• Bakken energy processing developer Quantum Energy, Inc. (OTC PINK: QEGY), in conjunction with its joint venture partner, Native Son Refining, LLC, announced the filing of a minor source air quality construction permit application today with the North Dakota Health Department, Division of Air Quality.Quantum Energy is the company whose officials visited Billings over a year ago seeking other potential locations
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  • The purported gender gap in wages is real, according to economist Barbara Wagner of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Several factors contribute to the gap which in Montana means women are paid about 33 cents less per dollar than men. But, the reason for about 40 percent of that gap is not identifiable and leads to the conclusion
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  • Total taxable property value in Yellowstone County is eleven percent higher than last year.The Montana Department of Revenue notified Yellowstone County that the certified taxable valuation of property in the county is $345 million.
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  • The Billings Chamber of Commerce was designated as the top Chamber of Commerce in its category in the United States, according to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The Chamber of the Year designation puts the Billings Chamber on the map as the best chamber among some 7000 comparable chambers nationwide.
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  • Employment in Montana’s manufacturing sector has grown at a faster rate than national manufacturing employment during a five year period between 2009 and 2014, according to the latest annual report from Montana State University’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.From the second quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2014, Montana manufacturing employment grew by 8.6 percent, while national manufacturing employment
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  • The annual Northern Livestock Video Summertime Classic Sale, at the Public Auction Yards in Billings on July 20-22, was the biggest sale ever – selling over 100,000 of cattle with receipts in excess of a $150 million.Prices were generally good, reported Bill Cook, General Manager for Northern Livestock, “It was very favorable for the market that we have had —
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  • The Annual Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, in Billings, on September 2 at noon. The event is part of the Montana Petroleum Associations Annual Conference which will begin at the Crown Plaza on September 1.Keynote Speaker will be Don Hrap, President, Lower 48, ConocoPhillips. The public is invited to the luncheon which
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  • First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.’s Board of Directors approved the appointment of Kevin P. Riley as President and CEO, effective September 23. Riley will replace President and CEO Edward Garding, who is retiring after 44 years with First Interstate BancSystem.
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  • When it comes to brewing quality beer, Montana is very important to Anheuser-Busch. Montana is one of three states which the company greatly relies upon for the barley they use in making their well-known Budweiser beers.Depending on the year and what they need, Anheuser-Busch contracts with some 150 to 250 barley producers in the Golden Triangle Area of Montana –
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  • Others have discovered what Montanans have known all along – Montana leads the nation in entrepreneurship. On a per capita basis, Montana has more new start-up businesses than any other state.The Kaufmann Foundation and The New York Times recently proclaimed that Montana is “a hotbed of entrepreneurship,” because of its ranking in the Foundation’s annual analysis of start-up activity in
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  • Projections for Montana’s economy in 2015 are being revised slightly upward as economists take a mid-year look at the factors that impact economic growth. Growth is being projected to end near three percent, slightly higher than the 2.8 percent earlier predicted.Yellowstone County is also projected to finish the year on a stronger-than- expected note.
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  • Montana is a state rich in natural energy resources. The eastern part of the state has greatly benefitted from the American energy revolution reports the US Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Institute on its new webpage. The webpage — http://www.energyxxi.org/states/ — measures how states compare on energy, showing where each state ranks in energy production (Montana ranks 21st) and facts about how the
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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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