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RONAN — The Restore the Ronan Arch Committee offers an update on this community project. 

In September 2018 the replacement logs from Dupuis Lumber were cut and delivered to Access Montana to be peeled by Ronan High School students. 

On Wednesday, Oct.17, at 11 a.m. the Ronan sign will be removed so the students of Ronan High School can recreate and add to the sign to be hung under the restored arch. 

The Restore the Ronan Arch project has raised $30,000 of the $55,000 from fundraising, private donations and grants from Montana Department of Commerce Tourism, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, MEDA Mini-grant, and Lower Flathead Valley Community Foundation. 

The Restore the Ronan Arch Committee is made up of community members, business members, city government officials and Ronan High School students and staff. The iconic arch is the entryway to Main Street Ronan, and known as the longest public arch in Montana. The original arch was built by the Ronan High School Senior Class of 2002 and as it has deteriorated the students and the community have come together for this project, including the retired teacher who was the class advisor in 2002. The students have helped develop the budget, written grants, created a 3-D model, made a promotional video and peeled the logs for the sign and they are not done yet. 

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