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

Prairie Lights: Waiting for a Chinook, enjoying the snow

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I might be singing a different tune by late March, but it sure feels good right now to be experiencing a bit of real winter weather. After living in Montana for four decades, I still can’t quite get used to the regular, rapid disappearance of huge quantities of snow. The first big snowfall I saw in Montana was in Missoula in the mid-1970s. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Suit over Bearcreek drug bust ends with cash payment

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A resident of Bearcreek who sued the city of Red Lodge and its former police chief over what she said was an illegal drug raid has dropped her suit and accepted an offer of $25,000 from the defendants. Tiffany McKinney, then 25, filed the lawsuit in February 2016, saying she had been wrongfully arrested and injured during a drug raid that targeted a separate house on the property she lived on in Bearcreek. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Budget cuts spell end of state’s free tax-filing service

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In a cost-cutting move, the state Department of Revenue has discontinued an online service that allowed Montanans to file individual income taxes for free. Instead, the state is now directing taxpayers to the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of  tax software companies that partner with the IRS to enable many taxpayers — many, but not all — to e-file their tax returns for free. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge sisters respond to former prosecutor’s lawsuit

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In their responses to a lawsuit filed against them by the former prosecutor for the city of Red Lodge, two sisters have filed counterclaims, saying that Joel Todd abused the legal system in an attempt to stifle legitimate public criticism. Todd filed his suit last month, accusing Diane Dimich, a member of the Red Lodge City Council, and her sister, Mary Cameron, the coordinator of the Carbon County DUI Task Force, of conspiracy, libel, slander and interference with a prospective business relationship. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At long last, crumbling Poet Streets could be rebuilt

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Mark Parker says a water-filled pothole on Woodland Drive in front of his house was so big that a pair of nesting mallards raised their young in it last spring. So he, for one, is glad that the city is planning to rebuild all the streets in his neighborhood this year. The project, he said, “is a breath of fresh air.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Citizens speak out against hate activity, mayor chimes in

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At a Billings City Council work session Monday night, Billings Mayor Bill Cole opened the meeting by reading a statement condemning recent acts of “deplorable, despicable, degrading” vandalism that carried racist and anti-gay messages. He said the hatred “has no place in Billings or any other community,” and he invited other council members to sign his statement, which will be posted on the city’s website. (more…) Continue Reading →

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City rapped for hauling snow twice, wasting time, money

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In the aftermath of the big snowstorms at the end of  December, more than 50 city of Billings employees worked around the clock one weekend to haul snow from city streets to the big parking lot at Amend Park. The intent at the time was to use the city’s new Snow Dragon Snowmelter to turn those massive piles of snow into water, to make sure the parking lot was available when soccer season rolled around again in the spring. (more…) Continue Reading →

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