Spotted Bear Spirits has expanded to a new manufacturing facility in Columbia Falls. The new Spotted Bear Spirits celebrated the new facility’s grand opening on June 19. The Whitefish location opened in 2015. The additional space allows Spotted Bear to meet growing demand and add new beverages.


For the first time in over 20 years, the property at 290 Main St. in Kalispell is available for lease. The 20,000-square-foot building has been vacant since 2017. 290 Main St. offers a lot of advantages such as 45,000 cars pass by the location every day. There is also the opportunity for signage all across the front of the building.  Tenants should be attracted by the ample parking on the street and behind the building


The Burger Dive in Billings was recently named the top-rated restaurant in Montana. Reviews.org aggregated all of Yelp’s customer reviews to find the most favorably reviewed restaurant in the most populous city in each state. Since owner/chef Brad Halsten opened the diner nine years ago in at 114 N. 27th St., the Burger Dive has earned armloads of awards.


The Fairfield Inn by Marriott will be located at 1623 W. Park St., in Livingston, at the Interstate 90 interchange. While there are other lodging options, Livingston doesn’t have any Hilton or Marriott hotels.


According to a new study from the University of Montana, visitors spent $814,070,000 in Gallatin County in 2018, about $155 million more than they spent the year before. In Gallatin County, travelers spent the most on restaurant and bars and outfitters and guides.


Keystone XL is headed back to court, with environmental groups filing a lawsuit after President Donald Trump mooted a previous lawsuit by issuing a new permit in March. The groups contend in their suit that the pipeline will hurt endangered species, such as pallid sturgeon, whooping crane, burying beetle, interior least tern, and piping plover. The company behind the pipeline has changed its name and announced that it will sell some of its assets. TC Energy announced that it will sell midstream assets held by subsidiary Columbia Midstream Group for $1.275 billion.


Summit Aviation and aircraft operator based in Bozeman, recently achieved its IS-BAO Stage 2 certification and renewed its ARGUS Platinum rating.  Summit, founded in 2001, is owned by Ben Walton. It began with one pilot, one aircraft and one small hangar. Now, 18 years later, Summit boasts a fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft, a full staff of charter and corporate pilots, highly-qualified flight instructors and aircraft sales professionals. Its services include aircraft sales, flight training, on-demand private charter and aviation management.


Operators of the Yellowstone Club, a restaurant and bar at Big Sky, were fined by the Department of Revenue after admitting that they had served alcohol at two sites at the club without a license; and that they hid liquor from state investigators and stored booze at unlicensed warehouses in or near Bozeman. The club signed a settlement of those charges on June 19, agreeing to the $370,000 fine and suspension of liquor licenses at each of four sites at the club for periods ranging from seven to 20 days. A day after announcing the settlement, on June 25, state officials found an additional 800 cans and bottles of alcohol from a Yellowstone Club liquor licensee, at a building near the Bozeman International Airport in Belgrade.


The University of Montana has received a $3.3 million contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop an innovative vaccine targeting opioid addiction. UM scientists at the Center for Translational Medicine have worked on vaccines, adjuvants (compounds that stimulate an immune response) and delivery systems for over 20 years.


North Dakota ranks #1 among all states as the best state for young adults, according to a recent study by MoneyRates.com. The study focuses on where 20- to 24-yearolds have the best shot at thriving in today’s economy. North Dakota was found to be the top state to live as a young adult or millennial, followed closely by two other nearby Midwestern states, Iowa and Nebraska. North Dakota has become something of a magnet for young adults, as it has the highest proportion in the 20 to 24 age group of any state. The study states: “North Dakota’s rise as a great state for millennials is due to a mix of business and pleasure. North Dakota has the third highest rate of young adult employment.


In North Dakota, Williams County Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Nesson Gathering for a 150 million cubic feet per day gas plant. The company is a subsidiary of XTO. The plant would be located on 76 acres in Judson Township.


Gallatin County Commissioners will take over the administration of Bozeman’s tourism business improvement district, incorporating hotels in Three Forks and Belgrade. For the past decade, the City of Bozeman managed the district, which brings in $1.2 million annually through a $2 per room, per night hotel tax. With the addition of Three Forks and Belgrade hotels, the district will now bring in about $1.4 million each year. The county foresees eventually adding Big Sky and Four Corners to the district, and new hotels as they are built in the county.


Owner of Hi-Country Snack Foods, in Lincoln, James Johnson is selling, in a multi-million dollar deal, the business to Travis Byerly, who already holds some ownership in the business. The 40-year old business manufacturers, packages and ships products, especially its popular jerking, all over the country.


Bozeman’s 100-year-old Ellen Theatre is getting a new sign – one that will look as much as possible like the original design by Fred Willson.


In order to beckon a $50 billion film industry, the Montana state legislature approved legislation that will give producers of films in the state tax credits of between 25 and 35 percent up to a cap of $10 million of total credits allowed.  House Bill 293 was signed and heralded by Gov. Steve Bullock for the jobs he said it will help create in Montana.


In 2019, River Fund grants and NorthWestern Energy matching funds provided nearly $90,000 in funding for projects that will enhance public recreation in the Hebgen-Madison Region. The River Fund program will accept applications for FY2020 funding through 3 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019. Information regarding projects that may qualify for funding and the River Fund application form can be found at www.missourimadison.com.


Billings Clinic is announcing that Bozeman-based Martel Construction will be the general contractor for phase one of its new Bozeman campus. Billings Clinic acquired 54-acres near the 19th Street interchange along I-90 in West Bozeman in 2016. Montana-based firms CTA Architects and Sanderson Stewart are designing and engineering the project. The Clinic’s first phase of development features a 97,000 square foot Destination Ambulatory Center with a multispecialty physician group practice, urgent care, and outpatient surgery center. The center will also house outreach services from Billings Clinic’s more than 80 specialties and have access to Mayo Clinic specialists through Billings Clinic’s Mayo Clinic Care Network affiliation.