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

World musicians bring hopeful message to Montana teachers

Music

Teachers from around Montana received a joyous lesson in the power of music Wednesday at Montana State University Billings. First they watched “The Music of Strangers,” a 2015 documentary about the Silk Road Ensemble, an international-music project founded 16 years ago by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Then they had the chance to listen to and speak with two dynamic members of the ensemble—a bagpiper from Spain and a bamboo-flute player from Japan. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Last Best News throws 2nd annual fundraiser-party this Friday

Fun

It’s time for the second annual Last Best News fundraising party. The first Last Best News bash was held on Feb. 26, 2016, on an unusually beautiful day that brought about 400 people to the Garage Pub at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company. I wrote in the aftermath of that event that we hoped we wouldn’t need a fundraiser again for a good long while. However, as I said, “we also agreed that the party was so much fun that we ought to make it an annual event.” Continue Reading →

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Artists’ expedition captured on canvas, in narrative of trip

Keys

Editor’s note: We went to the opening of “Young Guns,” a new exhibit at Tyler Murphy’s Montana Gallery, 2710 Second Ave. N., Friday night, and we liked what we saw. It wasn’t just that the paintings were good, which they were. We were impressed with the way Murphy interspersed throughout the exhibit short, typewritten descriptions of the painting trip he made with a couple of fellow artists. Besides saying some cool things about Montana, Murphy really captured the joy of creativity, the inspiration of shared work. Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: A new low for state’s House Republicans

Whips

The 2017 Montana Legislature is not scheduled to adjourn for three more weeks, but I think we can already identify the most craven act of the session. That would be the House’s rejection of a bill to allow all-mail balloting in the special congressional election scheduled for May 25. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Rifle from Little Bighorn battle fetches $258,000

Rifle

Thanks to the never-ending fascination with the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a rifle linked to the battle recently sold at auction for a quarter million dollars. The Sharps rifle was billed by the company, Brian Lebel’s Old West Events, as “The first firearm forensically proven to have been used at Custer’s Last Stand,” using the old name for the famous battle. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Never forget: Plaque honors women veterans of WWI

Erma

One hundred years to the day after the United States entered World War I, 23 female veterans of that conflict received a long-overdue salute. A plaque honoring the women, all of whom were either born or buried in Yellowstone County, or entered federal service here, was dedicated Thursday morning on the lawn of the Yellowstone County Courthouse. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Online town halls set for special election candidates

House

All across the country, voters often sit elections out because they lack access to good, reliable information about the candidates and issues. With a special election coming up in Montana on May 25 to find a replacement for Ryan Zinke, until recently Montana’s lone House member and now secretary of the Interior Department, Forward Montana is hoping to change that. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Bookstore board has good news, but struggles lie ahead

Store

Owner-members of a cooperative bookstore in downtown Billings heard a bit of good news at the store’s annual meeting Wednesday night, but also some sobering statements about what might lie ahead. Carrie La Seur, board president for This House of Books, said that after months of losing money, the store had enough money last month to pay the rent and meet payroll without borrowing money, for the first time in three months. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Striking pedestrian bridge would access MetraPark

Bridge

Plans for a multimillion-dollar pedestrian bridge that would provide access to MetraPark across Exposition Drive will be unveiled April 19 at the annual meeting of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District. Those plans call for an eye-catching steel bridge faced with wood and stone that would stretch 175 to 200 feet over Exposition Drive where it meets Third Avenue North. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Architects have big plans for tiny-home concept

Home

A trio of local architects is hoping to do something different, something big, with the concept of tiny homes. Brian Johnson, Nick Pancheau and Jeff Kanning, partners in Collaborative Design Architects, started a sister business, Arch 406, to cater to clients whose smaller, custom-designed projects weren’t quite big enough to interest most contractors. (more…) Continue Reading →

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