• 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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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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