• 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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  • "There is no reason Montana should be the 'Last Best Place,'" says Greg Gianforte, the founder of the billion dollar enterprise, RightNow Technologies in Bozeman. Gianforte was the keynote speaker at the Montana Outlook Seminar, underscoring the theme of this year's event, "How Entrepreneurship is Creating High Paying Jobs." "My experience in Bozeman proves we can create lots of high-wage
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  • "There are two kinds of BMW riders, those who have ridden their bikes over the Beartooths and those who haven't," said Gary Smith, Billings, during the announcement that BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) will hold their 2015 Rally in Billings. Some 7000 to 8000 BMW MOA members are expected to attend the Rally set for July 23-25, 2015. For
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  • A new grocery store will open in Billings mid-March. Lucky's Market will open at 1603 Grand Ave (West Park Plaza). It will be the fourth expansion of the Boulder-based natural foods grocery, owned by founders Bo and Trish Sharon. "As trained culinary professionals, and downright foodies, we imagine our stores as an oasis of health, kindness and support. We strive
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  • Before the largest Billings Ag Appreciation gathering in history, on Jan. 17, President of Montana State University Waded Cruzado underscored a commitment to strengthening MSU's agriculture roots with two announcements. Cruzado announced that the college will elevate the position of dean of the College of Agriculture to a vice presidential position. She also announced the receipt of a $250,000 gift,
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  • Faced with the frustration of President Obama's refusal to grant their permit, TransCanada is considering abandoning plans to build a state-of-the-art pipeline, the Keystone XL, and move instead to using the more hazardous means of transporting oil, rail. Company officials reported, in Canadian news media, that they will look at building rail terminals in Alberta and Oklahoma.
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  • Yellowstone County Commissioners are considering changes in department locations and office enlargements that would move the Yellowstone County Extension Services and 4-H headquarters to the MetraPark fair grounds. Commissioners accepted responses, on Tuesday, for a request for qualifications from architectural firms to redesign areas of the Court House to provide more room for the County Attorney's office and the Clerk
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Land Board Announces Funds for Schools

The Montana Land Board holdings generated almost $120 million for Montana public schools over the past year.

The Board manages more than 5 million acres of land, and a slightly larger area in mineral rights. The board is run by the five statewide elected officials, including the governor, attorney general, state superintendent of schools, state treasurer and secretary.


The land is held in trust to fund schools in the state. Annual revenues have increased from about $80 million in 2004.

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said the holdings are now worth roughly $2.6 billion. It said the value of its agricultural land has been increasing in recent years.

About 8 percent of state school budgets come from the land trust.

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