Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

County approves permit extensions for Big Sky Cheese, Silver Falls Distillery

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved 24-month extensions of the special use permits for Big Sky Cheese and Silver Falls Distillery, both components of the proposed Madison Food Park project between Great Falls and Belt. The board considered both extension requests during their Sept. 16 meeting. The county Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the special use permit for

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County releases fair revenues; fair board says there’s room for improvement

The Montana State Fair released its revenues last week and county officials said it was one of the better fairs. The county’s fair advisory board painted a different picture during their Aug. 25 meeting that was not attended by commissioners or fair staff. Commissioner Don Ryan stopped by to drop off financials but didn’t stay for the meeting. He told

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Business Bites: New Thai food truck; The Boutique Co. for sale; apartment demolition; outfitters for sale; pop-up concert at Cassiopeia; river cleanup event; Children’s Museum still fundraising; GFPD has new vehicles

N Thai Food There’s a new food truck in Great Falls. N Thai Food has been working with the health department and said Aug. 10 that they are now fully licensed. They’ll do their first set up at the Farmers Market on Aug. 14. The Boutique Co. The Boutique Co., which is currently located at 1201 10th Ave. S., is

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Commission approves permit change for chemical storage

City Commissioners voted unanimously to amend a conditional use permit for Helena Agri-Enterprises, formally Helena Chemical, to allow the use of anhydrous ammonia at their facility in Agri-Tech Park, an industrial park near Malmstrom Air Force Base. Commissioners had approved the initial CUP in 2015 and specifically prohibited anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate from being brought into the facility. At

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Six months before adult-use marijuana market opens, supply worries loom

by Justin Franz | Montana Free Press  A few times a day, someone from out of town will walk into one of Paulson Palmer’s three dispensaries in northwest Montana asking if they can buy marijuana. The answer is almost always no. While Palmer’s Fruit Factory can sell cannabis to Montana residents with a medical marijuana card, it will not be legal

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Business Bites: The Lobby converting to The Wild Hare; Jersey Mike’s coming next to 5 on Black; Open House at downtown apartments; poetry reading at Cassiopeia; 7th Ferrying Group presentation at The History Museum

The Wild Hare The Goat Group partners Ryan Sweeney, Alen Aivazian, and Matthew Robb are turning the for Lobby Bar and Maria’s Mexican space at 518 Central into The Wild Hare. The group operates bar and entertainment ventures in California and Hawaii. The group applied for a remodel permit in March and the city issued the permit in May for

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Business Bites: Wakefest in the Falls; Sip n’ Dip one of world’s coolest pools; Anchor Fitness sold; Paris Gibson Square opens new exhibit

Wakefest in the Falls Wakefest in the Falls is set for noon July 17 at Launch Watersports, 4250 Lower River Rd. Register to compete here until July 10. Tickets are $5 and are available at Launch Watersports, Broadwater Coffee Brewing Company, Speaking Socially and Mighty Mo. Tickets will also be available the day of the event.  Wakefest is Montana’s premier

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Business Bites: Mermaids return June 18; Kona Ice opens; #TroyStrong blood drive; Future of Ag tour is July 13; city animal shelter hours change; GFPD resuming Citizens Academy; NWGF awards; new exhibits at Russell Museum

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Mermaids at the Sip ‘n Dip The mermaids will return to the pool at the Sip ‘n Dip on June 18. The mermaids have been gone for about a month and the pool was drained for maintenance and repair. The metal pool is covered in fiberglass, which was sanded down and repaired. Then the pool room ceiling and pool were

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Couple drops effort to revive urban chicken initiative

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The authors of the latest urban chicken proposal have suspended their effort. Jaron and Angelique Wethington notified the city’s neighborhood council coordinator on June 10 that they’re stopping their effort and “provided no further explanation,” according to Lanni Klasner. In May, Jaron Wethington spoke at neighborhood council meetings asking the councils to consider supporting an urban chicken ordinance. A number

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Business Bites: ArtsFest needs sponsors; Craft Beer Week needs volunteers; LifeStyle Building grand opening; Rise Athletics places at world championships; free Voyagers tickets for healthcare workers; Pickwick’s and 360 Office Solutions merge; Ballantyne joins Spark Architecture; urgent care clinic coming to 609 10th Avenue South

ArtsFest Montana ArtsFest Montana is coming back this summer with more murals planned in the downtown area. Going into the event’s third year, the Business Improvement District is looking for sponsors to help fund more murals. The event is organized by the Business Improvement District and began in 2019 with four new murals and the creation of the Electric City

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