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Hotels on the Rise

Since the beginning of 2016, in a two-and-a-half year span, Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls have added six new hotels with 500-plus rooms and more than 300,000 total square feet, counting four completed hotels and two scheduled for completion this summer. Now another new hotel is coming to Kalispell with the recent application of My Read More…

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Hotels on the Rise

Since the beginning of 2016, in a two-and-a-half year span, Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls have added six new hotels with 500-plus rooms and more than 300,000 total square feet, counting four completed hotels and two scheduled for completion this summer. Now another new hotel is coming to Kalispell with the recent application of My Read More…

Montana to see $2.1 million investment from Union Pacific

The railroad’s planned investment will fund various initiatives, including a $1.4 million investment in the rail line between Butte-Silver Bow and near Lima to replace 10,000 crossties along our Montana Subdivision. UP also plans a $748,600 investment in the rail line between Moose Creek and Walkerville to replace curve rail along the railroad’s Montana Subdivision. Read More…

Eagle Bancorp Montana Earns $573,000 in the First Quarter; Highlighted by Ruby Valley Bank Acquisition; Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.09 per Share

HELENA, Montana, April 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBMT), (the “Company,” “Eagle”), the holding company of Opportunity Bank of Montana, today reported net income was $573,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $763,000, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017. Read More…

Daines leads lawmakers to push Trump on TPP

Sen. Steve Daines led a coalition of 25 leading Republican senators last week, asking President Donald Trump to reconsider his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-lateral trade deal that agricultural producers across Montana support. “With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of America’s borders, expanding trade opportunities is critical to Montana’s economy,” Read More…

MSU releases new winter wheat grain and forage varieties

The Montana State University winter wheat breeding program has released two new varieties intended as replacements of MSU-bred winter wheat lines Willow Creek and Yellowstone – two of Montana’s most widely planted wheat varieties. “I guess you could say these new varieties are both younger, better, upgraded versions of their parents,” said Phil Bruckner, MSU’s Read More…

Top execs depart Kalispell Regional

Kalispell Regional Healthcare is undergoing a transition in its leadership team as three top executives, the director of its digestive health institute and a contingent of its internal design team have either departed or announced plans to retire. In recent weeks, three prominent members of the Kalispell Regional staff who also serve on the hospital Read More…

Signs of the Times

In the outside, Meissenburg Designs still looks a lot like it did when it was the site of Martin’s Peat, located southeast of Bigfork. Loyd and Laura Meissenburg acquired the property in 2013, with most of the changes occurring inside to accommodate their growing design and fabrication company. The magnificent Swan Mountains rise above the Read More…

Bridging Technology & Agriculture

Tom Miner Basin rancher Malou Anderson-Ramirez was selected as one of ten finalists – out of more than 1,000 submissions – last week for National Geographic’s Chasing Genius grant competition. Finalists were chosen based on the most “inspiring, innovative, creative and viable ideas.” Anderson-Ramirez was recognized by the grant committee for an idea that she Read More…

Local snowpack above normal for February

As it stands, snowpack around the Gallatin Valley is above average, but that could change, according to a federal water watcher. “A good start is just that, a start,” said Natural Resource Conservation Service specialist Lucas Zukiewicz. “The weather patterns have been favorable, fingers crossed they stay that way until runoff.” All monitoring sites around Read More…

TLAND TECH Montana’s high-tech companies pay almost double the state average but report hiring challenges

Montana’s high-tech businesses want to demonstrate that they can play a meaningful role in growing the state’s economy by offering higher wages than other businesses in the state, adding more jobs, and generating quick revenue growth. That’s according to a report out today from the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. The organization, with assistance from Read More…

Yellowstone captures 96 bison

Bison have been caught in the trap at the northern border of Yellowstone National Park for the first time this winter. Park officials announced in a news release Tuesday that 96 bison are being held at the Stephens Creek Capture Facility near the park’s northern edge. In an email, park spokeswoman Vicki Regula said 43 Read More…

Montana-based mapping startup onXmaps raises a round of funding fit for Big Sky Country

A mapping startup based in Missoula, Mont., which allows users to download sophisticated offline topographic maps outlining public and private lands and a number of other features geared towards hunting, fishing and camping, has pulled in its first major outside funding. onXmaps has closed a $20.3 million Series A round led by Summit Partners. Bessemer Read More…

BNSF Plans $135 Million Capital Program in Montana for 2018

WHITEFISH, Mont.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced that its 2018 capital expenditure program in Montana will be approximately $135 million. This year’s plan in Montana remains focused on maintenance projects to ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable rail network. The largest component of this year’s capital plan in the state will Read More…

Economic Outlook Seminar to Explore ‘The Future of Higher Education in Montana’

The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research’s 43rd annual economic outlook seminar will be held in Kalispell on Feb. 6, with this year’s program exploring the relationship between higher education and the state’s economy. The keynote speaker is Robert Nystuen, president of Glacier Bank and vice chair of the Montana University System Read More…