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New coffee shop expands family business network


The Carpenter family is once again expanding its business adventures in Billings with the addition of Black Dog Coffee House. The coffee shop will officially open to the public on Friday, June 30. It is nestled in with The Joy of Living gift shop and Sanctuary Spa and Salon, the other Carpenter family businesses, located on 24th Street West a couple of blocks north of Grand Avenue. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A shortage of care, but not of caring at Youth Dynamics


It’s no secret that Montana is chronically short of mental-health-care workers. According to figures compiled by Youth Dynamics, a nonprofit organization that provides statewide mental-health services, 13 Montana counties are without a single therapist, and 18 counties do not have a licensed addictions counselor. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Violinist hoping to find the magic at Rocky’s small venue


Carrie Krause, a violinist who will be featured in a concert this Saturday at Rocky Mountain College, said her love of the violin began when she was just a child growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska. “I first started playing violin when I was 3,” she said. “My mom was a violinist, and apparently I made it very clear that was what I wanted to do, too. My mother did an amazing job of making practicing fun, an adventure, with practice rewards of feeding carrots to horses and charms for a charm bracelet. “And I only had to practice on the days I ate,” she joked. Continue Reading →

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New therapy holds out hope for depression sufferers


W.H., a 38-year-old woman, has suffered from major depression and anxiety, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and trichotillomania—an impulse-control disorder sometimes called hair-pulling disorder—since she was 19 years old. Over the years, she has tried a variety of anti-depressants, mood stabilizers and anti-anxiety medications, with little relief. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Billings native throws himself into art of Norwegian carving

Walking down the steps to Greg Aldrich’s basement workshop, one enters a kind of wonderland filled with ornate and elegant Norwegian woodcarvings and countless tools. The air is scented from the piles of basswood ready to be carved into beautiful pieces. A group of woodcarvers studying under Aldrich gather around their works in progress—small, decorative, oval containers known in Norway as tine (pronounced tee-nah) boxes. Aldrich sits quietly in a chair, watching their progress intently. Aldrich, born and raised in Billings, started practicing the craft only 10 years ago. Continue Reading →

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