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Mike Linder

The investigation continues into an alleged arson at a fire station just outside of Kalispell.
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Montana's most populous county has seen a sharp increase in violent crime since the coronavirus pandemic began, driven by more domestic abuse and drug-related crimes, federal and local authorities said Tuesday.

An inmate at a county jail in southern Montana has tested positive for the COVID-19 illness.


Authorities have identified the bodies of four people who died in a small plane crash north of Billings over weekend.