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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.

August 21, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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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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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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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.

July 01, 2014 11:10 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.

July 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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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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?

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

May 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

April 01, 2014 5:09 pm Photos

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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.

April 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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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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.

March 12, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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New Billings Scheels store will be a big hit, company CEO promises

New Billings Scheels store will be a big hit, company CEO promises

With Yellowstone County’s unemployment rate expected to fall to around 2 percent within a year or two, many employers worry about where they’ll find qualified workers.

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Experts: Workplace diversity makes good business sense

Experts: Workplace diversity makes good business sense

Hiring more women as top managers and appointing them to corporate boards isn’t just a feel-good exercise in political correctness. It makes good business sense.

September 26, 2013 4:03 pm Photos

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Japanese firm unveils solar and wind powerd traffic signal manufactured in Billings

Japanese firm unveils solar and wind powerd traffic signal manufactured in Billings

 A first-of-its kind wind- and solar-powered traffic signal warning drivers in a school crossing zone on 32nd Street West has gone operational just in time for school.

August 29, 2013 4:35 pm Photos

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Political consultants bring experience, expertise to campaigns

Political consultants bring experience, expertise to campaigns

When supporters began putting together a campaign to pass a $16.3 million library bond issue in the spring of 2012, Suzanne McKiernan figured she would spend long hours at Rimrock Mall and the Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market, handing out literature and trying to convince voters about how …

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Dick Anderson Construction purchases High Tech Construction

Dick Anderson Construction purchases High Tech Construction

The merger of two longtime Montana contracting firms took about 18 months and required many steps along the way. But all of that paperwork was worth the effort, as company officials look forward to new opportunities.

July 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Billings in top 10 places to live

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Billings in top 10 places to live

Mayor Tom Hanel proudly touts Billings at groundbreakings, conferences and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. And, his job as the city's promoter in chief just got a whole lot easier after Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Billings as one of the nation's top 10 places to live.

July 25, 2013 11:54 am Photos

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Officials tout new Peterbilt dealership's role in the economy

Officials tout new Peterbilt dealership's role in the economy

On most days, the 27 service bays in the new Montana Peterbilt truck dealership are occupied by large rigs undergoing maintenance and repairs.

July 11, 2013 2:22 pm Photos

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Displaced union workers hand out information at ExxonMobil refinery

Displaced union workers hand out information at ExxonMobil refinery

Vicki Dickinson, who was laid off last month after ExxonMobil switched to a non-union contractor, was back outside the refinery gates Thursday morning, hoping to raise awareness about the plight of displaced workers.

June 27, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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Bakken plan influenced Avitus Group expansion

Bakken plan influenced Avitus Group expansion

When System Building Solutions set up a plant to manufacture modular homes, the owners said they preferred to concentrate on “building boxes” and not worry about payroll, human resources and other tasks associated with running a business.

June 22, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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As housing market recovers, experts talk of an inventory shortage

As housing market recovers, experts talk of an inventory shortage

As the summer of 2013 unfolds, the nation’s housing market continues to show signs of improvement.

June 16, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Billings airport takes its own approach to attracting airlines

Billings airport takes its own approach to attracting airlines

A little more than a year ago, former Gov. Brian Schweitzer plopped down in the guest chair beside TV host David Letterman and bragged up the Big Sky state to a national audience. Although his trip to New York included handing out Montana-made beef jerky and huckleberry jam, Schweitzer said …

June 09, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Bullock touts Main Street Montana economic development plan

When it comes to creating jobs, a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development doesn’t cut it, Gov. Steve Bullock says.

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Union workers lose jobs at ExxonMobil

Union workers lose jobs at ExxonMobil

Thirty-five union workers have been out of work since May 23 in the wake of a decision by the ExxonMobil refinery to switch contractors that do certain maintenance work at the refinery.

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Quite a turnaround: Workers welcome big project at CHS refinery

Quite a turnaround: Workers welcome big project at CHS refinery

LAUREL — Five years ago, the skyline over Laurel was permanently transformed after CHS Inc. completed a $400 million refinery renovation that featured the installation of a petroleum coker that squeezes more fuel from each barrel of crude oil.

June 02, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Bullock: Veto of assistance bill was fiscally necessary

Bullock: Veto of assistance bill was fiscally necessary

Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday defended his veto of a bill that would have provided up to $15 million in financial assistance to Eastern Montana counties feeling the effects of rapid energy development.

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Billings market starting to heat up, professionals say

Billings market starting to heat up, professionals say

Outside, a cold north wind sent fat snowflakes skittering across the sidewalk.

April 21, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Health care, energy jobs will be in big demand in future, experts say

The newly renovated Northern Hotel opened to rave reviews over the weekend. At one point during the festivities, Steve Arveschoug, executive director of Big Sky Economic Development, asked co-owner Mike Nelson what the county economic development agency could do to help assure the Northern’s…

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Battle of Midway hero Jim Muri dies at 93

Battle of Midway hero Jim Muri dies at 93

Jim Muri, a Montanan whose legendary flying prowess saved his stricken bomber and crew during the Battle of Midway in World War II, died Sunday at age 93.

February 04, 2013 4:31 pmLoading…
Bay Ltd. reduces workforce at Billings fabrication plant

Bay Ltd. reduces workforce at Billings fabrication plant

A Texas company that has been fabricating equipment used in Canada’s oil sands at a Billings manufacturing plant has apparently sent temporary workers home as the project winds down.

January 04, 2013 8:05 pmLoading…
Tourism researcher: Billings travel industry booming due to better marketing

Tourism researcher: Billings travel industry booming due to better marketing

Every day during the first nine months of this year, at least 77 percent of the 4,000 hotel rooms in Billings were booked. That’s a healthy 22 percent increase in hotel occupancy from three years ago.

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As fiscal cliff looms, experts say it makes sense to sell before 2012 ends

As fiscal cliff looms, experts say it makes sense to sell before 2012 ends

If you’re thinking about selling a business that you’ve steadily built over the years, or if the market has boosted the value of certain shares within your stock portfolio, it’s a good idea to pull the trigger before the end of the year, financial experts say.

November 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Influential businessman Don Bottrell dies

Don Bottrell, a visionary business developer whose ventures include energy, technology, real estate, banking and retailing, died unexpectedly Tuesday. He was 61.

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Billings Chamber rolls out 'Shop Local' campaigns

Billings Chamber rolls out 'Shop Local' campaigns

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau is again urging area residents to shop locally as a way to boost the economy.

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Local company aims to make newcomers to Billings area feel at home

Local company aims to make newcomers to Billings area feel at home

New to Billings? Theresa Cassady wants to make sure your move to the Magic City starts off on the right foot.

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BNSF CEO says oil-by-rail shipments continue to help Bakken development

BNSF CEO says oil-by-rail shipments continue to help Bakken development

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will continue shipping millions of barrels of crude oil from the prolific Bakken oil play even if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is built, BNSF’s chief executive said Wednesday in Billings.

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Tea Party Express rolls into Billings

Tea Party Express rolls into Billings

Strolling around with an empty doll-sized chair tucked under her arm, Gail Beauchamp summoned her inner Clint Eastwood during Thursday's appearance of the Tea Party Express.

September 27, 2012 5:25 pm Photos

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SD2 dropout rate needs to be addressed, say business leaders, educators

Billings business leaders and educators on Thursday pledged to address School District 2's drop-out rate.

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Schweitzer warns of massive property tax shift

Schweitzer warns of massive property tax shift

Montana homeowners and small businesses will see sharp increases in their property taxes if 130 corporate taxpayers succeed in altering the way their own property is assessed, Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Tuesday.

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Energy companies rub elbows with fairgoers at Energy Day

Energy companies rub elbows with fairgoers at Energy Day

A historic building that’s traditionally relegated to housing livestock was positively energetic Thursday afternoon. The first Energy Day at MontanaFair gave representatives of regional and national energy companies an opportunity to network, share stories and tell fairgoers about the energy…

August 16, 2012 5:03 pm Photos

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Wounded veterans receive a warm welcome on 4,200-mile cycle tour

Pedaling on a cross-country bicycle tour is helping Colleen Bushnell heal from the trauma she experienced during her military service.

August 09, 2012 8:54 pmLoading…
Miss Montana overcame many challenges on her way to the crown

Miss Montana overcame many challenges on her way to the crown

When Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012, discusses her desire to help people with autism, she’s not speaking in flowery beauty pageant platitudes about trying to make the world a better place.

August 02, 2012 5:15 pmLoading…

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