Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Citizen-hosted meeting tonight about proposed Madison Food Park

Opponents of the proposed Madison Food Park are hosting an event at 6 p.m. in the Missouri Room at the Civic Center tonight. The guest speakers include Dr. John Ikerd, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri; Dr. Don Stull, professor emeritus at the University of Kansas; and Terry Spence, a consultant for the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project. George Nikolakakos

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Beer city: Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company looking to highlight local agriculture, Great Falls

Things are changing for The Front Brewing Company, but fear not, the Mountain Man scotch ale remains. Jeremiah Johnson and his wife Katie are finalizing the purchase of the brewing company from Linda¬†Caricaburu and Brad Talcott. The name will be changing to the Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company and the company is hammering out details of the new branding that’s expected

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Lawsuit filed over ZBOA criteria, appointments

Ryan Villines, an applicant for the county’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, has filed a lawsuit against Cascade County and the County Commission regarding the criteria for the lone remaining vacancy. [View the complaint] The criteria, released in February, violates his rights to individual dignity, the right to participate and access to government, among others, the complaint alleges. Villines is seeking

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Montana farmers, ranchers share thoughts on Farm Bill, trade policies with Tester in Great Falls

Farmers and ranchers from across Montana shared their concerns related to trade policies and the upcoming Farm Bill with Sen. Jon Tester during a listening session in Great Falls on Saturday. Many of their concerns focused on the uncertainty related to international trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement with between the U.S., Canada and Mexico; and

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GFDA makes emails related to Madison Food Park available for public viewing

Updated March 9, 2018 with the list of confidential emails from GFDA A citizen requested to view emails to and from staff at the Great Falls Development Authority regarding the proposed Madison Food Park. On Friday, The Electric went through the stack of printed emails and scanned most of them to share here. Some were duplicates or only tangentially related

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CANtastic set for March 10-13 with eight teams competing

The 11th Annual D.A. Davidson/Scheels/Wal-Mart CANtastic Event will be held at the Holiday Village Shopping Mall, across from Maurice’s, March 10-13. CANtastic is an event during which civic teams, aided by local architects, build structures out of food (mostly cans). The structures are judged and displayed during the event. Food and proceeds will benefit the Great Falls Community Food Bank.

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County provides additional information on reasoning behind ZBOA criteria

Earlier this week, Cascade County Commissioners released their criteria for applicants for the lone remaining vacancy on the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The Electric followed up for more information on the reasoning for their criteria, specifically related to the seven mile radius. County releases criteria for ZBOA seat and is accepting applications The rationale for imposing that physical buffer zone,

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Restaurant Week kicks off in Great Falls on Friday

Great Falls’ first Restaurant Week starts Friday. Restaurant Week is an opportunity to explore the Great Falls food scene, a mix of well-known local establishments, chains and some new options. Some of the participating restaurants are using the event to showcase their creativity, others to encourage people to try their fare for the first time. At participating Restaurant Week restaurants,

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Ignite Great Falls highlights current, upcoming economic development projects

To kick off the new year, the Great Falls Development Authority hosted the second Ignite the Falls event. “We are bullish about Great Falls. We are hungry to grow Great Falls,” said Jolene Schalper, GFDA vice president. “We are getting after it.” The Friday morning event included 14 developers, entrepreneurs and government officials who shared details about current and upcoming

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County reconsiders Montana Eggs tax abatement, approves request

Continuing the tension from last week’s work session, County Commissioners debated whether a tax abatement for Montana Eggs LLC should be back on the agenda during their Jan. 9 meeting. “We already voted,” said Commissioner Jim Larson, who at various points during the meeting raised his voice at the applicant’s representative and Commissioner Jane Weber. “I don’t believe we need

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