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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.

Libertarian Rick Breckenridge, left, got 2.9% of the vote in Montana's 2018 US Senate race against Republican Matt Rosendale, center, and Democrat Jon Tester
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Montana’s Libertarian Party is starting its 2020 election planning this weekend with a convention in Great Falls.

Montanans have never elected a Libertarian to a legislative or statewide public office.

Montana Begins Slow Warm-Up After Record-Breaking Cold

Mar 4, 2019
Thermometer. Stock photo.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is slowly warming up from a deep freeze that broke records over the weekend with temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees (minus 34 Celsius) and colder in spots.

Parts of western Montana were under an extreme cold warning Monday morning, while the start of school in Billings was delayed because of dangerously cold wind chills.

Great Falls City Firefighter Jason Baker lost his battle with Stage IV lung cancer Wednesday morning. His friend and fellow firefighter, David Van Son, remembers Baker, an 18-year-veteran of the city’s fire fighting team, as not only a terrific firefighter, but an all-around great man.

“Oh my God – Jason was probably the best friend that anyone could have. (gets emotional) Sorry about that. Jason was someone that would always bring a smile to your face no matter what was going on.”

Students from all three Great Falls high schools rehearse for the upcoming play 'Converge: E Plurbus Unum' in the Great Falls High School auditorium Jan. 30, 2019
Eric Whitney / MTPR

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this web post mis-identified a student, that photo has been removed, he correct photo is below.

The beautiful Gothic Revival auditorium at Great Falls High School, built in 1930, has huge, high ceilings, a balcony and 1,200 seats facing a broad proscenium stage. On a recent visit here, like on many winter evenings in high schools across Montana, students are rehearsing for an upcoming play.

Recounts Sought In Montana House District Races

Nov 29, 2018
Polling place sign.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Recounts have been requested in two Montana legislative races from the Nov. 6 election.

The Great Falls Tribune reports recount petitions were filed Wednesday with the secretary of state's office by two Democratic candidates challenging results in the House District 22 race in Great Falls and House District 51 race in Billings.

House for sale.
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Today we’re taking a look at housing prices in Montana. In our last story, we reported on how tariffs on Canadian and Chinese building supplies are driving up prices for new homes in Montana.

But there appears to be some downward pressure on prices for existing homes.

“Well, so things are starting to change,” says Brint Wahlberg, of the Missoula Organization of Realtors.

Wahlberg says the local median sales price is still holding strong at close to $290,000.

President Donald Trump signed a bill sponsored by Senator Jon Tester Monday that will give additional resources to treat veterans in the criminal justice system across the country.

Tester served as chief co-sponsor of the “Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act,” which passed the Senate unanimously in February of this year.

Proper food storage in bear country is a matter of life and death for bears.
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Public meetings on how the state will deal with the growing number of grizzly bears around Glacier National Park if they’re removed from the endangered species list begin this week.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Great Falls, the meetings are about a proposed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks rule saying Montana aims to maintain a population of at least 800 bears in what’s known as the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, a swath of land home to the largest grizzly population in the lower 48.

Kathleen Williams is the Democratic candidate for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.
Olga Kreimer


We’re going on the road with Kathleen Williams, the Democratic candidate for Montana’s single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Greg Gianforte.

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