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ISU students dominate at Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Apr 4th, 2017 | By
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A team of Idaho State University seniors from the College of Business returned from the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge in Boise with a first-place award and over $15,000 in prize money for the team’s Wynderhub wire fence tightening tool.

By Courtney Johnson POCATELLO — A team of Idaho State University seniors from the College of Business returned from the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge in Boise with a first-place award and over $15,000. Three other teams from ISU also won awards over the weekend. ISU’s College of Business students were one of eight university teams at
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Rexburg woman makes mascot costumes for local, international buyers

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
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Rexburg resident Flora Ellis, who makes and sells mascot costumes for local and international markets, says each costume generally takes about 30 days to make.

By Lisa Dayley Smith Standard Journal REXBURG — Shortly after young Flora Ellis learned to crawl, she crawled over to her Dad as he held a pencil in one hand and a toy in the other. Ellis reached for the pencil. “He said, ‘Our little girl will be an artist some day,’” she said. Fast
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Idahoans buying marijuana help boost economy of tiny Oregon town

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Diane Matthews, co-owner of 420Ville in Huntington, Oregon, says she is surprised at the diverse clientele of her marijuana dispensary. Very few of her customers come in just to get high, she said. Most are looking for relief from a variety of ailments. Many Idahoans are going to Huntington to buy marijuana.

By Sven Berg Idaho Statesman HUNTINGTON, Ore. — Huntington has become a hot destination, even if most visitors only stay long enough to buy marijuana products from the dispensaries in town. Not much more than a year ago, the city was fading, its population slowly diminishing as it has in countless small towns across the
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Realtors: Pocatello area housing market has improved

Mar 7th, 2017 | By
Workers shingle a new home at the top of East Center Street Monday afternoon in Pocatello. The local housing market has picked up considerably, according to local real estate agents.
Jordon Beesley/Idaho State Journal

By Kendra Evensen POCATELLO — For years, Gail Bishard has advised people who were interested in selling their homes to wait so they wouldn’t end up losing money on their investment. For some, it would have been a big loss. Due to the recession and recovering economy, there have been many foreclosures, short sales and
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Idaho pump prices back in the top 10

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
Bobby Thompson, of St. Joseph, Mo., fills is gas tank at the Shop $ Hop at County Line Road and the Belt Highway Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 in St. Joseph, Mo. Retail gasoline prices rose less than a penny to a national average of $3.53 per gallon on Friday, Feb. 17, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular is 15 cents higher than it was a month ago and about 38 cents more than a year ago. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle)

Press Release BOISE –  National average gas prices have remained fairly flat for the last 29 days, but Idaho isn’t sharing in the good news. Local supply issues recently pushed Gem State pump prices into the nation’s top ten. Idaho’s average price today is $2.44, up seven cents in the past month and fourteen cents
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Preston area man is leather craftsman

Feb 21st, 2017 | By
Preston area resident Marvin Graham talks about this leather creations in his shop recently.
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By Amy Macavinta Herald Journal Marvin Graham’s home sits on a 50-acre parcel of land southwest of Preston on a bluff overlooking the Bear River. Inside, a fire crackles in the wood stove, but ice crystals still formed on the window, framing the view of the river bottoms below. This is where Graham spends his
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J.R. Simplot’s french fry pact with McDonald’s was key for company, Idaho

Jan 31st, 2017 | By
J.R. Simplot in 1999 in his high-rise office in his company’s soon-to-be-former headquarters at One Capital Center in Downtown Boise. Simplot died in 2008.

By Zach Kyle Idaho Statesman In 1967, Idaho potato magnate J.R. Simplot shook hands with McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc, sealing a deal that made Simplot the first frozen french-fry supplier to the fast-food chain. That deal brought billions of dollars to the Idaho economy. Until then, McDonald’s had purchased only fresh potatoes. The J.R. Simplot
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Ag Expo showcases high-tech farm equipment

Jan 24th, 2017 | By
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Joe Vallery, a representative for Claas of America, which is an ag machinery manufacturer, talks about the Claas 780 combine during the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena last week in Pocatello. The combine’s chassis is made in Germany before it’s shipped to an assembly plant in Omaha, Nebraska. He said it’s about 60 percent U.S. content and 40 percent German content.

By Shelbie Harris sharris@journalnet.com POCATELLO — It’s surprising there isn’t a space combine at the rate farming equipment is technologically evolving, but that’s not to say someone hasn’t started the development process. Though it isn’t threshing space corn, the high-tech capabilities of the Lexicon family of Claas combines are, perhaps, out of this world. The
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Idaho Central Credit Union headquarters prepares to double in size

Jan 11th, 2017 | By
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Kent Oram in front of one of the new buildings that is being built on the Idaho Central Credit Union campus in Chubbuck.

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal $30 million campus expansion aims to open early 2019 CHUBBUCK – From the fourth floor window of Idaho Central Credit Union’s Chubbuck headquarters, Kent Oram looks out over acres of new construction. When the dust settles in early 2019, the credit union’s headquarters will more than double in size
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Feds insuring bigger home loans for buyers

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
Idaho’s home prices increased 0.3 percent from August to September, and have risen 7.7 percent since September 2015. The increase has prompted the Federal Housing Administration to raise the dollar amount on the home loans it will insure.

By Sarah Glenn POCATELLO — As housing prices go up in Idaho, so do the amounts available on federally insured loans that help people buy homes. Someone seeking a single family home, who doesn’t mind paying monthly mortgage insurance, and who wants a lower interest rate, can now borrow up to $275,665 backed by the
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