The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring tours of local manufacturers to celebrate Manufacturing Month in Kalispell. Breweries, Weyerhauser plants, wineries, coffee roasters plus many more manufacturers are opening their doors during October.


A Whitefish kayaker has patented the Gilman Oar which is designed to aid fishing guides, anglers, and rafters. The ergonomically designed oar allows the rower to stroke with less shoulder stress and wrist fatigue.


Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is considering placing restrictions on the Upper Bitterroot and its West Fork. The restrictions would be for guided and outfitted trips. The restrictions would be in effect each year from July 1 to September 15.


A large South African machine is being tested in Butte to see if it can efficiently separate and remove arsenic, lead, mercury and other harmful metals from mine tailings. The machine uses water and pressure to separate the designated minerals. Two Butte companies arranged for the machine to be tested with tailings in Butte. While the official tests results are not in yet preliminary tests look good.


Jeff  Parks, hired as Montana Craft Barley’s director of malt operations, has 25 years’ experience. Part of those 25 years were spent in distillation, extrusion, milling and specialty processing of fermented products.


Sam Valone has opened Crazy Mountain Outdoor Co. on West Main Street in Bozeman. The store carries a variety of outdoor gear, from high end bamboo fly rods to tents and back packs. The store mainly focuses on wilderness  and backpacking.


Bozeman’s historic Ellen Theatre is set to get an exterior makeover. The makeover will include a marquee which when done will resemble the original marquee.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kurt Alme of Billings as the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana. Former First Assistant U.S. Attorney Alme currently runs the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation.


A recent hearing of the new rules concerning oilfield waste facilities drew large crowds in Eastern Montana. Many of the public presenters had wish-lists to add to the proposed rules. The new rules would require additional reports, documentation and analysis at sites that handle naturally occurring radioactive wastes. They would also require air quality monitoring and set a maximum level of radioactivity.


In order to meet North Dakota’s vapor pressure standards many inventors have been working on the problem. Among them is Patrick Young, founder of Patloc Safety Systems. He has designed an extended life fire tube, which he will present at the Bakken Oil Product and Service Show the first week in October. Young was the winner of Tioga’s recent Innovation Competition, earning a $2,500 award for a pump jack safety brake he designed.


There is a new normal for oil production in the state of North Dakota, and it looks to be a million barrels a day


 Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has wired $15 million to the state of North Dakota. The money will be placed in an account which covers policing costs.


The MSE Technology Applications complex south of Butte will be auctioned off on November 2. The complex originally costs $168 million. The auction will sell the buildings, machines, and equipment.


Montana State University has enrolled a record number of students once again this fall, while also establishing the highest graduation and retention rates seen in a generation. MSU’s fall headcount is 16,703, 2 percent above last fall’s count and one that marks 10 years of continuous enrollment growth.



MDU Resources Group, Inc. announced that Jason L. Vollmer has been promoted to vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, replacing Doran N. Schwartz as CFO. Schwartz has resigned to accept a position with another organization. MDU Resources also named Stephanie A. Barth to the position of chief accounting officer, in addition to her role as controller.


North Dakota’s governor wants the state to produce 2 million barrels a day, but lower taxes on oil and better access to markets in the South mean the competition for drillers is tight, according to industry experts. “We need, as problem-solvers, to figure out how we are going to convince capital back to the Bakken,” Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, is quoted in the Bismarck Tribune. There are still somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 wells to drill in North Dakota.


The Gallatin Association of Realtors report an upward swing in median sale prices in the Bozeman area, and a drop in existing inventory compared to last year. Single-family sales increased 1.6 percent this August compared to last year, rising from 184 to 187. Condo/townhouse sales increased by 2.7 percent, rising from 73 to 75, while the average sale price in the condo/townhouse market rose 26.1 percent. The number of pending sales decreased from 154 to 144, a 7.1 percent drop, and the number of units sold decreased 4.9 percent, from 162 last August to 154 this year. The average sale price jumped from $425,725 to $511,247, a 20.1 percent spike. The average number of days on market held steady at 50, while the months’ supply of inventory decreased 14.3 percent, from 4.9 to 4.2.


North Dakota figures shows a jump of $83 million in sales taxes for the second quarter, year over year. Sales taxes in the second quarter 2016 were $263.7 million and $347.3 million for the same period this year. The eastern part of the state showed a slight decline. Oil income is credited with the increase. Even though oil prices have been flat at $40 to $55 per barrel oil, North Dakota is still collecting revenue of $125 million a month statewide


The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.65 million grant to Montana State University professors that will enable them, and an international team of researchers, to study how human behavior contributes to the spread of emerging infectious diseases from animals to people. The grant will help fund Raina Plowright’s research on pathogen spillover from bats to domestic animals and people. The grant focuses on urban bats in eastern Australia, where there has been an influx of fruit bats into towns and cities and, at the same time, Hendra virus has been spilling over from fruit bats into horses and people.


A magazine targeted to college students has included Montana State University on a list of the 10 best colleges for outdoor adventurers. In its write-up about MSU, College Magazine noted that MSU has mountains within a 30-minute drive that provide numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. It also noted that outdoor clubs take students on expeditions during breaks, and some funding is available to help cover the cost of outdoor adventures.