is the U.S. government, with different departments — the Forest Service, U.S. the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Defense, and others — controlling different […]

Election experts for months have predicted that an army of lawyers, not actual voters, would determine the final outcome of the presidential election because key battleground states would end up so excruciatingly close.

In the newly released 2020 College Free Speech Rankings, Northwestern ranked number 17 out of 55 universities across the nation. Out of 17 private universities included, it ranked fifth after Yale, Brown, Duke and the University of Chicago.