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History grants go to Adams Hotel, other projects


The Montana History Foundation announced the awarding of grants totaling $117,000 on Wednesday. “Our grant recipients are new and unique every year,” MHF President and CEO Charlene Porsild said in a press release. “We are so proud to support projects from Libby to Ekalaka and all points in between this year ranging from interpretive signage of outdoor exhibits to curation of dinosaur fossils to restoration work on a log cabin or an historic hotel.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Kurth brothers team up for new music festival in Billings


Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include a correction. Brian Kurth wanted to do something to help support the Billings Al Bedoo Shriners and he wanted to throw a party on his property a little west of town. The two desires will come together this summer in what he’s calling the Annual Elk River Reunion-Legends of Country Rock Festival. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge chef honored again in James Beard contest


Michael Muirhead’s first brush with the James Beard Foundation Awards came in 1998. It was his first day on the job at the famed Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, and he was hoping to meet the owner-chef, Wolfgang Puck. But Puck was not there that day. He and two of his top chefs were finalists in different categories of the James Beard contest that year, and they were off attending the awards ceremony. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Professional theater company launched in Billings


Craig Huisenga was still living in San Diego eight years ago when he came up with the idea of starting the Yellowstone Repertory Theatre. He was thinking of returning to Billings to care for his aging parents, but having
worked as a professional actor and director in Seattle, Eugene, Ore., and San Diego, he wanted to be able to continue as a professional if he moved back home. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana friends hoping to make their mark in Hollywood


A couple of Montana boys who stumbled into the movie business while attending Carroll College appear to have struck a chord with their latest film. “What Separates Us,” by director Bryan Ferriter, a native of Helena, and producer Isaac Marble, who grew up on the East Bench outside of Fox, near Roberts, won the best-picture award at the Machetanz Film Festival in Palmer, Alaska, last summer. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Hardin High to represent state at international drama festival


Lisa Marie Hyslop has been an adjudicator at the Montana State Thespian Festival for five years, her husband for two. During this year’s festival, held over the weekend at the University of Montana in Missoula, they saw something they won’t soon forget. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New downtown restaurant to offer world’s best street food


It wasn’t like Harvey Singh didn’t already have enough to do. In 2013 he started Singh Contracting, a successful business that mostly works on roofing projects. Just about a year ago he and Levi Adams started Outward Media Group, a digital marketing company. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The chief and the chickadee


Chief Plenty Coups, last of the great Crow chiefs, in battle wore the legs and feet of the chickadee braided in the long black hair behind his ear. After listening to an early vision received by this future chief, the Crow Elders told Plenty Coups, “The chickadee is your medicine. We must be wise like the chickadee.” And he honored this tiny bird throughout his life. Power from and communication between species is something most people don’t believe in now—or even try to understand. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A swan song, maybe, for an artist’s whimsical pieces


Kevin Rose, who manages the Western Art Forum gallery in downtown Billings, says Jerry Cornelia will be the featured artist during the Feb. 3 Winter ArtWalk for two reasons. One is that gallery owner and painter Kira Fercho is a big fan of the Sidney artist. “He’s like a superstar,” Rose said. “Kira calls him her first art crush, when she was 16 years old.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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