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A fire in the coker unit at ExxonMobil refinery sent smoke south over Lockwood on Friday morning.
U.S. Representative Steve Daines D, Mont. explains how he wants to take local solutions to financing and apply them federally.
It's 8 a.m. at Haaland's Blue Creek Feeders and cowhand Chuck Irwin is making breakfast for 4,000.
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.
Election season is barely a week old and already changes are certain in several local legislative districts.
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.
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.
Montana farmers trapped in the $41 billion collapse of brokerage giant MF Global are suing its officers and its business partners for trade violations.
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.
The 2011 floods are in Montana's rearview mirror, but repairing the damage to roads is proving to be long, jarring and costly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 bar…
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.
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.
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.
So many choices. So much time.
Montana agriculture groups are balking at proposed federal rules that could ban children from farm work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Republicans rallied Monday to “liberate Main Street,” in response to the Occupy Wall Street protests staged by liberal groups across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Montana businesses hailed congressional passage of three trade agreements Wednesday as a long-delayed and desperately needed measure to catch up with export rivals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most years, there are semi trucks heaped with sugar beets rumbling off of the Nedens family farm like clockwork in September.
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.
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.