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Gov. Steve Bullock ordered Friday that all flags flown in Montana be displayed at half-staff until sunset on Sunday to honor the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unemployment claims statewide and in Gallatin County have continued to decline after the virus-induced peak last month, though numbers are still nowhere near pre-coronavirus levels.

Bozeman’s annual Memorial Day Parade is canceled due to COVID-19, but the American Legion is still planning a silent march and a ceremony at Sunset Hills Cemetery to honor veterans and fallen servicemen and women.

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Less than 24 hours after Gov. Steve Bullock announced the mandatory quarantine for out-of-state visitors would be lifted June 1, about 100 new reservations for the summer and fall were made at RSVP Motel on North Seventh Avenue in Bozeman.

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For a couple hours each day, a family has hung out in the Gallatin Gateway School parking lot. Even though the school has been closed for face-to-face classes since March, the proximity played a key role.

Montana State University’s fall semester will begin two weeks earlier than normal and end before Thanksgiving in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus, according to an email President Waded Cruzado sent on Friday.

The Arts Council of Big Sky announced Friday that it would cancel its 2020 concert series Music in the Mountains and the annual Big Sky 4th of July celebration, according to a news release from the organization.

Maddy Ouellette was excited back in February when she interviewed for an “awesome” marketing and sales job and the employer was willing to hold the position for her until she graduated in May from Montana State University.

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Sweet Pea, Bozeman’s most iconic summer event that brings thousands to the city, will continue in some way this August, but the nonprofit announced Thursday that the 43rd annual festival has been “interrupted” because of COVID-19.

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Bozeman High School plans to hold graduation June 7 at Montana State University’s Bobcat Stadium, the biggest venue in town, to allow greater social distancing and avoid an outbreak of the coronavirus.