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Montana’s Unemployment Rate continues down to 4.2 Percent

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate continued its decline in December, down 0.1 percentage points to 4.2 percent.  The unemployment rate has decreased by over a full percentage point during 2014.  The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent.  The U.S. unemployment rate remains over a point above Montana’s rate, but has also decreased by over a full percentage point over the year.

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Lewistown's Spotted Horse Gallery hosts MWF photography show

The Spotted Horse Gallery is the Main Street venue for the Montana Winter Fair Photography Display.  Charlotte Carroll has the information for those planning to participate and visit his year’s entries.

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Montana Winter Fair offers Youth Feeder Steer and Heifer Show

The Montana Winter Fair offers a Youth Feeder Steer and Heifer Show on Sunday, Feb. 1.  Kim Vincent, Event Superintendent, has this information:

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Mineral Rights seminar to be held in Lewistown Feb. 4

Central Montana landowners are invited to attend a seminar concerning mineral rights scheduled in Lewistown on Wednesday, Feb. 4.  Fergus County Extension Agent Darren Crawford says it’s an opportunity to understand land owner rights, leasing and royalties.

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John Birch Society hosting free public meeting

Endorsing the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of the U.S. Government, the Lewistown John Birch Society’s message Thursday night will focus on the U.S. Free Trade Agreement.  Chapter Leader Jason Carlson and guest Robert Brown spoke with KXLO-Live host Fred Lark about the many questions the public can ask about the pending agreement.

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Montana News - AP

PIPELINE SPILL

Breached Montana pipeline exposed on river bed

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the river bed.

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Montana high court upholds coal industry sales practice

Montana's Supreme Court has sided with a Wyoming mining company in a dispute with state tax authorities who challenged the coal industry practice of making sales through affiliates.

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Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Montana oil spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply.

The order comes after Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, announced plans to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents.

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City Commission approves fee schedule

The City Commission approves a fee schedule for a variety of public records.  According to City Manager Kevin Myhre:

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Lewistown skating and hockey Rink Reports to begin on KXLO

Regardless of the weather there’s a strong interest in ice skating and hockey at Lewistown’s rink.  And Bill Berg and Derek Manseau are looking forward to a lot more fun this season.

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Kiwanis Club brings Montana Repertory Theater to Lewistown Feb. 4

The Lewistown Kiwanis Club continues serving central Montana with a variety of activities.  Their next attraction is a stage production set for early February.  Members Dixie Denton and Paul Huff have more:

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CMMC Baxter Black fundraiser, March 21

News Release from CMMC / Karen Kuhlmann:

A “Neanderthal Cowboy,” no, anything but......  BAXTER BLACK, America’s #1 cowboy humorist is at the top of his game and his most recent book, “Cave Wall Graffiti from a Neanderthal Cowboy” is just another wild, ‘distilled collection of meandering thoughts, mind puzzles and word pictures that have stuck to the windshield of Baxter’s mind like colorful bugs that stain the tinted glass.’   That’s BAXTER.....a keen observer of everyday life on the ranch and in the west and the foibles that we universally encounter!

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