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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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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.

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KOA sees significant growth, national exposure during 2012

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.

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Trailhead Spirits: Distilling Montana's essence into memorable beverages

Trailhead Spirits: Distilling Montana's essence into memorable beverages

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.

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Fracking 101: Sanjel training facility emphasizes safety for oil field workers

Fracking 101: Sanjel training facility emphasizes safety for oil field workers

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.

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Making it in Montana: Paint Factory offers brings variety to retail business

Making it in Montana: Paint Factory offers brings variety to retail business

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…

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From the editor

Woody Allen said famously, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

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40 Under 40: Dustin Frost, partner, 47 North Communications

40 Under 40: Dustin Frost, partner, 47 North Communications

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.

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40 Under 40: Leah Johnson, vice president of human resources, Wendy's of Montana Inc.

40 Under 40: Leah Johnson, vice president of human resources, Wendy's of Montana Inc.

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.

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40 Under 40: Nina Hernandez, regional director, American Heart Association

40 Under 40: Nina Hernandez, regional director, American Heart Association

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.

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40 Under 40: Kally Amundsen, senior media buyer, A.D. Creative Group

40 Under 40: Kally Amundsen, senior media buyer, A.D. Creative Group

It’s no secret. Clients expect results when they entrust their marketing budgets to Kally Amundsen and A.D. Creative Group.

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40 Under 40: Rebecca Hedegaard, director, Small Business Development Center, Big Sky Economic Development

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.

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40 Under 40: Kevin D. Evans, undersheriff, Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department

40 Under 40: Kevin D. Evans, undersheriff, Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department

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…

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40 Under 40: Kori Keller, owner, Kidz Cutz, Short Cuts, coordinator of Ryan's Run

40 Under 40: Kori Keller, owner, Kidz Cutz, Short Cuts, coordinator of Ryan's Run

For Kori Keller, 2011 was a year of tremendous success and great sadness.

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40 Under 40: Clinton Hull, owner, Alternative Athletics/Crossfit

40 Under 40: Clinton Hull, owner, Alternative Athletics/Crossfit

At Alternative Athletics/CrossFit, you won’t find treadmills, weight machines or a lot of fancy fitness equipment.

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40 Under 40: Shane Flowers, president, Project Meats

40 Under 40: Shane Flowers, president, Project Meats

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.

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40 Under 40: Tara M. Barry, owner, Back Country Family Chiropractic

40 Under 40: Tara M. Barry, owner, Back Country Family Chiropractic

When Tara Barry sustained an injury while playing softball during high school, traditional medicine didn’t provide the relief she sought.

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40 Under 40: Erin Amato, psychiatrist, managing partner, medical director for YBGR, Montana Psychiatry, PLLC

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.

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40 Under 40: Mona Abelseth, owner, president, Cooke City Motorsports Inc., MBA Investment Properties

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 …

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40 Under 40: Jacqui Hughes, attorney, Hughes Law PLLC

40 Under 40: Jacqui Hughes, attorney, Hughes Law PLLC

An attorney she met during her college years inspired Jacqui Hughes to seek a career in the law.

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40 Under 40: Jim Nymeyer, owner, Barjon's Books, Music and Gifts

40 Under 40: Jim Nymeyer, owner, Barjon's Books, Music and Gifts

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…

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40 Under 40: Jillian Stieg, speech/language pathologist, Easter Seals-Goodwill Pediatric Therapy Services, School District 2

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.

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40 Under 40: Chad Raisland, Billings branch manager-project engineer, Pioneer Technical Services Inc.

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 …

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40 Under 40: Juli Pierce, senior deputy Yellowstone County attorney

40 Under 40: Juli Pierce, senior deputy Yellowstone County attorney

Juli Pierce says her parents, both teachers, had a big influence on her when she was growing up in Billings.

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40 Under 40: Shelby Jo Long-Hammond, director of forensics, assistant professor, Communication Studies, Rocky Mountain College

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.

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40 Under 40: Travis Kemp, owner, Wooden Nickel Refinishing and Woodcraft Inc.

40 Under 40: Travis Kemp, owner, Wooden Nickel Refinishing and Woodcraft Inc.

A dresser once slathered with pink paint looks like it just left the showroom.

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40 Under 40: Camille Wilson, director of behavioral health, RiverStone Health and Montana Family Medicine Residency

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.

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40 Under 40: Wayne Wilcox, owner, Big Sky ATM/Lukas Seely Presents/Advanced Wall Advertising/ Drink Check Inc.

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.

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40 Under 40: Laura Simonsen, program navigator, Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain Region

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.

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40 Under 40: Matthew McCleary, area operations manager for fracturing services, Sanjel Corp.

40 Under 40: Matthew McCleary, area operations manager for fracturing services, Sanjel Corp.

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.

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40 Under 40: DeDe Stoner, mortgage consultant, Guild Mortgage

40 Under 40: DeDe Stoner, mortgage consultant, Guild Mortgage

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.

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40 Under 40: Heather Ohs, state manager, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Montana

40 Under 40: Heather Ohs, state manager, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Montana

When Heather Ohs waves her magic wand, dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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40 Under 40: Andrew Parent, artist, Iron Ox Inc.

40 Under 40: Andrew Parent, artist, Iron Ox Inc.

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?”

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40 Under 40: Jonas Vachal, president, CEO, Vertex Consulting Group

40 Under 40: Jonas Vachal, president, CEO, Vertex Consulting Group

For Jonas Vachal, one of 2011’s highlights was recognition that his company, Vertex Consulting Group, is an industry leader.

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40 Under 40: Charles "C.B." Wagner, wealth management adviser, Merrill Lynch

40 Under 40: Charles "C.B." Wagner, wealth management adviser, Merrill Lynch

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,…

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40 Under 40: Dr. Ian C. McDonald, general dentist, Pickens Family Dental

40 Under 40: Dr. Ian C. McDonald, general dentist, Pickens Family Dental

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.

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40 Under 40: Scott Mackney, national sales manager, Graphic Imprints

40 Under 40: Scott Mackney, national sales manager, Graphic Imprints

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.

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40 Under 40: Marshall Phil, managing member, senior engineer, Blueline Engineering

40 Under 40: Marshall Phil, managing member, senior engineer, Blueline Engineering

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.

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40 Under 40: Peter Sanderson, owner, operator, Cellular Connection

40 Under 40: Peter Sanderson, owner, operator, Cellular Connection

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.

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40 Under 40: Jason Ritchie, attorney, Holland and Hart LLP

40 Under 40: Jason Ritchie, attorney, Holland and Hart LLP

Right after high school, Idaho native Jason Ritchie toured a couple of Montana colleges that were interested in having him play football.

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From the Editor: Past booms can teach us about the Bakken

Halliburton, the international oilfield services company, is denying that it’s planning to expand into Billings.

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40 Under 40: Patrick Chapel, president and majority owner, Grizzly Peak Environmental Contracting

40 Under 40: Patrick Chapel, president and majority owner, Grizzly Peak Environmental Contracting

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.

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40 Under 40: Ashley Burleson, attorney, partner, Crowley Fleck PLLP

40 Under 40: Ashley Burleson, attorney, partner, Crowley Fleck PLLP

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.

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40 Under 40: Kendra Freeck, supervisor, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C.

40 Under 40: Kendra Freeck, supervisor, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C.

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…

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40 Under 40: Jason "Big J" Harris, owner and director of Projectile Comedy Inc., host of “The Big J Show” on Hot 101.9

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.

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40 Under 40: Cheryl Miller, board certified staff development coordinator, Women’s and Children’s Services at St.Vincent Healthcare

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.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Five Minutes with Jennifer Ray

A Tale of Two Cities: Five Minutes with Jennifer Ray

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.

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40 Under 40: BeauJames Hedin, trade show producer/promoter, Rimrock Promotions and Trade Shows Inc.

40 Under 40: BeauJames Hedin, trade show producer/promoter, Rimrock Promotions and Trade Shows Inc.

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.

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40 Under 40: Danielle Rossow, director of sales, Hampton Inn and Suites

40 Under 40: Danielle Rossow, director of sales, Hampton Inn and Suites

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.

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