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Opening times for Billings stores on Thanksgiving, Black Friday

Opening times for Billings stores on Thanksgiving, Black Friday

Here is a listing of when Billings stores open for Black Friday shopping. For a map of locations, visit this story online at billingsgazette.com

New Meridian store seeks to set itself apart in Billings retail scene

New Meridian store seeks to set itself apart in Billings retail scene

When Lisa Wyss began planning a new Meridian Boutique in the Shops at Shiloh Crossing, she was aiming for a store with a modern, distinctive look that would set it apart from other retailers.

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After an RV tour of 32 states, Red Lodge entrepreneur returns to offer his thanks

After an RV tour of 32 states, Red Lodge entrepreneur returns to offer his thanks

Keith Lauver’s Cooksimple all-natural mixes are on sale, at $4.99 per box, in about 5,700 stores in all 50 states as well as Australia and Canada. On Tuesday, Lauver said thank you to the store that gave him his start — Good Earth Market Co-O…

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MDU to purchase wind farm in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a the wind farm to be developed outside of Hettinger next year.

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Proposed N.D. oil refinery would produce 20,000 barrels per day

Proposed N.D. oil refinery would produce 20,000 barrels per day

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Canadian energy company unveiled plans Monday for a $200 million, 20,000-barrel-a-day clean fuels oil refinery that could be built near Devils Lake.

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BNSF commits to upgrades in Casselton area

BNSF commits to upgrades in Casselton area

WASHINGTON – BNSF Railway has agreed to reinforce tracks in and around Casselton, N.D., where several trains have derailed in recent years, according to an announcement from North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer.

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St. Louis area stores, employers, malls close ahead of grand jury decision

St. Louis area stores, employers, malls close ahead of grand jury decision

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The Montana Grain Growers Association's annual convention and trade show is Dec. 2-4 at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls. Some of the nation’s top agricultural experts will speak, and the trade show will feature nearly 70 agribusi…

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Ready, set, shop: Retailers gearing up for improved holiday shopping season

Ready, set, shop: Retailers gearing up for improved holiday shopping season

The stakes are big next month for owner Kris Carpenter of Joy of Living on the Billings West End, where the holiday rush typically comprises 40 percent of her sales for the year.

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Discount retailer Alco shuttering two Eastern Montana stores

Discount retailer Alco shuttering two Eastern Montana stores

Discount retailer Alco Stores announced Friday it is closing 200 stores nationwide and liquidating merchandise, including stores in two Eastern Montana towns.

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Boat dealer moves into former Scheels space at Rimrock Mall

Boat dealer moves into former Scheels space at Rimrock Mall

A Wyoming boat dealer has temporarily set up a showroom at the Rimrock Mall in the former Scheels Sporting Goods space, and mall officials say they’re still seeking a permanent tenant.

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MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

MDU eyes Minot area for second diesel refinery

BISMARCK, N.D. – Developers of a nearly completed diesel refinery near Dickinson are eyeing the Minot area as the potential site for a similar plant.

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Williston group has major plans for downtown

Williston group has major plans for downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — With an influx of new stores, the growing Williston Downtowners Association has big plans.

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Former Bakken oil worker files lawsuit about overtime pay

FARGO, N.D. — A worker in the North Dakota oil patch says his employer illegally classified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits.

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Tourism group to promote Billings at Minneapolis airport

Tourism group to promote Billings at Minneapolis airport

Billings tourism officials hope to put the Magic City on the minds of Twin Cities travelers this holiday season.

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Wyoming pulls High Plains Gas' bonds, adds 3,000 wells to plugging list

Wyoming pulls High Plains Gas' bonds, adds 3,000 wells to plugging list

Wyoming regulators seized High Plains Gas Inc.'s some 3,000 idle coalbed methane wells in the Powder River Basin on Tuesday, in a move that more than doubles the number of abandoned wells the state will need to close.

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Stockman Bank to build branch in downtown Missoula

Stockman Bank to build branch in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — The corner of Orange Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Missoula is going to look much different in a couple years.

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Williston transplant wants to put a musical take on the Bakken

Williston transplant wants to put a musical take on the Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. — Keesha Renna is drawn to stories, and in her adopted city of Williston, the tales of struggle, heartache and loneliness are boundless.

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BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

NEW SALEM — The mayor of New Salem has had her fill of kids crawling under railroad cars and people driving around crossings when the arms are down with no train in sight.

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N.D. energy workers contain oil, water spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says workers have contained 317 barrels of saltwater and four barrels of oil after a spill in the state's northwest corner.

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Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and othe…

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Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money

Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money

NEW YORK (AP) — Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps.

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40 Under Forty 2015 Nominations

40 Under Forty 2015 Nominations

Do you know a young business professional under the age of 40 who deserves recognition for outstanding leadership, innovative ideas or dedicat…

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Have You Heard: Burger Dive special goes national

Have You Heard: Burger Dive special goes national

One of Burger Dive owner Brad Halsten's top creations is on sale nationwide.

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Have You Heard: Mother, daughter team up at Meow Salon downtown

At Meow Salon and Boutique in downtown Billings, the window shopping comes free with the haircut.

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