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Flyover captures scope of flooding in Augusta

GREAT FALLS-Some areas in north-central Montana are fighting severe floodwaters as the Montana Department of Transportation announces road closures. Rocky Mountain Rotors, a helicopter tour agency based in Gallatin County, flew over Augusta around 12...

Autopsy results released for Chinook man found in Milk River

UPDATE: The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement about Noah Hofeldt's cause of death: Noah Michael Hofeldt (35 year-old male) from Chinook was transported by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputies to the MT State...

$100K bail set in Missoula baseball bat attack

 MISSOULA - The man who allegedly struck a well-known Missoula Special Olympian in the head with a baseball bat appeared in court Tuesday. Paul Ekstedt is being charged with assault with a weapon for the...

“Areal” flooding – what does that word mean?

Several people have contacted MTN News in recent weeks asking us about the word "areal," wondering if we are incorrectly trying to use the word "aerial" or "area." The answer: no. The word "areal" is...

NWS: Sun River sees third highest crest on record

GREAT FALLS- The Sun River at Simms is cresting now and it will be at above moderate flood stage through Thursday; residents can expect minor flooding all weekend. The National Weather Service in Great Falls...

Laurel nixes candy-throwing at Fourth of July parade

LAUREL - Organizers of Laurel's July 4 Grand Parade announced Wednesday they are banning candy and handouts thrown by participants. According to Marcia Hafner, executive secretary of the Laurel Chamber of Commerce, insurance has been...

Longtime Missoula City Band director chronicles band’s history in new book

MISSOULA - For more than 40 years, he taught Missoula school children how to keep the beat, play an instrument and to love playing music. But even retirement didn’t slow down Gary Gillett, who...

Ellen Theatre set for renovation thanks to community donors

BOZEMAN - The Ellen Theatre on Main Street is getting a huge renovation for its 100th birthday. The renovation will include new wooden doors, windows, canopies and stain glass. The construction will begin soon and...

Olson charged for meth deaths of wife and infant

GREAT FALLS - Devin Michael Olson has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide in connection with the death of his wife Kayla and their child. Court documents state that the infant died of...

Bozeman teen in gun theft case gets probation sentence

BOZEMAN - On Tuesday, 18-year-old Collin Frandsen was sentenced for his involvement in a string of 2016 thefts where rifles, handguns and ammunition were stolen for resale. Judge Holly Brown sentenced Frandsen to 6 months...

New Children’s Advocacy Center celebrated in Kalispell

KALISPELL - The Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center is leading the way in the state with one of the first multidisciplinary teams specially trained to respond to child victims of sexual assault. The facility can...

Woman killed in crash into the Boulder River near Big Timber

BIG TIMBER - Park County authorities are investigating a fatal crash where a vehicle was found in the Boulder River south of Big Timber. Park County Deputy Coroner Richard Wood said in a news release...

Butte tavern owners ask for break in liquor fees

BUTTE - The Butte-Silver Bow Tavern Association is asking the city to give them a break on its yearly liquor fee. “We’re not afraid to pay the taxes, we’re not afraid to pay our fair...

Suspect in fatal Missoula hit-and-run charged with negligent homicide

MISSOULA - The suspect in a hit-and-run crash that left a 22-year-old woman dead appeared in Missoula County Justice Court Tuesday on charges of negligent homicide and failure to remain at an accident scene...

MT congressional delegation differs on border-crackdown controversy

HELENA - The two Republicans in Montana’s congressional delegation – Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte – told MTN News this week they were mostly standing behind President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants...

Wet Weather and Flooding Continue

 The FLOOD WARNING in central Montana continues this morning, although river levels have slightly decreased overnight.  Later today, more scattered showers through central Montana are expected, which will keep water levels high. Thursday will...

Fearsome Flooding Once Again

Incredible rain totals on the Rocky Mountain Front of more than half a foot have resulted in washed out roads and bridges around Augusta.  Do not attempt to travel through this area between the...

Grandstreet Theatre receives $50,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield

HELENA – Since 1975, Grandstreet Theatre has entertained and educated audiences with live theater productions in Helena. Now, with the backing of a $50,000 Health Kids, Healthy Families grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield...

MT House Minority Leader Eck won’t run for re-election

HELENA - The top Democrat in the Montana House, Rep. Jenny Eck of Helena, said Tuesday she won’t run for re-election this year, because of the obligations of a new job. Eck, who had no...

Governor Bullock creates Future Ready Cabinet

HELENA - Through Executive Order, Governor Steve Bullock established the Future Ready MT Cabinet Tuesday with the goal of ensuring the state has a trained and talented workforce for the present, and future. The Future...

341st Missile Wing undergoes change of command

GREAT FALLS - Tuesday marked the end of one era and the beginning of the next at Malmstrom Air Force Base. After more than two years in Great Falls, Colonel Ron Allen is stepping down...

Lewis & Clark County Heritage Tourism Council holds 24th Historic Preservation awards

HELENA - Historians and community members gathered at the City County Building for the 2018 Lewis and Clark County Heritage Tourism Council Historic Preservation Awards. Now in its 24th year the awards honor those who...

Augusta residents caught off guard by area flooding

AUGUSTA – After days of rain, residents in Augusta said they were expecting some flooding but what they got was much more severe and happened much faster than anticipated. Dwayne Nelson lives in Augusta along...

Immigration rules protest planned for Missoula

MISSOULA - Outraged over the separation of children from their parents at the border, activists are planning protests throughout the country on Tuesday. Federal authorities have separated at least 2,000 children at the border as...

Montana Made: Girlwood

BILLINGS - Melissa Burns was given her first wood burning pen by her father but it wasn't until after he passed that she discovered just how meaningful that gift was. Burns started Girlwood six...