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Over the course of the semester, Kaimin photographers have documented Missoula’s art scene, on and off campus, as it adapts to pandemic setbacks and regulations. From livestream concerts to art exhibitions, we’ve seen these adaptations in play. The Kaimin multimedia team has curated the foll…

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Sisters Michelle and Aline Dufflocq-Williams piled into a taxi at John F. Kennedy airport on June 23, 2020, fresh off a connecting flight taking them from Missoula to Salt Lake City to New York. They were separated from the driver by a large sheet of Plexiglas. Unlike the last time they were…

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Ben Porietis knew his neighbors weren’t home. Eyeing the pumpkin sitting innocently on the porch across the street, his friend Rob Hutchinson made an absurd, alcohol-induced suggestion, and a loosely conceived plan was born.

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This election cycle is like nothing voters have dealt with in the past, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time in Montana’s election history, 46 of the 56 counties will vote exclusively by mail. Missoula County has allowed for a mail-in option, but voters wishing to participa…

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On a cool September evening in South Missoula, roller skaters, skateboarders and bicyclists filled an impromptu “rink,” bordered by caution tape and loudspeakers, in the parking lot of what used to be Lucky’s Market. Custom roller skates and skateboards shredding a tiny portable rail cast od…

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Nathan Coyan lifted his right hand as he began the swearing in ceremony. In the quiet basement of the Missoula County Elections Office, a dozen other socially distanced clerks repeated his oath, took their seats and began counting.

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If 2020 were a sound, it’d be a cough. An exasperated struggle for breath as disaster attacks the lungs. From a virus to wildfire smoke, our respiratory systems are overloaded and overworked. But perhaps the sources of the coughs are not just separate tragedies of an eventful year. Perhaps t…

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Alex Northey’s car screeched to a halt at the front of the Curry Health Center’s parking lot. He felt his head shoot with pain from a headache, and tried to relax himself walking out to his early morning COVID-19 test at the University of Montana campus.

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Elijah Jalil’s eyes closed as he sang. Gold streamers stirred softly behind him as a breeze drifted through the tiny, lime green room in Imagine Nation Brewing Company in downtown Missoula. His face tightened as he sang louder and louder, so loud that the microphone in front of him briefly c…

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For the last three weeks, the Kaimin’s coverage has focused, sometimes exhaustively, on the coronavirus. The pandemic has filled our news sections and driven our feature stories.

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On the first day of school, Hannah Clemenson walked down the old, tree-lined brick path that leads to UM’s iron grizzly bear statue. She could hear the trees rustling; she felt the change of texture as her white cane transitioned from smooth cement to uneven brick path.

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On a recent Monday evening in Missoula, Mike Nugent was joined on his patio by his two longtime friends and fellow Griz fans Luke Alford and Brint Wahlberg. The trio gathered to record one of their many podcasts about Griz football. But this episode of “GrizFanPod” was different.

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Emily Tschetter, an incoming freshman from Billings, lugged her cello and guitar toward the newly renovated steps of Knowles Hall on a recent Sunday afternoon. The instrument looked comically large, dragging on wheels behind her left arm. Her guitar, slung over her right shoulder, added a ki…

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With just weeks left until graduation, everything was going according to plan for University of Montana senior Trisha Bartle. The German and creative writing double major had a regular gig writing for an online publication and a finished draft of a novel going through revisions. Her sights w…

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The University of Montana has urged all students to stay off campus. Health officials stress hygiene above all else because there’s no vaccine. White gauze masks hang across the mouths of students and people on their way to work.