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Articles from the November 12, 2023 edition

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  • Montana Followed Meandering Path Toward Statehood (Part 2 OF 2)

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Arriving in Washington, D.C., Judge Sidney Edgerton consulted with President Lincoln and found him agreeable to the idea of a new territory in the Rockies. More important, Edgerton discovered that his friend and fellow Ohioan, Congressman James M. Ashley, had already begun work on a bill to form the new territory. Ashley, who chaired the House Committee on Territories, had the power to make his wishes felt. His political muscle and reports of the area's wealth of gold, which...

  • Community Hall board opening

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    The Lincoln Community Hall is now recruiting for its Board of Directors to serve the Hall during the coming year. The seven-member Board meets every other month beginning in January 2024. This is a one-year term January through December. If anyone is interested in adding their name to be considered through the annual election process, please contact Ernie or Renee Lundberg at 406-362-4072 prior to December 22, 2023. We encourage anyone who has an interest in preserving one of...

  • Letter: In support of Israel

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    The most important global issue of the day is that of the middle east conflict. The barbaric evil of Hamas was in full display October 7th. The reports are undeniable; "The IDF told CNN that women, children, toddlers and elderly were brutally butchered in an ISIS way of action." (CNN, Oct. 13) LA Times, Oct.12 wrote, "Reporting on the violence by Hamas and response by Israel.... is requiring onscreen warnings before showing pictures of how the Hamas onslaught killed families...

  • NorthWestern Energy electric rates higher than regional peers

    Amanda Eggert and Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Montana's utility regulation commission has come under criticism recently for an agreement that lets the state's largest power company, NorthWestern Energy, implement a 28 percent residential electric rate increase. With some help from retired MTN News reporter (and occasional MTFP contributor) Mike Dennison, we've compiled a comparison of the residential electricity rates charged by different utilities around the region, estimating the typical monthly electric bills paid by...