Missoula School Board orders masks for students for the first six weeks of school year; parents protest outside administration building.

Shots fired at Daily Meats employees by Reserve Street camp residents. Two men were arrested and charged with assault with a weapon.

City of Missoula poised to purchase the Bridge Apartments from the Western Montana Mental Health Center for $2.2 million.

Sunny and hot in western Montana today, with highs returning to the low 90's.

LOOK: Here are the best lake towns to live in

Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots--the Ozarks' Branson, Missouri, or Arizona's Lake Havasu--it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You'll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country's top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash's prison blues.