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Authors talk over era of Montana basketball legends

The rollout of two new books about high school basketball in Montana turned into an appreciation of basketball legend Larry Pretty Weasel here on Wednesday. Pretty Weasel is widely considered the best Indian high school basketball player in Montana history, and some people call him Montana’s greatest high school basketball player, period. He also is a key character in a new book by a Hardin teammate, Steven E. Dyche, author of “Integrated Basketball at the Little Big Horn: A 1957 Success Story.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Hardin jail—at long last—is open, slowly expanding

Jail

HARDIN — Seven years after it was built, the Hardin jail is finally up and running, with a slowly expanding roster of inmates. Warden Kenneth Keller said the head count was 56 on Friday, all of them prisoners committed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or from individual Indian tribes in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New beet harvester is bigger, better (and more fun)

Beets

HARDIN — I went down to Hardin Thursday to rendezvous with a trio of bankers from Little Horn State Bank. The four of us then went to see Brett Nedens’ enormous new beet harvester. The bankers were Andy Rio, president and CEO of LHSB, and ag lenders Al McCormick, Billings branch, and Matt Torske, Hardin branch. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Ben Pease, paintbrush storyteller

Ben Pease says “Last Good Man,” his many-layered portrait of Crow Chief Plenty Coups, is his signature piece. It is the richest expression of a style of painting he calls “American Indian Narrative,” in which a portrait sits in the midst of other images, other media, other forms of storytelling. Pease himself has a chief-like bearing. He is tall and solidly built, like the college football player he once was, but at the age of 24 he carries himself with a calm gracefulness, and his habitual smile can be disarming. His portrait of Plenty Coups is on display at Mr. A’s Fine Art Gallery in Hardin, along with other of his works. Continue Reading →

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