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The first edition of Magic magazine has arrived in 8,000 households and numerous distribution points around Yellowstone County.

The quarterly publication is a Billings-centered lifestyle magazine that features local people, local issues, trends in home decorating and landscaping, and tips about dining, entertainment, health, fitness and fashion. It is published by The Billings Gazette.

Complimentary subscriptions were mailed to select households in Yellowstone County. Another 2,500 magazines are available at several Billings businesses and the Gazette customer service counter, 401 N. Broadway.

Allyn Calton, Gazette marketing manager, is the editor of the magazine and can be reached at 657-1434. Letters or information may be mailed to Editor, Magic Magazine, P. O. Box 30977, Billings, MT 59107-0977 or emailed to Advertising inquiries should be directed to Nathan Bekke, sales and marketing director, at 657-1219. The next edition of Magic will be published in early September.


The Montana Business Incubator will host the NARC/EDA Satellite Telecast "Three Rural Economic Development Strategies," 1 p.m. Wednesday. Guest panelists include: David Sampson, assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development; Mark Drabenstott, vice president Kansas City Federal Reserve; John Nau, director of the National Park Service; and Ernesto Sirolli, CEO, Sirolli Institute. For more information contact (406) 657-2138. Seating is limited, please RSVP to


Clayton Barnes of Edward Jones will host "Income and Tax Issues for Trusts and Estates" Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m., or 1 to 3 p.m. at 2290 Grant Road. The enrollment fee is $32, which includes all course materials. Reservations are required. This program is eligible for two CPE hours for CPAs and attorneys. For more information or to register, contact Boni Scott at 652-1595.


Sue Anderson of Edward Jones will host a free, one-hour tapped program featuring Newsweek columnist and ABC commentator George Will, at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Anderson at 254-0618.


The Association of Fundraising Professionals will hold a lunch program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at The Professional Club, 22nd Floor, Sheraton Hotel. Bruce Haswell, assistant vice president and trust officer for Wells Fargo Private Client Services, will discuss the purpose of an investment policy, the duties and responsibilities of all parties involved, investment objectives, risk tolerance, and asset allocation strategy.


Moore 4 Less Enterprises, Inc., 521 24th St. West, is holding a grand opening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Pizza and pop will be served for $1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Other activities include demonstrations by American Fusion Martial Arts, seminars on the workings of the satellite system and a live remote by 95 FM The Hawk. Moore 4 Less Enterprises, Inc., sells DIRECTV systems and is an authorized Pegasus Satellite Television dealer.


The professional association for attorneys, the State Bar of Montana, will hold a Continuing Legal Education seminar on Friday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Buck's T-4 Lodge, at Big Sky.

The conference will cover Medicaid planning, powers of guardianship, conservatorship, and abuses of power of attorney. Legal documents such as "Living Wills," Advance Directives and Medical Powers of Attorney will be discussed, as will medical and ethical perspectives in general, organ/tissue donations, HIPPA (Health Information Privacy Policy Act), and cremation, burial and funeral insurance.

It is approved for 6.50 CLE credits, including three ethics credits for Montana attorneys. Registration fees run from $105 to $145. Call Gino Little at (406) 447-2206 for fee information and to register for the conference, or go to


The Junior League of Billings is looking for artisans and retail gift vendors for MarketPlace Magic 2003. MarketPlace Magic is Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, this year. To become a vendor, call the Junior League office at 652-6272. Applications and information about the jurying process will be mailed to you.

Please submit Business Digest items to Chris Jorgensen, Billings Gazette, 401 N. Broadway, Billings, MT 59101; 657-1311 office, 657-1208 fax; or email to

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