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Montana patents

Below are listed U.S. patents issued to Montana inventors June 24 through July 15, 2014. For assistance in patent filing, call Billings patent attorney Antoinette M. Tease at 406-294-9000. David Snow of Bozeman, Michael Chase of Bozeman, Alex Woidtke of Bozeman, Luke Mauritsen of Belgrade, …

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From the Editor: Our community is better because of people like Paul Metzger

Thousands of people, many of them not yet born, stand to benefit from the generosity of Paul Metzger, the Laurel farmer who left $38 million from his estate to St. Vincent Healthcare and the Billings Clinic.

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Colter DeVries.

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Amazon hopes to swipe market share with mobile payment app

NEW YORK — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

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Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Colter DeVries, a business relationship manager with Wells Fargo Bank in Billings, has been getting a firsthand view of the energy boom in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. When bank managers said they were looking for somebody to help grow business in Eastern Montana, DeVries, a native of R…

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Scheels

This indoor Ferris wheel is one of several unique amenities at the new Scheels store.

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

The effort to address climate change has gone underground, in a matter of speaking.

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Travel and Leisure: Your smart phone will be your best traveling companion

What’s next in corporate travel technology? Your smart phone is your hotel room key? Yes, it’s on its way and in some cases, already here.

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Women business owners at a disadvantage when seeking bank loans

Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.

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Marketing Cooler: Don't forget the important role of internal communications

It was just a few weeks ago that I sat in a room with many other business owners in our community at a special-invite breakout session from the Big Sky Economic Development. Steve Arveschoug, executive director, asked each business leader to share their suggestions of what they thought the B…

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Architects, designers preparing for a changing climate

There’s little question many architects and builders are convinced of the threat of climate change and are urging clients to plan for a future of weather extremes.

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Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

On a research plot near the Rochester, Minn., airport, Jared Goplen has watched weeds for the past three summers. His specialty is giant ragweed, one of more than a dozen species of “superweeds” that resist the most widely used herbicides. Superweeds can take over cropland, reduce yields and…

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Google, Barnes & Noble team up to promote same-day book delivery

Google and Barnes & Noble, taking on their mutual rival Amazon.com, have paired up to offer same-day delivery of books purchased online.

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Better Business: Charitable giving makes us feel better, but know the ropes before you do

There are good business reasons why companies, large and small, should participate in charitable giving. Studies have shown that customers have a positive reaction toward a product or company that supports charitable causes. Donations of money, property and inventory and expenses related to …

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Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man’s height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.

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Big Sky Economic Development: Own a business? You should have a plan

Big Sky Economic Development: Own a business? You should have a plan

When running or starting your own business, it can be easy to slip into self-deception. This begins when you start rationalizing any opposing evidence that is presented against your business idea.

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Sales Moves: Follow these tips when meeting with the CEO

Everyone tells you to meet with the decision maker.

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A tape measure shows this narrow crack is around 22 feet deep.

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Graphic courtesy of Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Project.This schematic shows the process being used to capture and re-inject carbon dioxide at the Kevin Dome in northern Montana.

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Steve Charter, left, and Tom Tully inspect a large subsidence crack resulting from underground coal mining.

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Business licenses

The following business licenses were issued during July 2014. The information is collected by the city of Billings. Fed Ex Ground Package System Inc., 3605 Hesper Road, 412-859-5903. Supreme Construction, 1915 Burnstead Drive, 927-7685. Prestige Powder Coating & Upholstery, 2224 Minneso…

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Montana patents

Below are listed U.S. patents issued to Montana inventors June 24 through July 15, 2014. For assistance in patent filing, call Billings patent attorney Antoinette M. Tease at 406-294-9000. David Snow of Bozeman, Michael Chase of Bozeman, Alex Woidtke of Bozeman, Luke Mauritsen of Belgrade, …

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Personal finance: Don't delay estate planning; your heirs will thank you

Personal finance: Don't delay estate planning; your heirs will thank you

Estate planning is a task that people tend to put off, as any discussion of “the end” tends to be off-putting. However, those who leave this world without their financial affairs in good order risk leaving their heirs some significant problems along with their legacies.

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Bill Bradley gestures to Andrew Kacic

Bill Bradley gestures to Andrew Kacic

Bill Bradley, project director for Bilfinger-Westcon Inc., gestures to Quantum Energy CEO Andrew Kacic, seated, as they make a presentation to the Yellowstone County Commissioners.

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