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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.
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.
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.
Kampgrounds of America Inc. didn’t kick back and rest on its laurels as it marked its 50th birthday in 2012. The Billings-based company marked the milestone by adding 18 locations to its 489-campground system in North America.
After endless hours of jumping through hoops to comply with state and federal regulations and working through numerous delays that cropped up at nearly every turn, Casey McGowan finally got down to business in early January.
In the corner of a Billings commercial park, 10 men clad in hardhats and fire-resistant overalls go about practicing the tasks they will soon be doing for real in the oil field.
Jeff Keller was just 13 years old when he started his own painting business in Great Falls. More than 30 years later, Keller has experienced all aspects of the paint and coatings industry. He has worked as a painting contractor, a sales representative and most recently owner of a retail pain…
Woody Allen said famously, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
At age 30, Dustin Frost is a veteran of numerous statewide and local political campaigns. Despite his obvious enthusiasm for politics, Frost’s bucket list doesn’t include running for office.
Leah Johnson isn’t afraid to take on a challenge. In 1999, when Wendy’s of Montana was looking for a human resources director, Johnson volunteered to take on this crucial management position.
Nina Hernandez is the kind of person who can’t turn down a good cause. While living in Texas, she volunteered for a human rights organization that paired her with a Sudanese woman who was seeking asylum in the United States.
It’s no secret. Clients expect results when they entrust their marketing budgets to Kally Amundsen and A.D. Creative Group.
40 Under 40: Rebecca Hedegaard, director, Small Business Development Center, Big Sky Economic Development
When clients ask Rebecca Hedegaard for help starting a business, they usually have something in mind, like a restaurant, a house cleaning service, a day care or a specialty retail store.
Former Yellowstone County deputy sheriff Dave Evans once had to wrestle a chimpanzee that had escaped from its cage and was tearing up the house in its owner’s absence. After a bit of a struggle, the deputy managed to get the beast out of the living room and back into the garage without gett…
For Kori Keller, 2011 was a year of tremendous success and great sadness.
At Alternative Athletics/CrossFit, you won’t find treadmills, weight machines or a lot of fancy fitness equipment.
For fun, Shane Flowers likes to squeeze every ounce of horsepower out of his 1971 Chevrolet half-ton pickup. The drag racer, outfitted with a 468-cubic-inch Chevy big-block engine, can sprint a quarter mile from a dead stop in just under 12 seconds.
When Tara Barry sustained an injury while playing softball during high school, traditional medicine didn’t provide the relief she sought.
40 Under 40: Erin Amato, psychiatrist, managing partner, medical director for YBGR, Montana Psychiatry, PLLC
Erin Bennion Amato gave birth to her first children, twin boys, just a week before she interviewed and was accepted into medical school at the University of Nevada.
40 Under 40: Mona Abelseth, owner, president, Cooke City Motorsports Inc., MBA Investment Properties
In Cooke City, the locals often refer to the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as “Hell Week” because of the invasion of winter tourists. Mona Abelseth and her husband, Shannon, are used to working from before dawn until well past sundown, renting and repairing snowmobiles for their …
An attorney she met during her college years inspired Jacqui Hughes to seek a career in the law.
Jim Nymeyer’s spiritual journey led him to Buddhism seven years ago. And as part of that journey he became an employee, a manager and eventually an owner of Barjon’s Books, Music and Gifts. The longtime downtown business celebrates the diversity of culture by selling books, music and gifts t…
40 Under 40: Jillian Stieg, speech/language pathologist, Easter Seals-Goodwill Pediatric Therapy Services, School District 2
Tears are bound to flow whenever a child has a breakthrough and overcomes a speech problem.
40 Under 40: Chad Raisland, Billings branch manager-project engineer, Pioneer Technical Services Inc.
Chad Raisland was just 9 years old when he became a Minnesota Twins fan. It happened in 1991, the year in which the Twins earned their second World Series title in five years. Kirby Puckett’s stunning game-winning home run in Game 6 still holds special memories for Raisland, who was growing …
Juli Pierce says her parents, both teachers, had a big influence on her when she was growing up in Billings.
40 Under 40: Shelby Jo Long-Hammond, director of forensics, assistant professor, Communication Studies, Rocky Mountain College
Sometimes prospective students who contact Shelby Jo Long Hammond are surprised to learn that her specialty at Rocky Mountain College is speech and debate, not DNA samples and fingerprints.
A dresser once slathered with pink paint looks like it just left the showroom.
40 Under 40: Camille Wilson, director of behavioral health, RiverStone Health and Montana Family Medicine Residency
An introductory psychology class set the stage for Camille Wilson’s career of helping others.
40 Under 40: Wayne Wilcox, owner, Big Sky ATM/Lukas Seely Presents/Advanced Wall Advertising/ Drink Check Inc.
When Wayne Wilcox decided to go into business for himself, he was looking for a way to improve his lifestyle.
40 Under 40: Laura Simonsen, program navigator, Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain Region
Whenever a Montana child is diagnosed with autism, his parents’ health insurance company must pay for treatments that aim to help the child lead a healthier life.
Matthew McCleary says Montanans will soon be hearing more about Sanjel Corp., a Canadian company that has been operating in the booming Bakken oil play for more than a decade. Sanjel already employs hundreds of Montanans and will soon be adding more jobs, he said.
By most accounts, 2011 was a tough year for the nation’s housing industry. But DeDe Stoner, a mortage consultant for Guild Mortgage, had a good year and was recognized as a top producer.
When Heather Ohs waves her magic wand, dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.
If you scroll through the portfolio section on Andrew Parent’s website, www.ironoxusa.com, you’ll see dozens of photos of finely crafted metal fixtures and some amazing hardware. Sooner or later, you just might end up scratching your head and wondering, “How does he do that?”
For Jonas Vachal, one of 2011’s highlights was recognition that his company, Vertex Consulting Group, is an industry leader.
Rodeo has been one sweet ride for Charles “C.B.” Wagner. This skilled horseman won a state rodeo championship during high school. He earned a full-ride scholarship to Montana State University, finishing fourth in the nation in calf roping and all-around during his senior year. After college,…
ZooMontana suffered through a difficult time in 2011 due to financial problems, the loss of accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a change in management. But Ian McDonald, a Billings dentist who is president of the zoo’s board of directors, believes better times lie ahead.
One of the easiest ways for a company to build its brand and increase awareness is by placing its logo on shirts, baseball caps or promotional items.
Thanks to the North Dakota oil boom, engineer Marshall Phil has been a frequent passenger on the Silver Airways (formerly Gulfstream Airways) flight connecting Billings and Sidney.
Peter Sanderson and his business partner, Devon Clayton, have a combined 25 years experience in the cellular phone industry. When they got an opportunity to buy Cellular Connection last October, they didn’t hesitate about making the switch from employees to owners.
Right after high school, Idaho native Jason Ritchie toured a couple of Montana colleges that were interested in having him play football.
Halliburton, the international oilfield services company, is denying that it’s planning to expand into Billings.
Floods that inundated hundreds of Montana homes and businesses last year cost millions of dollars in damage and untold misery for property owners. But the disaster also created a business opportunity for Patrick Chapel.
Attorney Ashley Burleson helps her clients make some of life's most important decisions, namely how their assets will be distributed among their heirs and their favorite charities.
Kendra Freeck skis fast and knows how to handle a fly rod. She’s also a prolific reader and is community oriented. As a supervisor with Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., P.C., it goes without saying that she’s pretty good with numbers. So when she was asked to serve as treasurer of the Parmly B…
40 Under 40: Jason "Big J" Harris, owner and director of Projectile Comedy Inc., host of “The Big J Show” on Hot 101.9
From an early age, Jason Harris knew entertainment was in his blood.
40 Under 40: Cheryl Miller, board certified staff development coordinator, Women’s and Children’s Services at St.Vincent Healthcare
Cheryl Miller has been involved in the delivery of thousands of babies, many of them from high-risk pregnancies, during her career in nursing.
Real estate professionals often stress the importance of face-to-face communications. But Jennifer Ray-Junkert has been taking advantage of Skype, the Internet-based video conferencing software, quite a bit lately.
Whether you’re looking for decking material, new windows or shopping for the latest and greatest electronic gear to outfit your man cave, the Home Improvement Show probably has something to pique your interest.
For somebody who grew up with banking in her blood, Danielle Rossow is enjoying herself in a slightly different line of work. She’s director of sales at Hampton Inns and Suites in Billings.