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Roundup Students Launch Local Montana Study

Local community leaders met in the Musselshell Valley Historical Museum meeting room with Roundup High School students in the first of six community meetings Tuesday evening September 13.  The meetings are part of a Montana Study being conducted by students in conjunction with the Montana Heritage Project and are based on meetings held in Montana during the 1940s designed to improve life in small communities.



The discussion focused on the role and impact of government in Roundup, and the panel consisted of past and present community leaders: Senator Kelly Gebhardt, Representative Alan Olson, county commissioner Mike Kilby, mayor Bill Edwards, former mayor Almeda Moore, director of public works Pat Charlton, former director of public works Gary Thomas, and former member of the Montana Constitutional Convention Don Belcher.

Members of the group were quick to praise others, but modest about their own accomplishments.  According to Alan Olson, “What you might see as an accomplishment is often a work in progress.” Pat Charlton added, “You don’t do it for the accolades.  You do it because it’s the right thing to do.”

While the theme of Tuesday’s meeting was Government, upcoming meetings will focus on Business September 26, Agriculture October 3, Religion October 10, Education October 17, and Medicine October 24.  A final presentation November 7 at the Roundup Community Library will provide a summary of the information gathered by the students from the six meetings.  Community members are welcome and are urged to attend.  Meetings begin promptly at 7pm and conclude by 9pm.  Questions should be directed to Roundup High School Heritage Project teachers Dale Alger, Tim Schaff, or Tom Thackeray.

Caption: Roundup High School student Tessa Mosdal takes notes for the meeting.

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