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Lots on the drawing board for downtown’s east end


Plans for further improvements in the far east end of downtown Billings were detailed Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District. Those plans include street, sidewalk and lighting upgrades in a nine-block area between north 10th and 13th streets and from First to Fourth Avenue North, with a total estimated price tag of just under $6 million. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Striking pedestrian bridge would access MetraPark


Plans for a multimillion-dollar pedestrian bridge that would provide access to MetraPark across Exposition Drive will be unveiled April 19 at the annual meeting of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District. Those plans call for an eye-catching steel bridge faced with wood and stone that would stretch 175 to 200 feet over Exposition Drive where it meets Third Avenue North. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Snow, cold lure desk-bound drone to go exploring


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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Prairie Lights: Still obsessed with, bewildered by Trump


I told myself I wouldn’t write about Donald Trump again. But if I may quote the late Jim Harrison, writing in another context entirely, “it was like trying not to think of a white horse.” Trump is lodged so firmly in my mind, and in the minds of millions of my fellow Americans, that love him or hate him it is hard not to think about him. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Trump celebrates Republican victory at MetraPark rally


Montana is a beef-raising state, and supporters of Donald Trump came to MetraPark on Thursday ready for red meat. Trump, speaking for about 50 minutes before perhaps 6,000 people in Rimrock Arena, served up several helpings in a characteristically rambling speech that consisted in large part of an account of his remarkable rise from political neophyte to the Republican nomination for president of the United States. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sanders’ supporters sound off on why they support him

In the line outside the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark in Billings on Wednesday, thousands of people were waiting to get into the Bernie Sanders rally. David Scott Smith, armed with a video camera, asked some of those people why they were supporting Sanders. Their answers ranged from detailed discussions of policy to simple affirmations of trust. One man wearing a Donald Trump hat even weighed in. Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Why can’t we have an NFL team in Billings?


When I began reading the Newsweek magazine article about moving the St. Louis Rams to Billings, I thought it was a joke. But I read on and then read it again and—what the hell? It might still be a joke, but John Walters, who wrote the column for Newsweek’s online edition Friday, did his homework and made a case for Billings that almost sounded convincing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Analog is back: Record store to open on Minnesota Ave.


Michael Ludlam had been thinking of opening a used-record store for a couple of years, but when a storefront went up for rent at South 27th Street and Minnesota Avenue, he wasn’t sure he was quite ready to start a business. No matter. The location was too good to pass up. “I felt I had to jump on it when it was available,” he said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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