REPAIR WORK — A crew from NorthWestern Energy works to remove a transformer at ITB this past week that went out of commission due to the snow storms and high winds. Photo courtesy of Brian Robinson
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Wednesday the county commissioners met with Gary Hablutzel of Innovative Benefit Plans, LLC concerning insurance renewal rates for the county.
He presented renewal rates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, which will be about an eight percent increase.
Hablutzel also outlined additional benefits to the employees, one of which is the company pays the first $1,000 for CPAP equipment for those diagnosed with sleep apnea.
The commissioners will also be meeting with representatives from the MACo HealthCare Trust before making a final decision on coverage for the 2010-11 FY.
Article by Kristi O’Harran, Seattle Daily Herald
Folks don’t need to tote a wallet or purse to Curry’s Market in Valier.
Everyone in town has a charge account. Customers put money down on deposit and purchases are deducted from the tab.
That sort of country life appeals to Mark Hinricksen, 59, of Marysville, Wash., who is Montana to his toenails. He aims to skedaddle back to his hometown of Conrad in the next few years.
Meanwhile, he creates art that captured the essence of a place where he attended a two-room schoolhouse, skated on frozen ponds and built forts over clotheslines.
For the 14th consecutive year, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is the nation’s top agricultural business lender in total dollar volume, according to 2009 data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC). Combining totals for Wells Fargo and Wachovia, the company extended its leadership by extending approximately $9.4 billion in agricultural loans last year.
“Despite the recession, Wells Fargo increased its agricultural lending by 12 percent between 2008 and 2009,” said Michael Swanson, chief agriculture economist for Wells Fargo.
He went on to say, “This increase not only reflects our continued commitment to helping agricultural businesses but is an indication of what was happening across the industry. While grain and forage producers increased their profits, livestock producers experienced record losses which resulted in unprecedented borrowing. As lenders, we had to help balance the needs and understand stresses across the entire agricultural supply.”