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A couple of visitors put pins on a huge map behind the visitors booth on Second Street in Casper, Wyo., showing where they've come from to see the eclipse. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) A couple of visitors put pins on a huge map behind the visitors booth on Second Street in Casper, Wyo., showing where they've come from to see the eclipse. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)

Plenty of excitement in Casper for eclipse

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Here on the front lines, things are running pretty smoothly. After reading all about the total eclipse for days on end, and hearing stories about how people from all over the world could be converging on Casper for front-row seats, we didn’t know what to expect.

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Q2 Weather: Superb skies for the solar eclipse

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As high pressure rebuilds into the region, mostly sunny skies will prevail just in time for the solar eclipse Monday. 

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Ranch family receives help replacing fence lost in Lodgepole fires Video included

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Volunteers helped a family replace fencing damaged in the Lodgepole Complex of fires that started on July 19 and burned more than 270,000 acres. 

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Heavy traffic on Wyoming highways as motorists flock to path of totality

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The Wyoming Highway Patrol has seen a substantial increase in traffic on Wyoming’s highways during the 2017 Solar Eclipse event.

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Ride to Remember honors prisoners of war and those missing in action

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About 300 motorcyclists crowded the parking lot at Memorial Park in Helena this morning for the annual Ride to Remember event. 

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The day the sun disappears is here

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It's a story that could eclipse all other stories. There is no way you can stop today's total solar eclipse from happening. It is celestial, and we have no control over it. The only way to stop it would be to extinguish the sun or knock the moon or Earth out of orbit.

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10 US Navy sailors missing after destroyer collides with merchant ship

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Ten US Navy sailors are missing after a US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore early Monday, the fourth incident/accident in Asia waters involving a US warship in 2017. 

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Wolverine Fire still burning in Glacier County

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Firefighters are still working to contain a 3,000-acre fire that is burning in Glacier County.

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Trump to make announcement on strategy for Afghanistan

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President Trump has decided on a strategy for Afghanistan that also takes a broad approach toward tackling competing interests in South Asia.

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Q2 Weather: Only smoke will hinder your view of the eclipse Video included

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Light winds and a zonal flow of air continue to pump more smoke into the Billings area on Sunday.

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Photo of boy taking nap with cow wins internet's heart

Jeremy Miner took a photo of his son, Mitchell with his heifer, Audri as they slept together after their Iowa State Fair contest on Sat., Aug. 12, 2017. (JEREMY MINER) Jeremy Miner took a photo of his son, Mitchell with his heifer, Audri as they slept together after their Iowa State Fair contest on Sat., Aug. 12, 2017. (JEREMY MINER)
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A boy and his cow didn't snag the top prize at the Iowa State Fair last weekend, but a photo of them taking a nap together after the contest has won over the internet.

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National Guard arrives to help at Lolo Peak fire

The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News) The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News)
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The 155 soldiers will staff 35 security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak fire.

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Some mandatory evacuations lifted near Lolo Peak fire

The Lolo Peak fire as seen on 8.19.17 from Lolo. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell) The Lolo Peak fire as seen on 8.19.17 from Lolo. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell)
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Evacuation orders remain in place for thousands of residents in Lolo and Florence because of the blaze.

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Total solar eclipse: What to know

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On Monday, the sun will disappear, for a short time, across America.

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No winner in massive Powerball jackpot

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Don't despair if you didn't match the Powerball jackpot in Saturday's drawing.

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Sen. Daines tours Lolo Peak fire

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Sen. Daines was given a full tour of the Lolo Peak fire and the new command center at the Florence Carlton School. 

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Internet shaming: When mob justice goes digital

A white nationalist marching in Charlottesville was misidentified on social media as University of Arkansas professor Kyle Quinn. The hate mail started pouring in. (INSTAGRAM) A white nationalist marching in Charlottesville was misidentified on social media as University of Arkansas professor Kyle Quinn. The hate mail started pouring in. (INSTAGRAM)
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Last Friday night, Kyle Quinn, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, was enjoying a pleasant night out with his wife at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark. 

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Sunrise fire at 24,000 acres

The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org) The Sunrise fire has forced evacuations in Mineral County. (inciweb.org)
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The Sunrise fire burning 11 miles southeast of Superior is now sitting at over 24,000 acres and remains 35% contained.

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USS Indianapolis discovered 18,000 feet below Pacific surface after 72 years

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It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II.

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13-year-old boy with Down syndrome finds friendship in personal trainer

Sammy Callari and his client, 13-year-old Parker Seward, pose with matching LeBron James jerseys -- their favorite player.  (INSTAGRAM/@SAMMYCALLARI) Sammy Callari and his client, 13-year-old Parker Seward, pose with matching LeBron James jerseys -- their favorite player. (INSTAGRAM/@SAMMYCALLARI)
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To personal trainer Sammy Callari, 13-year-old Parker Seward is more than a client. He's his "little bro." 

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Burn survivor shocked by orangutan's curious reaction to her scars

Darci Miller was hospitalized in May 2015 after suffering serious burns from a garbage pile fire.  (DARCI MILLER) Darci Miller was hospitalized in May 2015 after suffering serious burns from a garbage pile fire. (DARCI MILLER)
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Days after undergoing treatment for severe burns, Darci Miller headed to the Indianapolis Zoo with her fiance, Jason Costello, looking for a distraction. 

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Confederate monument vandalized

A monument dedicated to the women who supported the Confederacy has been vandalized in Kansas City, Missouri.  (ERIC SMITH/KCTV) A monument dedicated to the women who supported the Confederacy has been vandalized in Kansas City, Missouri. (ERIC SMITH/KCTV)
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A Confederate monument dedicated to the United Daughters of the Confederacy has been vandalized with graffiti in Missouri.

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USS Indianapolis discovered 18,000 feet below Pacific surface

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It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II.

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Feeling lucky? There's a $535M Powerball drawing tonight

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There's a half-billion dollar lottery prize up for grabs.

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Waters of Seeley Lake reopen

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Seeley Lake waters are open again to recreators after being shut down to help with firefighting operations on the Rice Ridge fire.

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Second officer dies in Florida police shooting

Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard died Saturday afternoon from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night. (Kissimmee Police Department) Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard died Saturday afternoon from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night. (Kissimmee Police Department)
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A second Florida police officer has died from wounds he suffered in a shooting Friday night.

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Death toll mounts in Sierra Leone mudslides

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Sierra Leone is facing significant health challenges after this week's devastating mudslides claimed nearly 500 lives.

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Woman walks away from smoking area at Pre-Release Center

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Missoula Pre-Release Resident, Jessica Stejer, walked away from the Pre-Release Center's designated smoking area at 9:30 p.m. Friday night.

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Thousands march in Boston counterprotest

Counter-protesters march at the front of the crowd with a sign that reads "Which side are YOU on?" (CNN) Counter-protesters march at the front of the crowd with a sign that reads "Which side are YOU on?" (CNN)
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Thousands of counterprotesters marched Saturday morning in downtown Boston in response to a free speech rally.

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Oregon wildfire spreads in prime eclipse-viewing area, hundreds evacuated

A tree explodes into flames during a wildfire near Sisters, Oregon on Thursday (CNN) A tree explodes into flames during a wildfire near Sisters, Oregon on Thursday (CNN)
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About 600 residents were evacuated Friday in a prime eclipse-viewing area in Oregon because of a rapidly growing wildfire.

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Lolo Peak fire explodes to 28,000 acres

The Lolo Peak fire burning on 8.18.17 along Highway 12 west of Lolo. (photo credit: Christi Thorsell) The Lolo Peak fire burning on 8.18.17 along Highway 12 west of Lolo. (photo credit: Christi Thorsell)
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The blaze has now charred nearly 28,000 acres -- adding 9,000 acres on Friday alone.

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Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park continues to grow

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The fire is burning along the eastern side of Lake McDonald on the Gunsight trail and has seen steady growth.

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Bogert Park hosts Hate Free Zone Unity Love Rally

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A Hate Free Zone Unity Love Rally is being held Saturday at Bogert Park.

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Seven weeks into fiscal year, Montana's $62M firefighting fund is almost empty

Forest fires continue to burn in MT -- and eat up firefighting fund Forest fires continue to burn in MT -- and eat up firefighting fund
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The federal government covers much of the cost of firefighting on federal lands, but Montana also bears a portion of the cost.

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Stacked wins at ZooMontana, advances to World Burger Championship

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The Burger Dive and Brad Halsten won the World Burger Championship last year, after a first place finish at a qualifying competition in Billings. This year, Stacked, A Montana Grill won for best burger at the second annual Zoofari at ZooMontana Friday night.

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Murder investigated in Missoula

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Authorities are investigating what's being called a case of homicide in Missoula.

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A look at the Lolo Peak Fire containment line Video included

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The smoke gets thicker as you head towards the containment line dug by firefighters to stop the spread of the Lolo Peak Fire.

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Couple takes puppetry to new heights with Animal Cracker Conspiracy at MontanaFair Video included

The couple dances in 3.5 ft stilts (Animal Cracker Conspiracy) The couple dances in 3.5 ft stilts (Animal Cracker Conspiracy)
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You're bound to see some characters at MontanaFair, but one couple truly walks on the wild side. 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans work to protect Southern heritage

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Since 2007, John Culpepper had been anticipating this moment: the unveiling of a statue to the common Confederate soldier in his hometown of Chickamauga, Georgia.

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Dramatic video gives new look at raging Lolo Peak Fire

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Exclusive video courtesy Jim Kinsey/Skullbound TV.

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Warning: Leaving bottled water in your car could start a fire

In a video online, Idaho Power explains why it's dangerous to leave a plastic water bottle inside a car when it's sunny outside.  (IDAHO POWER) In a video online, Idaho Power explains why it's dangerous to leave a plastic water bottle inside a car when it's sunny outside. (IDAHO POWER)
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While working outside in blistering 100-degree heat in Boise, Idaho, Dioni Amuchastegui unknowingly made a dangerous mistake when he left bottled water in the front seat of his truck.

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Finland attack: 2 killed in Turku stabbing spree

(CNN photo) (CNN photo)
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At least two people were killed and six others hospitalized Friday in a stabbing attack at two markets in the Finnish city of Turku.

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"Robin Hood of photography" scales skyscrapers for thrills and cash

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For Victor Thomas, 25, the New York City skyline is a limitless playground.

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Naked man who fell from Port of L.A. crane identified

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A man who died after falling 160 feet from a crane at the Port of Los Angeles following a multi-city police pursuit was identified by authorities on Thursday. Lt. Smith of the L.A. County Coroner's Office identified the man as 23-year-old James Llamas.

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Montana Highway Patrol releases weekly fatal report

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A weekly report showed 124 deaths on Montana roads in 2017 from January 1st to August 17th, which is one above the 123 fatal crashes in the same time period for 2016. 

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Monuments vandalized after Charlottesville

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People grew restless as some cities across the United States kept their Confederate monuments intact while others removed them this week.

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Intelligence indicates Barcelona was more than ISIS-inspired attack

(CBS News) (CBS News)
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Law enforcement officials said there is intelligence that indicates the Barcelona attack that left 14 dead and more than 100 injured was more than just an ISIS-inspired attack.

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Enter to win $5,000 at MontanaFair!

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Enter to win tickets to MontanaFair below:   

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Protesters gather near Confederate memorial in Helena, one arrested

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A group of about 20 people has gathered near a Confederate memorial fountain in Helena to protest its removal. 

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American citizen killed in Barcelona terror attack

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One U.S. citizen was killed in the van attack in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, that left a total of 14 dead and dozens wounded.

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Actor who appeared in "Twin Peaks" accused of attacking girlfriend with bat

Jeremy Lindholm in a Washington court  KREM Jeremy Lindholm in a Washington court KREM
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A Washington actor who recently guest starred on the series "Twin Peaks" is charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking his girlfriend with a bat. 

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Steve Bannon out at White House

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Steve Bannon is out as White House chief strategist, the White House confirmed Friday.  

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Structures lost in Lolo Peak Fire

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Authorities have confirmed that the Lolo Peal Fire has burned structures off of Highway 12 in Lolo.

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Search warrant leads to Missoula murder investigation

Augustus Standing-Rock Augustus Standing-Rock
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A search warrant was served Thursday evening as part of a reported "home invasion burglary/stabbing” that occurred on July 23.

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Billings woman vacationing in Barcelona reacts to terror attack

Janiel Olson called the attack "terrifying" (MTN News) Janiel Olson called the attack "terrifying" (MTN News)
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A Billings woman says she was in the area of Thursday's deadly terrorist attack in Spain just minutes before it happened. 

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Rustless in Montana: A drive through time

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 Nestled just miles from Glacier National Park is a field full of vehicles. 

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National Guard to help with security for Lolo Peak Fire

Evacuation orders now cover upwards of 1,500 homes in Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo) Evacuation orders now cover upwards of 1,500 homes in Lolo and Florence. (MTN News photo)
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The Montana National Guard will help secure homes and properties evacuated because of the Lolo Peak Fire.

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Billings city parks will soon have one cop’s special attention

A chance encounter. Josiah Hugs, the city’s resource outreach coordinator, left, with downtown resource officer Matt Frank, second from left, and Sgt. Matt Lennick, second from right, and Sgt. Shane Winden, right. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) A chance encounter. Josiah Hugs, the city’s resource outreach coordinator, left, with downtown resource officer Matt Frank, second from left, and Sgt. Matt Lennick, second from right, and Sgt. Shane Winden, right. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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Billings will soon have a police officer specifically assigned to patrolling city parks. 

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Missing Endangered Person Advisory issued for Missoula teen

Marilyn Pickett (L) was last seen in the company of 24-year-old Jackson Wiles (R). Marilyn Pickett (L) was last seen in the company of 24-year-old Jackson Wiles (R).
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The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has issued a Missing Endangered Person Advisory for Marilyn Pickett.

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Boeing Helena celebrates expansion

The Helena facility is one of 12 manufacturing sites in Boeing’s commercial airplane fabrication operation. It specializes in precision machining on parts made from hard metals. (MTN News photo) The Helena facility is one of 12 manufacturing sites in Boeing’s commercial airplane fabrication operation. It specializes in precision machining on parts made from hard metals. (MTN News photo)
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Boeing Helena is set to install new machine tools to fabricate critical titanium parts for the 777X. 

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A day of terror in Spain

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Spain saw one of its most violent days in recent memory as a spate of incidents throughout the country appeared to be connected.

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Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville

(John Zumpano) (John Zumpano)
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More than 150 years after the Civil War ended the Confederacy is memorialized with statues, monuments and historical markers across the United States.

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Lolo Peak Fire forecast unfavorable going into the weekend

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There isn't a lot of good news coming from Lolo Peak Fire Information going into the weekend.

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Jury clears Columbus police officer involved in deadly New Year's Eve police stop Video included

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A jury took less than 10 minutes to clear the Columbus police officer of wrongdoing in the New Year's Eve traffic stop where the driver fatally shot herself, according to the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. 

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Man found dead in creek near Lincoln identified

Warren Troy Kimmel. (MT Dept of Corrections) Warren Troy Kimmel. (MT Dept of Corrections)
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Warren Troy Kimmel has been identified as the man whose body was found in a creek near Lincoln last week.

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  • Plenty of excitement in Casper for eclipse

    Plenty of excitement in Casper for eclipse

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:48 AM EDT2017-08-21 11:48:31 GMT
    A couple of visitors put pins on a huge map behind the visitors booth on Second Street in Casper, Wyo., showing where they've come from to see the eclipse. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)A couple of visitors put pins on a huge map behind the visitors booth on Second Street in Casper, Wyo., showing where they've come from to see the eclipse. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)

    Here on the front lines, things are running pretty smoothly. After reading all about the total eclipse for days on end, and hearing stories about how people from all over the world could be converging on Casper for front-row seats, we didn’t know what to expect.

    Here on the front lines, things are running pretty smoothly. After reading all about the total eclipse for days on end, and hearing stories about how people from all over the world could be converging on Casper for front-row seats, we didn’t know what to expect.

  • Ranch family receives help replacing fence lost in Lodgepole fires

    Ranch family receives help replacing fence lost in Lodgepole fires

    Monday, August 21 2017 6:22 AM EDT2017-08-21 10:22:29 GMT

    Volunteers helped a family replace fencing damaged in the Lodgepole Complex of fires that started on July 19 and burned more than 270,000 acres. About 200 volunteers came out to help on a ranch near Moseby in Garfield County. 

    Volunteers helped a family replace fencing damaged in the Lodgepole Complex of fires that started on July 19 and burned more than 270,000 acres. 

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