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Montana News - AP

Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press 

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Fire officials say residents of the Essex area could be out of their homes for up to a week, depending on the behavior of a fire that has closed within a half mile of the town on the southern edge of Glacier National Park. The Flathead Beacon reports about 30 people attended a community meeting last night, just hours after they were evacuated.

EAGLE, Idaho (AP) — An ancient cedar grove appears to have survived a wildfire in northern Idaho, leaving officials optimistic about the chances a similar stand in Montana will survive. The Spokesman-Review reports that firefighters set up a sprinkler system at the Settler's Grove near Eagle. The expect Montana's Ross Creek Cedar Grove to withstand the fire that's a half-mile away. Trees at the Ross Creek stand are as large as 8 feet in diameter.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A black bear that was found frequenting a Flathead Valley campground with little fear has been euthanized. The Missoulian reports that the bear had been rummaging through unsecured trash at the private campground for some time. Wildlife officials say by the time it was reported, the bear would walk through the central area of the campground and through volleyball games.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will recover more than $316,000 as compensation for problems schools had earlier this year administering new state assessments in math and English. Montana and Nevada also experienced problems with the online tests intended to align with Common Core standards.

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