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RONAN — Officials for Glacier Bank and Mission Mountain Enterprises hope downtown Ronan will be a bit more vibrant after the bank donated a vacant building to the organization last week.

The building on Main Street that last housed Rhonda’s Dollar Plus store is stationed between two properties already owned by the nonprofit, so when Glacier Bank acquired Community Bank and began looking for a way to get rid of the property, it seemed like a good fit to donate the $60,000 building.

Brennin Grainey, vice-president of Glacier Bank in Ronan, said he was excited to see the transfer.

“Having been born and raised here, it is a really good thing to get some of our empty buildings on Main Street back in use,” Grainey said. “I’m really excited to see activity.”

Glacier Bank Loan Quality Control Officer Laurie Smith said it is not uncommon for the bank to deed properties to charitable organizations if the property is not super marketable and would fit better with the nonprofit.

“The bank is very cognizant of the charitable organizations and the communities that we serve,” Smith said.

Mission Mountain Enterprises CEO Brodie Moll said he was excited about receiving the property. His organization is exploring several options for the new property, which will have to undergo some maintenance before it is ready to house any new ventures.

Expanding the Twice But Nice Thrift Store, expanding the downtown Mission Mountain Enterprises recreation area, installing a manufacturing facility, and other business ventures have been discussed for the space, though nothing has been nailed down yet.

“It opens up a lot of opportunity to give us space for more employment,” Moll said. “I think it is really generous of Glacier Bank.”

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