By Michael Vondra, Edward Jones

Start thinking about your retirement income plan

If you’re getting close to retirement, you’re probably thinking about the ways your life will soon be changing. And one key transition involves your income – instead of being able to count on a regular paycheck, as you’ve done for decades, you’ll now need to put together an income stream on your own. How can you get started?

It’s helpful that you begin thinking about retirement income well before you actually retire. Many people don’t – in fact, 61% of retirees wish they had done better at planning for the financial aspects of their retirement, according to an Edward Jones/Age Wave study titled Retirement in the Time of Coronavirus: What a Difference a Year Makes.

Fortunately, there’s much you can do to create and manage your retirement income. Here are a few suggestions:

      • Consider ways to boost income. As you approach retirement, you’ll want to explore ways of potentially boosting your income. Can you afford to delay taking Social Security so your monthly checks will be bigger? Can you increase your contributions to your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, including taking advantage of catch-up contributions if you’re age 50 or older? Should you consider adding products that can provide you with an income stream that can potentially last your lifetime? 

      • Calculate your expenses. How much money will you need each year during your retirement? The answer depends somewhat on your goals. For example, if you plan to travel extensively, you may need more income than someone who stays close to home. And no matter how you plan to spend your days in retirement, you’ll need to budget for health care expenses. Many people underestimate what they’ll need, but these costs can easily add up to several thousand dollars a year, even with Medicare.

      • Review your investment mix. It’s always a good idea to review your investment mix at least once a year to ensure it’s still appropriate for your needs. But it’s especially important to analyze your investments in the years immediately preceding your retirement. At this point, you may need to adjust the mix to lower the risk level. However, you probably won’t want to sell all your growth-oriented investments and replace them with more conservative ones – even during retirement, you’ll likely need some growth potential in your portfolio to help you stay ahead of inflation.

      • Create a sustainable withdrawal rate. Once you’re retired, you will likely need to start taking money from your IRA and 401(k) or similar plan. But it’s important not to take too much out in your early years as a retiree, since you don’t want to risk outliving your income. A financial professional can help you create a sustainable withdrawal rate based on your age, level of assets, family situation and other factors. 

By planning ahead, and making the right moves, you can boost your confidence in your ability to maintain enough income to last throughout your retirement. And with a sense of financial security, you’ll be freer to enjoy an active lifestyle during your years as a retiree. 

Michael A Vondra

Certified Financial Planner Practitioner

Edward Jones

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with 46 state Farm Bureaus including the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses, sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. The letter addresses four key tax provisions that make it possible for farmers and ranchers to survive and pass their businesses on to the next generation: estate taxes, stepped-up basis, 199A small business deduction and like-kind exchanges.

“The policies Congress enacts now will determine agricultural producers’ ability to secure affordable land to start or expand their operations,” the letter states. “Regardless of whether a business has already been passed down through multiple generations or is just starting out, the key to their longevity is a continued ability to transition when a family member or business partner dies. For this reason, we firmly believe the current federal estate tax code provisions must be maintained.”

These tools are as crucial as ever as the number of farmers and ranchers 65 and older outnumber those 35 and under by a four-to-one margin. More than 370 million acres are expected to change hands in the next two decades.

“As the economic backbone of nearly every county and rural community across the U.S., the importance of American agriculture and related industries cannot be overlooked,” the letter continues. “Farmers, ranchers, and family-owned agribusiness operators are responsible for producing the safe, affordable, and abundant food, fiber, and fuel supplies Americans enjoy every day. As the stewards of nearly 900 million acres of crop and rangeland, farmers and ranchers play an important role in terms of natural resource and land conservation. For agricultural producers, carrying on the legacy of our predecessors and setting the next generation up for success is critically important.”

The full letter can be found at fb.org/newsroom.

Rimrock is planning a new multi-building treatment campus in the East Billings Urban Renewal District (EBURD). The new campus will be located on 6th Avenue North between 13th and 15th Avenue and is key for the region to meet the growing need for substance use disorder treatment and mental health services.

Rimrock has operated from its current facility since 1981 and has added numerous remote facilities over the years. This campus will allow Rimrock to bring all services and resources to a single site. Rimrock provides medical detoxification, inpatient, residential, substance use assessments and outpatient services. Additionally, Rimrock is a licensed Mental Health Center and provides, family and individual therapy. Each of these programs is designed to treat the whole person, addressing the impact of substance abuse and mental health on a person’s social, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. With substance abuse on the rise and increased awareness of the importance of mental health, Rimrock is eager to grow in order to better serve the region.

With the growing demand for Rimrock’s services and the increasing opportunity for community partnerships addressing substance use disorder treatment and public safety, this new campus will become an integral part of the community’s strategy to provide needed resources. Rimrock was committed to staying in the downtown core, knowing this location is preferred for their clients to be able to access other community resources. Rimrock’s new location will re-develop an entire block in the EBURD.

The estimated total cost of this state-of-the-art mental health and substance use disorder treatment campus is $22 million. While construction won’t start immediately, the philanthropic fundraising will. Rimrock hopes to raise several million dollars through a capital campaign. In addition, the organization will contribute $2 million from savings. The balance will be financed through the sales of Rimrock’s current facilities, New Market Tax Credits, and private financing. The new facility will more than double Rimrock’s square footage, creating more than 78,000 square feet of necessary space to serve the needs of the region. Rimrock is working with local architects, Collaborative Design, and the new campus is expected to be open in late 2023.

“We are so proud of the work we’ve done here for the last 40 years, but we know we can do more,” said Lenette Kosovich, CEO of Rimrock. “We believe now is the time for expansion and a new neighborhood-like treatment campus. This envisioned campus will be intentionally designed to meet the needs of Rimrock’s clients and will create a more welcoming atmosphere. Expanding our services and creating this campus has been on the boards planning for many years and we are very excited to be taking this next step. People need us more than ever. We’re ready to step up to that challenge.”

illings Clinic Classic returns with downtown street party featuring Alter Ego, will raise funds for new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
 Billings Clinic Foundation announced the resumption of the Billings Clinic Classic on Saturday, Aug. 28, with proceeds benefitting Billings Clinic’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
 The Classic returns this year with an engaging and energetic all-outdoor street party, raffle, silent auction and seven golf events. Attendance will, however, remain limited due to COVID concerns.
 After a wildly successful performance at the 2019 Classic, Alter Ego will return as this year’s headline entertainment at the Street Party Celebration on Broadway. From Montreal, Alter Ego is North America’s top party band. The non-stop all-dance repertoire features the best of 70’s disco, 80’s rock, 90’s pop, and the hit songs of the new millennium. With seven lead singers and more than 60 dazzling costume changes, this group puts on a show like no other.
The Classic pre-party will feature Arterial Drive, a local favorite. Arterial Drive is a six-member band from Montana.  The entirety of the 2021 Classic will be held outside on Broadway, between Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North.
To support Billings Clinic’s smallest patients and the construction of a new NICU, call Billings Clinic Foundation at 406-657-4670 or go to www.billingsclinicfoundation.com. Funds raised will go toward a $3.5 million capital campaign for the construction of a new NICU at Billings Clinic. 

Commercial

LJR Of Montana Inc/435 Jaque Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $8,177

RPR Properties LLC/Lennick Bros. Roofing & Sheetmetal, 704 N 30th St, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,500

Iret-Rocky Meadows LLC/Drytech Co LLC, 2440 Village Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $10,400

Iret-Rocky Meadows LLC/Drytech Co LLC, 2440 Village Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $11,050

Iret-Rocky Meadows LLC/Drytech Co LLC. 2440 Village Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $13,650

Iret-Rocky Meadows LLC/Drytech Co LLC, 2440 Village Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,175

Iret-Rocky Meadows LLC/Drytech Co LLC, 2440 Village Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $14,300

Iret-Rocky Meadows LLC/Drytech Co LLC, 2440 Village Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $13,325

Iret-Rocky Meadows LLC/Drytech Co LLC, 2440 Village Ln, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $30,225

Billings Heights VFW Post 677, 618 Winemiller Ln, Com Remodel, $10,000

M&M Partners LLC/Cucancic Construction Inc., 2760 Gabel Rd, Com Remodel, $50,000

Travis Frandsen/Langlas & Assoc. Inc., 1603 Grand Ave, Com Remodel, $300,000

JNL Holdings LLC/Faithful Cleaning & Restoration, 526 Moore Ln, Com Remodel, $10,000

School District 2/Perfect 10 Roofing, 2401 Grand Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $23,000    r

Beartooth Holdings/Beartooth Holding & Construction, 525 Henry Chapple St, Com New Store/Strip Center, $1,000,000

State Of Montana/Star Service, Inc., 1500 University Dr, Com Remodel, $475,000

Target Corp T-0171/Engineered Structures Inc, 2601 Central Ave,  Com Remodel, $75,000

Albertsons Companies/ MJT Construction Inc, 3137 Grand Ave, Com Remodel, $40,000

DAJ Enterprises, Llc/Cucancic Construction Inc., 3189 King Ave W, Com Remodel, $8,000

Residential

Mark S & Rhett S Moak/Boyce Built LLC , 2714 Selvig Ln, Res New Accessory Structure, $75,000

Copper Ridge West Inc/Infinity Home LLC, 3131 70th St W, Res New Single Family, $245,068

Clement, Roy L & Jackie M/Zuhaus Construction LLC, 4749 Gold Creek Trl, Res New Single Family, $475,000

Preston, Todd A & Patricia J/Myers Custom Homes, 517 Shadow Lawn Ct, Res New Single Family, $1,200,000

Steve & Gail Mack/Martin Built Home LLC, 5361 Amherst Dr, Res New Single Family, $405,000

McCall Homes/McCall Development, 1866 St George Blvd, Res New Single Family, $240,550

McCall Homes/McCall Development, 1769 St George Blvd, Res New Single Family, $132,564

McCall Homes/McCall Development, 1763 St George Blvd, Res New Single Family, $132,564

Infinity Home/Infinity Home LCC, 7044 Shiny Penny Way, Res New Single Family, $241,855

SMTP 002 LLC/Better Building Technologies LLC, 6315 Ridge Stone Dr, Res New Single Family, $325,000

Wagenhals Enterprises Inc/ Wagenhals Enterprises Inc, 5501 Morning Star Ln, Res New Single Family,   $270,000

HWT Construction LLC/HWT Construction LLC, 1559 Tania Cir, Res New Single Family, $339,168

Wells Built Inc/Wells Built Inc, 6028 Canyonwoods Dr, Res New Single Family, $499,899

Mark Dawson/CDH, LLC, 2247 Greenbriar Rd, Res New Single Family, $314,927

HD Building Inc/HD Building Inc, 1427 Tania Cir, Res New Single Family, $266,552

Rob Pedigo , 2112 Gleneagles Blvd, Res New Single Family, $321,991

CDH, LLC /CDH, LLC, 4645 Toyon Dr, Res New Single Family, $336,207

Bob Pentecost/Bob Pentecost Construction, 7004 Copper View Way, Res New Single Family, $368,000

* New housing starts pulled back from the fastest pace since July 2006, falling 9.5% from an annualized 1,733,000 units in March to 1,569,000 units in April, with rising construction costs and difficulties in finding talent likely taking a toll, particularly in the single-family market. Yet, residential activity continues to be a strength in the economy overall, and builders remain optimistic about growth over the coming months.

* Indeed, the housing permits data—a proxy of future activity in the sector—are consistent with stronger residential growth moving forward, exceeding 1.7 million units for five straight months and jumping 19.1% since February 2020.

* With that said, existing home sales fell for the third consecutive month, down to 5.85 million units at the annual rate, largely on low inventories of homes for sale. The median sales price for existing homes has jumped 19.1% year-over-year, up to $341,600 in April.        

* Meanwhile, the IHS Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI rose to an all-time high, buoyed by growth in new orders and exports that were the fastest on record. The service-sector also expanded at a historic pace, with the U.S. economy bouncing back as more Americans get vaccinated and activity accelerating on the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

* Yet, raw material costs and output prices soared once again at all-time high rates, and IHS Markit survey respondents continued to cite severe supply chain disruptions.

* Manufacturing surveys from the New York and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Banks produced similar findings. While manufacturing activity eased in both districts in May, the underlying data and the outlook remained strong overall, even with supply chain disruptions and soaring prices.

* Across the Atlantic, Eurozone manufacturing activity also expanded solidly in May, with hiring accelerating at the best pace since February 2018, according to preliminary survey results from IHS Markit. Like the U.S., input costs and product prices soared to new records, and the service sector has bounced back as more virus restrictions are lifted.

* Outside the Eurozone, the United Kingdom’s manufacturing sector expanded at rates not seen since January 1992. 

* Initial unemployment claims fell to 444,000 for the week ending May 15, the lowest since the week of March 14, 2020.

New York created the most net new manufacturing jobs in April. Just five states have produced higher employment in the sector since the pandemic began: Utah, Nevada, Alaska, Nebraska and Montana.

Delivering on his promise to hold the line on new state spending and provide Montanans with broad-based tax relief, Governor Greg Gianforte today signed into law a fiscally conservative, pro-jobs budget.

“This budget lays out the roadmap to our Montana comeback, and will help unlock our state’s full, outstanding potential,” Gov. Gianforte said. “After more than a decade of out-of-control spending in Helena, we’re committed to being better stewards of taxpayer money, and our responsible budget brings much-needed fiscal restraint to state government.”

First introduced by the governor on January 7, the budget cuts hardworking Montanans’ taxes by over $60 million per year, and cuts $145 million in spending.

The budget also fulfills many policy priorities outlined in the governor’s Montana Comeback Plan, including investing $1 million per year in trades education and $2.5 million per year in incentives to increase starting teacher pay.

Importantly, the budget makes a historic investment in combating the drug epidemic through the HEART Fund. The program invests $25 million per year, using marijuana tax revenues, a portion of the tobacco tax settlement, and a federal Medicaid match, in community substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

Commercial

Chapel Court LLP/Jones Construction, Inc, 3940 Rimrock Rd, Com Addition, $25,000

Cornerstone Community Church,  4525 Grand Ave, Com New Other, $20,000

McCall Development /McCall Development, 1703 St George Blvd, Com New Townhome Shell, $520,000

Broadwater Ventures LLC/Neumann Construction, 1110 Broadwater Ave, Com Remodel, $225,000

Larsen Properties LLC , 1045 N 27th St, Com Remodel, $95,000

RPR Properties LLC/Neumann Construction, 1211 Main St, Com Remodel, $20,000

Morledge, Karl/Robert Nelson Const  2702 Minnesota Ave, Com Remodel, $4,000

Andrews, Mary Ann/Big Sky Custom Builders,  404 N 30th St, Change Of Use From A-2 To A-2/B,   Com Remodel – Change In Use, $25,000

Magga LLC/Bighorn Drywall, 5435 Midland Rd, Com Remodel, $15,000

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc, 1585 Governors Blvd, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500  r

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc, 1585 Governors Blvd, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc, 1585 Governors Blvd, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,200

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc, 1585 Governors Blvd,  Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $12,000

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc  1545 Governors Blvd    Com Fence/Roof/Siding           $15,500

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc  1515 Governors Blvd,, Com Fence/Roof/Siding     $15,500

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc  2750 Nottingham Cir     Com Fence/Roof/Siding     $15,500

Iret Properties/Drytech Co Llc  2736 Nottingham Cir,  Com Fence/Roof/Siding     $5,500

Hall & Company Llc/Dick Anderson Construction, 80 Shiloh Rd, Com New Other, $900,000

Hall & Company Llc/Dick Anderson Construction, 80 Shiloh Rd, Com New Other, $30,000

Hall & Company Llc/Dick Anderson Construction, 80 Shiloh Rd, Com New Other, $30,000

Sisters Of Charity Of Leavenworth/ Saunders Construction Inc., 1233 N 30th St, Com Remodel,                  $200,000

A Better Property Management Fi/A1 Property Improvements, 328 Grand Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,100

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 751 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 751 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,850

City Of Billings/C&C Construction Of Northwest Florida LLC, 6th St W, Terry Park, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $78,404

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC,735 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 706 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1572 Nottingham Pl, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 707 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1573 Nottingham Pl, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1573 Nottingham Pl. Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1551 Nottingham Pl, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1574 Guinevere Pl, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

Food Services Of America Inc/Centimark Corp, 1011 S 32nd St W, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $378,350

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1575 Guinevere Pl   Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1575 Guinevere Pl,   Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,850  

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 665 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1576 Lancelot Pl,  Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1576 Lancelot Pl, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1550 Lancelot Pl, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

 IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1577 Lancelot Pl,  Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 1577 Lancelot Pl,  Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,850

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 641 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 605 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 605 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,525

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 621 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,500

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 621 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,525

IRET Properties/Drytech Co LLC, 606 Nottingham Cir, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $8,775

Magnus Land Development LLC/Brown Builders Inc., 6436 Signal Peak Ave, Com New Townhome Shell, $305,827

Kohl’s Illinois Inc, 3900 King Ave W, Com Remodel, $300,000

LKF Investments LLC, 2044 Broadwater Ave, Com Remodel, $1,500

NJ & S Properties Inc/Jones Construction, Inc, 1518 1st Ave, Com Remodel, $140,000

United Properties Inc/Star Service, Inc., 490 N 31st, Com Remodel, $150,000

Residential

NA/Oakland Built Homes Inc, 804 Presidio Ln, Res New Single Family, $184,608

Copper Ridge West Inc/Bob Pentecost Construction, 7033 Copper View Way, Res New Single Family,     $415,000

Kammerzell, Tyler L/Image Builders, 5871 Autumnwood   Dr, Res New Single Family, $324,110

Oakland Built Homes Inc/Oakland Built Homes Inc, 3101 70th St W, Res New Single Family, $207,770

Oakland Built Homes Inc/Oakland Built Homes Inc, 3104 Forbes Blvd, Res New Single Family, $199,696

Emineth Custom Homes inc/Emineth Custom Homes, 3761 Donna Ct, Res New Single Family, $373,580

Formation Inc /Helgeson Construction, 4635 Elk Ridge Trl, Res New Single Family, $286,938

Allen, Mark Trailhead Builders Of Montana Llc, 4544 Iron Horse Trl, Res New Single Family, $500,000

Wagenhals Land And Livestock/Wagenhals Enterprises Inc, 5523 Morning Star Ln, Res New Single Family,  $270,000

McCall Development/McCall Development, 1703 St George Blvd, Res New Townhome, $43,333

McCall Development/McCall Development, 1703 St George Blvd, Res New Townhome, $43,333

McCall Development/McCall Development, 1703 St George Blvd, Res New Townhome, $43,333

Doschert, Dan, 3727 Colton Blvd, Res New Accessory Structure, $8,000

Donovan, Kelly J/Mac Leffler Construction, 3206 Peregrine Ln, Res New Single Family, $550,000

Kirkpatrick, Stewart & Kelly/ Jorden Construction, 4731 Rim Point Pl, Res New Single Family, $650,000

Newman, Levi, 864 Garnet Ave, Res New Single Family, $282,992

Sider, Nathan Edward & Melissa/Wagenhals Enterprises Inc, 930 Vineyard Cir, Res New Single Family, $350,000

McCall Development Inc/McCall Development, 6119 Norma Jean Ln, Res New Single Family, $300,720

Blain, Bobbi, Myers Custom Homes, 518 Shadow Lawn Ct, Res New Single Family, $1,187,000

Heeg, Timothy T/A-Team Contracting, 690 Tabriz Dr,    Res New Accessory Structure, $150,000

Berg, Roxy G/South Pine Design, 4757 Gold Creek Trl,     Res New Single Family, $344,544

Bruechert Custom Homes/Bruechert Custom Homes LLC, 5210 Grass Mountain Rd, Res New Single Family,   $347,120

William P Underriner Irrevocable/Laughlin Construction Inc, 2610 Westfield Dr, Res New Single Family, $609,796

CDH, LLC/CDh, LLC, 4639 Audubon Way, Res New Single Family,  $378,704

McCall Development Inc/McCall Development, 6115 Eva Marie Ln, Res New Single Family, $269,472

McCall Development Inc/McCall Development, 1662 Annas Garden Ln, Res New Single Family, $216,808

Infinity Home/Infinity Home LLC, 5440 Beringer Ln, Res New Single Family $276,616

McCall Development Inc/McCall Development, 1631 Annas Garden Ln, Res New Single Family, $386,992

McCall Development Inc/McCall Development, 1632 Annas Garden Ln, Res New Single Family, $220,774

Na/McCall Development, 6105 Johanns Meadow Ln,        Res New Single Family, $310,624

Wagenhals Land And Livestock/Wagenhals Enterprises Inc, 1202 Daybreak Dr, Res New Single Family, $300,000

Copper Ridge West Inc/Infinity Home LLC, 3103 Forbes Blvd, Res New Single Family, $217,332

Magnus Land Development LLC/Brown Builders Inc., 6436 Signal Peak Ave, Res New Townhome, $38,228

Billings Clinic has been recognized by Magnet, the gold standard in nursing excellence, for the fourth time. Organizations must reapply for this recognition every four years and Billings Clinic has continuously earned it since 2006 — a testament to its high-quality nursing practice.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. It is the highest global honor for professional nursing practice.

 “Magnet is so important to our employees and to Billings Clinic because it really elevates the care that we give to an entirely new level. It holds us to a higher standard and encourages our nurses to seek new knowledge and to be innovative in the care that they deliver. We want to make sure that we’re providing the latest evidence-based care so that our patients get the very best,” said Laurie Smith, Billings Clinic Chief Nursing Officer.

Receiving Magnet recognition for the fourth time since 2006 continues the region’s largest health care organization’s proud inclusion in the global Magnet community – a small, select group of health care organizations and hospitals. Only about 7 percent of hospitals worldwide have achieved Magnet designation. Of those, only 98 have been recognized four times, placing Billings Clinic among the top 1 percent of hospitals globally for nursing.

 “Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients and communities,” said Scott Ellner, DO, Billings Clinic CEO. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses.”

Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State, will speak on the “The Value of American Energy to the World” on the final day of the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference – Thursday, May 13, 2021.

The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference will be held May 11-13 at the Bismarck Event Center, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Other featured presenters will be Harold Hamm, Executive Chairman, Continental Resources, the largest producer of the Bakken, and Bill Berry, CEO of Continental, and Shelly Lambertz – Chief Culture Officer at Continental.

The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is the largest conference and trade show in the nation focused on the Bakken, Three Forks and Williston Basin. It brings together leading experts on breakthrough technologies, energy markets, potential untapped formations, the regulatory environment, and more.

Over the last 28 years, the WBPC has become a “who’s who” of industry experts and leadership in the Bakken, providing some of the best networking opportunities with key decision-makers in an intimate and exciting setting.

For more information go to www.wbpcnd. com/events/ Williston-basin- petroleum- conerence.com