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HELENA — Much-needed rain fell across Montana on Monday and slowed the spread of a fire burning near the U.S.-Canada border enough for Canadian officials to lift an evacuation order issued last week for Waterton Lakes National Park. The rain has suppressed but not extinguished the 3-square-mile (8-square-kilometer) blaze burning in the northern part of Glacier National Park and threatening Waterton Lakes a year after another fire swept through the Alberta park. SENT: 360 words, photos.


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — A man living in a home built for his daughter after she survived one of the region's most horrific crimes is facing eviction proceedings. The Spokesman-Review reports Shasta Groene is now 21 and has moved near Boise, but her father, Steve Groene, still lives in the home built with donations from community members more than a decade ago. A judge is expected to decide soon whether he has a right to stay in the home. SENT: 640 words.


— MCCAIN-FLAGS-MONTANA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says all flags flown in the state will be lowered for seven days to honor U.S. Sen. John McCain.

— GLACIER-BEAR IN TENT — Glacier National Park officials have deployed a game camera and empty "decoy" tent at a popular campground to watch for a bear that's believed to have torn into an unoccupied tent.

— ROCKIES WEATHER — First fire dangers, then snow and cold.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Montana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.