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Governor Gianforte visits local meat shop, ranch

To close out Montana Agriculture Week, Governor Greg Gianforte toured the Feddes’ Family’s Amsterdam Meat Shop in Manhattan, which was awarded a MT Meat Processing Award Grant from the CARES Act. At the site, the governor heard from owners how this investment allowed them to increase their processing capacity and get their beef from pasture Read More…

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Report: Ex-Titans coach Jeff Fisher interested in Montana State head coaching position

Longtime Titans coach Jeff Fisher is reportedly a candidate for the Montana State head coaching position. Fisher, 62, a Franklin resident, recently expressed interest in the Tennessee Vols vacancy. The Montana State position came open on Jan. 28 when Bobcats coach Jeff Choate became co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Texas. READ FULL STORY

South Dakota and Montana Teams that Convicted Former IHS Doctor for Serial Abuse of Native American Children Honored with Attorney General’s Award

(RAPID CITY, SD) – In a ceremony on January 25, 2021, United States Attorney Ron Parsons presented several federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials with the prestigious Attorney General’s Award, the highest honor given by the Department of Justice, for their exceptional efforts in the multi-district federal prosecution of Stanley Patrick Weber. A longtime pediatrician with Read More…

Commandments monument outside courthouse

KALISPELL — Anthony Weimer of Columbia Falls, who was found guilty of felony criminal mischief for removing a Ten Commandments monument outside of the Flathead County Courthouse in June, has been given a deferred three-year sentence. Court documents state that Weimer is ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,900 to reimburse insurance policies Read More…

Montana State Bobcats defensive coordinator Kane Ioane set to join Boise State staff

BOZEMAN — Montana State’s football coaching staff has taken another hit. Kane Ioane, who returned to Bozeman in 2019 as the Bobcats’ defensive coordinator, has agreed to become the co-defensive coordinator at Boise State. Multiple sources told MTN Sports that Ioane told his players on Friday and is flying to Boise on Sunday. MTN Sports’ Read More…

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Governor Gianforte Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today launched the state’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard. “With over 77,000 safe and effective vaccine doses administered in Montana, we continue to make strides to protect the most vulnerable. We can make even greater progress if the federal government increases our supply,” Governor Gianforte said. “I encourage Montanans to use Read More…

Montana Tech to add track and field programs

BUTTE – Montana Tech director of athletics Matt Stepan announced the upcoming addition of track and field to the Orediggers’ list of varsity sports. The men’s and women’s teams will begin recruiting immediately and are scheduled to compete in the Frontier Conference and the NAIA indoor and outdoor seasons in the spring of 2022. “We Read More…

Montana State expands asymptomatic testing for students living on campus

BOZEMAN – Montana State University announced that it will extend free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students living on campus beyond the first two weeks of spring classes. The tests are offered by appointment at MSU’s Student Testing Center near Bobcat Stadium. Only students living in the campus residence halls are eligible for asymptomatic testing, though any student showing symptoms Read More…

Gianforte requests Montana National Guard soldiers to return from Washington D.C.

HELENA – Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Friday he requested the returning home of Montana National Guard soldiers deployed for security assistance at the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. In a tweet, Gov. Gianforte wrote, “With their mission complete, I have instructed Adjutant General Hronek to bring our @GuardMontana soldiers home.” READ FULL STORY

Montana State nursing instructor named Distinguished Nurse of the Year

BOZEMAN — A Montana State University nursing instructor has been recognized for her outstanding contributions made to professional nursing. Leesha Ford, clinical nursing instructor on the College of Nursing’s Bozeman campus, received the Distinguished Nurse of the Year award. The statewide award, which was founded in honor of nurse Trudy Malone, is given annually by the Montana Read More…

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Health Care and Seniors Groups Praise Governor Gianforte’s Revision to Vaccine Distribution Plan

HELENA, Mont. – Last week, Governor Greg Gianforte unveiled a revised vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes protecting the most vulnerable Montanans. With Gianforte’s revisions, Montanans most at-risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19 – Montanans 70 years of age and older, Montanans 16 to 69 years of age that have a severe underlying medical Read More…

Gianforte vows eventual removal of Montana’s mask mandate, announces changes to vaccine distribution plan

Gov. Greg Gianforte vowed Tuesday to rescind the statewide mask mandate — though not immediately — and announced he is revising the state’s vaccine distribution plan to prioritize Montanans over 70 and people with specific underlying health conditions. Gianforte, a Republican, said he will lift the statewide mask rule once the most vulnerable Montanans are vaccinated and once the Read More…

CSKT set to take over management of National Bison Range

President Donald Trump’s decision to sign the COVID-19 stimulus bill, which also had a funding bill attached, has wide ramifications. It makes the Montana Water Protection Act law, which in turn gives the management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. READ FULL STORY

Violence up in 2020 according to Billings Police

BILLINGS- Billings Police said that violence has gone up “substantially” in 2020. Lt. Brandon Wooley of the Billings Police Department shared the following numbers for this year: Assault against police officers- up 50% Partner family member assault- up 21% Partner family member strangulation- up 24% Assaults with a weapon- up 50% Lt. Wooley also said there have been 16 Read More…

3 Montana tribal colleges, Billings YWCA part of philanthropist’s $4.2 billion in gifts

MISSOULA, Mont. — Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, a writer and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has announced that three Montana tribal colleges and the YWCA Billings will be among more than 384 organizations receiving a total of $4.2 billion. Salish Kootenai College, Blackfeet Community College and Chief Dull Knife College will receive donations. Chief Dull Knife Read More…

AG-elect taps Lavin for top MHP post

Major Steve Lavin, of Kalispell, will lead the Montana Highway Patrol under the next Department of Justice administration, Attorney General-elect Austin Knudsen said Wednesday. “Steve has the vision, experience and leadership ability we need to tackle the difficult challenges we face,” Knudsen, a Republican, said in a statement. “His integrity and steadfast devotion to duty Read More…