A recent audit report has placed the Lodge Grass School District at risk of misappropriation. The report states that school district management does not have accurate financial information. Some accounts are misstated. These issues were caused by turnover and lack of training in key business positions. The lack of worker experience caused the school districts to be unable to maintain accurate and complete accounts.

The Miles City Council has approved the use of city property for a police and fire training facility. The training facility would be behind Brush Trucking. Senator Jon Tester’s office has been supportive of the city applying for a rural development grant for the facility.

Insurers say they are losing money in the Montana health insurance marketplace set up under Obamacare, PacificSource, told regulators it will not offer a pair of individual health plans next year. The plans lost an average of $1,100 per insured member last year. The company also plans to cut back on coverage costs by limiting sales of some of its policies. Other Montana insurance providers report extensive losses. .

Missoula is, according to WalletHub, the fourth best-run city in these United States. The website analyzed 25 “relevant metrics” across six categories – financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, and infrastructure. It then divided that score by the “total budget per capita” dollar amount for each city. Missoula ranked fourth; Billings ranked seventh. Boise is the best-run city in America. Washington, D.C., is the worst.

Stockman Bank celebrated the grand opening of its new building at 301 West Holly Street in Sidney July 5-8. Stockman Bank specializes in providing commercial, real estate, personal banking and agricultural services. Stockman Bank is Montana’s largest privately held family owned bank. Stockman is committed to the MonDak area and looks forward to continuing the community banking principles they were founded upon 63 years ago

WBI Energy, Inc., the pipeline and midstream subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE: MDU), announced plans to build an approximately 38-mile pipeline with the primary purpose of delivering natural gas supply to eastern North Dakota and far western Minnesota. An open season seeking capacity commitments on WBI Energy’s Valley Expansion Project was initiated today, and will be open until July 15. WBI Energy has received significant interest in the project from its customers in the region, which has driven the project.The proposed pipeline would connect the Viking Gas Transmission Company pipeline near Felton, Minnesota, to WBI Energy’s existing pipeline near Mapleton, North Dakota. Cost of the expansion project is estimated at $50 million. The pipeline will be able to transport 40 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Construction could begin in early 2018 with completion expected late that same year.

North Dakota crude oil production snapped back up by 5,383 BOPD in May after a substantial 70,000 BOPD drop in April. The latest figures showed daily production was at 1,047,364 BOPD while record high natural gas production reached 1,643, 522 Mcf a day. Lynn Helms, director of the ND Dept. of Mineral Resources, said that in order to see significant gains in production, there would have to be 60 rigs drilling and 80 well completions a month. There are currently 29 rigs drilling in the state. (Oil Patch Hotline)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $600,604 in new awards to two organizations in Montana. The awards were part of $149 million given nationally through 12 workforce programs to train primary care providers on how to help people in high-need areas access to health care under the current system.

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