Governor, First Lady, Dedicate Home

By Beacon Staff

Accompanied by his wife Nancy, daughter Katrina, and even his dog Jag, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer dedicated the wall raising at the Missy Sweeney Habitat for Humanity home in Columbia Falls early Saturday afternoon.

Kalispell Mayor Pam Kennedy introduced the Governor, who joined the Habitat work crew to raise and align the wall, before securing it to the foundation of the Sweeney home.

A substantial volunteer work crew was present, dominated by a large showing of employee volunteers from the local Lowe’s store in Kalispell. The crew included Kennedy, Habitat Executive Director Patti Gregerson, Habitat Board VP Jeanette Reynolds and former Montana West Economic Development Director Liz Marchi, among others.

As noted in a prior article on the Habitat site, the Sweeney home project is a “Lowe’s Women Build” home. The Women Build project is sponsored by Lowe’s nationally and encourages women to join the Habitat home’s volunteer work crew. Lowe’s also donated $25,000 toward the construction of the Sweeney home.


Gov Schweitzer tries on a Lowe’s “Women Build” toolbelt as his wife Nancy looks on.


First Dog Jag seems unimpressed by the construction hoopla as he peers from behind the Governor and First Lady.

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