In observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Attorney General Tim Fox invites Montanans to view the “Faces of Freedom: Voices Calling for the End of Modern Day Slavery” traveling portrait exhibit when it comes to the state on Jan. 11. The exhibit will be in Billings Jan. 12.
Leadership Montana, the state’s premier leadership development organization, has opened the application process for the Class of 2018. The class will meet in communities across the state during the months of September, 2017 to May, 2018. Applications are accepted until April 15.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., a division of MDU Resources Group, Inc. announced it signed a 25-year agreement with a subsidiary of ALLETE Clean Energy to purchase the power from a wind farm expansion in southwest North Dakota. The agreement also includes an option for Montana-Dakota to buy the project at the close of construction.
The Montana Department of Revenue is encouraging people to apply to the department’s liquor education program as volunteer trainers. The volunteers work in Let’s Control It, the agency’s training program for responsible alcohol sales and service. They train Montana liquor license holders about the state’s requirements for selling and serving alcohol.
“We count on our volunteers to conduct these important training and we really appreciate their efforts and the time they invest,” said director Mike Kadas, Montana Department of Revenue.
As businesses across Montana continue to use apprenticeships to build their workforces, one local Havre farm is using this time-honored training model to teach organic farming operations.
Vilicus Farms recently launched two new apprenticeship programs in collaboration with the Montana Registered Apprenticeship program which is administered by the Montana Department of Labor & Industry.
At their annual convention in Great Falls, the Montana Grain Growers Association elected officers and set the organization’s policy for the coming year. These actions put the finishing touches on a successful event attended by over 800 farmers, agribusiness representatives and guests.
Tom Butcher, a grain producer from Lewistown, was installed as MGGA President for 2017. Elected Vice President was Michelle Erickson-Jones of Broadview; Treasurer Lyle Benjamin of Sunburst; and Secretary Vince Mattson, Chester. Rob Davis, Larslan, will serve as Past President.
The Montana Department of Livestock is actively monitoring the bovine tuberculosis investigation in Canada. In late September, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency initiated an epidemiological investigation after bovine TB was detected in a Canadian cow at a United States slaughter facility.
Two bulls on a Beaverhead County ranch within Montana’s brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area have cultured positive for brucellosis.
The brucellosis-infected bulls were identified during a voluntary whole herd test. The animals were euthanized and infection was subsequently confirmed through tissue cultures at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. The ranch has been placed under quarantine and an epidemiological investigation is underway. All other animals on the ranch tested negative for the disease.
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced his nominations for 25 Montana students who are applying for enrollment into U.S. military academies. One of them is Tanner Branstetter, of Laurel.
A congressional nomination is a critical step in the process for Montanans seeking admission to one of the nation’s four military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.