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Oct. 22, 2018

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LOOKING for some of the country's best burgers? You don't have to leave Montana, according to TripAdvisor, because Billings' Burger Dive serves them.

The travel website recently released a list of the ten best burger joints in the country, and the Burger Dive came in No. 10.

Owner Brad Halsten says he was really surprised by the ranking, even though he's won other awards, including top burger at the World Burger Championship two years ago. All the success is pretty amazing considering that the restaurant is Halsten's first and he's only been in business seven years.


YOU wouldn't think 5-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady would be awestruck too often, but he was when he spotted a bear in Montana recently.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video on Instagram last week of himself outdoors grinning widely and whispering: "It's a bear!" He then panned his camera to a nearby bear sauntering off into the woods.

Brady didn't specify exactly where he saw the bear, but most likely he took the shot at his place at the Yellowstone Club at Big Sky, which he frequently visits in the off-season


WHILE newspapers have struggled financially and laid off many journalists in recent years, some analysts have hoped that more nimble, independent online news sites would fill the void.

That was the goal for Ed Kemmick, a seasoned Billings Gazette reporter and sure-footed writer when he launched Last Best News four and a half years ago. During that time, Kemmick continued to make his mark with hard-hitting accountability journalism that shined a light on those misusing power.  And when he wasn’t doing that, he was often poking fun at himself and others.

Unfortunately, Kemmick eventually found the rigors of running the site, where he was writing breaking news, features, and commentaries, as well as doing the grunt work of accounting, ad sales, web-site development, budgeting and so on, pretty confining.  “It occurred to me that in all my life there had been only a few relatively short periods when I lived as a full-time human being, free and untethered,” he said Sunday in announcing the site will suspend operations July 1.“Once the idea of reclaiming that kind of freedom took hold of me, it was hard to think of anything else.”

Kemmick hopes someone will step forward and revive his site or start a new one like it. If that doesn't happen, the good news for his many fans is that he expects to continue writing as a freelancer.


HAVE trouble spelling a word? Most folks do.

In South Dakota, a lot of people struggle with "chaos," and in Idaho they aren't sure about "businesses." So they ask Google "how to spell" those words, and Google, in turn, has produced a map of the most common "how to spell" words of each state.

In Montana, that word is "tomorrow."

" 'Or is it "tomarrow," or "tomorow," or "twomorrow"? (It's not, lol)' " quips Kristen Inbody in the Great Great Falls Tribune.


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A GREAT horned owl is keeping a close eye on proceedings in the courtroom of District Judge Mike Menahan from its nest just a few feet away from the Lewis and Clark courthouse.

And Menahan, an avid bird watcher, and a court clerk have been closely watching the owl, which they dubbed Ollie. They've set up a watching station in the courtroom, complete with binoculars and a camcorder that can record Ollie's activities.

Ollie took over a crow's nest, and Menahan believes she's a young mother. If so, that wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. "There's not a lot of food around here," he noted.

Moreover, the nest is near busy Broadway Avenue, which would be dangerous territory for any young owls that flutter out of the nest toward the street.

Sometimes even a judge can't keep the streets safe for younger ones.


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In MT, Trump attacks Tester, touts Gianforte's bodyslam of journalist

Protesters at Missoula rally say that 'love trumps hate'

Biologists tranquilize 900-pound grizzly that invaded Hutterite garage

Researcher: Brain cancer rates 72% higher in Butte and Anaconda

State reaches settlement with disabled student

Jury convicts former Hardin teacher of felony for hiding student's gun

IG: Zinke broke Interior Department's rules with wife's travel

Busby waitress parlays $50 tip into $70,000 lottery win

Up to 8,000 expected to attend Trump rally at Missoula airport

Trump backers urged to bring guns to rally in case of violence

Mt Sentinel caretaker wants 'M' left out of political messages

Trump will tie Truman for most visits to MT by a sitting president

Actor Jeff Bridges tries to drum up votes for Jon Tester

State officials still butting heads over conservation easements

GTF lawmaker gets contempt citation after sitting in closed court session

I-186 backers accuse foes of using foreign donations

Opponents of I-186 complain that text messages violate law

Child porn suspect arrested on MT bus was in John Mellencamp band

22 more faculty members leaving UM

Montana illusionist's tiger has surgery only done on humans

Montana Senate candidate spending climbs over $20 million

Williams outraises Gianforte by $1 million in latest period

Donald Trump Jr., actor Jeff Bridges to campaign for Senate hopefuls

Mining initiative backers accuse foes of taking foreign funds

Montana pharmacies see shortage of Epi-pens

State may ban new groundwater wells near old Somers tie plant

AG Fox: Governor 'ignored' law in making easement decision

Williams complains Gianforte misusing congressional mailers

Miles City district sues former athletic trainer, denies it knew of abuse

Bozeman man gets 105 years for killing wife with frying pan

Missoula shooting suspect: I was defending myself in haywire drug deal

Valley County deputy charged with having sex with teen while on duty

As campaign heats up, Tester says he's willing to work across aisle

If elected, Rosendale says he'll be a big backer of Trump policies

Williams says House race as being 'neck and neck'

Trump campaign rally Thursday to be at Missoula airport

Missoula progressives debate best ways to protest Trump

Protesters greeted 'New Code of the West' conference at Whitefish

Neighbors sue to stop 80-megawatt wind farm east of Livingston

State official: PSC member, candidate didn't violate campaign laws


BUSINESS / ECONOMY


Yellowstone Park sees an increase in September visits

MT's ClassOne Technology rapidly expanding in semiconductor industry

Feds to take another look at Washington coal-export project

Helena, Butte daily newspapers get a new publisher

MSU gets $3.2 million federal grant for lentil research

Ulm firm helps Montana become nation's top lentil producer

Promoter creates big new concert venue on Lake Koocanusa


SPORTS / OUTDOORS 

Griz linebacker added to Buck Buchanan Award Watch List

Donor gives MSU athletics $2 million for facilities

UM's Rorie voted preseason Big Sky MVP; Oguine & Hall also picked

Bozeman QB commits to Grizzlies

MT native, once world's fastest man, recalls teammates' raised fists 

Weber State will provide stiff test for Bobcat offense 

Bigfork's Bryn Morley finishes 39th at NCAA's Pre-National 6K race


OPINION

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NorthWestern Energy isn't 'getting a pass' on renewable energy law

PSC must support rule of law on renewable energy

Not a good time to raise the pay of state legislators

Oro y Plata forever? Or never again?

Back a big tobacco tax hike, reauthorize Medicaid expansion w/ I-185

I-185 nothing more than mob rule

I-185 would improve the quality of life for Montanans


FEATURES


Wisconsin couple gets camera back after losing it in MT wilds in 2012

MT's longest, highest bridge connects communities, offers access

Japanese man comes to MT to pay his respects to WWII Marine

Chainsaw competition lures worldwide talent to Libby

My story: Boys can suffer from anorexia too

UM to display Copper King William A. Clark's masterpieces

Actor Treat Williams to fly Miss Montana to Normandy


CALENDAR​​

Montana Historical Society to celebrate Home Movie Day Saturday

Rod Stewart moves his Billings concert to Oct. 24

Bob Seger reschedules Billings concert for January

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President Donald Trump arrives at the Missoula airport Thursday as the sun sets to promote the campaign of GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. (AP/Missoulian)