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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 69-year-old Whitefish man is dead after he was thrown from his bicycle north of Whitefish. Troopers say the man was southbound on Big Mountain Road yesterday when a northbound car made a left-hand turn in front of him. The bicyclist applied his brakes, went over the handlebars and landed on his head.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 52-year-old Great Falls man has died of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash near Wolf Creek last week. The Montana Highway Patrol says the man was southbound on Interstate 15 when he missed left turn and struck a tree. He died at the scene.

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(AP) - Firefighters attacked and monitored several wildfires around Montana over the weekend. The Shoestring Fire on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest was 50 percent contained after it was spotted Friday and burned 15-20 acres. The Lodge Grass Basin fire in the Bighorn Mountains did not grow over the weekend after burning about 165 acres since Tuesday. Another small fire was burning northwest of Helena.

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - The National Park Service rangers are searching for a bear wounded in an encounter with a hiker in Glacier National Park. The agency says the encounter occurred Saturday morning on the Mt. Brown Lookout Trail on the west side of the park. A 57-year-old hiker from Texas says he was hiking alone when a bear charged him. The hiker deployed his bear spray and then discharged one round of his handgun.

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