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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Organizers say more than $4 million in art was sold at the 50th annual Russell auction in Great Falls. Works by Charles M. Russell accounted for over $2 million in sales, including a buffalo hunt painting that sold for $1.25 million.

ROUNDUP, Mont. (AP) - Musselshell County authorities are warning residents in low-lying areas to watch for flooding caused by ice jams in the Musselshell River. A flood advisory due to an ice jam has also been issued for part of Golden Valley County. Flood advisories due to snowmelt have been issued for Broadwater, Jefferson and part of Gallatin County.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls dentist who only began mushing a few years ago finished 39th in Alaska's Iditarod sled-dog race. Brett Bruggeman finished the 1,000-mile race to Nome in 11 days, 20 hours and 21 minutes. Some 52 mushers had completed the course as of Saturday.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Park County eighth-grader has repeated as Treasure State Spelling Bee champion. Aidan Veress of Gardiner School correctly spelled "Talmud" on Saturday to win the spelling bee for the second year in a row. He will once again represent Montana in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

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