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Yellowstone County economy primed for more energy growth

Yellowstone County economy primed for more energy growth

The Bakken oil boom and skyrocketing farm commodity prices kept the Billings economy chugging through the recession, and still economic developers believe its train has yet to come in.

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2 Billings bakery outlet stores reopen

2 Billings bakery outlet stores reopen

The name has changed from Sweetheart to Franz, but the two Billings bakery outlet stores that reopened Wednesday morning quickly attracted some of the same loyal customers.

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Ups and Downs:

Steel deal. Bay Ltd. landed a major new oil sands contract and is hiring workers to fabricate steel modules. Bay expects to have 300 to 400 people working at its Billings factory by summer’s end and to stay busy through 2014.

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Sweetheart Bakery reopens, shipping bread on Monday

Sweetheart Bakery reopens, shipping bread on Monday

The Sweetheart Bakery in Billings reopened this week and Franz Bakery drivers will begin delivering bread Monday to nearly 200 Montana grocery stores.

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Billings Sweetheart Bakery reopening next month

Billings Sweetheart Bakery reopening next month

Franz Bakery of Portland, Ore., plans to reopen the former Sweetheart Bakery in Billings and start baking bread by May 13.

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Have You Heard? Lots of changes coming to West Park Promenade

After buying Billings first mall, West Park Plaza, in August 2008, Washington state developer Bob McDonald, along with the rest of the country, was hit with a deep recession.

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Sweetheart Bakery in Billings close to reopening

Sweetheart Bakery in Billings close to reopening

The Sweetheart Bakery in Billings may reopen soon as a Franz Bakery.

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Have You Heard: Master chef ditches retirement to cook in Laurel

Jerry Soderquist is one of only about 60 chefs to pass a grueling weeklong, 13-hour-per-day test conducted by the American Culinary Federation to become a certified master chef.

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Billings Sweetheart Bakery has a suitor

Billings Sweetheart Bakery has a suitor

United States Bakery Inc. of Portland, Ore., has bid on the Sweetheart Bakery in Billings, along with other properties of the bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc.

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After getting quashed by recession, home sales bounce back in Billings area

After getting quashed by recession, home sales bounce back in Billings area

Billings West High School teacher Lindsey Belinak played a winning hand Wednesday while buying her first home, cashing in on historically low interest rates while putting no money down.

January 20, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Bakken boost and healthy ag prices keep region's economy afloat

Bakken boost and healthy ag prices keep region's economy afloat

The Bakken oil boom was only one undercurrent pulling the Billings economy into stronger territory during 2012.

December 30, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Talks, not shutdown, for Twinkies maker

Talks, not shutdown, for Twinkies maker

The owners of Sweetheart Bakery and the bakers union have agreed to mediation to avoid a planned shutdown of the entire company following a weeklong strike that affected about two-thirds of the company's 36 plants.

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Bakery outlet closures leave customers scrambling

Bakery outlet closures leave customers scrambling

The barn full of bread won't last forever. In fact, it'll probably only last a week. Debbie Spitzer, whose land west of Billings overlooks a couple of small ponds and a menagerie of waterfowl, goats, dogs and a burro, buys the bread from a Sweetheart Bakery outlet once a week as supplement f…

November 16, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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Sweetheart's impact on the duck population

Sweetheart's impact on the duck population

Debbie Spitzer explains how the pending liquidation of the Sweetheart Bakery will affect the hundreds of Ducks who use her ponds.

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Bakery employees react to liquidation news

Bakery employees react to liquidation news

Striking employees from the local Sweetheart Bakery reacts to the news about the possibility of liquidation.

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Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers

Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers

Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers stand in front of the Billings business on Midland Road on Friday morning after Hostess Brands announced that it would liquidate its assets.

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Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers

Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers

Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers stand in front of the Billings facility on Midland Road on Friday morning.

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Hostess to close, will liquidate Sweetheart, other operations

Hostess to close, will liquidate Sweetheart, other operations

An estimated 350 Sweetheart Bakery workers in Montana, along with nearly 19,000 workers across the country, collected their last paycheck on Friday and now are living without a job and health insurance.

November 16, 2012 6:49 am Photos

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Workers striking Hostess Brands

Workers striking Hostess Brands

Workers striking Hostess Brands and the local Sweetheart bakery picket on Midland Road on Monday.

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Sweetheart Bakery employees join national strike

Sweetheart Bakery employees join national strike

The only Sweetheart Bakery in Montana is in Billings and employs about 130 people, although the number of strikers is unknown.

November 12, 2012 3:25 pmLoading…

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