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Giddy about Garth: Five concerts without a hitch

During a Friday press conference, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood posed for a photo with Yellowstone County Commissioners. From left are Kristie Ostlund, who attended in place of her husband, Commissioner John Ostlund, Commissioner Robyn Driscoll, Brooks, Commissioner Denis Pitman and Yearwood. (Jonathan McNiven photo)

Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News on 6/16/17.

BILLINGS — Five Garth Brooks concerts drew massive crowds and generated massive revenues for the city’s motels and restaurants — but few if any problems, according to MetraPark officials.

Bill Dutcher, MetraPark’s general manager, told Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday that “everything went like clockwork,” for the five concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “The promoter was happy and Garth Brooks was happy.”

Sue DeVries, assistant manager at MetraPark, said that unlike most performers, Garth Brooks is very hands-on. He was very involved in the production and ticket sales.

“He made sure every seat had a good view,” DeVries said, personally walking to every part of the arena to make sure that every seat was a good seat.

“He truly played to every seat,” DeVries said. “He is as personable as anyone you would want to meet.” read more

City awards legal ad contract to Yellowstone County News

Billings- The City of Billings awarded Yellowstone County News in Monday night’s City Council meeting the legal advertising contract for the next contract period. In an extensive consent agenda and debate, discussion revolved around long standing tradition of where Billings’ … read more

Second rally for local DJ draws both supporters and opponents

BILLINGS — Two groups of demonstrators supporting and opposing local DJ Paul Mushaben met Saturday in front of the downtown building that houses radio station KCTR. Radio station officials suspended Mushaben indefinitely last month after he posted what some call … read more