Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Library eliminating late fines,planning major repair for basement flooding

The Great Falls Public Library board voted unanimously to eliminate late fines and forgive all outstanding late fees during their May 26 meeting. Staff and the board had been considering the move for months and recently an anonymous donor offered $85,000 to the library, contingent on the elimination of late fees. Staff estimates that there is about $85,000 in outstanding

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Ryan Island picnic area reopens June 1

The picnic area at Ryan Island will open for public use for the season on June 1. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to NorthWestern Energy. Users should observe social distancing protocols when visiting Ryan Island to limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to NorthWestern. Follow NorthWestern Energy on Facebook or on Twitter (@NWEinfo) for

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Mansfield Theater gets fresh coat of floor paint with donation

The Great Falls Community Concert Association donated $1,000 to the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts and the funds were used to repaint the floor of the theater. The theater floor was last painted in 1996. The painting project began in April and was completed in mid-May. Since most of the Mansfield Center events have been postponed due to COVID-19,

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Downtown art to honor class of 2020 being installed this week

In honor of the 2020 graduating classes around Great Falls, two local artists will be creating each school’s logo in front of downtown businesses on May 26. The logos will be created over the next two days using chalk and will be located at Candy Masterpiece, Belle’s and Lace Bridal, Kaufman’s Menswear, The Last Straw Bistro and Dragonfly Dry Goods.

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Business Bites: La Quinta changes franchise; Cassiopeia and Saibeen’s reopened; Classic 50’s still open without Howard’s

La Quinta hotel changes franchise The hotel at 600 River Drive is now Best Western Plus Riverfront Hotel and Suites. The new change was made mid-May and the new sign is up. “We have decided as a whole, we will better serve you under our new franchise. La Quinta will always be such a sweet part of our history, but

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Street sweeping May 26-28

Street sweeping continues this week. Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the area on their scheduled day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule may change or be cancelled due to weather conditions. May 26: All streets and avenues from Central Avenue West to 5th Avenue Southwest from 14th Street Southwest to 25th Street Southwest. Also, all streets

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County considers contract for cleanup of old jail

During their May 26 meeting, County Commissioners will consider awarding a $122,022 contract to Hazardous Technologies, Inc. of Great Falls for asbestos and lead abatement in the old county jail. The project is being funded with a grant from the Great Falls Development Authority. The county received previous grant funds from GFDA this spring to inspect the two-story jail, plus

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