• As the old year waned and the new year dawned, Montana lost a legendary businessman and one of agriculture’s greatest innovators and entrepreneurs.It’s hard to think of anyone who, single-handedly, left a greater mark on Montana business.Throughout rural Montana, on the farms and ranches across the state, Pat Goggins is a household name, and has been for over a half
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  • Recently someone on some television program announced that “Americans are takers.”Americans are extremely fortunate in the quality of life we have and in the wealth of resources available to us. It is unparalleled in all the world and in all history. But, how did it get there? It is not a matter of luck.
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  • As the population bubble of babyboomers begin aging the demand for all kinds of healthcare and quality- of- life care services is expected to increase significantly. Two couples in Billings, all of whom are closely aligned with the healthcare profession, are launching a new business that will address that growing need.Rob and Laurie Gagnon and Dean and Lisa Sukin have
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  • Arch Coal Inc. joined the ranks of bankrupt coal miners, last week, following a number of other bankrupt coal companies because of changing markets and burdensome regulations.Arch Coal owns Otter Creek Coal in southwestern Montana near Ashland. The company has been a major player in coal regions across the U.S., including Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. In the Northwest,
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  • In an effort to attract people in pursuit of jobs and careers to the Billings area, where there is a labor shortage, BillingsWorks has launched a recruiting website – www.yourdreamcareerishere.com.The website focuses on providing job seekers with information about what makes Billings a great place to live and work, explained Brittney Souza, Director of BillingsWorks, a coalition of area business
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  • Proposed designs for roundabouts at the Johnson Lane Interchange and how they could impact Lockwood’s truck traffic was the primary topic of discussion at the Lockwood Business Group (LBG) meeting on Dec. 15.Concern that roundabouts could negatively impact the life-blood of about half of Lockwood businesses quickly put the issue on the front burner for those attending one of the
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  • (Editor’s note: Watchdog.org has been featuring a series of articles on the “nanny state.” They have named Missouri as Nanny State of the Year, after reporting on Pagedale, MO. Pagedale demonstrates the run-amuck potential of regulations because of the legal premise upon which they are based. But, Pagedale actually isn’t all that extreme, there have been Montana cities that have
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  • The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed dismay with Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s decision to allow for the presence of bison year-round in Montana on the perimeter of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Bison will be permitted to occupy suitable habitat in Montana outside of the park within manageable confines and subject to seasonal limits on numbers.
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  • 2015 was a sobering year regarding the prospects of oil for Montana and Yellowstone County. Billings businesses were saved from the worst of the Great Recession, and were rapidly growing and expanding, in direct contrast to the rest of the country, because of the Bakken Boom in western North Dakota. But other things must also have been going on to
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  • For all the angst that Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is causing the Republican establishment, they should certainly understand that he is a creature of their own making.Donald Trump is just as much a creation of the Republican establishment as was President Barack Obama. The emergence of both should have been seen as the logical consequence of a half century of
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  • The holiday party season is here, and the Small Business Legal Center at the National Federation of Independent Business is advising its members to keep celebrations safe by watching out for two problem areas – drunk driving and harassment.An increasing number of states require employers to exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries by intoxicated employees. To minimize the risk of
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  • When it comes to attracting companies, Billings and the surrounding area is most attractive to manufacturers and to businesses in western Canada.Those are two conclusions that Big Sky Economic Development (EDA) has reached after two or three years’ experience in courting businesses, according to Allison Corbyn, EDA Business Recruitment and Outreach Program Manager. Corbyn reported on the organization’s recruitment efforts
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Hawkins, David C/Huppert Construction Company, 2328 Henesta Dr, Demolition Permit Residential, $10,000

Perman, Walter C & Carol R/Spoonheim Building Service, 2608 Custer Ave, Res Addition Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,150

Nielsen, Leland S Jr & Mathild/Exterior Technologies Inc, 2602 Miles Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Richau, Kevin L & Pamela C/Jah Const, 2324 Virginia Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,130

Cummings, Barry K & Linda S/Big Sky Exterior Designs, Inc, 739 Wagner Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,600

Peterson, Toni J, 1540 Burlington Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,000

Larsen, Kay M/Property Improvements Co, 611 Glen Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,550

Maxin, Sharon/Engelhardt, Everett, 4241 Mitchell Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $880

Mallak, Adam A/Mcphail Roofing & Const, Inc, 116 Broadwater Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $1,400

Dempster, Edna/Kirkness Roofing & Supply, 301 Clark Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,100

Wright, R Dean & Leila J/Rambur Construction, 2504 Woody Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,700

Rinney Fujiwara, 4125 Morgan Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Rinney Fujiwara, 4125 Morgan Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,500

Carpenter, Alice Kay &/Appelt Custom Concrete, 1812 Virginia Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,000

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,900

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $8,000

Horgdal, Robyn & John, 901 N 19 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,500

Horgdal, Robyn & John, 901 N 19 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Mckeown, Joan R/Sprague Construction, 1119 N 26 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,800

Hutsell, Joeseph D & Rochelle/J & T Roofing, 720 Ave B, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $2,700

Kathryn C Barth Irrevocable Tr/Gerald Anderson, 2507 Lewis Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,200

Mark Barth/Gerald Anderson, 1303 19 St W, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,800

Barta, Valerie J, 205 14 St W, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Bradford, Dane A & Sandra J/Bradford Roof Management Inc, 3118 Comyn Coulee, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $35,000

Schott, Karen L & Keith R/Rocky Mountain Roofing, 1537 Province Ln, Rs Fence/Roof/Siding, $12,000

Dorn Property Llc/K. W. Signature Homes, Inc., 836 Royal Ave, Res New Single Family, $156,582

Na/Jeff Junkert Construction, Inc, 5145 Castle Mountain Trl, Res New Single Family, $133,008

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,220

Meyer, Robert L & Cheryl A/Win-Dor Industries, 3121 Turnberry Cir, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $840

Brandon Arthur, 2602 Miles Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $20,000

Robyn Westby/D-N-S Roofing, 4150 Morgan Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $7,000

Nathan & May Stevens/Platt Construction, 2 Stanford Ct, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $20,000

Verdon, Kelley & Heidi/American Exteriors Llc, 1432 Yellowstone Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $14,521

Royer, M Joan/American Exteriors Llc, 2921 Morledge St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,422

Loar, Steven A/American Exteriors Llc, 1330 N Church St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $13,459

Schutt, Frederick W & Linda R/American Exteriors Llc, 1248 Mading Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,186

Brum, Amber L/American Exteriors Llc, 1243 Galway Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $10,245

Fain, Bruce F & Patricia L/Shylo Const Donn Schye, 2917 17 St W, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,500

Ruggles, Josh/American Exteriors Llc, 2117 Fair Park Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $15,047

Oakland Home Builders /Oakland Home Builders Corp, 3120 Amelia Cir, Res New Single Family, $147,264

Image Builders /Image Builders, 2337 Larchwood Ln, Res New Single Family, $363,994

Na/Jeff Junkert Construction, Inc, 5149 Castle Mountain Trl, Res New Single Family, $133,008

Lyle, Sean R & Cynthia M/Ty Nelson Construction, 2008 Spruce St, Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,000

Robert Morehead/Big Sky Exterior Designs, Inc, 1014 N 32 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

Murphy, Donald J/Dorman Construction, 1519 Custer Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,500

Sherburn, Marcus L & Brenda L/Dorman Construction, 340 Covert Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,800

Stuart, Kolby B/Rambur Construction, 424 S 29 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $2,600

Hawk, Roberta J/Dustin Davison Construction, 4434 Loma Vista Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $10,000

Buscher Construction /Buscher Construction Ltd, 3380 Dunlop Ave, Res New Single Family, $207,563

Oakland Home Builders /Oakland Home Builders Corp, 3345 Lucky Penny Ln, Res New Single Family, $168,028

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5818 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $193,911

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5817 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $175,580

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5823 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $208,319

Shawn Brady, 1015 Miles Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $300

Chrfri Llc /C & F Resources, 217 Terry Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,000

Latin Am Dist Council In The, 514 S 37 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $1,200

Ward, Cheryl/Christison’s Remodeling/Repair, 1742 Bitterroot Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,000

Howick, Bruce & Claudette Aka/Matt Welch, 1674 Lakehills Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,800

Freda Erwin/B. John Construction, 4020 Corbin Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,000

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,129

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $13,362

Steinmetz, Melvin J & Maxine C/Sprague Construction, 3013 Myrtle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

Trails West Development Llc/Stock Construction Company, 5811 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $193,911

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5806 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $181,880

Trails West Development Llc/Stock Construction Company, 1205 Wilderness Dr, Res New Single Family, $152,500

Shirley Guerrero, 920 N 19 St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $42,908

Herington, Donald J & Nancy A/Lynnrich Inc., 2926 Custer Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $9,352

Castles, Carl G & Shelly K/Freyenhagen Construction, Inc., 2279 Darcy Ln, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $2,365

Audet, Allan R & Simarae S/Win-Dor Industries, 3318 Prestwick Rd, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $4,677

Shoemaker, Dorothy A/K-Designers, 3415 Winchell Ln, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,521

Shahan Enterprises Inc.,  3003 Leeann Blvd, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $15,000

Ballock, Steven A & Patricia I/Norse Builders, 724 Tepee Trl, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $2,000

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,868

Edwards, Bruce V/Donahue Roofing, 644 Ave F, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $11,000

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