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Exxon smoke

Exxon smoke

A fire in the coker unit at ExxonMobil refinery sent smoke south over Lockwood on Friday morning.

June 13, 2014 9:33 am
U.S. Rep. Daines on local financing tools

U.S. Rep. Daines on local financing tools

U.S. Representative Steve Daines D, Mont. explains how he wants to take local solutions to financing and apply them federally.

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Meal Time: When weather's cold feedlots feed lots

Meal Time: When weather's cold feedlots feed lots

It's 8 a.m. at Haaland's Blue Creek Feeders and cowhand Chuck Irwin is making breakfast for 4,000.

January 25, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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Refineries, unions in contract talks

Labor contracts are set to expire at all three Billings-area refineries next Tuesday. Local talks are under way, although nationally oil companies are preparing to stay open should negotiations fail.

January 24, 2012 7:45 pmLoading…

Term limits shake up legislative races

Election season is barely a week old and already changes are certain in several local legislative districts.

January 18, 2012 12:17 pmLoading…
Tester talks Bakken, budget, economy

Tester talks Bakken, budget, economy

The Bakken oil boom can be a moneymaker for Eastern Montana, but the torrent of business will prove too much for the community if it isn’t ready, said Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, who thinks the federal government should be helping.

January 13, 2012 3:09 pm Photos

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USDA closes Montana, Wyoming offices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will shutter four offices in Montana and Wyoming as part of the $150 million cost-cutting measure that includes 259 total closures.

January 10, 2012 6:01 pmLoading…
Farmers and ranchers sue over MF Global debacle

Farmers and ranchers sue over MF Global debacle

Montana farmers trapped in the $41 billion collapse of brokerage giant MF Global are suing its officers and its business partners for trade violations.

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Rehberg sees tough decisions ahead

Rehberg sees tough decisions ahead

Republicans have forced a presidential decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., said he expects President Barack Obama to kill the project.

January 03, 2012 5:58 pm Photos

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A long road of flood repairs still ahead for Montana

A long road of flood repairs still ahead for Montana

The 2011 floods are in Montana's rearview mirror, but repairing the damage to roads is proving to be long, jarring and costly.

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Irrigators still grappling with flood repairs

Irrigators still grappling with flood repairs

Huntley Irrigation Project is nearly back to normal as crews complete the final third of a $2.4 million repair stemming from 2011's disastrous flooding.

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All eyes on energy, ag industries as 2012 dawns

All eyes on energy, ag industries as 2012 dawns

The Mayans had it right. If you’re going to predict the future, it’s best to aim far beyond your life expectancy, lest you wind up red-faced in a bunker overstocked with SPAM and ammo.

January 01, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Whitewater wave group seeks Lockwood irrigators' support

Whitewater wave group seeks Lockwood irrigators' support

A man-made whitewater wave sought for the Billings stretch of the Yellowstone River could get a boost next week if Lockwood irrigators endorse the plan.

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Oil and Gas classes offered to Central Montana property owners

On the off-chance that a central Montana farmer might be America's next Jed Clampett, the Montana Farmer's Union is holding oil and gas leasing classes next month.

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Strong prices have Stockgrowers riding high

Strong prices have Stockgrowers riding high

It is the Year of the Cowboy, part two.For the second year in a row, the Montana Stockgrowers Association gathered in Billings with everything seemingly going their way. Gross income for Montana cattle and calves appeared headed beyond $1 billion for the third year in the past four. Hay barn…

December 16, 2011 8:00 pmLoading…
Ranchers stampede to Billings for business, shopping

Ranchers stampede to Billings for business, shopping

It was billed as a sideshow to the Montana Cowboy Christmas, but Pat Karie was looking for a different kind of last-minute shopper as he sized up the ranchers strolling through the Montana Pavilion.

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Farmers still waiting for money from trade scandal

As U.S. senators interrogated players in one of the nation’s largest trading scandals Tuesday, Montana farmers and ranchers came to grips with not fully recovering their losses.

December 13, 2011 7:30 pmLoading…
Montana faces business challenges

Montana faces business challenges

Flanked by the some of the most business-friendly states in the country, Montana risks losing out if it doesn't improve its offerings, development officials said Monday.

December 12, 2011 10:45 pmLoading…
'I'm enjoying it,' Beach says of life outside prison

'I'm enjoying it,' Beach says of life outside prison

So many choices. So much time.

December 08, 2011 7:15 pm Photos

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Proposed child safety rules rankle farmers

Montana agriculture groups are balking at proposed federal rules that could ban children from farm work.

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Beach released from prison without bond to await new trial

Beach released from prison without bond to await new trial

LEWISTOWN — One month shy of spending 29 years behind bars for murder, Barry Beach was released Wednesday pending a new trial in the killing of a 17-year-old Poplar girl.

December 07, 2011 6:55 pm Photos

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Farm lobby fights for best deal it can get on fading subsidies

Farm lobby fights for best deal it can get on fading subsidies

Farm subsidies are on the congressional chopping block and Republicans, Democrats and more than a few farmers are lobbying for a hand on the hatchet.

December 04, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Trading company's collapse traps Montana farmers

The collapse of MF Global, a trading company that made bad bets on European debt with customer money, has crippled American farms, including some in Montana, according to U.S. lawmakers.

December 01, 2011 6:11 pmLoading…
Biofuel crop insurance targets Montana

Biofuel crop insurance targets Montana

The Montana biofuel industry got a jump start Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which selected 40 counties for a federally backed camelina insurance.

November 30, 2011 8:00 pmLoading…
Lifted ban means horse slaughter will likely resume by spring

Lifted ban means horse slaughter will likely resume by spring

The nation's first horse slaughter facility in years could be operational by spring now that a de facto ban on the practice has been lifted, Western supporters said Wednesday.

November 30, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Back on track: Historic railroad hotel in Three Forks rolls out the red carpet

Back on track: Historic railroad hotel in Three Forks rolls out the red carpet

THREE FORKS — The knock on the historic Sacajawea Hotel for years was that, as beautiful as it once was, restoring its grandeur was going to take a lot of bread.

November 27, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Food inflation means Thanksgiving costs more

Food inflation means Thanksgiving costs more

The turkey was already paid for, the libations, the scalloped potatoes and the corn pudding, too. There were Brussels sprouts and the fixings for the Spencer-Smith family’s cranberry chutney.

November 23, 2011 7:00 pmLoading…
Jobless rate drags on Montana economy

Jobless rate drags on Montana economy

Two years after the Great Recession, Montana faces a historically difficult labor market, with high long-term-unemployment rates and workers wanting more hours than they can get, a new report shows.

November 23, 2011 5:15 pmLoading…
GOP governor candidates all like their chances

GOP governor candidates all like their chances

There will be no political calculus in the 2012 Republican race for governor. That’s because a nine-way race in which each candidate claims an edge is all about geometry.

November 14, 2011 6:15 pmLoading…
GOP candidates for governor agree Montana needs to do more in Bakken

GOP candidates for governor agree Montana needs to do more in Bakken

The hottest oil play in the lower 48 states straddles the Montana-North Dakota border, but would-be Republican governors say there's red tape to drill through before the Treasure State hits crude.

November 12, 2011 9:25 pm Photos

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Sugar senators sour to corn sweetener rebranding

Senators from beet and sugar cane states are asking the federal government to abandon plans to replace high fructose corn syrup on ingredient labels with the term “corn sugar.”

November 11, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…
Time running out to get brand ownership renewed

Time running out to get brand ownership renewed

Lynn Hardy knew the number 84 as a brand burned into the hide of Montana history, the mark of a territorial vigilante known for swinging rustlers from a rope in the 1860s.

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Baucus: Deficit committee may be farmers' best bet

Baucus: Deficit committee may be farmers' best bet

The fate of farm subsidies, worth billions to the Montana economy, is expected to be decided in the next three weeks by a deficit-cutting supercommittee looking to chop $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

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Sugar harvest winds down; beets, prices in good shape

Sugar harvest winds down; beets, prices in good shape

With 30,000 acres of sugar beets to harvest and not a single hotel room available for hired hands, Sidney Sugars was in a sticky situation.

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Republicans rally for small businesses

Republicans rally for small businesses

Republicans rallied Monday to “liberate Main Street,” in response to the Occupy Wall Street protests staged by liberal groups across the country.

October 31, 2011 6:30 pmLoading…
Going, going, gone: Ranchers reap strong cattle prices

Going, going, gone: Ranchers reap strong cattle prices

MILES CITY — The knots of Angus heifers spill onto the auction house scale to be sold 20 at a time. The blond horizontal stripes bleached into their coal-black coats indicate that they are “closed.” That is to say, pregnant with calves to birth in just a couple months.

October 30, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Despite strong 2011, Montana agriculture faces risks, economists say

BOZEMAN — Montana agriculture, the state’s top economic performer since the recession, could easily trip on government policies and high business costs, economists said Friday.

October 28, 2011 4:45 pmLoading…
Former Sen. Burns blasts protesters, Obama in energy cost tour

Former Sen. Burns blasts protesters, Obama in energy cost tour

Long-winded and as politically incorrect as ever, former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns blasted Occupy Wall Street protesters and President Barack Obama during a small gathering of Billings Republicans on Thursday.

October 20, 2011 5:36 pm Photos

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EPA backs off farm rules

Federal regulators pledged Monday to take their foot off the gas in revving up new rules for fuel storage tanks and also said they weren't cracking down on farm dust.

October 17, 2011 5:35 pmLoading…
Ranchers expect better beef sales under new trade agreement

Ranchers expect better beef sales under new trade agreement

With a Korean free-trade agreement in hand, cattle producers will be pushing government officials to challenge restrictions on U.S. beef, a key Montana rancher said Friday.

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Beet, but not beaten, farmers harvest tough sugar crop

Beet, but not beaten, farmers harvest tough sugar crop

Beneath gray skies, Irvin Schlemmer thrust his beet digger into gear and headed down another row. The clay-crusted roots he'd tended for seven months trundled up the digger's Ferris wheel and into a holding bin.

October 14, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Montana businesses cheer trade agreements passed by Congress

Montana businesses hailed congressional passage of three trade agreements Wednesday as a long-delayed and desperately needed measure to catch up with export rivals.

October 12, 2011 8:30 pmLoading…
Trade agreements with 3 nations to go to vote next week

Trade agreements with 3 nations to go to vote next week

After nearly six years, a trio of trade agreements capable of generating 250,000 U.S. jobs and boosting farm profits is almost complete, but needs a push from manufacturing and farm-state lawmakers to succeed.

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Molt neighbors harvest farmer's crop after daughter's death

Molt neighbors harvest farmer's crop after daughter's death

MOLT — The obituary hadn’t even appeared in the newspaper yet, but Bob Chambers’ neighbors already knew the farmer’s 25-year-old daughter, Nickie Chambers, had taken her own life in her father’s home, where she and her 4-year-old daughter had been staying.

October 07, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Lawmaker Knox draws criticism for Texas job, house for sale

Lawmaker Knox draws criticism for Texas job, house for sale

On the Internet, his Texas job and calls for anti-socialist mind ammo have drawn a bull's-eye on his behind from liberal bloggers, but Heights Republican legislator James Knox is not an endangered species, state officials say.

October 04, 2011 6:41 pmLoading…
Much work ahead for coker megaloads at Conoco

Much work ahead for coker megaloads at Conoco

This winter, the tallest thing on the Billings horizon won’t be First Interstate Bank. It will be one of the world’s largest cranes with a 500-foot boom swinging two large pieces of oil refinery equipment into place.

October 02, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Musselshell blues: Flood problems continue along river

Musselshell blues: Flood problems continue along river

ROUNDUP — Two cowboys stood on the edge of the Musselshell River and gazed at a quarter-mile-wide washout that gouged a new river path and left their hayfields without water for the first time in perhaps a century.

September 22, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Rain Delay: Farmers still dealing with effects of spring’s wet chill

Rain Delay: Farmers still dealing with effects of spring’s wet chill

Most years, there are semi trucks heaped with sugar beets rumbling off of the Nedens family farm like clockwork in September.

September 18, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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15 immigrants sworn in as new U.S. citizens

15 immigrants sworn in as new U.S. citizens

The road to U.S. citizenship isn’t easy, with questions to be answered about the U.S. Constitution and national history that would stump some natural-born citizens.

September 15, 2011 5:22 pm Photos

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Montana Democrats broke campaign laws in 2008

Montana Democrats broke campaign disclosure laws in 2008 by using anonymous phone calls against a Billings Republican legislative candidate, the state’s political practices commissioner has ruled.

September 13, 2011 8:00 pmLoading…

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