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GREAT FALLS – The biggest news out of the Great Falls economy this year wasn’t the best: The U.S. Air Force announced in October that the Montana Air National Guard will lose its F-15 fighter jets to a base in Fresno, Calif.
GREAT FALLS – For three-quarters of a century, Great Falls-based D.A. Davidson & Co. has helped Montanans protect and grow their portfolios, helping build nest eggs of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and cash.
HELENA – Everyone keeping a close watch on the Helena economy has their eyes trained to the north. For it’s on the north side of town that the capital city is awash in retail and trade growth.
HELENA – One of the notable transitions on the Helena business landscape in 2010 took place in late November, when aerospace giant Boeing agreed to purchase Summit Aeronautics Group, a 13-year-old Helena firm that engineers and manufactures precision parts for both civilian and military aircraft.
A Helena company that began 13 years ago with four employees in a small building on the south side of the airport on Monday became part of the largest aerospace firm in the world.
HELENA - For the second straight winter, Ash Grove Cement Co. will furlough some workers at its manufacturing plant in Montana City, as the company continues to see soft demand for its products.
HELENA — A licensing agreement with a major defense contractor finally in hand last year, Pat Miller needed more space. And he needed the space to be his own.
HELENA — On a recent sunny weekday afternoon, about a dozen people sat around a conference table at Carroll College and discussed how to ask people for money.
HELENA — There are signs of illness surrounding some of the state’s tourism marketing efforts this summer — and the director of Travel Montana is delighted.
HELENA — Six lucky numbers turned into a life-changing, eight-figure payout for a pair of Helenans who Thursday discovered their share of a Powerball lotto jackpot will be some $48.5 million.
A historic site near the Continental Divide whose significance pre-dates Montana’s statehood was vandalized earlier this month.
Foreclosure proceedings have been initiated against the owners of the Capital Hill Mall by a California debt collection agency, with the mall to be sold at auction on the courthouse steps in September unless the owners make other arrangements with their creditors.
HELENA — Montanans looking to improve their computer and software skills in an effort to find work — or find better work — can do so for free through a program that went live Thursday and is presented by the state and one of the world’s computer giants.
There’s a disconnect somewhere in Montana’s food chain.
It might seem incongruous to eat fresh tomatoes in Montana in late winter in the first place, but a mid-winter cold snap in Florida crippled the crop and sent prices for certain varieties soaring across the country.
HELENA — Dillard’s department store in the Capital Hill Mall will be closing by the end of May, taking with it 70 jobs and a lengthy retail history on the city’s east side.
HELENA — With the goal of bolstering governmental support for rural transportation development, representatives of a multistate consortium met with Gov. Brian Schweitzer Thursday, hoping Montana will get behind proposed infrastructure improvements stretching from Alberta to Texas.
HELENA — A new home for veterans is planned for southwest Montana, and Jefferson County officials think Boulder is the best place for it.
HELENA — A top-level shake-up at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has resulted in a smaller executive team, a handful of promotions and less daily responsibility for the chief executive of the state’s largest health insurance provider.
HELENA — The northern tier of the country should slowly climb away from the recession in 2010, with Montana’s outlook brighter than other parts of the region, a pair of economists said Monday.
HELENA — One hundred and fifty Oregon-bound people ended up spending the night in Helena after their Continental Airlines flight developed engine trouble on a westbound flight from New Jersey, airport officials said.
William J. Bresnan, the founder of the cable television company that has provided service to the majority of Montana’s cable-viewing homes since 2002, died Friday.
HELENA — A recent legislative audit of the state’s vehicle fleet noted that “the state does not have a comprehensive and accurate vehicle inventory” and “lacks a system for collecting essential information.”
HELENA — One of the first tasks undertaken by the state of Montana’s Interagency Committee for Change by Women when it formed in the mid-1970s was a thorough study of how women were faring in that era’s work force.
THREE FORKS - Duane Visser is no stranger to debt.
HELENA - At an age when most of her peers are content with an allowance and maybe a few extra dollars from doing household chores, Marisa Recker has zoomed into the entrepreneurial world with abandon.
The way Mike Campbell sees it, he was destined to someday own Coney Island.
HELENA - As the field of his specialty suggests, Helena cardiologist Richard Paustian has spent most of his career working on and around his patients' hearts.
One of the first borrowers ever lined up by the local economic development authority more than a decade ago has paid his account back in full.
HELENA - Dogs may be the stereotypical "best friend" to many, while others consider their cars to be their first love.
HELENA - Traffic and anxiety are up at Helena's Job Service office.
HELENA - Montana's oldest marathon is moving to Billings.
HELENA - After several years of fairly inelastic demand, it appears that this summer's $4 gas was enough to get Montanans to ease up on the accelerator - a trend that, if it continues, could delay some road projects across the state.
HELENA - Across the country, retailers are hiring fewer seasonal employees to help out with what experts predict will be a painfully slow holiday season from a sales perspective.
HELENA - Jaunita Brewer has felt the pinch of a marked increase in grocery prices over the past two years.
HELENA - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has asked to be heard in a lawsuit that aims to prevent the Helena Regional Airport from leasing 9 acres of land to the insurer for a new office building.
It's coming down to the wire for expansion of the Montana Tunnels mine in Jefferson City.
A new section of the Continental Divide Trail south of Helena is not only breaking ground through the mountains high above Basin but also showcases a groundbreaking approach to cooperation among various user groups.
The setting was ersatz, but the sentiment seemed genuine Wednesday as Montana State Fund officials "broke ground" on a new office building and earned kudos from all corners for planning a green building in downtown Helena.
HELENA - Any time's a good time for a financial checkup.
HELENA - Tuesday's presidential primary vote in Montana will have the attention of people around the world.
HELENA - A meeting of the Montana Association of Railroad Passengers brought people from around the state to Helena on Friday. Their goal: to support the renewal of service on a southern route through the state.
HELENA - Health care reform in the U.S. will have to be a public and private partnership, with elements from each sector combining to provide coverage for all Americans, the president of an insurance industry trade association said Monday.
HELENA - The natural-resource boom of the past several years created such a demand for workers in Gillette, Wyo., that the local economic development agency went looking for hands two time zones away.
HELENA - The relocation or expansion of a high-profile firm into a city can be one of the most tangible signs of economic development. But is it one of the most beneficial?
HELENA - According to a Business Week report last fall, women in America are starting firms at twice the rate of men - and daughters are now just as likely as sons to follow in the family business.
HELENA - Montana State Fund's board of directors on Friday authorized an overall 1 percent decrease in rates for the coming year, marking the first time in six years that the state's largest workers' compensation insurance provider hasn't raised its premiums.
HELENA - An exponential difference in housing prices between the American coasts and the heartland, coupled with a shrinking of the knowledge, culture and lifestyle gaps between the Plains and the coasts, will combine to create fantastic opportunities for Montana and other interior states, t…
HELENA - Should state law require that workers be allowed to take breaks during their shift? Labor said yes, and business groups said no during a hearing at the Capitol Wednesday morning.
HELENA - If you've gone out for dinner recently and treated yourself to a mushroom-doused steak, a grilled portabella or a bowl of homemade mushroom soup, chances are the main ingredient came to life just a few miles down the road.