Frannie gets Kubota thanks to Montana Limestone

Pictured with the new Town of Frannie Kubota that a donation from Montana Limestone Co. helped to fund are (l-r) Mike Jones, Vance Peregoy, Jean Loyning, Faye Miller, Kurt Kiser, Bob Bartosh and Shang Clendenen. The seven gathered for a presentation Tuesday, March 25, in Warren, Mont. David Peck photo

Pictured with the new Town of Frannie Kubota that a donation from Montana Limestone Co. helped to fund are (l-r) Mike Jones, Vance Peregoy, Jean Loyning, Faye Miller, Kurt Kiser, Bob Bartosh and Shang Clendenen. The seven gathered for a presentation Tuesday, March 25, in Warren, Mont.
David Peck photo

The generosity of a local company has led to a new Kubota side-by-side vehicle for the Town of Frannie.

Town officials gathered at the Montana Limestone facility at Warren, Mont., last Tuesday morning, March 25, to provide certificates of appreciation and commemorative metal Town of Frannie logo signs to Bob Bartosh, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Dakota Coal, Montana Limestone rock quarry supt. Kurt Kiser, Dakota Coal Director of Financial Services Faye Miller and Mike Jones, superintendent of the fine grind plant for Montana Limestone.

Representing Frannie were Clerk/Treasurer Jean Loyning, Public Works Manager Shang Clendenen and Mayor Vance Peregoy. Peregoy fashioned the metal signs that were given to the lime company officials.

Loyning said a $9,000 donation by Montana Limestone plus a $1,000 donation from Rocky Mountain Power allowed the town to enter into a lease-to-purchase agreement with Heart Mountain Farm Supply of Powell for the $23,600 vehicle.

“The town didn’t have the funds to do this, and we were in desperate need,” Loyning said, adding that the Kubota with a snow plow “was a godsend this winter.”

“Montana Limestone likes to help the community,” Loyning added.

She said the money was received in November and the town entered into the lease-to-purchase agreement in December, receiving the Kubota at that time.

by David Peck

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