• It's a matter of scale, when it comes to the prospects for alternative energies, emphasized Robert Bryce in his presentation before the 2014 Montana Energy conference. The demand for energy worldwide is simply too great for wind, solar or bio-fuels to remotely begin to address the need. Also — in the realm of producing and using fossil fuels cleanly and efficiently,
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  • Much is happening at Metra Park as spring unfolds. County Commissioners have signed a contract between Metra with the Billings Wolves and the Indoor Football League. The contract provides for a renewal of the contract at the end of the first two-years. The process of hiring a new marketing director for Metra Park has proven more difficult than anticipated. "The
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  • Business community leaders, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Montana Small Business Week events scheduled for June 12, in Billings. The event recognizes the SBA Small Business award winners which have been named for 2014. Two top award winters are from Billings: The Overall Small Business Persons of the Year (fewer
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  • As one Billings business abruptly closed its doors, leaving customers, suppliers and employees hanging in the lurch, another is picking up the pieces and putting them back together. Pierce Flooring has purchased the neighboring property that was leased by Appliance and Cabinet Center, which closed in February. And, owner, Ron Pierce, is now negotiating to acquire the closed business' assets,
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  • Williston Basin operators will spend more than $15 billion this year as more than 14,000 new well locations wait to be drilled, according to a new report from consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. "We expect Bakken and Three Forks oil production to average 1.1 million barrels a day in 2014, growing to 1.7 million barrels a day in 2020," said Jonathan
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  • There are few companies more broadly or deeply involved in the Bakken than MDU Resources. Besides its own oil and gas production, MDU, as a regulated utility serves over a million electric and gas customers. It also has a construction division, is among the West's ten largest gravel producers, and is in the process of building major infrastructure for the
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  • Businesses and other organizations are urged to "Team Up" to participate in the Montana Women's Run, May 10. On line registration is now available (www.womensrun.org) for the two-mile and five-mile event that is traditionally held on the day before Mother's Day in downtown Billings. Team Up is a fun and rewarding way to participate.
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  • So people can eat better at a reasonable price is the goal of Lucky's Market, Billings' newest grocery store. Bringing a new measure of competition to the food market in Billings, Lucky's Market opened at West Park Promenade, last week. People seemed to greet the new business quite enthusiastically with opening day breaking all records, according to founder Bo Sharon.
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  • Billings Clinic's second ExpressCare retail clinic opened for business on March 5, 2014. Located near the pharmacy in the Billings Heights Albertsons store at 607 Main Street, the clinic offers patients quick access to primary care in convenient locations for minor medical issues provided by Billings Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Billings Clinic opened its first ExpressCare clinic in
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  • Join the discussion on Montana's energy potential and explore the impacts of energy resource development in Montana at The Montana Energy 2014 Conference and Trade Show to be held at Metra Park on April 2-3. Montana Governor Steve Bullock will provide opening remarks, followed by an all-star lineup of keynote speakers, including Robert Bryce, a dynamic and engaging public speaker
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  • by Evelyn Pyburn   There was a time that the United States was the beacon for economic freedom. Not any more – while, around the world other countries have advanced their freedom to a degree never before seen, the US is clamping down on freedom in ways that often astonish newcomers to the country. The US has slipped out of the
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  • 2014 could be the year that the nation's economy rebounds and Montana's economy moves forward at a stronger pace. But, then every year economists say "next year," as they look at the disappointing results of the past year, said Patrick M. Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER). So the question is "Has 'next year' finally
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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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