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Montana State University acquires papers of renowned author Ivan Doig

BOZEMAN -The papers of the late Ivan Doig, called “a presiding figure in the literature of the American West,” will return to the writer’s native state, finding a home at Montana State University, university officials announced today.

MSU’s President Waded Cruzado said the university was “overjoyed” at the acquisition of the archive. 

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Lewistown Study Commission continues to meet, residents invited to attend

The Lewistown Study Commission recently met continuing its effort to determine whether Lewistown should change its form of government.  The issue has met with a limited  number of residents attending these bi-monthly meetings.   Monday night’s session attracted an estimated 25 people.  

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Lewistown firefighters prepare to fill the boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Lewistown firefighters will be filling the boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday, Sept.12.  Brett Garber and Ryan Peterson told our KXLO-Live audience:

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Montana News - AP

CAMPAIGN FINANCE-MONTANA

Court rejects appeal for full hearing on contribution limits

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal court has rejected Montana's request to rehear their defense of state campaign contribution limits.

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Governor Bullock announces 1$ million grant to support college and career readiness programs in Montana schools

Great Falls, Mont. – At a celebration at Great Falls High School, Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana received a $1 million grant from USA Funds to support college and career readiness programs in high schools, colleges, and tribal colleges. Bullock was joined by Superintendent Denise Juneau, USA Funds President and CEO Bill Hansen, Jobs for American Graduates President Ken Smith, and Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.

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Governor Bullock, Lt. Gov. McLean to Kick-off 3rd Annual “Back to School Tour”

Helena, Mont. - This week, Governor Steve Bullock will host his 3rd annual “Back to School Tour.” His tour will highlight innovative efforts in Montana schools to bolster college and career readiness for Montana students. Bullock and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean will visit schools in Columbia Falls, Havre, Box Elder, Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula, Helena and Plains. 

“There is no greater gift we can give to students than a quality education that prepares them to succeed throughout their lives,” Bullock said of the tour. “From dual enrollment and online classes, to career-focused training labs and curricula that develop foundational workforce skills, today’s students in Montana’s public school classrooms have access programs that allow them to explore career and college paths that will help them make informed decisions that will guide their future.”

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Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Services Director discusses emergency preparedness

Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Services Director Cheri Kilby has a bundle of information to share with the public.

One of her many concerns is preparedness for the unexpected that can strike during any type of weather.  Another concern for drivers to observe is school bus safety.

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Lewistown's annual Chokecherry Festival to be held Sept. 12

The Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce has set the first Saturday after Labor Day for the annual Chokecherry Festival.  This year marks the 26th festival, and features a big  downtown celebration.  Chamber Director Connie Fry reviewed that schedule:

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Fergus High School's FCCLA to hold 'sweet' fundraiser

A  Fergus High School organization has a sweet tooth, you might say.  Officers Taylor Dahl and Jessica Donaldson are promoting a FCCLA fundraiser set for next month at the Elk’s Club featuring many desserts, and all the samplings you can eat.

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Joint statement from Governor Bullock and Secretary Vilsack on state firefighting helicopters

Helena, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock and United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today put out the following joint statement on a path forward on utilization of state firefighting helicopters:

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DPHHS publishes Community Health Program Guide

DPHHS has produced a community health program guide to make it easier to find health resources that are available across Montana.

The Community Health Program Guide, and an interactive map listing the programs found in each county, can be viewed at: http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/chronicdisease/CommunityBasedPrograms.

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Lewistown Road Construction Report

From the Montana Department of Transportation this is the Lewistown area highway construction report from   August 26, 2015 to September 1, 2015.  

Traffic fines double in highway work zones.  The law also sets fines and jail sentences for reckless endangerment of highway workers.  Minor delays can be expected through these projects with anything over ten minutes being noted in the description.  Watch for equipment, flaggers, workers on the road, and reduced speed limits.  

For additional information dial 511 or access our web page www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/

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Valley Vista hosting open house Sept. 11

The Valley Vista Health Care community will hold an open house on Sept. 11 for the public to view their like-new facilities.  Terri Scott and Mandy Moe have more on this special event.

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Live music Sept. 11 to celebrate Chokecherry Festival

Live music downtown in Lewistown is planned Friday September 11, the night before Chokecherry Festival.  According to Jessie Olsen:

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Montana's unemployment rate at 4.0 percent in July

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 4.0 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points.  Overall, Montana’s unemployment rate has fallen 0.6 percentage points in the past year.  The U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent. 

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Central Montana Hospice plans Hospice Quilt and Gun Auction fundraiser

Central Montana Hospice has planned a big fundraiser on September 26, the Hospice Quilt and Gun Auction.  Eileen Stahl and Beth Putnam have more on the three-course prime rib dinner including music and dancing.

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