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Campers escape by driving through wildfire in Glacier National Park

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“I just had a bad feeling about it, and I was like ‘Dad, I think we need to get out of here.'”

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Montana firefighters returning home after battling California fires

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After two weeks on the front lines of the biggest fires in California, a team of Montana firefighters is headed home.

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Lake McDonald Lodge will close for the rest of the season due to Howe Ridge fire

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Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park will be closed for the rest of the season because of the still-burning Howe Ridge fire.

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Laundromat owner crashes her car after chasing thieves

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A woman was lucky to escape serious injury today after her car caromed off a building and hit a parked car on 1st Avenue North and North 23rd Street.

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Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park (Saturday update)

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As of Saturday, the lightning-sparked Howe Ridge Fire has burned about 3,500 acres.

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ICE detains man driving pregnant wife to hospital to deliver baby

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A California woman says her husband was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while he drove her to the hospital to deliver their baby this week.

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Q2 Weather: Rainy Saturday comes with much cooler temperatures

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We woke up this morning to a steady rain that fell throughout the morning before pushing to the southeastern portion of the state.

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Telluride cracks down on plastic, wants to limit waste

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The Town of Telluride wants to see less plastic ending up in landfills.

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16 nurses who work in the same ICU are pregnant

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Sixteen nurses who work in the intensive care unit of an Arizona hospital are pregnant.

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Get your groove on with new human movement lab at MSU

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Montana State University has a new lab that is able to determine the body’s movement.

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State won't do business with Bank of America, Citi over their gun policies

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In another illustration of how the national debate over guns is playing out in the business world, Louisiana is banning two of the nation's biggest banks from participating in an upcoming bond sale.

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Searchers recover final body from Bighorn Lake

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FORT SMITH- Searchers have recovered and identified the third and final body from a boating accident a week ago in Bighorn Lake.  

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ZooMontana hosts its last party of the summer

Tanglewood Band playing at Beef and Brews at ZooMontana. Tanglewood Band playing at Beef and Brews at ZooMontana.
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ZooMontana hosted its last big event of the summer at a venue that is becoming known as a good place for live music. The Tanglewood Band played its mix of country and rock to start the entertainment part of "Beef and Brews at the Zoo" on Friday.

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Slain kids were found in oil tank and had been there for several days, court documents say

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FREDERICK, Colo. -- Prosecutors in Colorado are preparing to file formal charges of first-degree murder and evidence tampering against Christopher Watts, who is accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. 

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Trump nixes military parade over price tag, says he'll go to Paris parade instead

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President Trump on Friday tweeted that he canceled the military parade planned for November in Washington, blaming high costs that he claimed local politicians set to deter him.

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Bullock makes another appearance in Iowa, fueling more speculation on 2020 bid

Gov. Steve Bullock. KCCI Gov. Steve Bullock. KCCI
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DES MOINES, Iowa- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was one of several Democrats from across the country to stump at the Iowa State Fair this week.  

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Wildfire ignites west of Norris

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Details are limited as this fire just broke out around 7 pm Friday night West of Norris. 

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Lightning danger isn't just wildfires: Montana ranchers can lose livestock

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 Fifteen sheep were killed after one lightning bolt struck a fence they were huddled around - just feet from the owner's front door.

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Lake McDonald Lodge will close for the rest of the season due to Howe Ridge fire

Lake McDonald Lodge. courtesy Glacier National Park. Lodges Lake McDonald Lodge. courtesy Glacier National Park. Lodges
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The lightning-sparked fire has burned 3,500 acres on the west side of Glacier National Park and forced evacuations.

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Video extra: Country musician Kelly McDonald, live and unplugged, at Montana Fair

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BILLINGS- Kelly McDonald plays nightly at MetraPark during Montana Fair. 

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Montana jobless rate falls to 3.7 percent

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Montana's unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in July, marking the third straight month the state's jobless rate has dropped.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce officially endorses Matt Rosendale in Billings

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In a short ceremony held Friday at Montana Peterbilt, the Executive Director of the Northwest Region of the U.S Chamber of Commerce, Chris Eyler, delivered the Chamber's official nomination. 

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Glider honoring Ben Steele hung at middle school in Billings

The WW2 replica was built by students (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) The WW2 replica was built by students (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Two years and hundreds of hours of work on display, as the replica World War 2 glider honoring Ben Steele, is hung at Ben Steele Middle School.

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Hot temperatures impact Montana Fair sales in Billings

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Last Thursday we previewed the expected hot temperatures to kick off Montana Fair here in Billings and highlighted the fact that we had the potential to see the three warmest days in the last five years of the fair.

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Montana’s campaign-contribution limits appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

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A prominent critic of campaign-finance limits has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Montana’s campaign-contribution limits, arguing they are an unconstitutional limit on free speech. 

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Analysis: The facts behind Gianforte’s ad attacking Williams on immigration

Gianforte campaign ad attacking Democrat Williams Gianforte campaign ad attacking Democrat Williams
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Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte’s first campaign TV ad, which began airing last week, sharply criticizes Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams on immigration and foreign policy. But some of the ad’s leading claims misrepresent Williams’ stated views on the subject.

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Woman reports sexual assault Thursday night in Bozeman

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman police say a woman reported being sexually assaulted on Thursday evening in the 1000 block of West Oak Street. 

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Fire ignites in Lockwood garage

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The Lockwood Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 141 Lauretta Drive.

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Montana woman drowns while swimming at lake

Over 200,000 people visit Lake Como each year. (MTN News photo) Over 200,000 people visit Lake Como each year. (MTN News photo)
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Witnesses attempted to find the 28-year-old woman after she reportedly slipped beneath the surface of the water while swimming.

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Howe Ridge fire holds steady; Public meeting set

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The lightning-sparked fire has burned 3,500 acres on the west side of Glacier National Park and forced evacuations.

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Group launches informational website on Montana wildfire smoke

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The new website will feature pages with information on health risks, current air quality conditions, tips on outdoor safety, and more. 

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Pentagon postpones Trump's military parade

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The Department of Defense says the military parade originally scheduled for Veterans Day will be postponed. 

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Video Extra: MontanaFair Magic

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Q2's Victoria Hill and Jenny Fick are amazed by MontanaFair Magician Jeff Martin. 

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Foodie Friday at MontanaFair

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It's Foodie Friday, and we're checking out all MontanaFair has to offer, from some new flavors to some old favorites.

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Retired Adm. William McRaven asks Trump to revoke his security clearance

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William McRaven wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post Thursday asking President Trump to revoke his security clearance in solidarity with former CIA director James Brennan, who had his security clearance revoked Wednesday. 

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Glendive woman facing homicide charge in death of her 2-year-old son

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A 19-year-old Glendive mother is facing criminal charges of negligent homicide following the death of her 2-year-old son. 

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Homicide charge refiled against Absarokee man for 2013 hit-and-run incident

Michael Thomas Holtz, 23 (YCDF) Michael Thomas Holtz, 23 (YCDF)
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The Montana Department of Justice has refiled homicide charges against an Absarokee man who allegedly ran over and killed another man in 2013.

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Montana federal judge calls for full environmental review of Keystone pipeline

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GREAT FALLS- A Montana federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Keystone XL pipeline's new approved route in Nebraska requires a full environmental review, likely causing another delay. 

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Video extra: Crow Fair kicks off

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CROW AGENCY- The 100th Crow Fair kicked off Friday and will run through Sunday in Crow Agency. Watch the video above to see the grand entrance.

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From two wheels to four legs: MetraPark in Billings makes big transformation for rodeo

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From bikes to bucks, the Metrapark Grandstands undergo major changes during every MontanaFair.

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Crow rep tells Senate committee reform of clean-water law to boost Montana coal export

CJ Stewart, Crow tribal representative. CJ Stewart, Crow tribal representative.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- A Crow tribe representative joined Republican Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and John Barrasso of Wyoming Thursday to call for reforming national clean water laws to support coal exports. 

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Missoula family remembers father, husband killed in car crash

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More than 100 people have died this year so far in vehicle accidents in Montana. Behind every crash we talk about, there is a family dealing with an unimaginable loss.

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Helena air traffic control tower crew honored with nationwide award

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HELENA – From more than nine stories above the Helena Regional Airport, the air traffic control tower crew watches the runways. 

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Two injured after cars collide, strike Billings building

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Two men went to the hospital with minor injuries after a car a crash involving a car hitting a building at 801 Grand Avenue.

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What kind of insurance do you need for a house below Billings' unstable Rimrocks?

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Companies do insure homes located under the rims, but for one company, a special policy needs to be added to a normal homeowner’s policy. 

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Howe Ridge Fire grows nearly 1,000 acres in one day in Glacier Park

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An overnight infrared overflight of the fire perimeter shows the blaze now measures 3,500 acres.

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Missoula group publishes new air-quality resource for Montanans dealing with wildfire smoke

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The disastrous wildfire season of 2017 is still fresh in the memory of many Montanans as the 2018 season begins to claim more acres. 

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City, county unclear who is responsible for section of Rims that damaged Billings home

A large section of the Rims fell Wednesday, damaging a home (Blueline Aerial) A large section of the Rims fell Wednesday, damaging a home (Blueline Aerial)
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BILLINGS - After a boulder fell and damaged a home on the Billings West End Wednesday, city and Yellowstone County officials are struggling with who is responsible for the area in question.

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Boulder falls from Rims and strikes Billings house

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A boulder fell from the Rimrocks Wednesday night and struck a house below. 

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Missoula man charged with rape and sex abuse of children

Jack Jarvey. Jack Jarvey.
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A 64-year-old Missoula man is accused of sexually abusing and exploiting two young children.

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Analysis: The facts behind Tester’s anti-Rosendale health care ad

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In Montana’s U.S. Senate race, health care will be a key issue – and the latest broadcast ad from Democratic incumbent Jon Tester takes some hard shots at Republican Matt Rosendale, accusing him of “making health care less affordable.” 

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges role of climate change in wildfires

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suggested that climate change may have a role in the recent wildfires that have ravaged California. 

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Body of missing boater in Bighorn Lake recovered, 1 remains missing

A Submerged Resource Center boat conducted side scans in the lake on Tuesday. (National Park Service photo) A Submerged Resource Center boat conducted side scans in the lake on Tuesday. (National Park Service photo)
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Authorities have recovered the body of a missing Billings man from Bighorn Lake. 

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Arizona dad charged in deadly beating was "protecting me" from intruder, daughter says

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 An Arizona father is charged with murder after police say he beat a man to death who was reportedly trying to go into the bathroom stall his daughter was in. 

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3 orphaned Montana grizzly cubs - Larry, Curly, and Moe - find new home in Quebec

Three grizzly bear cubs housed at Montana WILD in Helena will soon have a new home. Three grizzly bear cubs housed at Montana WILD in Helena will soon have a new home.
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The three grizzly cubs have lived at the Helena Wildlife Rehabilitation Center since June. 

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Aretha Franklin, "Queen of Soul," is dead at 76

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit from advanced pancreatic cancer.

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Video Extra: Preparing for Kitten Bowl VI

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The 2018 version of Kitten Bowl will highlight displaced kittens from recent natural disasters.

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Newspapers coordinating editorials against Trump

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Newspapers across America are carrying editorials this morning defending the free press. 

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Kids with allergies? What you need to know before they head back to school

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As children across the country start to head back to school, doctors are reminding parents of kids with allergies that there are some important things to keep in mind. 

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Video Extra: Bad Bear Laser Tag at MontanaFair

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What's a day at MontanaFair without a little laser tag? 

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Montana Ag Network: Pardue Grain expands to take on pulse crop processing

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Pardue Grain was founded in Glacier County in 1959 with a partnership between Art Pardue and Herb Sammons. 

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Husband arrested in Denver case of missing pregnant wife, 2 young daughters

Shanann Watts and daughters Bella and Celeste in undated family photos /  CBS DENVER Shanann Watts and daughters Bella and Celeste in undated family photos / CBS DENVER
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The husband of a missing, pregnant Colorado woman was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with her disappearance and that of their two young daughters.

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Rocky Women's soccer team rescued from Yellowstone River

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BILLINGS- All 21 members of the Rocky Mountain College women’s soccer team are fine after they had to be rescued from the Yellowstone River when their river floating group got caught on a partially submerged tree. 

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Families ready to buy supplies before first day of school in Billings

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Notebooks, pencils, backpacks and lunch boxes are all at the top of many school supply lists. School starts on Thursday, Aug. 23 for the Billings Public Schools.

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