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St. V’s continues expansion by buying up 2 more private practices

St. V’s continues expansion by buying up 2 more private practices

One year after buying Frontier Cancer Center, St. Vincent Healthcare has purchased two more private practices in Billings — the Montana Heart Institute and Big Sky OB/GYN.

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The changing lives of baby doctors

The changing lives of baby doctors

Jean Randall’s mother was Dr. Dan Molloy’s patient when he was a surgeon in Whitefish.

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Have You Heard: A fond farewell

Have You Heard: A fond farewell

Bill Moyers described journalism as “the conversation of democracy.”

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Lucky's crowds cut sales at some other natural-food stores

Lucky's crowds cut sales at some other natural-food stores

After opening 45 grocery stores during his career, Mike Phillips has the experience to judge a successful opening.

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Second McDonald's slated for Heights

Second McDonald's slated for Heights

After lengthy negotiations between two jumbo corporations, four acres next to the Walgreens at Wicks Lane and Main Street in the Heights are destined to house a McDonald’s restaurant soon.

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Internet payday loan company settles Montana lawsuit

After three years of litigation, at least 406 Montana consumers who took out Internet payday loans at exorbitant interest rates from LoanPoint USA will have their loans forgiven and many will share a $233,000 settlement.

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9 Burger Kings in Montana have a new owner

9 Burger Kings in Montana have a new owner

Meridian Restaurants of Ogden, Utah, has purchased nine Montana Burger King restaurants in a deal that closed Monday morning.

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Vet gives horses a second life with artificial limbs

Amputating a horse’s leg and replacing it with a prosthetic is expensive and, even if successful, leaves a horse unable to be worked or ridden again.

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Neighs and yeas: Wyoming vet and world-class equine surgeon opens Billings clinic

Neighs and yeas: Wyoming vet and world-class equine surgeon opens Billings clinic

Veterinarian Ted Vlahos maneuvered the advanced digital radiography machine close to a Swedish warmblood’s leg at his new equine clinic on the Billings West End. Computerized pictures of her legs showed no sign of lameness.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Have You Heard: Local guide named tops by Outside Magazine

Have You Heard: Local guide named tops by Outside Magazine

Outside Magazine has named Billings tour expert Kasey Austin as one of the world’s top guides.

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Parking lot work starting at Scheels

Parking lot work starting at Scheels

Spring weather is trying to show up for more than an afternoon in the Billings area, and that means that some of the contractors working on the new Scheels megastore can move outside.

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Have you heard?: New goldsmith running downtown store, with her dad's help

Sarah Breitenstein, a Billings native and one of the few female goldsmiths, has purchased Emerson Jewelry at 2913 Third Ave. N.

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Made in Montana show coming up

Pampering American pets

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Putting his own stamp on dog market

Putting his own stamp on dog market

Curtis Gibbs started carving leather as a young boy when his grandmother gave him a kit.

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Side business grows as Billings women's dog snacks gain favor

Side business grows as Billings women's dog snacks gain favor

Three parrots at a Billings home have made a game of grabbing Jillcookies from a cookie jar, pecking the corners off and throwing the dog treats over the countertop to the waiting dogs.

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West End rental units booming again in Billings

West End rental units booming again in Billings

During the last recession, almost no one was building apartments in Billings. But, over the last three years, construction of rental housing has really taken off.

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Have you heard?: Something fishy on West End

Have you heard?: Something fishy on West End

Work will begin this week to install a giant aquarium at the Scheels store at Shiloh Crossing.

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Investing in insulation

Investing in insulation

Scott Atwood of Atwood Architecture tries to talk his clients into building to higher energy efficiency standards, so they can save money in the long term.

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Leachman appeals horse abuse conviction to the Montana Supreme Court

Leachman appeals horse abuse conviction to the Montana Supreme Court

Billings livestock breeder James Leachman has filed with the Montana Supreme Court an appeal of the conviction he received for abusing horses on his ranch east of Billings.

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Billings chef wins prize, money at Miami’s 'Super Bowl of food'

Billings chef wins prize, money at Miami’s 'Super Bowl of food'

A burger born at The Burger Dive in downtown Billings won one of three top awards recently at the national Burger Bash cook-off in Miami.

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Chill bill

Chill bill

On Feb. 6, when temperatures hit 23 below zero, both Montana State University Billings and MetraPark felt the bite of their gas bill.

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Propane prices bite

Natural gas prices in Montana are higher than last year, while propane prices have truly skyrocketed during the cold spell in early February.

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Have You Heard: Changes at Children's Clinic, a West Park update and a goodbye

A brochure at Children’s Clinic says that, as of Jan. 1, clinic physicians only have hospital privileges at one of Billings’ two hospitals: St. Vincent Healthcare.

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Belfry well gets public hearing after all

Opponents of a horizontal oil well permitted near Belfry will get their hearing after all.

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Gas prices rise again, despite sharp fall in demand

Billings gas prices rose significantly again last week with the average retail price jumping 6.2 cents per gallon, despite a sharp drop in U.S. demand for gas due to severe winter storms across the East and South.

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Living on the edge: Businessman still practices Finnish art of knife sharpening, makes house calls

Living on the edge: Businessman still practices Finnish art of knife sharpening, makes house calls

His body no longer sports the 23-inch neck, 36-inch thighs and 18-inch forearms needed to squat lift 750 pounds. That’s when his dreams were focused on making the U.S. Olympic team to compete in the 1980 Moscow Games.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Have you heard?: No longer a Wild West in Billings

During the early morning hours of Feb. 9, the owner of Wild West and Surfer Joe’s closed the sister businesses.

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Two Heights retail centers up for sale

Two Heights retail centers up for sale

Two mini-malls in the retail shadow of the Heights Walmart came up for sale this month, part of 38 properties listed that spread across 17 mostly Midwestern states.

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First Interstate buys Mountain West banks of Helena

First Interstate BancSystem Inc. of Billings has expanded farther into central and western Montana by purchasing Helena-based Mountain West Financial Corp.

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Online reviews put local restaurants on the national map, but negative postings can cause indigestion, too

Online reviews put local restaurants on the national map, but negative postings can cause indigestion, too

Ben and Krystal Harman, who opened The Fieldhouse Café in Billings two years ago, welcome the positive reviews they’re getting on social media sites like Yelp, Facebook, Google, TripAdvisor and The Urban Spoon.

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Have you heard?: Century-old Glendive church becomes locally owned retail store

^pTwo decades after two Glendive friends opened The Enchanted Room, a sewing-and-quilting shop, they have greatly expanded their business to take advantage of better economic times across Eastern Montana.

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Diving into the Burger Bash

Diving into the Burger Bash

A single email last year landed Brad Halsten, who cooks at the Burger Dive, a chance of a lifetime.

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Investment strategist says drugs are curtailing the Bakken's potential

Investment strategist says drugs are curtailing the Bakken's potential

The biggest roadblock to a more robust development of the Bakken oil riches isn’t transportation of the crude, sufficient water for hydraulic fracking or even enough investment money.

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Have you heard?: Bavarian food comes back to Billings

Kuckucksei, the only German restaurant in Billings — at least in these times — has opened in the Rimrock Mini-Mall across from Rimrock Mall.

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Interior design store opening in downtown Billings

Interior design store opening in downtown Billings

wo Montana women who ran an interior-design store in Bozeman for a decade are moving their business to downtown Billings.

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Big game fuels fever for new televisions

Big game fuels fever for new televisions

Chips? Check. Dip, beer, buffalo wings, pizza, nachos with cheese and chocolate brownies? Check.

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End of federal benefits puts pinch on long-term unemployed

End of federal benefits puts pinch on long-term unemployed

While waiting to hear about a job interview she felt went “really well,” Tina Sticka surfs the Internet for other jobs. Since being laid off from her "dream job" last spring, she's applied for about 50 jobs.

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Montana: Wages and job trends

Montanans now earn an average annual wage of $37,093. In Yellowstone County, it is $40,800.

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Billings drivers paying lowest gas prices in nation

At $2.94 per gallon, drivers in Billings are paying the lowest average gas price in the continental U.S., according to Lundberg Survey Inc.

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Have you heard? Motorcycles, hotel rooms and tourist dollars coming to Billings

The news on Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday that the BMW Motorcycle Owners chose Billings for the club’s 2015 international rally was naturally welcomed by local hotel owners.

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St. John's expands to the Heights with new senior living complex

St. John's expands to the Heights with new senior living complex

After a four years of planning, site work should begin this summer on a Billings Heights facility for active seniors.

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A proper fit: North Dakota wholesaler opening local plumbing supply store

A proper fit: North Dakota wholesaler opening local plumbing supply store

Billings has become a bridge between Bozeman and the oil fields for a Fargo, N.D., company that sells wholesale plumbing supplies.

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Craving leads 'Crazy Mary' to open fish and chips shop

Craving leads 'Crazy Mary' to open fish and chips shop

Mary Jackson, who wears her nickname “Crazy Mary” with pride, said Billings has countless places to order a burger or sandwich, but no good fish-and-chips restaurants.

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Have you heard?: S.D. company buys Billings Coke bottling plant

The Billings Coca-Cola bottling plant has been sold but will continue to bottle soft drinks for Montana and Wyoming.

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Good Earth Market changes management

Good Earth Market changes management

Former Good Earth Market general manager Perry McNeese talks first about personal relationships, not balance sheets, in describing his 37-year career managing food stores.

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Friends prove it takes a lot of hard work to become your own boss

Friends prove it takes a lot of hard work to become your own boss

Two Billings friends came up with the idea to start their own business when they were cleaning Trinity Lutheran Church on Grand Avenue for a national cleaning service.

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Have You Heard: Mary's Health Foods opens cafe

The West End is awash in places to eat. But that hasn’t stopped a local health food store from competing.

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12th Planet developer's home to be sold

12th Planet developer's home to be sold

For what may be the first time in a Montana bankruptcy court, a judge has ordered the home of former casino owner Philip Keith be sold to help pay back millions of dollars in debts.

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Library patrons get what they asked for: A cafe

Library patrons get what they asked for: A cafe

Skateboards are still taboo. But patrons of the Billings Public Library that opened on Monday can eat and drink, within reason, in the modernistic building.

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Local gas prices almost unchanged

The average retail price of gasoline in Billings increased a half-cent last week to $2.93 per gallon.

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