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A Kalispell congregation continues its in-person services, despite stay-at-home orders issued due to the coronavirus pandemic. That's generated complaints to the Flathead City-County Public Health Department. The comments come as some are calling for a physician affiliated with the non-denominational Christian congregation to be removed from the county health board.

Churchgoers walk out of the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell Sunday, April 12, where Liberty Fellowship held its Easter service in violation of Gov. Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home directive.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

A nondenominational Christian congregation in the Flathead Valley is holding in-person services that public health officials say violate Gov. Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some worry that a viral video made by a Flathead county board of health member addressing churchgoers is helping sow misinformation and distrust in government social distancing directives.

National Weather Service

Parts of Montana are about to get a winter blast the likes of which hasn’t been seen in over a decade. Northwest Montana could get intense snowfall, but everyone can expect drastically colder temperatures for the foreseeable future.

Hands holding a phone.
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A fake bomb threat at the Kalispell Walmart Wednesday was initially labeled by law enforcement as swatting incident, where pranksters hijack phone numbers in order to report fake threats to police. But the bomb threat was actually part of a scam to extort money out of a Montana correctional officer.

A paper menorah distributed in Whitefish by Love Lives Here during Hanukkah In 2016.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

After a rash of white supremacist activity in the Flathead Valley this fall, a community organization wants to create a coordinated response with the City of Kalispell and other stakeholders. The request for a new communication network is similar to one set up in Whitefish following a 2016 internet trolling campaign by white supremacists.

SoClean's CPAP cleaner. The company is expanding to Kalispell and plans to hire up to 100 people during it's first year of operation.
Courtesy SoClean

A new business coming to Kalispell says it intends to hire up to 100 people during its first year of operations. More than twice that number may eventually be hired on.

Two people are dead from gunshot wounds after a traffic stop and pursuit in Kalispell last night.

Kalispell police say an officer stopped a vehicle, speaking with a man and woman inside, before the driver sped away.  After a brief pursuit, officers placed stop sticks and the vehicle slowly pulled over.

Mudman Burgers restaurants owned by Potter's Field Ministries closed down following allegations against the ministry and its leaders Mike and Pam Rozell.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

A Whitefish-based ministry that runs a popular burger chain is shutting its doors amid allegations that its leaders used threats of physical violence, verbal and psychological abuse to coerce workers.

Potter’s Field is now sending most of its staff and program participants home in the wake of those allegations, and locals are raising money to help some get there.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that Montana will get nearly $48 million in grants for airports. It’s part of $477 million in airport improvement grants nationwide.

The library on the Flathead Valley Community College Campus.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

In Kalispell, Flathead Valley Community College’s new, multi-million dollar library is open, offering students an array of new technology and study space.

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