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HGTV series to film in Montana

HELENA – The Montana Department of Commerce’s Montana Film Office recently announced that the latest HGTV series, “Living Big Sky,” will film a dozen 30-minute episodes throughout the state of Montana in the coming year. Produced by Orion Entertainment out of Denver, Colorado, the series will feature a new family in each episode seeking to purchase a home in a Montana town.   The Montana Film Office began assisting with the pilot last year and provided locations, logistics and permitting assistance for the series. The two-part pilot episode, which premiered in August on HGTV, followed both the Gentry and the Ricci families as they searched for new starts i...


Small Business Saturday’ Nov. 29

  POLSON – The Polson Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Polson Business Community in sponsoring Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29.  Participating businesses may offer discounts, snacks and special gifts as part of the promotion. Shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of the...


Opportunity for value-added agriculture abounds

RONAN – Montana is part of America’s great bread basket, but nearly 80 percent of the state’s grains are shipped overseas to be processed. Lake County Community Development has spent the last year organizing a conference for Montana Farmer’s Union that explains how farmers can engage ...


Cutters Barber Shop welcomes customers Cutters Barber Shop welcomes customers

POLSON — Both Cutters Barber Shop chairs were full, with one gentleman getting a haircut and the other a straight shave with hot towels.  Curtains with a mustache motif set the tone in the barbershop, completed by vintage barber chairs, warm lighting, clippers buzzing and the smells of warm, fo...


Town of Circle is Black Mountain Software’s 300th Montana Client

To the sales team, it was a casual observation, but the marketing team saw it as the impetus for celebration: Montana-based Black Mountain Software recently sold its fund accounting and utility billing software to its 300th Montana client. That client happened to be the Town of Circle, and Black Mountain for...


Safety grants offered

HELENA — AAA MountainWest is seeking applications for its 5th annual Rural Fire Department Grant program. Ten $1,000 grants are available and will be awarded in December.  Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 14.  To apply for the grants, rural and volunteer fire departments mus...


Ad campaign brings $6.9 million to Montana, wins prestigious award

News from the Montana  Office of Tourism  HELENA – The Montana Office of Tourism has won an award for an ad campaign it ran this winter credited with bringing $6.9 million to the state from a $25,000 investment.  MTOT won a Travel Weekly Silver Magellan Award for the Travel Dest...


Lee retires from Lake County Community Development Lee retires from Lake County Community Development

 RONAN – Billie Lee’s ability to dream is one of the qualities she and those who know her well say is one of her greatest assets. But the retiring executive director of Lake County Community Development Corporation could scarce have guessed two decades ago the dividends her ambitious nature ...


Café serves fresh, homemade food and baked goods Café serves fresh, homemade food and baked goods

POLSON — Rounds of homemade rustic Italian bread, a tray of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven, smells of coffee brewing and soup simmering greet customers at Mrs. Wonderful’s Marmalade Café.  Owners Mary Frances and Gino Caselli opened the café, located at 325 Main Street, ...


Business community worries about Highway 93 access Business community worries about Highway 93 access

RONAN — Local business owners are concerned a proposed plan for the expansion of Highway 93 has the potential to gut accessibility to many of the stores that drive Ronan’s economy.  In a town meeting last week, designers for the KLJ Engineering explained the proposed access control plan f...


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