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Statewide analysis launched

News from Montana Economic Developers Association and Montana Chamber Foundation MONTANA — Montana NextGen, a statewide project, is underway to complete an analysis of Montana’s economic and community development tools, programs, and funding mechanisms. This collaborative effort of over 75 partners is being led by the Montana Economic Developers Association and the Montana Chamber Foundation. The group has contracted with TIP Strategies, an economic strategy firm, to complete a comprehensive strategic plan that will include key findings and recommendations giving future guidance to MEDA, their partners, and key decision makers for strategic community economic development pr...

Missoula author to sign books Missoula author to sign books

News from Handmade Montana  POLSON — The great state of Montana finally has a book giving the inside scoop on some of its remarkable places, people, history and things.  Josh Quick, an award winning Missoula illustrator, drops visual fact bombs that explode and illuminate your mind &h...

S&K Technologies, Inc. announces certification

News from S&K Technologies, Inc.  St. Ignatius — S&K Technologies, Inc. announced that on Dec. 24, 2019, two of their subsidiaries, International Towers, LLC and S&K Mission Support LLC received certifications from the Small Business Administration. This certification enables thes...

Museum seeks letters of support

News from Karen Dunwell, Polson-Flathead Lake Historical Museum    POLSON — The Polson Flathead Lake Historical Museum faces an uncertain future unless they can acquire funds from grants and private donations to replace the roof and make other required renovations to their building.&n...

No small feat No small feat

CHARLO – Five months ago, the idea of local shrimp in the Mission Valley was laughable, but now, the first locally grown shrimp are on the market.  In his backyard, Jim Vaughn has a barn filled with six Walmart swimming pools, five of them teeming with 22,000 living shrimp at various stages of ...

Annual fun winter event supports Ninepipes Museum Annual fun winter event supports Ninepipes Museum

CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum’s 20th annual Black Tie Dinner (tie optional) is set for Thursday, Jan. 16. The guest speaker for the 2020 event is Bryce Andrews who authored Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear. Andrews is an award-winning author, rancher and conservationist, n...

Popular open-mic nights held at Dobson Creek Coffee Popular open-mic nights held at Dobson Creek Coffee

News from Ronan High School RONAN – Ronan High School is again partnering with Dobson Creek Coffee to host monthly open-mic nights.  The series kicked off in December with more than a dozen performances by students and community groups. All are welcome to perform poetry, music or spoken wo...

Small business takes center stage during Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday has slowly become an American tradition following the Thanksgiving holiday. Brick-and-mortar businesses across the country promote their best deals of the year in hopes of luring shoppers from online purchases. It was not so long ago that Americans would visit locally-owned small reta...

Local car dealer participates in donation project to feed children Local car dealer participates in donation project to feed children

News from the Ford Motor Company  RONAN – The Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation received a check for $1,600 from the Henricksen family, owners of Don Aadsen Ford in Ronan, to increase the number of children benefiting from the hunger initiative.  Ford Mot...

Hutterite-commissioned study says communities’ add 2,200 jobs to state economy

MONTANA  — An economic study commissioned by a law firm representing Montana’s Lehrerleut Hutterite communities has concluded that the religious group’s collective business operations contribute $365.3 million annually to the Montana economy. The study, billed as the first of its ki...

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