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Montana's SBA lending exceeds $104 million in 2014 fiscal year

Yellowstone County accounted for $40.7 million in lending from the Small Business Administration during the 2014 fiscal year. That total of 94 loans represents 38 percent of all loan volume for fiscal year 2014, according to figures released recently by the SBA.

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Scoping out growth in wastewater market

Scoping out growth in wastewater market

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — At least once every five years, metropolitan Milwaukee’s water authorities snake high-definition video cameras through every inch of the entire 300-plus mile network of dank and dirty underground sewers.

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Pet massage gaining popularity

PHOENIX — Spa treatments don’t stop with people. You won’t see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it’s become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

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Small businesses benefit from early seasonal hiring

Small businesses benefit from early seasonal hiring

NEW YORK — Chris Mann learned it’s better to hire help for the November and December holidays while people in many parts of the U.S. are still wearing shorts and tank tops.

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Greater sage grouse marks next conservation battle

Greater sage grouse marks next conservation battle

DENVER — Federal officials say their decision to protect dwindling Gunnison sage grouse populations in Colorado and Utah has no bearing on next year’s highly anticipated ruling on the far more widespread species of greater sage grouse — but advocates on both sides already are placing their bets.

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Army veteran sells disaster-readiness good to 'preppers'

Army veteran sells disaster-readiness good to 'preppers'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ralph Broome doesn’t know how it will happen.

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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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Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state’s legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

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Wyoming appeals Oregon's denial of coal port

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River.

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Curtis says jobs plan would boost small businesses

Curtis says jobs plan would boost small businesses

HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis said Thursday that she wants to boost jobs and the economy by giving tax breaks to small businesses while ending them for corporations that send jobs overseas.

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5 protesters blocking oil train arrested

5 protesters blocking oil train arrested

SEATTLE — Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

September 02, 2014 4:03 pm Photos

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Women launch line of stylish concealed-carry handbags

Women launch line of stylish concealed-carry handbags

Faith Kohler wears skinny jeans, ankle boots, chunky bracelets and cropped jackets. She wasn’t about to settle for a handbag that didn’t fit her style.

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Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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First of 3 fuselages removed from derailment site

First of 3 fuselages removed from derailment site

MISSOULA — Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

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Zane Holdbrook

Zane Holdbrook

Zane Holdbrook’s livestock operation was developed through his studies at Rocky Mountain College. Ten students participated in the advanced entrepreneurial class, but only Holdbrook, 20, has received funding so far in the partnership with Yellowstone Bank.

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Zane Holdbrook's goat

Zane Holdbrook's goat

One of Zane Holdbrook’s goats grazes on pastureland near Boyd.

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Zane Holdbrook and goats

Zane Holdbrook and goats

Rocky Mountain College accounting student Zane Holdbrook talks about the class that helped him get a loan to boost his livestock business. Holdbrook raises sheep, goats and calves near Boyd.

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Zane Holdbrook feeds goats

Zane Holdbrook feeds goats

Holdbrook feeds his Nubian goats on pastureland east of Cooney Dam.

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Zane Holdbrook's sheep

Zane Holdbrook's sheep

Four of Holdbrook’s 36 Dorper sheep stand in spring pasture near Boyd. Holdbrook, a 20-year-old student at Rocky Mountain College, developed a plan to support his livestock venture in a new course for budding entrepreneurs.

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U.S. Sen. John Walsh talks with Jim Markel

U.S. Sen. John Walsh talks with Jim Markel

U.S. Sen. John Walsh, left, talks with Jim Markel of Red Oxx Manufacturing before a small business roundtable in Billings on Friday.

May 23, 2014 9:49 amLoading…

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