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Stillwater fight intensifies as senate race looms

BILLINGS — The struggle for control of Montana's largest publicly-traded company is turning increasingly bitter ahead of a May 2 shareholders' vote.

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer and a team of dissident investors are sparring with Stillwater Mining executives over who could better lead the company.

The stakes for Schweitzer are high, complicated by his considering a run to replace U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. Success would allow Schweitzer to launch a Senate campaign on a high note. Defeat could tarnish his much-touted business credentials.

Dueling campaigns to sway public opinion on Stillwater have i...


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