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Partnership brings attention to small towns Partnership brings attention to small towns

News from the Montana Office of Tourism HELENA – The small community of Roy in Fergus County doesn’t have a traffic light, but it does have some of Montana’s best steak — and now travelers know, thanks to a Montana Office of Tourism partnership with National Geographic Travel.  “Where the Locals Go: Montana,” an online hub at National Geographic’s website, is sharing authentic Montana experiences such as steak night at the Legion Bar and Grill in Roy with its reported 26 million global unique visitors per month. This partnership allows MTOT to highlight small businesses across the state to a large audience.  “Partnering with...


Small businesses: be prepared for natural disasters

By Matt Varilek, Small Business Association regional administrator  HELENA – One of this region’s most expensive disasters unfolded the night of Sept. 9, 2013 when over 10 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, devastating Boulder, Colo., and several other communities with flash floods,...


Local business leaders to collaborate

RONAN — Jay Wilson Preston of Community Tel, Inc. in Ronan and Judy Preston of Access Montana will join 42 other community, business, education, healthcare, and government leaders from across the state in Big Sky this September for Leadership Montana, a premier leadership development program. These inf...


Dr. Terry Smith joins medical clinic Dr. Terry Smith joins medical clinic

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is proud to announce that Dr. Terry Smith has joined the Providence St. Joseph Clinic as the new Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician. “Dr. Terry Smith will be an incredible addition to our s...


The Magic Man The Magic Man

What do a flaming phone, a rope and a bunny have in common? Magic, that’s what. And the undivided attention of an eager, young audience.  Local businessman and magician Ken Avison, owner of the Cove Deli and Pizza, has entertained folks of all ages with his magic shows for more than 50 years.&n...


McCulloch honors CSKT member-owned business

 News from Montana Secretary of State  Linda McCulloch PABLO, MT – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch presented Ron Couture, CSKT enrolled tribal member and owner of Jitterbug Weed and Pest Control, with a Secretary of State’s “Certificate of Good Standing” during the ...


Local business renovates, focuses on rehab Local  business renovates, focuses on rehab

POLSON — Focusing on short-stay rehabilitation for the community, Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center is renovating to the tune of $700,000. The facility is west of Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center, at 9 14th Avenue West.  It’s not the same old place; they’re doing a...


Pampered pooches Pampered pooches

ST. IGNATIUS – Angie Chrisman started cutting hair as a licensed stylist for humans but eventually found dogs easier to deal with — even after being growled at, bit and defecated on. “Dogs are much easier to work with than people,” said Chrisman, owner of Waggin’ Tails Dog Gr...


Fruits thrive, Dixon Days die Fruits thrive,  Dixon Days die

DIXON – The hills of Dixon don’t flow with milk and honey, but the famous melons grown there have some people wondering if they might.  The sugary-sweet fruits have amassed a huge following over the past 24 years, as Dixon Melons, Inc. grew from a small hand-tilled backyard plot into one ...


Local hospital designated ‘best practices’ facility

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center  POLSON — The National Rural Health Association has announced that Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has merited a Top 20 Best Practices in Quality designation across all critical access hospitals in the United States as determined by iVantage H...


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