Ed Kemmick

Ed Kemmick has been a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist since 1980. Except for four years in his home state of Minnesota, he has spent his entire journalism career in Montana, working in Missoula, Anaconda, Butte and Billings. "The Big Sky, By and By," a collection of some of his newspaper stories and columns, plus a few essays and one short story, was published in 2011.

Recent Posts

Cole wins decisive victory in Billings mayoral race


Bill Cole won a decisive victory in his campaign to be Billings’ next mayor on Tuesday, winning 17,588 votes to Jeff Essmann’s 9,905. In final, unofficial results Tuesday night, Mike Yakawich and Shaun Brown held onto their City Council seats in Wards 1 and 5, respectively, while Frank Ewalt won in Ward 2, Denise Joy in Ward 3 and Penny Ronning in Ward 4, all by wide margins. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Civic duty deadline fast approaching: Election today


We’re not saying that anyone reading Last Best News hasn’t voted in the Billings city election yet, but not quite half of the voters who received mail-in ballots had returned them as of Monday. The Yellowstone County Elections Office sent ballots to 54,436 voters in this election, and as of the end of the day Monday, 26,793 had been returned, for voter turnout so far of 49.2 percent. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Seattle band, 2 local bands play Sunday at Smiling Dog


The Beatnik City Council invites you to remember the 5th of November with a free all-ages show Sunday night at Smiling Dog Records, 2702 Minnesota Ave. The show will feature Seattle’s SSDD (Steal Shit Do Drugs), playing what the Beatnik City Council calls an “elite brand of raucous punk.” Two local outfits will also perform, “the wunderkinder Silverbow Society and Coors-rockers The Budgets.” The Beatnik City Council is a group that came together to support and promote arts and culture in Billings, its flagship event being the Richard Dreyfest. The Smiling Dog show will start at 6 p.m., according to a press release, “with the service of refreshments and quality conversation,” with the music starting at 7. Continue Reading →

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Rudeboys food truck owner moves into Log Cabin Bakery

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Barely a month after the storied Log Cabin Bakery closed down, Rudeboys food truck operator Matt Melvin has moved in. His food truck, which included a mobile bakery, was comparatively large and well-designed, but in the old Log Cabin building at 2401 Second Ave. N., he’ll have 5,000 square feet between the basement and the ground floor, out of which he intends to operate a wholesale bakery, with a retail shop and cafe up front. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Climate science forums set in Miles City, Havre, Fort Peck


Three climate science forums will be held in Eastern Montana next week, sponsored by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.

The institute, jointly operated by Montana State University and the University of Montana, organized the first-ever Montana Climate Assessment, which was released in September. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New book celebrates Montana’s one-room schools


Last March, we ran a story about an exhibition of photographs taken at one-room schoolhouses all over Montana. The exhibit at MSU Billings documented the travels of Neil Chaput de Saintonge, a Missoula photographer, and Keith Graham, an associate professor of photojournalism at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Spending on mayoral race edges close to $100,000


When he announced that he was running for Billings mayor, Jeff Essmann said on Wednesday, “I had people telling me early on that I’d need to raise a hundred thousand bucks.”

He said he told those people that that was not realistic, that it would be impossible to raise that much money for a municipal election in Montana. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Moss says she will seek U.S House seat


Lynda Moss, a former Democratic state senator from Billings, announced on Wednesday that she plans to be a candidate for Montana’s only congressional seat. In a press release, Moss said she will officially announce her candidacy this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Office of Disciplinary Counsel files complaint against Wittich


The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a complaint against former state Sen. Art Wittich on Monday, charging him with professional misconduct. The complaint, filed with the Commission on Practice of the Montana Supreme Court by Chief Disciplinary Counsel Michael Cotter, stems from Wittich’s trial in 2016, when he was found liable for violations of state campaign finance laws. This past August, the state high court turned down Wittich’s four-part appeal of that decision. (more…) Continue Reading →

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