Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

County health board votes to change COVID-19 regulations effective Jan. 22

The Cascade County City-County Board of Health has adjusted the COVID-19 restrictions in the county. During a special Jan. 20 meeting, the board voted to expand operating capacity to 75 percent for restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, casinos, gyms, movie theatres, etc. and they may stay open until 12:30 a.m. Those changes go into effect at 5 a.m. Jan. 22

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Business in Profile: Sandra Johnson-Thares

Sandra Thares runs Big Sky Development Enterprises Inc. doing business as the O’Haire Inn, Sip n’ Dip Lounge, and Clark and Lewie’s Pub and Grill. The Great Falls native moved to Spokane in the 5th grade and completed junior high, high school and college in Billings. Thares moved back to Great Falls in 1992. “I swore I’d never run the family

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Locals come together to feed airmen working Christmas Day

Great Falls organizations and businesses came together this holiday to feed airmen working on Christmas Day at Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard. Joann Gogo spearheaded this year’s project that was sponsored by the Exchange Club of Great Falls, Great Falls Association of Realtors, Thomas Kopp, Suhr Transport, K&K Trucking, Terry Thompson, Blane Sheritt, Rob and

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County Commission adopts resolution of opposition to proposed heritage area

County Commissioners voted 2-1 during their Dec. 8 meeting to adopt a resolution in opposition to the creation of a National Heritage Area that encompasses Cascade County, as currently proposed. A local group has been working to establish a National Heritage Area in the region since 2015 and are in the final stages of developing their feasibility study that will be submitted to the National Park

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Opposition to heritage areas rises to County Commission

A local group has been working to establish a National Heritage Area in the region since 2015 and are in the final stages of developing their feasibility study that will be submitted to the National Park Service for review and then to Congress for consideration. The group established a nonprofit, Big Sky Country National Heritage Area Inc., and released the draft feasibility study

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District Court rejects County’s revision of Big Sky Cheese permit conditions

A district court judge ruled against Cascade County this month in a lawsuit regarding the Big Sky Cheese special use permit. In 2019, the county Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the special use permit to Big Sky Cheese, with 17 conditions. The applicant appealed nine of those conditions and in November 2019, the County Commission held a meeting on the

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Proposed changes to zoning regulations back on county agenda

In late October, County Commissioners had a third meeting with the county planning department to discuss proposed revisions to the county’s zoning regulations. The first two meetings weren’t publicized and meeting noticed weren’t emailed to media or other county staff as is typically the case for commission meetings. Only a few members of the public attended the third meeting on

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County ZBOA approves two meat processing facilities

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustments approved two meat processing facilities in the county during an Oct. 29 meeting. The first is for The Butcher Block Custom Meats to build a 6,500 square foot facility about 2.25 miles west of Ulm that would process beef, pigs buffalo, sheep and potentially goats. The Butcher Block is currently located at 4125

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Business Bites: Luna Coffee Bar opening; Eklund’s Fine Furniture closing; Game Night Lounge; Not Your Mama’s Nutrition; Ulmers 75th anniversary; Cakes for Thought; Broadwater Coffee offering discount for support of local businesses; Hoyt and Blewett remodel; restaurants bring back family meals

Luna Coffee Bar Luna Coffee Bar is hosting its grand opening Nov. 6 at 9 5th St. N. They’ll open at 9 a.m. Business Bites: Golden Corral closed; Broadwater Coffee and Big Dipper team up; Luna Coffee coming downtown; Falls Print Works Open Eklund’s Fine Furniture Eklund’s Fine Furniture, at 314 1st Ave. N., is closing after 100 years in

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