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State Farm About to Begin Construction on New Building in Havre

Work will begin soon on a new building that will house State Farm Insurance and two other companies. If all goes well, the building will be open for business shortly after the first of next year, said Angela Twombly, office manager for the Thomas LaFond State Farm Agency, which currently operates out of a rented building at 327 3rd St. The…

Lawmakers, Public Debate Whether State Legislature Should Meet Annually

BY MIKE DENNISON State lawmakers and the public weighed in Tuesday on whether the Montana Legislature should meet every year – and also heard a reminder that any change should require voter approval. “In the last analysis, for this Legislature to meet annually in regular session, you will have to take that question to the people,” said Eric Feaver, head…

Tribal Leaders To State Council: Revere, Respect Neighboring Grizzly Bears

BY LAURA LUNDQUIST Tribal leaders on Wednesday shared their philosophy for living with grizzly bears with a citizens’ group tasked with trying to help all Montanans do the same. But adopting tribal attitudes may not be a tool that works for some. Meeting at the University of Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council started its third meeting of the year…

Montana Legislature: Is Cloud Seeding The Answer To Farmers’ Drought Woes?

BY LAURA LUNDQUIST Terry Farver was tired of the rain. In other years at other times of the year, the Scobey farmer would have celebrated the moisture. But 8.5 inches of rain was not supposed to descend upon northeastern Montana during the fall harvest. The result: He and his neighbors couldn’t get their crops in, or if they could, the…

Montana Hunters, Farmers Unite To Sound Alarm About Feral Swine Threat

BY DAVE CHADWICK AND JOHN YOUNGBERG Farming and hunting are two of the defining qualities of Montana.  For decades, hunters and landowners have worked together to maintain our public wildlife, our working agricultural lands, and our outdoor heritage.  Landowners know hunters are the best management tool for wildlife; hunters appreciate the habitat and access that our farmers and ranchers provide. …

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