Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Business Bites: Enbar, Hempl’s, Sip ‘n Dip make best of lists; Five Loaves Too has new owner; The Barn, Calico Rodeo closing

Three local establishments recently made best of lists from Big 7 Travel. Enbar Enbar was named the best cocktail bar in Montana. “Enbar is a stylish yet riotously fun bar that serves up handcrafted cocktails made with Montana spirits. Cocktails change with the seasons and there’s often specials, but there are a few highlights to look out for. We love

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Big Sky Cheese files appeal over some of ZBOA’s conditions on permit approval

Edward Friesen, on behalf of Madison Food Park and Big Sky Cheese, has filed an appeal with the County Commission of the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Aug. 28 decision on their special use permit. The ZBOA’s approval of the permit included 17 conditions and Friesen has taken issue with nine of them. Under state law, the applicant can appeal to

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County planning board forwards zoning revisions to commission, with recommend to approve except for MU40 district

The Cascade County Planning Board voted 4-3 during their Sept. 10 meeting to recommend approval of the proposed zoning regulation revisions, with the exception of the MU40 district and an amended provision for medical marijuana. After spending about 20 minutes discussing whether to reduce a 1,000 foot setback for medical marijuana to 500 feet, the board realized the proposed revisions

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County ZBOA approves Big Sky Cheese permit, with conditions

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to approve the special use permit for Big Sky Cheese to build a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility for a cheese processing plant. The board included 17 conditions in their approval of the permit, meaning that the applicant will have to meet those requirements before the permit is actually issued. Big

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Big Sky Cheese on Aug. 28 county zoning board agenda

Big Sky Cheese is back on the agenda for the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment at their Aug. 28 meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Living Center at Montana Expo Park. The special use permit application for Big Sky Cheese will be the first item on the agenda, according to the county planning department. The ZBOA could vote

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Big Sky Cheese decision again postponed

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment again postponed a decision on the special use permit application from Big Sky Cheese. During the ZBOA’s July 22 meeting, county staff said they recommended postponing a decision so the public has enough time to review the additional information Big Sky Cheese provided to the county on July 11. Staff said they also

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County spinning planning out of public works department; creating new special projects manager position

Cascade County is reorganizing the Public Works department. The changes are coming as the department director is retiring from the position and moving to a full-time job with Alluvion Health. He will be filling a newly created part-time position to continue overseeing special projects within the county, effective Aug. 1. The county is splitting key functions within the department into

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Additional information submitted on Big Sky Cheese project; second public hearing set for July 22

During the June 27 public hearing on the Big Sky Cheese special use permit application, the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment requested additional information on the project. The company’s principal member is Edward Friesen, who is also the principal in Madison Food Park, a proposed agricultural processing complex on U.S. Highway 89, a few miles outside the Great Falls

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Business Bites: Pizazz expanding; Tracy’s opening soon; Kelley Aline and GFPS win awards; Title 17 revisions

Pizazz Expansion Pizazz is expanding into the former Fox’s jewelry space on the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street. The grand opening is scheduled for July 31. In the space, they’re opening a gourmet market, take-n-go deli, selling local and international foods and spices plus wine, beer, spirits, even a few beers on tap. “We are committed to being

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