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Bozeman bouncing back after recession

Bozeman bouncing back after recession

BOZEMAN — Bozeman’s economy took a thrashing during the recession — at least compared to most of Montana. But by many measures, it’s bounding back with enthusiasm.

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Weather, cattle prices color the 2014 agriculture economy

Weather, cattle prices color the 2014 agriculture economy

Phil Steinberger was one of the lucky farmers. He got his wheat in the ground early, harvested in mid-July, and was done farming when all hell broke loose across Montana in August.

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More companies offering holiday bonuses

More companies offering holiday bonuses

More employees are going to see something extra in their stocking from their boss this year.

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'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

With low unemployment, falling fuel prices, and growing consumer demand, the greater Billings area and most of Eastern Montana have been enjoying a good run, experts say.

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Facing infrastructure challenges, Bakken towns struggle to cash in on oil boom

Facing infrastructure challenges, Bakken towns struggle to cash in on oil boom

Sometimes, if you’re not ready to catch an opportunity, it lands on you just the same.

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Bakken banks outperform rest of Montana, North Dakota

Bakken banks outperform rest of Montana, North Dakota

It didn’t take long for the deposits of Bakken oil and gas royalties to begin piling up at Richland Federal Credit Union.

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Charter planning to hire 100 new workers in Billings

Charter planning to hire 100 new workers in Billings

Charter Communications is seeking to hire 100 new employees in Billings, primarily in sales and customer retention, company officials announced Wednesday.

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Email outage hits Charter customers

Email outage hits Charter customers

Officials at Charter Communications say they are working to fix problems with the email system for customers with Bresnan.net addresses in Montana.

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Developers still seeking oil patch housing in tiny Fryburg

Developers still seeking oil patch housing in tiny Fryburg

FRYBURG, N.D. — Despite a predicted downturn in oil drilling, developers whose proposed project was rejected earlier this year, are back with a scaled-down plan to turn the former Fryburg school into housing for oil workers.

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Laughing Sun Brewing moves into distribution

BISMARCK, N.D. — A local brew house is taking advantage of a new law allowing small brewers to distribute their own beer.

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Tennessee family enjoying new life in Bakken

MINOT, N.D. -- Nick Vaughn earns in two nights what took him two weeks to make in his home state of Tennessee.

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Bakken boom brings surge of diversity to North Dakota

Bakken boom brings surge of diversity to North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Job seekers and immigrants have brought a surge of diversity to North Dakota, but the arrival of many new people from diverse native lands often results in a few language gaps.

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North Dakota still just dabbling in lottery

North Dakota still just dabbling in lottery

MOORHEAD – Moham Mitchell spends a lot of money on lottery tickets here every week at the Orton’s gas station near Minnesota’s first exit off Interstate 94.

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North Dakota state budget doesn't lean on lottery cash

North Dakota state budget doesn't lean on lottery cash

FARGO, N.D. — Among states that offer lotteries, North Dakota’s budget is the least reliant on the lottery.

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Bakken co-op customers to receive free electricity for 3 months

Bakken co-op customers to receive free electricity for 3 months

WILLISTON, N.D. — The Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative in North Dakota’s oil patch had a great year, and now it’s paying it back to its customers.

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Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

At Trailhead Spirits in downtown Billings, owner Casey McGowan is selling the Montana brand as much as his own products. So it’s worth jacking up his prices if the money comes back to his community.

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Bakken flaring rate drops below imposed threshold

Bakken flaring rate drops below imposed threshold

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s oil industry is coming in even lower than the targets set by new rules that require reducing the amount of natural gas burned off as a byproduct of oil production, the state’s top energy regulator said Friday.

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Gallery Interiors to move into downtown Bottega shop

Gallery Interiors to move into downtown Bottega shop

Once the Bottega women’s clothing store leaves downtown Billings, the spot in the historic Kress building won’t be vacant long.

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Williston strip clubs lose liquor license for 60 days

Williston strip clubs lose liquor license for 60 days

WILLISTON, N.D. — Williston’s city commissioners have unanimously approved suspending the liquor licenses of two downtown strip clubs after increasing calls to the two businesses and violations of liquor laws.

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ABC "Shark Tank" star to headline Billings chamber event

The Billings Chamber of Commerce has caught a pretty big fish for its annual breakfast next spring.

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New Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants planned for Billings, Bozeman

New Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants planned for Billings, Bozeman

The owner of the Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in Montana is planning to bring a new restaurant chain into the state, including a shop in Billings.

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Acupuncturist hoping to improve quality of life in Bakken area

Acupuncturist hoping to improve quality of life in Bakken area

WILLISTON, N.D. — Rebecca Lloyd has had just one patient who says they get a good night’s sleep.

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N.D. taxpayers report income has doubled since Bakken boom began

N.D. taxpayers report income has doubled since Bakken boom began

BISMARCK, N.D. — Reported income by all North Dakotans has more than doubled to a record $30.4 billion since the infancy of the state's oil boom in 2006, tax return filings show.

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Mom, daughter combine salon, boutique

Mom, daughter combine salon, boutique

Mom likes boutique fashion. Daughter is a hair stylist. Both want to run their own business in downtown Billings.

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