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Christmas comes early for lucky McKinley students


A few days before Christmas, 38 lucky students at McKinley Elementary School found themselves in possession of new bicycles, locks and helmets on Wednesday, compliments of Billings TrailNet. “We build trails around town,” TrailNet event coordinator Kevin Odenthal told a gym full of kids Wednesday afternoon just before the giveaway. “We also want to make sure people have fun.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Election Day really was better back when

Old times

Election Day used to be a lot more fun, and I’m not just talking about the choices we had at the top of the ballot. To be in a newsroom on election night in the days before the internet was an exhausting, exhilarating experience. You couldn’t just look at your phone and get instantaneous results on local, statewide and national races. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Taking pride in tax money well spent


I never attended McKinley Elementary School, but I learned plenty there. I learned that a good school becomes not just the center of children’s lives, but of their parents’ lives, too. For the 13 years that our three girls attended McKinley, our lives revolved around that old school in so many ways. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Billings native’s ‘Taliban’ book to be basis of Tina Fey movie


Billings native Kim Barker learned to fish and backpack in Montana, but she learned to sing karaoke, interview warlords, shoot Kalashnikovs and jump-start a car using a metal ladder in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Barker describes her antics, trials and triumphs working as a foreign correspondent in her 2011 memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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A word from our sponsor: Please welcome Dan Berry


I am honored — not to mention tremendously thankful — to announce that Dan Berry has joined Last Best News as an ad salesman. Dan retired from the Billings Gazette last year after a career of more than 25 years there. He and his wife, Kay, moved to Billings in 1979 and Dan joined the Gazette as an ad salesman in 1985. (more…) Continue Reading →

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