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John Buck, creative director with Gainan's Flowers and Garden Center, suggests that a bride and groom complete their registry at least four months prior to their wedding day.

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Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Before Sunday’s hail storm shredded Terral Balzer’s crops, the Worden farmer had a feeling things were going just a little too well.

May 19, 2014 5:30 pm Video Photos

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Western to finish sugar making in Billings next week

Western Sugar Cooperative will finish making sugar in Billings early next week, marking one of its longer campaigns in recent years.

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Sugar beet harvest wraps up after wet October

Sugar beet harvest wraps up after wet October

The sugar beet harvest was a sticky mess — and that was just the mud, say regional refineries who all but completed harvest this week.

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In Edgar, good farming friends can't be beet

In Edgar, good farming friends can't be beet

EDGAR — The Wetstein brothers were pretty beat down.

October 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Beat back by rain, sugar farmers take a break

Beat back by rain, sugar farmers take a break

Officially, the precipitation in Billings has been average this year, as in 101 percent. But normal? No. Kelly Brester wouldn’t go along with that.

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Western Sugar refinery

Western Sugar refinery

Standing water reflects the Western Sugar refinery in Billings as heavy rain shuts down the beet harvest.

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Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

A sour economic outlook awaits sugar beet farmers as the Montana harvest begins with domestic sugar prices at a 30-year low.

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Despite year-ago accident, wagon returns to Casper parade

Despite year-ago accident, wagon returns to Casper parade

Morris Carter returned to this year’s Central Wyoming Fair Parade in Casper aboard the same covered wagon that was damaged in an accident he survived after last year’s parade.

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U.S. Senator Max Baucus at sugar beet refinery

U.S. Senator Max Baucus at sugar beet refinery

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, right, and refinery worker Jesse Werk direct the driver of a sugar beet truck as they unload beets at the Western Sugar Cooperative refinery in November.

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Sugar state senators turn back attack on sugar program

Sugar state senators turn back attack on sugar program

The U.S. Senate narrowly defeated a proposal Wednesday that would have ended the sugar price protections considered crucial to the Billings region’s $72 million sugar economy.

May 22, 2013 4:00 pm Photos

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Sugar prices slump as beet farmers turn to planting

Sugar prices slump as beet farmers turn to planting

After several years of strong prices, sugar farmers are taking their lumps, analysts say.

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Sugar prices’ fall could mean federal payout for producers

WASHINGTON – Supporters regularly defend the nation’s sugar price-support program, saying that it operates at no cost to the taxpayers. But with sugar prices falling 38 percent in the past year, government officials are now scrambling to minimize a potential hit to taxpayers.

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Politics get sticky for sugar beet farmers

Politics get sticky for sugar beet farmers

Things could get a little sticky in Washington, D.C., for sugar beet farmers this year, a key agriculture lobbyist said Thursday.

January 10, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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Western Sugar refinery

Western Sugar refinery

Sugar beets are piled on the west side of the Western Sugar refinery waiting to be processed in December.

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Wyoming sugar beet harvest yields good crop

Wyoming sugar beet harvest yields good crop

POWELL — If you set out to design the perfect sugar beet harvest, the model wouldn't be far off the real thing that played out in the fall of 2012 in Western Sugar Cooperative's Lovell Factory District.

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At sugar refinery stop, Baucus says farm bill still possible

At sugar refinery stop, Baucus says farm bill still possible

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., told sugar producers he’s still determined to pass a farm bill by year’s end and affirmed support for a key industry program.

November 01, 2012 6:51 pm Photos

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U.S. Senator Max Baucus

U.S. Senator Max Baucus

U.S. Senator Max Baucus is tied off to a cable as he shovels beets into a conveyor at the Western Sugar Cooperative refinery and warehouse.

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Some farmers deal with rain, frost as harvest hits full speed

Some farmers deal with rain, frost as harvest hits full speed

Butch Ewen was racing rain this week as his tawny-rooted sugar beets trundled up the conveyor of his digger.

October 11, 2012 9:00 pm Photos

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Record crop expected as sugar beet harvest begins

Record crop expected as sugar beet harvest begins

HARDIN — As his sugar beet digger lumbered through fields northwest of Hardin, Richard Benzel kept one hand on the tractor wheel, the other on his CB radio while he calmly gave directions to the semi on his right flank.

September 11, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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