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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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New downtown restaurant to offer world’s best street food

Seva

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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All hail Trump, First Minister of Scotland

Donald Trump is eligible to play soccer for Scotland. The rules of the sport clearly state that a player is free to represent the country of either parent’s birth. As his mother is Scottish, there is nothing, technically, to prevent Donald John Trump scampering around the world’s soccer fields while proudly wearing the dark-blue shirt of his maternal country. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New cafe going into Subway spot on Minnesota Avenue

Cafe

A new restaurant is going into one of the oldest buildings in Billings. Melody and Tammy Fletcher are planning to open Mel’s Lunch Box, a breakfast-and-lunch cafe, on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The restaurant, in the old L and L Building on the southeast corner of Minnesota Avenue and South 27th Street, will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (more…) Continue Reading →

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

Cornelia

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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French baker to set up shop in downtown Billings

Judd

Having spent most of his life working as an information technology expert on three continents, Francois Morin has a new home and is embarking on a decidedly different new career. The 55-year-old Frenchman is planning to open a small bakery in downtown Billings this spring, concentrating on a handful of simple, traditional French breads. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Snow, cold lure desk-bound drone to go exploring

Junked

Tuesday afternoon, I almost felt guilty, staying inside as much as I had over the past few days. I thought how terribly I’d miss the cold and the snow when the chinooks returned, as they always do. So I went out looking for lasting images of winter, as reminders of what we had when we don’t have it anymore. (more…) Continue Reading →

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