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Polson, Arlee businesses praised for making PPE

News from the Office of the Governor MONTANA — Governor Steve Bullock praised Montana companies for pivoting their normal operations to produce cloth face masks, 3D-printed face masks, face shields, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, and reminded businesses that funding is available to help support masking up. In Polson, ReCreate Designs was recognized for making masks. Gods Will Only Foundation Inc. in Arlee was also recognized.  “Large and small Montana producers have stepped up in a big way to meet the demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bullock said. “As we ask Montanans to mask up, social distance and remain vigilant when it comes to sanit...


Hemp producers get even playing field, less red tape

News from the Office of Senator Jon Tester  BIG SANDY — After months of efforts to expand banking services for Montana hemp producers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has updated its guidance to expand financial services available for hemp busin...


Governor announces new loan deferment program for Montana businesses

News from the Office of the Governor MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock recently announced the creation of a loan deferment program to assist Montana businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Montana Loan Deferment Program will allow businesses and other entities to defer payments on existing loans for ...


Association collaborate to fill education-to-industry pipeline

News from the Montana Contractors Association HELENA — The Montana Contractors Association Education Foundation and the Montana Equipment Dealers Association have developed a joint action plan and strategy, “Build Montana,” to address the immediate and long-term workforce challenges of...


Local non-essential businesses start reopening with guidelines Local non-essential businesses start reopening with guidelines

LAKE COUNTY – Open signs went up in businesses in Lake County earlier this month after being closed for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We have done pretty well,” said Joanne Simpson of the Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, located on Main Street in downtown Polson. ...


Unity Bank purchases 1st Citizens Bank in Polson

News from Unity Bank POLSON – Unity Bank, a community bank with 15 locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the purchase of First Citizens Bank in Polson. First Citizens Bank opened as Unity Bank on Monday, May 18.  We are excited to welcome current First Citizens B...


Small Business Administration reopens disaster loan program

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester     MONTANA – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced another win for Montana agriculture producers and businesses as the Small Business Administration announced it was reopening the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and EIDL Advance programs to applicatio...


Pandemic prices could shutter Montana ranches Pandemic prices could shutter Montana ranches

MONTANA – Some Montana ranchers will likely go out of business due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Livestock told state legislators last week.  Montana cattle producers are facing enormous uncertainty after restaurant closures and COVID-19 outbreaks at meat p...


New owner brings continuity, energy to physical therapy practice New owner brings continuity, energy to physical therapy practice

POLSON – Lindsy Campbell returned to her hometown to fulfill her dream of owning a physical therapy practice, and she’s been at the helm of Mission Valley Physical Therapy for a few months now.  Campbell purchased the practice from physical therapist Shannon Nunlist and took over on Feb. ...


Local internet providers support community during pandemic Local internet providers support community during pandemic

LAKE COUNTY – With schools and many businesses closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Mission Valley residents are turning to the internet to continue essential activities.  People are using video calls and email to keep up with their work, students are using the internet to receive i...


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