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 By Eric Dietrich    News    October 10, 2019

Student enrollment up statewide, dwindling numbers threaten to squeeze rural schools

HELENA - Like rural school administrators across Montana, Terry Public Schools Superintendent Joe Krause keeps a close eye on his enrollment numbers.  The Terry District, which serves Prairie...

 

Montana is the oldest state in the West. Demographics tell the tale

HELENA - Montana is, in fact, a country for old men, and women too, according to demographic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, which indicate that based on median age, Montana holds the...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    February 7, 2019

UM economists try to explain why housing prices are up across Montana

HELENA - Housing costs have risen across Montana in recent decades, to the point where residents are feeling the pinch between wages and their rent or mortgage payments, say economists with the...

 

Does remote work bring Montana workers big-city wages? Yes – for some

On the list of ideas for tackling the twin challenges that plague Montana workers - scarce rural jobs and low wages even in cities - telework is close to the top. As better internet access connects ev...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    July 26, 2018

Peer Support, Increasingly Professionalized, Helps Struggling Montanans Reclaim Their Lives

There's some hope around a folding table here, inside this smallish Main Street storefront in Ronan, the Never Alone Recovery Center. Outside, it's a sunny Tuesday evening in this 2,000-person,...

 

What is the Strategy?

Previously: In Part 1, the story of a mentally ill Livingston woman, "Sarah," underscored the challenges Montana's mental health system faces as community-level providers are rocked by political battl...

 

Chasing the Curve, Part 2 - The Budget Roller Coaster

Previously: The story of a mentally ill Livingston woman, "Sarah," underscored the challenges Montana's mental health system faces as community-level providers are rocked by political battles over pub...

 

What Happened to Sarah?

Sarah sat in her Livingston home with the front door locked and her eyes closed, picturing the path to Gallatin Mental Health Center in Bozeman for day treatment. It's 26 miles, across a pass, with...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    March 8, 2018

Why Some Young Professionals Settle in Small-town Montana

For much of rural Montana, brain drain has been a fact of life for decades. Come high school graduation, the pattern goes, small towns see their most ambitious sons and daughters pack their bags,...

 

Tourism Gives Philipsburg New Life - Brought Few Families

PHILIPSBURG - As the holiday season gets its start on a clear morning in late November, Main Street here looks like something out of a Hallmark movie. A window washer cleans down storefronts along...

 

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