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NorthWestern Energy Donates $5,000 to Rebuild Baseball Stadium in Columbia Falls

Aug 18, 2016

Butte, Mont. – August 18, 2016 – NorthWestern Energy has donated $5,000 to a fund established to rebuild a Columbia Falls baseball stadium damaged by fire in late June.

Tom Moody, manager of NorthWestern’s Kalispell District, and Steve Clawson, manager, Community Relations in western Montana, presented a check Thursday to Ray Queen, president of Glacier Babe Ruth. In addition to its financial donation, NorthWestern has offered to provide machinery and company volunteers to assist in the rebuilding the grandstands.

“The loss of the baseball stadium is a blow to the Flathead Valley, a place where we are proud to live and do business,” said Moody. “We are happy to play a role in helping rebuild the stadium and invest in the communities we serve.”

NorthWestern provides natural-gas service to about 27,000 customers in its Kalispell District, which includes the Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Kalispell, Browning, Bigfork and Somers areas.

Fire destroyed the grandstand at Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Field on June 27. The grandstands and other components of the field were constructed in the 1980s as part of a broad community effort. The grandstands and other improvements were not insured.

 As part of its Community Works programs, NorthWestern gives more than $2 million annually in support of charitable causes and economic development programs across its service territory.

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