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An empty canoe on the Yellowstone River nearly brought disaster for two men in another boat, the Billings Gazette reports.

The two men were part of a search-and-rescue team called out to investigate the boat. They successfully tied a rope to the canoe, but the fast current pulled the canoe underwater and then the rope fouled the men's jetboat engine. The current sent the whole collection into a logjam. Other search-and-rescue teammates were able to rescue the men, and later freed the jet boat. But the canoe remains stuck in the logjam, and no one knows how or why it ended up in the river.

A Paradise Valley man who edited MAD Magazine for 28 years has been nominated to join the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Al Feldstein retired from MAD in 1984. He also worked on E.C. Comics titles such as "Tales from the Crypt." He now paints realistic fine-art Western and landscape scenes. His work is on display in the Yellowstone Reflections Gallery in Livingston.

Three red foxes, a beaver and a porcupine are the first residents of the new Montana Wildlife Center for injured and orphaned wild animals in Helena, according to Helena Independent Record reporter Martin Kidston. A $1.2 million fundraising effort made it possible to replace the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department's outdated facility on Custer Avenue. The foxes are kits whose mother was killed by a car. The beaver was brought in after its dam was blown up, and the porcupine got caught in a trap. All the animals appear to be recovering.

The home of a Butte woman now under consideration for Roman Catholic sainthood got a visit from three nuns of the Xaverian Missionary she founded, the Butte Montana Standard reports. Mother Celestine Healy Bottego grew up in Butte from 1895 to 1910, and later founded the Xaverian Missionary Society of Mary in Parma Italy in 1944. She is credited with many acts of bravery and mercy during World War II. Her Butte home was recently saved from demolition and residents there are now working to turn it into a museum and Christian retreat.

A Custer County undersheriff has been placed on administrative leave during a state Attorney General's office investigation, according to the Kalispell Daily Interlake. Tom Frank was the chief deputy in the Flathead County Sheriff's Department before resigning in 1991 after he confessed to keeping $850 he found in a lost wallet. Frank did not comment on the current investigation, and it was not clear how he might be involved in a case that deals with a one-year-old affair between a Custer County jailer and a female inmate.

The Interlake also reports that Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road may open to traffic this weekend. Plowing crews took advantage of the week's hot weather to break through the Big Drift on the east side of Logan Pass - the last regular obstacle to clearing the famous route. The warm weather has also packed and consolidated the snowpack on the mountain slopes, reducing the threat of avalanche.

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