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Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.

August 27, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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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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'Loss of life could have been prevented': OSHA cites Western Sugar for worker death

The Western Sugar Cooperative has been cited for a dozen workplace violations and hit with a proposed fine of $71,000 stemming from the Jan. 4 death of an employee at its Lovell, Wyo., facility.

May 15, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
Cold, wet weather challenges Montana farms

Cold, wet weather challenges Montana farms

Farmers are struggling with cold, wet weather — including snow — as they seed the 2014 crop.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pickle Barrel under construction on West End

One of Billings’ fastest-growing neighborhoods will soon have a new restaurant with a familiar name.

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News photos: The last sugar beets

News photos: The last sugar beets

Some of the last sugar beets of this year’s campaign are scooped up at Western Sugar Cooperative’s refinery in Billings on Tuesday.

February 19, 2014 4:04 pm 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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Western Sugar Co-op recalls feed distributed after worker's death

The Western Sugar Cooperative is recalling 3,700 tons of animal feed distributed by a Lovell sugar beet factory where a woman was killed after falling into its water system.

January 28, 2014 5:10 pmLoading…

Production halts at Western Sugar plant in Lovell

The Western Sugar Cooperative announced on Tuesday that it has halted operations at its plant in Lovell, Wyo., while it puts into place a sanitation plan the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested and approved in the wake of an employee’s death at the factory on Jan. 4.

January 14, 2014 2:50 pmLoading…

Name of woman who died at sugar refinery released

Anfesa Marie Galaktionoff, 28, has been named as the woman who died at the Western Sugar refinery in Lovell on Saturday, according to the Big Horn County sheriff's office.

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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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Beet farmers wait to unload their crop

Beet farmers wait to unload their crop

Beet farmers wait to unload their crop at a Western Sugar facility near Pompeys Pillar on Monday.

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Dale Karst takes a phone call

Dale Karst takes a phone call

Dale Karst harvests sugar beets in late September near Worden.

September 23, 2013 1:12 pmLoading…

Have you heard: New owner and new 'dos at 15th and Grand

The Golden Parnassus & Tanning at 1447 Grand Ave., has closed and another spa and salon has opened at that location.

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Western Sugar plant faces $193K in fines

Western Sugar plant faces $193K in fines

The Western Sugar Cooperative’s Billings plant has been cited with 17 safety and health violations and faces a possible fine of $193,300, the largest such fine levied in Montana in a year.

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Billings City Council hears proposal to sell or swap unused parkland

Billings City Council hears proposal to sell or swap unused parkland

Fifty-eight years after it was set aside as a neighborhood park, a square parcel of land on Monad Road is still a six-acre field of weeds.

June 18, 2013 9:15 pm Photos

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Baucus: Farm bill will support Montana economy

Baucus: Farm bill will support Montana economy

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus expects there will be a farm bill passed this year that will support Montana’s heavily agriculture-dependent economy.

May 30, 2013 5:08 pmLoading…

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