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City looking at increasing water and sewer rates

The City of Lewistown believes a rate increase is needed for the city’s water and sewer services.  This week’s Committee of the Whole meeting covered this topic, and City Manager Kevin Myhre explains:

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Lewistown schools get call from Lieutenant Governor

As school officials attended their annual statewide meetings, Lewistown’s Superintendent of Schools received an unexpected phone call.  Jason Butcher says he liked what he heard while visiting with Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean.

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Phoebe Gee fundraiser this Friday

Friends of a Lewistown family want to help this 5-year old girl’s family.  LaVonne Limpus and Andra Burnham have organized a fundraiser as Phoebe Gee faces years of surgery. 

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State Chamber Elects 2014-2015 Officers, Lewistown resident presents Congressman Daines with award

The Montana Chamber of Commerce conducted its Annual Meeting in Bozeman October 13 and elected Jeff Billman of Billman's Inc. (Cut Bank) as Chair of the Board of Directors.  Billman graduated from Montana State University College of Business with a Bachelor's Degree in Business with options in management and marketing.  Jeff currently works for the family business which sells hardware, appliances, and flooring.

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BLM Montana/Dakotas Oil and Gas Lease Sale nets almost $686,000

BILLINGS, Mont. – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas lease auction netted $685,712.50 in revenues from the sale of 12 Federal leases, totaling 6390.19 acres, in Montana and North Dakota.

Herco, LLC of Billings, Mont., submitted the highest per-acre bid at $410 per acre for a 40-acre parcel located in Roosevelt County, Mont.  The highest single-parcel bid at $510,400 was purchased by Diamond Resources for a 1,760-acre parcel located in Golden Valley County, N.D.

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Montana SBA seeks 2015 Small Business Award Nominations

Helena – One Montana small business and its owner or owners will have a chance for recognition as the national Small Business Person of the Year in an awards program that opens today.  The Montana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it is actively seeking nominations for its statewide 2015 Small Business Awards. The SBA will recognize honorees in the following categories at award events throughout the state next spring:

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Boys Cross Country and Girls Softball host Halloween Haunted Run

There are a couple of high school sports that help to fund their own programs, Boys Cross Country and Girls Softball.   Halloween night is an opportunity to help the Cross Country athletes. According to parents Michel Kelsey and Judy Sipe:

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October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

As part of National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials are urging parents in October to remain vigilant about preventing the abuse of prescription drugs among teens and young adults.

The Montana 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates that about 16 percent of youth between the ages of 12-17 had taken a prescription drug such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax without a doctor’s prescription.

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Holly Phelps appointed new Public Works Director

Lewistown’s Superintendant of Operations for the Public Works Department has a new title.  City Manager Kevin Myhre made that announcement Monday night at the Commissioners Meeting. 

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Lewistown City Manager reviews pedestrian main street concerns

The City of Lewistown and Montana Department of Transportation are looking at safety measures for Main Street pedestrians.  City Manager Kevin Myhre reviews those concerns.

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Montana’s unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate was down .1 percent in September to 4.6 percent.  The unemployment rate has decreased by 0.7 percentage points since January.  The U.S. unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points during the same period, to 5.9 percent.

“With nearly 1,000 jobs added last month, Montana’s economy continues its strong growth,” Governor Steve Bullock said.  “Main Street Montana businesses are hiring, and more workers are on the job, which continues to fuel our growing economy.”

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