Montana News

Montana Man Who Killed Student Settles Suit, Includes Insurance Money

A man who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage has settled a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family, in part by surrendering all his guns to the boy’s parents. Markus Kaarma …

Knievel Sobriety Jump in Montana Grounded Over Insurance Concerns

Lack of insurance has grounded Robbie Knievel’s jump over 26 cars in Montana to celebrate his newfound sobriety following a fourth DUI arrest. The Montana Standard reports the jump was planned over a Butte bar, but was moved over insurance concerns. …

15 Montana Counties Offered Federal Disaster Aid

Ranchers in 15 Montana counties can start getting federal aid to recover losses from this year’s drought. Bruce Nelson of the Montana Farm Service Agency says the ranches affected by the drought are now eligible for the 2015 Livestock Forage …

Quadriplegic Missionary Gets $26M Settlement in Montana Crash

Insurers for the Southern Baptist Convention have agreed to pay $26 million to a man who was paralyzed and suffered brain damage in a rollover crash during a 2009 missionary trip in Montana, Attorney Anders Blewett said Tuesday. The insurance …

Montana Thunderstorm Results in Crop Damage, Power Outages

A strong thunderstorm that blew across northern Montana over the weekend brought strong winds and large hail that caused property and crop damage and power outages along a 300-mile stretch of the state from Cut Bank to Fort Peck, officials …

Exxon Ordered to Pay $1M Penalty For Montana Spill

U.S. officials have rejected Exxon Mobil Corp.’s request to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday ordered the Irving, Texas-based company …

Montana Court Rules Using Inhalants Can Lead to DUI Charge

A motorist can be charged and convicted of driving under the influence for being in control of a vehicle after inhaling aerosol propellants, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled. The 5-0 decision this week rejected a Butte man’s efforts to …

Montana Farmers Union Recognizes Effects of Climate Change

The Montana Farmers Union launched an initiative this month to educate its 11,000 members about the effects of global warming in Montana, where early signs may be decreasing snowpack and resilient weeds and pests. The union’s move is the first …

Utah Man on Hook for $97K for Montana Workers’ Comp Fraud

A man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison in 2000 has acknowledged defrauding the state workers’ compensation fund by collecting disability benefits while running a construction company in Utah. Benjie Leroy Christensen, of Roosevelt, …

Montana Bank and Insurer Sue Over Who Pays $24.5M Verdict

First Interstate Bank and its insurer are suing each other over who gets to pay a defunct Missoula, Mont. logging company its $24.5 million verdict upheld by a state judge in April. The Missoulian reported Kelly Logging Inc. went out …