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Futurist urges Chamber to be open to learning from young workers

Futurist urges Chamber to be open to learning from young workers

Starting at the bottom and clawing your way to the top of the corporate ladder worked for baby boomers and their parents.

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A bright idea: LED lighting company helps businesses, homeowners save on electrical bill

A bright idea: LED lighting company helps businesses, homeowners save on electrical bill

Neon accent lights that trace the distinctive facade on Cellular Plus stores have been part of the Billings company’s branding strategy for years.

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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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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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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.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Oil industry advocate says innovation is key to keeping industry healthy

Alex Epstein says he’s not too worried about running out of oil. But he sometimes worries that the industry won’t always have the freedom to develop it.

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Fichtner Chevrolet sells to Rimrock Auto Group

Fichtner Chevrolet sells to Rimrock Auto Group

LAUREL — In 1961, 21-year-old Leonard Fichtner became the youngest General Motors franchise owner in history after acquiring the family business from his father. As far as he knows, there has never been a younger GM dealer.

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County officials roll out welcome mat for proposed Bakken refinery

County officials roll out welcome mat for proposed Bakken refinery

Yellowstone county officials are rolling out the welcome mat for the developers of a proposed $500 million oil refinery being considered for the Billings area.

August 19, 2014 12:06 pm Photos

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Billings being considered for $500M Bakken crude refinery

The Billings area is being considered as a site of a proposed $500 million "clean energy center" that would refine Bakken crude into diesel fuel.

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Montana Apprenticeships provide a step up to good careers

Montana Apprenticeships provide a step up to good careers

Shane French had years of experience working in the excavating business, but couldn’t find an opening when he moved to Billings some 3½ years ago.

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Profit potential: Is a franchise the right business model for you?

Profit potential: Is a franchise the right business model for you?

“Ribbit!” It’s the first sound one hears after opening the front door at Big Frog, a new business specializing in custom T-shirts, apparel and gifts. Big Frog’s amphibian-inspired doorbell and a décor that’s designed around a rain forest, aims to be fun.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Keeping the Pedals Turning: Five Minutes with Don Cole

Keeping the Pedals Turning: Five Minutes with Don Cole

Local cycling enthusiasts are encouraged by signs that Billings is becoming a more bicycle-friendly community.

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Some businesses opt for a home-grown concept instead of a franchise

Some businesses opt for a home-grown concept instead of a franchise

Step inside of Spinners, a self-serve yogurt shop at 3031 Grand Ave., and one gets the impression the store was developed by some savvy franchising company that put years worth of effort into developing a cutting-edge retail concept.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Prudential Floberg Realtors joins Berkshire Hathaway family

Prudential Floberg Realtors joins Berkshire Hathaway family

Legendary investor Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, doesn’t casually associate his company’s name with any business venture that comes along.

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Prudential Floberg Realtors changes name after Berkshire Hathaway acquisition

Prudential Floberg Realtors changes name after Berkshire Hathaway acquisition

Prudential Floberg Realtors, one of Billings’ oldest and largest real-estate firms, is getting a new name that’s associated with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

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ArtWalk turns 20: Five Minutes with Mark Sanderson

ArtWalk turns 20: Five Minutes with Mark Sanderson

ArtWalk took root 20 years ago when Vicki Van Buskirk, owner of Toucan Gallery, convinced other gallery and shop owners to stay open late for an event that aimed to kindle interest in local artists. The effort started out slowly, but has enjoyed steady growth since then. Van Buskirk sold the…

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Saving a lifeline: Big investment will improve Crow water system

Saving a lifeline: Big investment will improve Crow water system

A concrete structure that helps deliver water to farmers along the Big Horn Canal was in danger of failure because of water-caused erosion stretching over decades.

July 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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SE Montana bean crop escaped May hail damage

SE Montana bean crop escaped May hail damage

It didn’t take insurance adjusters long to tally millions of dollars in hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and automobiles in the Billings area after the May 18 hail storm.

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Billings brewers shine at North American Beer Awards

Billings brewers shine at North American Beer Awards

Four Billings breweries brought home a total of nine medals from the recent North American Beer Awards competition in Idaho Falls.

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Cheney keynotes Energy Exposition June 25-26

Montana Energy Quarterly: Cheney keynotes Energy Exposition June 25-26

Kit Jennings says Billings is the perfect place to host an energy conference. That’s why the 15th annual Energy Exposition and Symposium is set for June 25-26 at MetraPark’s ExpoCenter.

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From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

After visiting the Bowen Cattle Co. ranch near Worden on a recent spring day, I began thinking about how the beef industry is slowly but surely diversifying, and that society may benefit because of it.

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant is back in operation with the completion of repairs to fix a burst steam tube that forced a plant shutdown last February.

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Taking on a new challenge: Five Minutes with Frosty Erben

Taking on a new challenge: Five Minutes with Frosty Erben

When Frosty Erben went into the real estate business in 1988, he initially thought it was a good way to generate income during the winter, when his landscaping business was slow.

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Staging a home translates to quicker sale and higher prices, experts say

Staging a home translates to quicker sale and higher prices, experts say

Does decorating a vacant house with furniture, wall hangings and home furnishings really translate into quicker sales and higher prices?

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Labor-saving design helps speed along motel project

Labor-saving design helps speed along motel project

As a new five-story Holiday Inn Express reaches into the sky, builders have welcomed a labor-saving design that has helped make up for numerous winter weather delays.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Back to the pasture: Grass-fed beef is healthier, tastier, Worden ranchers say

Back to the pasture: Grass-fed beef is healthier, tastier, Worden ranchers say

Red-hued calves that started life frolicking on the Bowen ranch last April will spend the next two years grazing on pastures, without ever eating a mouthful of corn or setting foot in a crowded feedlot.

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Building on success: Despite slower start, builders expect busy year in 2014

Building on success: Despite slower start, builders expect busy year in 2014

If there’s one thing Rod Wilson has learned in his career as a real estate developer, it’s that spring weather always brings customers to his door.

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Special Report: Ski areas enjoyed up side of rugged winter of 2014-15

Special Report: Ski areas enjoyed up side of rugged winter of 2014-15

The great white winter of 2013-14 caused countless strained backs and worn-out snow shovels thanks to a record 99 inches of snowfall that buried Billings. But all of that snow proved to be a bonanza for Montana ski areas.

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From the Editor: Soon these Billings businesses may shine in the national spotlight

Omaha has Warren Buffet and his blue-chip investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway.You may have heard about a little company named Microsoft that calls Redmond, Wash., home.

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These duds will help you keep on trucking

These duds will help you keep on trucking

Sisters Jewel Jones and Amanda Roth have spent the past two years collaborating on a project to provide comfortable, functional garments geared specifically toward truckers.

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Making room for homeles families: Five minutes with Lisa Donnot

Making room for homeles families: Five minutes with Lisa Donnot

Lisa Donnot took over as executive director of Family Promise of Yellowstone County, the organization formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, last December.

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Prime Location: Project Meats branches out with Billings specialty shop

Prime Location: Project Meats branches out with Billings specialty shop

Whenever Shane and Tanya Flowers sell their locally raised meat at the Yellowstone Valley Farmer’s Market, shoppers invariably ask when they’re planning to open a Billings storefront.

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Study: Cycle tourists contribute to local economy

Study: Cycle tourists contribute to local economy

A recent study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana found that cycle tourists spend about $79 per day, compared to $58.24 in daily expenditures for non-resident travelers who arrived by car or other means.

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Trucker-oriented clothing line gets a launch in Billings

Trucker-oriented clothing line gets a launch in Billings

Sisters Jewel Jones and Amanda Roth have spent the past two years collaborating on a project to provide comfortable, functional clothing specifically for truckers.

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Advocate gives Obama Administration 'incomplete' on energy policy

Advocate gives Obama Administration 'incomplete' on energy policy

Oil-and-gas production from unconventional sources such as the prolific Bakken shale has exploded, and the U.S. now produces more oil than it imports.

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Keystone XL touted as key factor in energy security

Keystone XL touted as key factor in energy security

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline was touted Tuesday as a key factor in the nation’s efforts to obtain secure energy resources and improve national security.

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From the Editor: Especially this year, businesses eagerly await the arrival of spring

Welcome to spring. By the time you read this, the polar vortex will be a fading memory, and those 6-foot-tall piles of snow that have accumulated in every parking lot in town will have melted and washed down the storm drain.

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The puck starts here: Five Minutes with Laura Brandt

The puck starts here: Five Minutes with Laura Brandt

Canadian teams won gold medals in both men’s and women’s hockey at the Sochi Winter Olympics. But it would be wrong to assume that Canadians have cornered the market on dedication to this fast-paced game of sticks, pucks and nets. Montana hockey parents aren’t afraid to pack their youngsters…

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Lucky's Market off to a fast start in Billings

Lucky's Market off to a fast start in Billings

Lucky’s Market, a specialty retailer based in Boulder, Colo., has built a Billings store that emphasizes community involvement, local products and aggressive promotions for select products.

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For the health of it: Gluten-free products are a fast-growing segment in food

For the health of it: Gluten-free products are a fast-growing segment in food

Frequent migraine headaches made Krista Stetson’s life miserable from the time she was a teen-ager.

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Special Report: Custom jeweler always had his sights on running his own business

Special Report: Custom jeweler always had his sights on running his own business

Throughout his extended training, Elichai Fowler knew that sooner or later he would own his own custom jewelry business.

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Growth on Shiloh Road leads to expansion for Stockman Bank

Growth on Shiloh Road leads to expansion for Stockman Bank

When Stockman Bank opened a branch at 1450 Shiloh Road 12 years ago, employees sometimes joked about working at a frontier outpost.

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With spring at hand, Billings retail bike industry is branching out

With spring at hand, Billings retail bike industry is branching out

Collin Hanson grew up in a quiet West End neighborhood near 19th Street West and Miles Avenue, and he was looking for a similar atmosphere when he went looking for a larger retail space to house his business, Collin’s Bike Shop.

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Energy expert says Keystone XL Pipeline will enhance nation's energy security

Energy expert says Keystone XL Pipeline will enhance nation's energy security

A national energy expert says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would help revive a sluggish national economy and enhance the nation’s energy security.

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Fuel fix: Duo recycles leftover propane from bottles

Fuel fix: Duo recycles leftover propane from bottles

Brad Fimrite and Wayne Wilson of Billings helped Yellowstone National Park solve a nagging waste disposal issue by developing a machine that recycles leftover fuel from propane cylinders that campers use in lanterns, heaters and stoves.

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Lucky's Market opens Billings specialty grocery store

Lucky's Market opens Billings specialty grocery store

Any way you slice it, the new Lucky’s Market at West Park Promenade is committed to bringing home the bacon.

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From the Editor: Experts say Rand Paul's business survival claims are off base

Anyone who ever hustled to boost sales, roll out new products and make payroll understands that starting a business can be a monumental challenge.

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Leather is his business: Five Minutes with Doug MacPherson

Leather is his business: Five Minutes with Doug MacPherson

Whenever a business has been around for more than a century, it must be doing something right. Doug MacPherson’s great-grandfather, George MacPherson, started Montana Shoe Co. in Butte in 1908. Butte’s population had grown to nearly 100,000 during the years surrounding World War I, as the Mi…

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Billings Market Association puts buyers and sellers together

Billings Market Association puts buyers and sellers together

Bigfork artist John Rose’s handcrafted copper Christmas ornaments, wall hangings and jewelry are big sellers in gift shops, galleries and museum stores throughout the West. But rather than hitting the road to sell to individual stores or paying sales reps to call on retailers, Rose rents a b…

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