New photos showcase our ever-unfolding history

New photos showcase our ever-unfolding history

To celebrate Northern Plains 50th Anniversary, we assembled a photography exhibition to highlight the people, places, and events that helped shape our organizational history....
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Unscrupulous electric utilities, 1984 to today (Part II)

Unscrupulous electric utilities, 1984 to today (Part II)

Unscrupulous electric utilities put ratepayers on the hook for expensive, polluting fossil fuel plants in the 1980s, a history that is repeating itself.

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Challenging a rate case built on falsehoods (Part I)

Challenging a rate case built on falsehoods (Part I)

Montana Power Company – Northwestern Energy’s predecessor as the primary electric utility in Montana – owned 30% of Colstrip Units 3 and 4.In 1974,...
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First steps in a long journey

First steps in a long journey

In late 1971, several months before a small group of people formed Northern Plains, some of those same people embarked on an ambitious project...
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The Montana Constitution and Northern Plains: Protecting our state since 1972

The Montana Constitution and Northern Plains: Protecting our state since 1972

In the early 1970s, something revolutionary happened. Everyday Montanans rose up, demanding a new constitution with expanded rights and freedoms that center power in the hands of the people.

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PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds gather to celebrate 50 years of Northern Plains’ work to strengthen conservation, family agriculture, and rural prosperity

PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds gather to celebrate 50 years of Northern Plains’ work to strengthen conservation, family agriculture, and rural prosperity

BILLINGS, Mont. – DanWalt Gardens, just north of the Yellowstone River on the southern edge of Billings, was nearing capacity as hundreds of Northern...
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Love and loss in the fight for Billings air quality

Love and loss in the fight for Billings air quality

In the late 70s and 80s air quality in Billings was so polluted, many residents suffered from asthma, including children. One such resident was...
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