Great Falls

No suspicious devices were found in a search of Great Falls public schools after a handwritten note including a bomb threat was found at an elementary school Monday.

A woman holding a toddler standing with a man and another toddler in a football field.
Tyler Grina / University of Montana

“I Sat Down With...” is a series from the University of Montana Journalism School and is reported, written and produced by students.

A woman holds up a smart phone that is recording a man standing at a podium in front of her.
Sofia Stuart-Rasi / Montana Public Radio


This weekend, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrated something generations have fought for and that 400 other U.S. tribes are without: federal recognition.

The Little Shell Tribal Seal, with yellow bordering and a buffalo center.
Little Shell Tribe / MONTANA LITTLE SHELL TRIBE OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS HOME

The U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act today. That means the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana is halfway to federal recognition. But will the tribe’s land base include Hill 57?

Tom Ferris / Montana History Foundation

 

Between 1901 and 1922, 17 libraries from Missoula to Miles City and Havre to Dillon were built in Montana. There’s a new book that takes us back to the turn of the 20th century, when the generosity of a Scottish immigrant and the vision of 17 Montana communities brought libraries to the far reaches of the state.

The seed money for these libraries in Montana and elsewhere across the U.S. came from one of the richest men of the late 19th and 20th century, Andrew Carnegie, who said that a “library outranks any one thing a community can do to benefit its people.”

Big Sky Cheese

Correction: An earlier verison of this story inncorrectly said the principle of Big Sky Cheese, Edward Friesen, is Hutterite. Friesen is not Hutterite. 

A proposed cheese factory in Great Falls is stirring controversy in the community over fear of larger industrial agriculture development, including a slaughterhouse. Jenn Rowell with the independent online news outlet “The Electric” has been covering recent heated zoning board meetings about Big Sky Cheese and its parent company, the Madison Food Park. She spoke with YPR News' Jess Sheldahl.

Chris Fraser's installation in progress for Tinworks Art in Bozeman, July 2019.
Courtesy of Chris Fraser

With an old warehouse slated to be torn down in Bozeman’s historic northeastern neighborhood, a temporary, pop-up art installation aims to celebrate the space and test whether Bozeman would support a permanent art museum.

Sheild of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribal
Little Shell Tribe / http://www.montanalittleshelltribe.org/


Montana’s Little Shell Tribe is closer than it’s ever been to becoming recognized by the federal government following a vote in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

Professor Michelle Flenniken points to emerging adult bees in her lab at Montana State University, June 19, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Honey bees play a vital role pollinating many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables we eat, and they’re an important part of Montana’s economy. But the number of bees dying each year is higher than it was two decades ago. A team of researchers are looking for solutions, ranging from new genetic clues to wildflowers.

Malmstrom Air Force Base main gate, 2008.
Public Domain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is no longer considering using Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls to house unaccompanied migrant children from the southern border.

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