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Impressions from the Gallatin Blue Wave Democratic Senate Debate Friday Night Debating on Friday night at the event put on by the Gallatin County Democrats were Loma engineer and rancher John Mues Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins, Bozeman public health advocate Cora Neumann, math tutor Michael Knoles, and Bozeman fly fishing guide Josh Seckinger.

Hardware store manager runs for Montana's U.S. Senate race Manager of Ace Hardware, Dan Larson was born and raised in Montana, and although he's never run for office before, he wants to be the next Republican Senator for Montana. "I'm doing it because I believe there are some fundamental tenets within the rule of law," said Larson.

Billings firefighters hosted a fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Billings firefighters have been raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the prepare for the Seattle Stair climb on March 8.

Video Extra: MSU student sinks a full court shot for $11,111 Montana State University student Joe Thompson won $11,111 after sinking this shot during halftime of Saturday's basketball game between MSU and UM. Way to go Joe!

Face The State: Montana Bishops meet Pope Francis HELENA - Bishop Austin Vetter of the Helena Roman Catholic Diocese returned last week from a trip to Rome and a meeting with the Pope. " said, 'You're so young' and I said, 'That's your fault. You picked me.' He laughed and we just had a wonderful exchange," said Bishop Vetter.

Final stages of public comment on Nez-Perce Clearwater Forest Plan The spearheads behind this plan wanted to hear from community members about their hesitations or questions in a more casual manner as well as to be there to help make the two thousand page document easier to understand.

Great Falls students kick off monthly "Flash Mob" to support shopping local GREAT FALLS - The Great Falls High School Business Professionals of America club decided to host a Flash Mob in Great Falls Saturday, and plan to do so every 4th Saturday of the month. The BPA group will choose one business every month to benefit from the Flash mob, where students and community members go to that business and spend at least $2.

Cole Swindell will headline Last Chance Stampede and Fair HELENA - Organizers announced Friday that country artist Cole Swindell will perform at this summer's Last Chance Stampede and Fair in Helena. The Georgia native will perform Wednesday, July 22nd at the Grandstand Arena.

Community works to help Sun Prairie family devastated by fire Emergency crews responded to a fire in Sun Prairie on Thursday afternoon that destroyed a home and took the life of several pets.

Buttigieg releases plan to protect nation's public lands Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released a new pillar of his environmental policy that aims to preserve and protect public lands in an overall effort to battle the effects of climate change.

Sanders wins Nevada, leads Dems in national delegate count Bernie Sanders was cruising toward an apparent decisive win in the Nevada caucus Saturday evening, claiming 46.6% of the vote with 50% of precincts reporting statewide in the nation’s third presidential nominating contest.

Cambia Taphouse opens its doors in Missoula Cambie Taphouse has officially taken over the location of the old Hoagieville drive-in on Higgins Street. The original vision for the new Cambie Taphouse was to offer the surrounding neighborhood a place to meet and socialize close to where they live.

Kootenai National Forest Places Hold on Sprawling Logging Project in the Yaak - Flathead Beacon Kootenai National Forest officials this week placed a hold on the 95,000-acre Black Ram logging project in the Yaak Valley near Troy, canceling an objection period to their environmental assessment… more.

Montana Pathetic Service Commission These days, it’s competitive as to which Montana state agency with Republican leadership is the most troubled: the Secretary of State's office led by Corey Stapleton, the Office of Public Instruction under Elsie Arntzen or the Montana State Auditor’s office headed by Matt Rosendale.

Two Montana veterans honored for their service GREAT FALLS - Two military veterans were honored on Friday in separate ceremonies - one in Great Falls and the other in Conrad. This is all part of the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation, recognizing outstanding Montana veterans who have honorably served both country and community.

Overnight parking ban affecting homeless population in Missoula Business owners complained of trash piling up near vehicles that wouldn't leave. But for some people, those parked vehicles are their home.

Flu activity showing slight decline While total flu activity this season has been high, this week's flu activity declined slightly. According to the CDC's Week 7 Surveillance Report, the amount of specimens tested for flu has decreased by more than 2,000 - from 16,934 positive specimens last week to 14,657 positive specimens this week.

Montana Ag Network report for February 21 Russell Nemetz has the Montana Ag Network report for Friday, February 21, 2020.

Bozeman jewelry store reels after woman arrested for multi-state theft ring "They were really professional at it. They weren't making any kind of noise. They were super discreet. They didn't give off any red flags, you know, that there was anything weird about them." Detectives said it was all a ploy to get into several jewelry cases, grabbing what they could and escaping.

Impressions from the Gallatin Blue Wave Democratic Gubernatorial Debate Last Night While the Gallatin Blue Wave gubernatorial debate last night didn't lead to any real fireworks between Democratic candidates Mike Cooney and Whitney Williams, it did reveal the narratives—the value of experience for Cooney and the need for change for Williams—that each candidate will use to win the primary.

Fox Releases Public Safety Plan, Calls for More Treatment Court Funding - Flathead Beacon Republican Attorney General Tim Fox released his public safety plan as part of his 2020 gubernatorial run on Feb. 20 in Kalispell. Joining Fox for his announcement at the Flathead… more.

Whitefish's DREAM Adaptive Recreation hosts free military ski weekend for disabled veterans This weekend, 25 veterans will hit the slopes in Whitefish courtesy of an organization that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for those with disabilities.

Helena City Commission to consider goal of "100% clean electricity" by 2030 The Helena City Commission will consider a resolution next week, setting a goal for the community to switch to "100% clean, renewable electricity" by 2030. Commissioners were presented with a first draft of the resolution at an administrative meeting earlier this month.

First twice-paralyzed woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro returns home MTN News introduced you to Starla Hilliard-Barnes a few months ago as the first twice-paralyzed woman to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, and she lives in the Flathead Valley. Hilliard Barnes is home now in Lakeside and can't wait to go on another climb. She told MTN that she trained for several months for the almost 20,000 foot African summit.

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