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North Dakota accuses 2 businesses in Bakken area of running lodging buildings without certifications

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two McKenzie County businesses have been charged in Northwest District Court with Class B misdemeanor operating without a license.

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From bumper to bummer: Barley, wheat harvests delayed

From bumper to bummer: Barley, wheat harvests delayed

BISMARCK — A late planting and a harvest held up by wet weather have increased the chance for disease and a reduced-quality small grains crop.

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Report: Snowmobilers big contributors to Montana's winter economy

Report: Snowmobilers big contributors to Montana's winter economy

MISSOULA — A recent report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana indicates that about 8 percent of the state’s households include snowmobile recreationists. With an average household size of about 2.5, p…

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Billings Open Studio offers boost for downtown, local photographers

Billings Open Studio offers boost for downtown, local photographers

Ted Kim sees his newest business venture as a way to help revitalize downtown Billings. And, in doing so he’s helping local photographers build their business and hone their craft.

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The BNSF Railway Veterans Association will hold its 43rd annual convention Sept. 19-21 at Crowne Plaza in Billings. Many activities are planned. Call Barb at 406-222-0756 if you wish to sign up.

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Daily N.D. oil production hits record 1.1M barrels

WILLISTON, N.D. — The latest figures available show North Dakota's daily oil production reached more than 1.1 million barrels in July, a record high, state regulators announced Friday.

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Groups sue over Bakken crude oil shipments in older rail cars

Groups sue over Bakken crude oil shipments in older rail cars

SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.

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Montana Monster Munchies in Bozeman is hiring

BOZEMAN — A Bozeman company that makes gluten-free oatmeal cookies has a three-month contract to ramp up production and is hiring 42 people to help with the work.

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Construction begins on Chipotle restaurant at West Park Promenade

Construction begins on Chipotle restaurant at West Park Promenade

Chipotle Mexican Grill, a fast-casual eatery, is building its first Montana restaurant at West Park Promenade in Billings.

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Tongue River Railroad told to turn over documents

Tongue River Railroad told to turn over documents

Sponsors of a proposed railroad that would open Montana’s huge coal reserves to new mining must turn over documents about the project’s economics to a conservation group that’s opposed to the line, according to a Wednesday decision by the U.S…

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CHS’s Laurel refinery plans $406 million upgrade

CHS’s Laurel refinery plans $406 million upgrade

CHS Inc. recently announced a $406 million upgrade for its oil refinery in Laurel to boost diesel production and efficiency.

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Minot men try to crowd fund brewery

WILLISTON, N.D. — Three Minot natives are trying to crowd fund an effort to bring craft beer to the city.

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Attorney: Bakken boom town strippers' pay short-changed

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williston attorney is leading a class-action lawsuit against the oil boomtown's two strip clubs, saying they violated state and federal laws by classifying dancers as independent contractors instead of employees.

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From Simply Wine to Simply Mac, mall space transforms in time for new iPhone pre-orders

From Simply Wine to Simply Mac, mall space transforms in time for new iPhone pre-orders

As thousands of people around the country line up early Sept. 19 to get their hands on Apple’s latest iPhone, Billings will have an Apple unveiling of its own.

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Simply Wine finds new home at Shiloh Crossing

Simply Wine finds new home at Shiloh Crossing

After her exile from near Rimrock Mall, Sue Rydquist has found a new home at Shiloh Crossing for her Simply Wine store.

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Malt barley woes are bad news for beer

Malt barley woes are bad news for beer

That rain on the plain that saturated Montana’s malt barley crop in late August could be tears in the beer of American brewers in 2015.

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Spika Welding and Manufacturing Inc., will host an open house at its manufacturing facility in Lewistown at 254 Cottonwood Creek Road to celebrate Manufacturing Day. The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and is open to everyone.

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A bright idea: LED lighting company helps businesses, homeowners save on electrical bill

A bright idea: LED lighting company helps businesses, homeowners save on electrical bill

Neon accent lights that trace the distinctive facade on Cellular Plus stores have been part of the Billings company’s branding strategy for years.

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Under deal, stake in Decker coal mine would go to Australian company

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.

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