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The City of Williston ND fired the contractor they engaged to build their proposed new airport. City administrators fired the contractor,  J.M. Marshuetz, for breach of contract, after the company informed the city that without more money they would not be able to meet the November 15, 2018 deadline. Without the additional money, the contractor said the job could not be completed until September 19, 2019, just a month before the airport is scheduled to open. Under the circumstances the FFA requires that the city accept the bid of the second lowest bidder for the project. Officials said that they believe the schedule can still be met if they act quickly.

Construction for a new Burger King is under way in Sidney, Montana. It is projected to open in November. David Harper, owner of Meridian Restaurants of Ogden, Utah, said the company owns more than 100 Burger Kings including 25 in Montana.

TransCanada Corporation announced net income attributable to common shares for second quarter 2018 of $785 million or $0.88 per share compared to net income of $881 million or $1.01 per share for the same period in 2017. Comparable earnings for second quarter 2018 were $768 million or $0.86 per share compared to $659 million or $0.76 per share for the same period in 2017. TransCanada’s Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.69 per common share for the quarter ending September 30, 2018, equivalent to $2.76 per common share on an annualized basis.

Kinder Morgan is planning to expand their natural gas processing plant, the Roosevelt Gas Plant, in McKenzie County, North Dakota to process up to 200 million cubic feet per day. It will also reduce flaring. The project would be the sixth natural gas plant expansion or new plant under development in the state.

The Montana Chamber Foundation awarded the third annual Kelly Kuntz Memorial Scholarship to Billings Skyview graduate Emily Pinnow. She is majoring in communications, with a business minor, at Whitworth University in Washington.  The $2,000 scholarship is in memory of former Foundation board member, Kelly Kuntz. 

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is proposing to resurface about 3.75 miles of the South Frontage Road south of Billings in Yellowstone County. The project begins at the intersection of the South Frontage Road and Mullowney Lane, ending near the intersection of Wise Lane and Shiloh Road at reference post 3.75. Proposed work includes milling the existing surface, applying a new overlay, and finishing with a seal and cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement marking, signage and guardrail. The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2019. For more information, contact Billings District Administrator Stefan Streeter at (406) 657-0268 or Project Design Engineer Kurtis Schnieber at (406) 6570269.

MDT is also proposing another project to be completed in 2019, to seal and cover approximately 0.48 miles of King Avenue East in Billings. The project begins at the approach for the Yellowstone Detention Center and extends northeasterly for 0.48 miles, ending at the intersection of Sugar Avenue and King Avenue East. Proposed work includes a seal and cover (chip seal) and new pavement markings. The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in summer of 2019, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding. No new right-of-way or utility relocations will be needed. Contact Billings District Administrator Stefan Streeter at (406) 657-0268 or Project Design Engineer Kurtis Schnieber at (406) 6570269, or online at mdt.mt.gov/ dt/comment_  form.shtml

And, still another MDT project proposes to seal and cover approximately 0.69 miles of Shiloh Road in Billings. The project begins at the intersection of Wise Lane and Shiloh Road and extends north for 0.69 miles, ending near the intersection of Southeast Shiloh Road and Shiloh Road. For more information contact Billings District Administrator Stefan Streeter at (406) 657-0268 or Project Design Engineer Kurtis Schnieber at (406) 6570269, or online at mdt.mt.gov/ mdt/ comment_ form.shtml

One more project announced by MDT includes a proposal to resurface about 6.5 miles of Interstate 94 in Prairie County. The project begins approximately 1.5 miles east of Terry Exit 176 and extends east for 6.5 miles, to west of Fallon Exit 185. Proposed work includes milling the existing surface, applying a new overlay, and finishing with a seal and cover (chip seal), upgraded pavement markings, signage and guardrail. Construction time will depend on funding.

Saunders Outdoor Advertising, Inc., a Utah-based company is suing Gallatin County for lost revenue because the county won’t allow it to illuminate its billboard near Gallatin Gateway.
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MDU Resources Group, Inc. reported second quarter earnings from continuing operations of $44.1 million, or 22 cents per share, compared to second quarter 2017 earnings of $43.8 million, or 22 cents per share. Including discontinued operations, MDU Resources reported second quarter earnings of $43.8 million, or 22 cents per share, compared to $40.6 million, or 21 cents per share, in 2017.  For the six months ended June 30, MDU Resources had earnings from continuing operations of $86.0 million, or 44 cents per share, compared to $79.3 million, or 40 cents per share, in 2017. Including discontinued operations, the company had earnings of $86.2 million, or 44 cents per share, compared to $77.8 million, or 40 cents per share, in 2017.

Gallatin County is seeking a $150,000 federal grant to study the possibility of placing a new bike and pedestrian path along the Frontage Road between Bozeman and Belgrade. The county is requesting the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments Leverage Development Transportation Program, formerly known as the TIGER grant.