Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Great Falls named among top 100 places to live

Great Falls made the list of the top 100 places in this year’s ranking by Livability.com. Great Falls made the list for the first time, coming in at 97. Brett Doney of the Great Falls Development Authority told City Commissioners on Tuesday that in the past Great Falls didn’t even make the top 1,000 a few years ago. Billings and

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Great Falls Farmers’ Market expanding again this year; launches new website and logo

The Great Falls Original Farmers’ Market is expanding into Central Avenue this year and has launched a new website and logo. Starting in June, the market will expand into Central Avenue from the Civic Center to 2nd Street South. The additional space will accommodate the excess vendor requests the market receives in June and July, according to Erin Borland, chairman

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Business Bites: Yes, Little Athens is coming downtown, eventually

Little Athens Nicholas Geranios has purchased the former Bert and Ernie’s location at 300 1st Ave. S. The Geranios family operates Little Athens in Holiday Village Mall and will be opening a restaurant in the former Bert and Ernie’s space though details are in flux. Bert and Ernie’s closed suddenly in August and has been vacant since. Bert and Ernie’s

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County approves hemp processing facility

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a special use permit for a hemp processing facility in Sun River. Paul Leach of Venture Property and Leasing, LLC applied for a SUP to allow a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility on this nine acre property. During the hearing, no one spoke in opposition to the project and Jolene Schalper of the Great

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County ZBOA to hold hearings on hemp facility, FWP headquarters expansion

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider a special use permit for a hemp processing facility during their Feb. 14 meeting at 9 a.m. Paul Leach of Venture Property and Leasing, LLC has applied for a SUP to allow a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility on this nine acre property. Leach wrote in the application that the facility

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Business Bites: The Block now open; The Barn renovating; Vietnamese restaurant coming

The Block Bar and Grill opened today and will celebrate their grand opening on Feb. 8 with Happy Hour all day. That includes $1 off all draft beer, $4 off domestic pitchers, buy one sandwich and get $2 off the second, free dip with any chip order. Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as Alluvion The Block

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City reopens proposals for Rec Center cafe

The Park and Recreation Department is again requesting proposals for the full-time operation of a cafe/restaurant at the Community Recreation Center. The current area consists of 710 sq. ft. of customer seating/serving area, 648 sq. ft. kitchen area with walk in cooler, and 1,420 sq. ft. of additional space adjacent to the restaurant. The city is interested in providing a

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County approves cattle fee for predatory animal control program

Cascade Commissioners voted 2-0 to approve the creation of a fee on cattle to support a predatory animal control program. The fee is allowable under state law when 51 percent or more of cattle producers in the county sign a petition in support. In November, a petition was submitted to the county with signatures from owners of 27,063 cattle, or

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County proposing changes to zoning regulations

UPDATE: The planning board will review the proposed zoning changes on Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex. Cascade County staff is proposing substantial changes to the current zoning regulations. The county planning division has posted the proposed changes here and is seeking public feedback. The planning division intends to hold a public hearing with the planning board

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Business Bites: Saibeen’s and Cattlemen’s Cut relocating; Jimmy John’s opening second location

Yes, the rumors are true, The Cattlemen’s Cut is likely moving into the former On the Border in Marketplace this spring. Owner Julie Meyer confirmed to The Electric that the move is in the works though details are still being finalized. “It’s going to happen, it’s in the works. It just takes time,” Meyer said. She’s listed the current restaurant

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