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Modern institute turns to medieval business model


A local institute is offering Montanans the opportunity to join a very old approach to business, with a new twist.

Jim Salmons and Timlynn Babitsky of the North American Rural Futures Institute, located on the Montana State University-Northern campus, have created Big Sky Chandlers, a Montana unit of Michael and Lynette Richards' Chandler Guild.

The Richardses, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are candlemakers who "decided it was time to reinvent. What was old is new again," Salmons said.

Members of the guild, based on a medieval form of craft organization, sell candles made from soybean wax in their...

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