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40 Under Forty: Drew Hedrick, Realtor, Century 21 Hometown Brokers

40 Under Forty: Drew Hedrick, Realtor, Century 21 Hometown Brokers

In football and in business, timing matters. When former college quarterback Drew Hedrick began selling real estate in Billings in late 2008, the nation was in the midst of the longest and deepest recession since the Great Depression.

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Cut in food stamp benefits coming as stimulus expires in November

HELENA — More than 130,000 Montanans will see reductions in food assistance Nov. 1 when a temporary increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ends, the

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Robert J. Samuelson: Economic pessimism drags down U.S., Europe

WASHINGTON — It is an index of fear. Last week, interest rates on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds fell to 1.4 percent. This was the lowest on record and less than present or expected inflation (generally 2 percent to 3 percent). On 30-year Treasuries, rates have tumbled to 2.5 percent. The inves…

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'Fort Peck Dam' documentary screenings coming up

MontanaPBS is presenting three free screenings of the made-in-Montana documentary “Fort Peck Dam.” It will also be shown on June 24 at 7 p.m. on Montana PBS.

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Documentary about Fort Peck Dam construction comes to public television

Documentary about Fort Peck Dam construction comes to public television

Telling the story in one hour of the herculean effort it took to redirect the longest river in the U.S. and construct the Fort Peck Dam was a challenge for filmmaker Scott Sterling.

May 25, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Fort Peck Dam -- dredge cutting head

Fort Peck Dam -- dredge cutting head

Workers service the cutting head on one of four massive dredges during construction of the Fort Peck Dam, a six-year-long Public Works Administration project that brought a badly needed economic boost to Montana during the Great Depression.

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Billings woman celebrates 100th birthday and 80 years of service

Billings woman celebrates 100th birthday and 80 years of service

On an August day in 1933 at the peak of the Great Depression, 21-year-old Margaret Ping said goodbye to her parents, hopped on a train in Billings and headed for New York City and the start of a career of service that has spanned nearly 80 years.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Great recession analysis shows limits of economists

WASHINGTON — Four years after the onset of the financial crisis — in March 2008 Bear Stearns was rescued from failure — we still lack a clear understanding of the underlying causes. Hundreds of studies and books have given us an increasingly detailed picture of what happened without conclusi…

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Guest opinion: Why I voted against the president’s jobs bill

Last week, I voted against the American Jobs Act after considerable discussion, research and listening to many folks. I stand by my vote, and I want to share my reasons directly with you.

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Robert J. Samuelson: America hunkers down, slows economic recovery

WASHINGTON — It’s a cliche — but true — that a huge obstacle to a stronger economic recovery is the lack of confidence in a strong recovery. If consumers and businesses were more confident, they would be spending, hiring and lending more freely. Even a slight relaxation might do wonders for …

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Gushing spillway is Fort Peck's newest tourist attraction

Gushing spillway is Fort Peck's newest tourist attraction

FORT PECK — Lane Gobbs drove 40 miles out of his way on Wednesday to see the historic releases from Fort Peck’s spillway, a stream of 37,000 cubic feet per second of water exploding into a roaring, frothy boil of white water at the base.

June 11, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Former mining community now recognized as ghost town

Former mining community now recognized as ghost town

GARNET — We’re coming up on ghost season here in these rugged mountains, where winter is reputedly the best time to hear the tinkling of piano keys where there are no pianos or to see white-haired Frank Davey in a three-piece suit outside his general store.

September 24, 2010 9:59 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Financial reforms must protect taxpayers, investors

There is currently a debate taking place in Washington about whether we will hold Wall Street accountable and protect consumers. One of the main contributors to this recession was a financial crisis as dire as any we’ve known in generations. It nearly dragged our economy into a second Great …

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Gloom clouds business, consumer thinking

WASHINGTON - We live in the shadow of the Great Depression. Americans' gloom does not reflect just 8.1 percent unemployment or the loss of $13 trillion worth of housing and stock market value since mid-2007. There is also an amorphous anxiety that we are falling into a deep economic ravine f…

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Busting myths that FDR prolonged Great Depression

If you're like me, you sometimes find yourself speechless when confronted with abject insanity.

January 04, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

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