• The long-awaited Northend Bypass which will connect the Billings Heights and Lockwood with a bridge across the Yellowstone River has been given a Record of Decision regarding the preferred route and sets the project in motion for eventual completion. The Montana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration released the decision on Monday, identifying the preferred route as the
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  •   Janine Merrill has joined Stockman Bank as a marketing officer for the north central area offices. Her responsibilities include implementing the advertising, public relations, sponsorships and events for the Great Falls, Helena, Conrad, Cut Bank, Havre, Stanford, Lewistown and Geraldine Stockman Bank branches.
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  • Montana's economy seems to be slowing. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) at the University of Montana is projecting a 2.4 rate of growth for Montana in 2014, after readjusting their 2.7 percent rate in 2013 to 2.2 percent. BBER's lead economist, Dr. Pat Barkey explained during their mid-year update on the state's economy, that the newer data
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  •   Tricia Hansen has been promoted to assistant vice president, marketing department manager for Stockman Bank. She will oversee and manage the marketing department for Stockman Bank’s 32 locations. Her responsibilities include implementing the overall marketing strategies, public relations, sponsorships and advertising campaigns, and working directly with the Billings and Southwestern area markets.
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  • The remodeled and revamped "Granary" will open during the first week after Labor Day as "Bistecca at the Granary," under the ownership and management of Jim Bos and his son, Kevin. "Bistecca" means "steak" in Italian, which reflects the vision held by Jim and Kevin of continuing the operation of the landmark Billings restaurant as an Italian steak house, serving
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  • Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, will give the luncheon keynote speech, "Moral Case for Fossil Fuels," for the Montana Petroleum Association annual Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon. The public is invited, on August 27, 11:30 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings. The event is part of the Montana Petroleum Council's annual meeting, Aug. 26
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  • It was supposed to be just a side line. A project, that would take two or three months' work to put together. But, over thirteen years, it has taken on a life of its own. The Magic City Blues has become a big deal for Billings' entertainment, a year-long endeavor, and one family's mainstay business.
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  • Coo coo, coo coo- we've all heard that pleasant, yet almost mysterious, even haunting sound (late at night in a hallway) emanating from a wall in Grandma's house, or Aunty Em's kitchen, usually in a house with collectibles, antiques or a collection of notables and curios. A satisfying sound for many, an annoying sound for some, yet it is as
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  • There are several reasons Montana is lagging behind neighboring states when it comes to oil and gas development. While North Dakota maintains nearly 200 drilling rigs at any given time, Montana has struggled to keep rigs running. North Dakota issued over 2,500 drilling permits last year. Montana issued only 297. Considering these numbers, it should come as no surprise that
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  • Shiptons is building a new location in the Heights and a 3G's convenience store on Wicks Lane is constructing a new building. Local business of all kinds are expanding and growing as reflected in the report of those recently acquiring 504 Loans through the US Small Business Administration, as processed by the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Manager of
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  •   The big challenge in putting together an almost $100 million budget for Yellowstone County for fiscal year 2014-15 will be finding enough money to fund an addition to the county jail without asking the voters to approve a special mill levy. At the opening of a week of budget hearings on June 23, County Commissioner John Ostlund said that
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  • The Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC) gave local planners approval to pursue a railroad corridor study to address a number of transportation issues in downtown Billings. The study could prepare the community to apply for a TIGER grant in early 2015, should the federal Department of Transportation offer grants at that time. But, there is also another local entity interested in
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Shape Up for 2012

shape upEntries are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Shape Up Montana program, a three-month team-based project of the Big Sky State Games that encourages Montanans to make healthier nutrition choices and be more physically active.

Since it began in 2003, over 43,000 Montanans have logged more than 10 million activity miles and shed 82,948 pounds! Organizers are working to reverse the progression of obesity and overweight trends in Montana.  This year’s program features a new user friendly website.

The early entry deadline is January 24. 

The “Shape Up Montana” program works with the business community, member organizations and families to engage their employees and members in a team format that spurs increasing physical activity and encourages healthy eating habits.  Past Shape Up Montana teams included businesses, church groups, organizations, friends, clubs, school staff and families.

 The team competition offers two categories:

  Accumulated Activity based on logging miles with the aid of an activity conversion calculator and Weight Loss due to healthful eating and physical activity. 

Teams of 4 to 10 individuals work together for three months (February 1 - May 1) helping each other and their team to either log mileage or lose weight.  Mileage is converted from regular daily activities (yard work, housework) and aerobic activity (swimming, running, walking, cycling, etc.). 

The cost for the three-month program is $15 and $10 for employees of Big Sky State Games (BSSG) program sponsors.  Everyone who enters will receive a Shape Up Montana T-shirt, weekly challenges, exercise videos, nutrition and physical activity tips/articles, access to numerous wellness calculators and free entry into the 27th Annual Big State Games Fitness Walk held July 20, in Billings.  Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each division.

Online registration, entry forms and more information are available at www.shapeupmontana.org or call (406) 254-7426.    Entry forms are also available at the Big Sky State Games Office in Billings (490 N. 31st, Suite 200).  

Shape Up Montana is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. Community Sponsors include Billings Clinic, Billings Gazette and Montana’s News Station (KTVQ, KBZK, KXLF, KRTV, KXLH, KAJ18, KPAX). 

Contributing partners include Albertsons, Eat Right Montana, Montana Chamber Choices, TwoMedicine, Montana Beef Council and Wendy’s.

The Big Sky State Games’ Major Sponsors are First Interstate Bank, Kampgrounds of America, and Montana Cycling and Ski.


 

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