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Montana’s grain lab only one of its kind

HELENA – Knowing the quality of grains before the sale is a critical element to getting the most out of a competitive grain market. The Montana State Grain Laboratory is an independent, third-party laboratory that…

$45 million shot of cash to help Corixa’s survival

Corixa has raised $45 million from private investors during one of the worst biotech financial markets ever, giving the Seattle company enough money to survive for at least two years. By Luke Timmerman Seattle Times…

Success with soybeans: Nontraditional crop takes root in Huntley

The idea of growing soybeans in Montana is "nuts." "At one time I was in that camp," admits Ken Kephart. But no longer, said the agricultural scientist as he viewed two acres of foundation seed…

‘Business is excellent’

Upbeat recreation season keeps Wolf Creek’s entrepreneurs busy. Wolf Creek is a small town with big business, and the business is recreation. According to the local entrepreneurs, the 2002 season is great. By Janice Brzoticky,…

Bowling Bonanza: Billings business pins down contract

Even though the American Bowling Congress Tournament is long over, bowling is still providing a business bonanza for at least one Billings company. Employment Source, which handles hiring and payroll for other companies, just landed…

Sen. Baucus and Sen. Nelson laud tribal success at S&K Technologies

ST. IGNATIUS – Max Baucus and his colleague in the U.S. Senate, Bill Nelson, of Melbourne, Fla., toured a tribal facility involved in defense contracting Thursday and told employees and managers they were impressed by…

PPL Montana: Officials fear more job losses

Butte-Silver Bow County officials, fearing that a mar keting arm for PPL Montana has plans to leave town — and take jobs with it — have been working at the state level to persuade the…

Buy, sell hay on new state Web site

Montana ranchers can buy or sell hay through a new Web site set up by the federal government. “Hay Net,” developed by the Farm Service Agency, allows ranchers to advertise hay available for sale or…

Workers stick by Jore during tough times

Robert Deneault fills trays with drill bits before they are anodized at the New Joree Corp. facility. Deneault worked at the company when there were only 12 workers. Dave Reese/ Daily Inter Lake Each day…

KOA turns 40: Company celebrates past by looking ahead

If you thought camping was relaxing, you should try running the country’s largest campground franchise. Kampgrounds of America, headquartered in Billings, is turning 40 this month, but it’s not slowing down. by Leanne H. Frost…