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Grant Gunghans / Former MSU Racquetball Club President

After two Montana State University gym roofs collapsed in Bozeman earlier this month, MSU has been rushing to move equipment and find alternative spaces on campus for the 1,400 students signed up for fitness classes. Spin sessions have been moved to the third floor of the engineering building. Taekwondo students are now meeting in Romney Gym. But some fitness center users have had to look elsewhere.

Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana State University will host a public ground blessing ceremony for the new American Indian Hall in Bozeman this Friday. Walter Fleming, Department Head and Professor of Native American Studies, says the new hall will be something of a homecoming.

Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana State University has begun demolition of the Student Fitness Center’s east side after two gym roofs collapsed earlier this month. 

Kay Erickson

Warmer temperatures  expected this weekend and into next week could mean area flooding with frozen ground and melting snow.

This warmer weather can cause the snow and ice on rivers to break up and let loose, eventually backing up around bridge abutments, culverts and bends in the river, pushing water over the riverbanks.

Julie Arthur, Billings National Weather Service Meteorologist, advises people to watch these temperatures and watch these rivers carefully, and move any livestock and equipment away from the rivers.

Kay Erickson / Ms.

Meals on Wheels has been an important part of senior care in Yellowstone County for well over a quarter century. Nationally the program got its start some 60 years ago in Philadelphia.

It provides a nutritious, well-balanced meal to those over 60 years old who are homebound, unable to prepare a balanced meal or have no one available to prepare a meal. Eligibility is on a case-by-case basis.

But it’s more than a meal, it’s a connection to the outside world, all done by a team of volunteers.

Kay Erickson / Ms.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat” may be part of the unofficial postal service motto, but it also applies to those who deliver Meals on Wheels here in Montana.

The volunteer drivers with Meals on Wheels are out delivering no matter the weather. And that has been a challenge lately in Billings, with multiple inches of accumulated snowfall and subzero temperatures

Kenneth Peterson, one of the volunteer drivers, got stuck last Friday, Mar.1,  making a delivery. 

USDA

The American National Cattlewomen call themselves a group with a passion for beef.  Also passionate about cattle and the work of ANCW is their newly elected president.

Wanda Pinnow, who runs a cow/calf operation, Brackett Butte Ranch, with her husband near Baker, MT, is also excited about the Cattlewomen’s new WIRED program, or Women In Ranching Education and Development. It is a two day symposium on the basics of livestock and the day-to-day operation of a ranch.

U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

The Montana legislature tabled a bill Tuesday that would have implemented country-of-origin-labeling on beef and pork.           

Five To Follow: Week Of Feb. 25 At The Montana Legislature

Feb 27, 2019
Montana Free Press

The Montana Legislature is about to hit its hump day — on Saturday, March 2, the session is officially halfway through. Lawmakers will discuss a slew of hot-button issues in the week ahead, including sales tax, corporate media ownership, campaign mailers, surprise medical bills, and international trade wars. Here’s what to keep an eye on for Week 8.

Calving In Winter

Feb 26, 2019
stiina

Snow and bitterly cold temperatures have their icy grip on Montana, making for sleepless nights and extra worry for ranchers in the midst of calving.

This subzero weather put stress on the cow, the calf and the rancher. Just ask Wanda Pinnow.  

She and her husband Craig have a cow/calf operation, Brackett Butte Ranch a third generation ranch, near Baker. Temperatures Sunday night were expected to dip to -14 degrees with a wind chill of -30 degrees to -40 degrees.

That meant checking on their cows every 90 minutes—the makings of a very long night.

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