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Olga Kreimer

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Olga is a Missoula-based journalist, columnist and grad student on the MTPR news team. You can find her freelance work online at kreimero.com. She once won a fight with a rooster using only her words.

Courtesy Bill Cole

Billings has a new mayor.

Bill Cole won nearly double the votes of his opponent, former Republican state lawmaker Jeff Essman. Cole has focused on drawing young people to Billings and turning it into the kind of city where people want to stay. 

"I was a little afraid that my message would scare off the voters, but i think it resonated powerfully," Cole said.

Cole has called for more parks and trails and more downtown revitalization. Essman had criticized the costs associated with those proposals and possible tax increases to pay for them.

Teresa Brockie, the first Native American instructor to be on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was inducted this month as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
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Teresa Brockie, the first Native American instructor to be on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, was inducted this month as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. It’s an acknowledgment of the White Clay tribal member's contribution to public health research.

Originally from Hays, on the Fort Belknap Reservation, Teresa Brockie is best known for drawing connections between historical trauma in Native American communities and adverse health effects later in life, like suicide risk and drug use.

The University of Montana campus, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham

The state received a $650,000 grant this week aimed at smoothing the path between high school and college or career training.

Montana’s 86 percent high school graduation rate ranks 19th in the nation, but Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education John Cech said that many students are not prepared for what comes after.

One section reserved for objectors at the September 19 public hearing on the proposed Creston water bottling plant in Kalispell.
Olga Kreimer

The owner of a company proposing a much-contested water bottling plant in Creston in the Flathead Valley won't be compelled to testify before the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

A large male grizzly bear captured west of Dupuyer this weekend was euthanized today, according to state officials. Specialists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the USDA Wildlife Services conducted the capture operation in response to nearby cattle depredations.

Grizzly bears have been involved in a number of other incidents along the Rocky Mountain Front and adjacent plains in recent weeks.

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