• Brenda Hittmeier has been promoted to managing director at Stockman Asset Management (SAM) in Billings. Her responsibilities include investment account management, economic analysis, business development and employee supervision and development. She works with Montana families to provide holistic wealth management services.
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  • by Renée Jean, Sidney Herald MINOT — Operators have been saying the Bakken is getting better and better, but North Dakota Department of Minerals Director Lynn Helms had the numbers to show it. Not only are today’s wells vastly superior to wells of even two years ago, Helms said during the annual conference of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, but
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  • Tourism is a dynamic industry. What it brings to a community is far reaching, diversified and often wholly unpredictable.From comedians to construction, from hiking to fine dining, from education to exciting careers, visitors to Montana bring it all.
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  • Fred Stout said his company was “elated” to receive the 2016 Montana Family Business award in the Small Business category, “because it is an outstanding event and award.”“We are sharing this award with many small businesses that could be here more appropriately,” he said.
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  • In attending the award ceremony of MSU’s College of Business’ Family Business Day, one walks among true greatness, as affirmed by the stories these families tell about their history, their struggles and their achievements. Everyone involved with the program says much the same thing about how much they enjoy it. One always leaves the event, more so than any other,
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  • Because someone said “I can do this better,” a small family business was born.That business, Elliotts of Montana, was recognized in the Very Small category of the 2016 Montana Family Business Awards from the Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, during an awards ceremony last week. Each year, the event is co-produced by State Farm Insurance,
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  • Many small businesses relate start-up experiences of working in their basement or a garage, but the 2016 Montana Family Business award winner in the Medium Category began business out of the trunk of a car. Don Cowles owner of Wild West Shirt Co. began his business in 1974 selling t-shirts to employees of Yellowstone National Park from the trunk of
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  • Given the growing popularity of local breweries in Montana, it isn’t too surprising to find that one of the winners, of the 2016 Montana Family Business Awards, is a newly established brewery in Glasgow — nor, that it is a winner in the New Business category.
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  • General Distributing Company has grown to be one of Montana’s premier businesses, with locations in Great Falls, Glendive, Butte, Bozeman, Helena and Billings. As the family business of the Bliss Family it was recognized with a 2016 Montana Family Business Awards from the Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, during an awards ceremony last week. It
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  • In Montana agriculture few names are as readily recognized as the Cooper Hereford Ranch, a pioneer in the production of purebred Hereford cattle.Over a hundred years in the making, the business was recognized as one of Montana’s top family-owned businesses in the Old Business Category of the 2016 Montana Family Business Awards presented by the Montana State University’s Jake Jabs
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  • Stockman Asset Management (SAM), an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and provider of integrated wealth management solutions based in Billings has acquired Peak Investment Management, Ltd. Peak is also an RIA firm based in Missoula. The two firms now offer their services on a larger scale with locations in Helena, Missoula, Conrad and Billings.
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  • The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a new study that outlines the destructive legacy this administration’s relentless labor regulatory agenda will leave for manufacturers, their employees and the communities in which they live.
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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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