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How small food processors are building a more resilient Montana food system.

If Montanans want to keep Montana-grown food — and the associated dollars — in-state, the local supply chain will have the be expanded. That includes storage and distribution infrastructure, but the bottleneck is mostly at the food processor level.

Where Montana has tested for the coronavirus

Newly released state data shows high testing rates in Native communities, low rates in some rural counties

Newly released state data shows high testing rates in Native communities, low rates in some rural counties

GOP floats a nepotism charge. Butte company cries foul.

National Republican Senatorial Committee ads allege Gov. Steve Bullock directed state contracts to Pioneer Technical Services, co-founded by his brother.

National Republican Senatorial Committee advertising tries connect $14 million in state contracts awarded to company associated with Gov. Steve Bullock’s brother to cronyism.

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Months into pandemic, concern persists for homeless people

The COVID-19 pandemic, for many shelters and residents, has proven to be a distinct challenge compared to other disasters, such as fires or floods. Part of the difficulty comes from a tangled web of bureaucratic procedures and relief funds at the federal, state and local levels. But nearly five months into the crisis, some providers also describe feeling forgotten or misunderstood by policy makers, to the detriment of the populations they serve.

Bullock, Tester push back on Pendley appointment

A day after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock sued to remove acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley from his post, public lands advocates and Montana’s Democratic senator are calling for hearings on Pendley’s nomination to lead a federal agency responsible for managing millions of acres of public lands, saying he is unfit for the position.

Bullock: masks now mandatory

The order, effective immediately, applies to indoor public spaces in any Montana county with four or more active COVID-19 cases, and to some outdoor gatherings.

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Could a Japanese-style elder care program work in Montana?

Twenty years ago, the world’s oldest nation implemented an innovative social tax to support its aging citizens — and to free younger generations from some of the burdens of age. Could the model work in Montana?

Bullock announces emergency testing order for assisted living facilities

The same day health officials announced a coronavirus outbreak at a Billings assisted living facility, Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday that his public health department will order all assisted living and nursing home facilities in the state to test all employees and residents before allowing any more visitors.

Feds release data on Paycheck Protection loan recipients

Data released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration provides the first detailed accounting of the businesses aided by the Paycheck Protection Program, indicating that Montana’s loan recipients span nearly the full width of the state’s economic landscape.

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