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ShopKo to close remaining stores

Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores plans to close its remaining 120 department stores by mid-June. ShopKo said Monday the company was unable to find a buyer for its business. The company plans to begin winding down its retail operations this week. WLUK-TV reports those closings will affect an additional 5,000 employees. Fifty-four employees will be Read More…

Helena's gifted students hope project will change people's views of homelessness

Students in Helena’s PEAK gifted and talented program are hoping their recent project can change people’s perception of what it means to be homeless.  High school students from the “Real Authentic World” unit spent a day with residents of God’s Love homeless shelter in early February. Residents were given complimentary makeovers, enjoyed lunch with the Read More…

Customer feedback a key to successful business, says owner of Sleeping Giant Lanes

Listening and responding to customer feedback is a key aspect of running a successful business, according to Sleeping Giant Lanes owner Ron Bolan. It presents opportunities business owners can capitalize on and gives options for how to diversify offerings. By fostering a community among customers, Bolan has managed to increase the profitability and success in Read More…

Survey: Montana teachers like their jobs, but not the pay — and that may make jobs hard to fill

Recently released survey results examining Montana’s rural teacher shortage didn’t contain any big surprises. Instead, it reinforced something backed up by research in other states. Money matters. More than twice as many teachers pointed to salary as a factor in what jobs they applied for than any other category like community roots, chances to move Read More…

Testing data for more than 8,000 Montana high-schoolers inappropriately released

Thousands of Montana students have had information from their ACT tests inappropriately released since 2016, potentially violating Montana law.  The vast majority of high school juniors take the college entrance exam in Montana, both for federal accountability purposes and for those planning to go to college.  Montana’s contract with the ACT prohibited the release of Read More…

Musselshell County commissioner accused of using county funds to build private road

State investigators are examining whether a Musselshell County commissioner misused public resources, following accusations by local politicians that she directed county road crews to construct a road on private land leading to her family’s property. The state Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into allegations that Nicole Borner misused county resources. The investigation was prompted Read More…

Montana commissioner accused of using county funds to build private road

State investigators are examining whether a Musselshell County commissioner misused public resources, following accusations by local politicians that she directed county road crews to construct a road on private land leading to her family’s property. The state Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into allegations that Nicole Borner misused county resources. The investigation was prompted Read More…

'Epic' storm brings blizzards, floods, tornado to mid-US

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. “This is a very epic cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center. “We’re looking Read More…

Flights between Helena and Denver canceled as western storm hits

Denver International Airport canceled hundreds of flights, including several to and from Helena, as a late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday.  “This is a very epic cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center. “We’re looking at Read More…