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 By Justin Franz    News 

Forest Service turns back Holland Lake proposal, for now

A Utah-based developer is going to have to go back to the drawing board after the Flathead National Forest rejected its initial plan to expand and upgrade the Holland Lake Lodge in... — Updated 11/25/2022

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Work on Lincoln Road between Montana Avenue and I 15 is substantially complete

HELENA, MT – The Montana Department of Transportation and Helena Sand and Gravel have completed the principal construction of the Lincoln Road – Montana to I 15 Project. This... — Updated 11/25/2022

 By Roger Dey    News

Thief strikes D&D Foodtown early Saturday morning

A thief made off with a few thousand dollars in cash and checks after an early morning robbery at D&D Foodtown, Saturday Morning, Nov. 12. Security cameras at the grocery store and... — Updated 11/14/2022

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Montana students cast ballots in Montana Youth Vote Election

HELENA, Mont. - Students across Montana participated in the 2022 Montana Youth Vote Election last week, and the results have now been tallied and are available on the Youth Vote... — Updated 11/7/2022

 By Luke Seymour    News

Kalispell doctor, retired executive square off for PSC District 5 seat

Voters in the Public Service Commission's District 5 are facing clear choices in experience and philosophy between candidates vying for a spot on the body that oversees the rates mo... — Updated 11/7/2022

 By Keely Larson    News

Veteran Justice Rice seeks a fourth term; challenger D'Alton vows to serve just one

One Montana Supreme Court contest is getting the most attention – and the most campaign cash – but there's another race on the ballot, too. That race pits Justice Jim Rice, the... — Updated 10/29/2022

 By Emily Tschetter    News

Local officials brace for unpredictable Election Day turnout

State election administrators are sending out more absentee ballots than ever, but local officials aren't sure how many Montana will cast votes this election. They stress that Monta... — Updated 10/26/2022

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Proposed Pavement Preservation Project on MT 200 East of Bowman's Corner

Great Falls, MT - The Montana Department of Transportation would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to improve approximately 8 miles of Montana Highway... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Keely Larson    News

Politics raises the stakes in Gustafson-Brown high court race

Montana voters will decide two Supreme Court races this fall, and one is attracting an unusual share of partisan attention. In that race, incumbent Justice Ingrid Gustafson, with... — Updated 10/24/2022


Initiative would make privacy of electronic data more explicit

Proponents say this year's constitutional amendment on the ballot will update Montanans' right to privacy for the 21st century, but opponents and analysts are wondering what, if... — Updated 10/19/2022

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Fire management prepares for 600-acre prescribed burn west of Lincoln

HELENA, Mont. (Oct. 17, 2022) - Fire personnel on the Lincoln Ranger District are preparing for a prescribed burn on both public and private land in the Helmville-area. Prescribed... — Updated 10/17/2022

 By Jorgia Hawthorne    News

Initiative puts abortion indirectly on the ballot

The University of Montana Oval echoed with the voices of nearly 100 students, many chanting, "My body, my choice! My state, my choice!" The rally was both in defense of... — Updated 10/17/2022

 By Roger Dey    News

Dutton, Guzynski talk public safety at Lincoln meet and greet

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton and County Attorney candidate Dan Guzynski hosted a meet and greet at the Pitstop in Lincoln Tuesday, Oct. 11 to discuss their thoughts on... — Updated 10/17/2022

 By Gentry Hale    News

Independent Gary Buchanan seeks middle ground in run for Congress

Gary Buchanan smiled all evening as he warmly welcomed guests to a recent fundraising event in Helena. Friends and supporters of Buchanan giggled as former Gov. Marc Racicot stood... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Emily Tschetter    News

Republican Rosendale sticks to his message as he seeks reelection

First-term Congressman Matt Rosendale strolled calmly into the Bozeman TV studio minutes before his second of two statewide debates this campaign. He introduced himself to... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Jane Rooney    News

Democrat Ronning faces tall odds in conservative U.S. House District 2

Facing three candidates in Montana's conservative new eastern congressional district, Democrat Penny Ronning knows she's in an uphill battle, one she promises to "fight like hell"... — Updated 10/12/2022


Celebrate life of Rich Paul

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Locals worry Holland Lake Lodge expansion could permanently change Swan Valley

A proposed expansion of the Holland Lake Lodge near Condon has raised concerns not only about the historic lakeside resort but about the future of the secluded Swan Valley. Those concerns come as the U.S. Forest Service is wrapping... — Updated 10/5/2022  Website

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NorthWestern Energy interim rate increase reduced by Commission

HELENA - The Montana Public Service Commission unanimously agreed to allow a reduced interim rate increase for NorthWestern Energy on Tuesday. In its application for an interim... — Updated 10/1/2022

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Nation's newest free market think tank announced, bringing new solutions to the Mountain States

BOISE – Public policy outcomes will improve for the citizens of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Inland Northwest with the launch of the Mountain States Policy Center, the nation's... — Updated 9/28/2022

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Proposed Pavement Preservation MT 200 – Lincoln

Great Falls - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to improve approximately eight miles of MT 200,... — Updated 9/21/2022

 By Roger Dey    News

Blackfoot Valley Dispatch Pubishes Final Print Edition

Well, this is it. The final print issue of the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. From now on the BVD will be keeping Lincoln up to date at, and since we're... — Updated 9/21/2022

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Arrastra Fire burning near Trapper Mountain

SEPT. 9 – The Arrastra Fire is burning in dead and down timber north of Helmville by Trapper Mountain on the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest. The fire is 11.75 acres, 0%... — Updated 9/12/2022

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NorthWestern Energy warns of widespread aggressive scam activity

Butte, Mont., Sioux Falls, S.D. – Sept. 8, 2022 – NorthWestern Energy customers have reported more than 400 attempts by scammers to steal their money since Sept. 1. The... — Updated 9/9/2022

 By Eric Dietrich    News

Choosing sides

This story is excerpted from the MT Lowdown, a weekly newsletter digest that showcases a more personal side of Montana Free Press’ reporting. There’s a theory I hear often while reporting stories on Montana’s population... — Updated 9/7/2022  Website


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