Read our recent notes from the field – stories of community organizing across Montana.

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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A huge victory years in the making in Colstrip!

A huge victory years in the making in Colstrip!

Northern Plains has organized for years to ensure responsible and robust cleanup of Colstrip’s leaking coal ash ponds. These ash ponds have been contaminating...
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Holding closely to the Held v. MT victory

Holding closely to the Held v. MT victory

Thanks to the courage of 16 young plaintiffs and a state constitution that provides some of the most expansive rights in the nation, Montana...
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Stone Soup Garden: Nurturing the crop of community

Stone Soup Garden: Nurturing the crop of community

Patrick Certain co-owns and manages Stone Soup Garden, a regenerative farm founded on the connection between healthy food and intentional community.

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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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Tom Heyneman: Continuing a family legacy on the Bench Ranch

Tom Heyneman: Continuing a family legacy on the Bench Ranch

Tom Heyneman is continuing a family legacy on the Bench Ranch and through his leadership at Northern Plains.

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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On October 9th, the second Monday of October, along with Montanans across the state, Northern Plains is celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. Indigenous Peoples' Day...
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Billings gets $1M for tree cover

Billings gets $1M for tree cover

Earlier this month, the US Forest Service announced that the City of Billings will receive $1 million in federal funds to design and implement...
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NorthWestern’s newest energy roadmap leads to a dead end

NorthWestern’s newest energy roadmap leads to a dead end

NorthWestern Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is released every few years to serve as a roadmap for future power production and a preview of...
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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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DEQ’s oversight failures in the Bull Mountains creates crisis for ranchers

DEQ’s oversight failures in the Bull Mountains creates crisis for ranchers

As many of you know, Signal Peak Energy, the operator of the Bull Mountains Mine near Roundup, has been a reckless company. Signal Peak...
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Melissa Holt: Deep roots and deep love for eastern Montana

Melissa Holt: Deep roots and deep love for eastern Montana

Melissa Holt was born and raised in Glendive. She lives in the home her maternal grandparents bought after moving to the Montana town generations...
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