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Looking back: Construction begins on Lodge at Whitefish Lake

| April 3, 2024 1:00 AM

A look back at past Pilot articles by Julie Engler

50 Years Ago

April 4, 1974

Election of school board trustees for Whitefish Schools and Flathead Valley Community College were held at the Central School physical education facility in Whitefish. Candidates for Whitefish School Board included Larry L. Fonner, Vera Jean Heckathorn, Sherman C. Johnson and Cecil Norman Thompson. Mrs. Heckathorn, a native of Montana, graduated from Nashua High School and attended the University of Montana. She received her BA in 1949 and graduated from the University of Montana Law School in 1950.

40 Years Ago

April 5, 1984

It took three tries before the city council offered Sid Fredrickson the job of Whitfish’s second city manager. Fredrickson, who had been acting city manager since Don Morrison resigned, was one of three finalists for the position. On the third vote of the evening, the council unanimously agreed to give Fredrickson the job. The first two votes ended in deadlock before Mayor Jim Putnam broke the tie by casting dissenting votes.

30 Years Ago

March 31, 1994

A westbound Burlington Northern train derailed near West Glacier, tearing up track and stalling commercial traffic through Whitefish for more than 24 hours. Gus Melonas, director of communications for Burlington Northern’s northern corridor, said 12 cars of the 100-car train derailed 2.9 miles east of West Glacier on Burlington Northern’s main line. The train originated in Great Falls and was destined for Vancouver, Washington. All of the cars were carrying grain and several spilled their loads in the accident. 

20 Years Ago

April 1, 2004

The Averill family was breaking ground for the new Lodge at Whitefish Lake on the shore of Whitefish Lake next to Whitefish Lake Lodge. Dan Averill and family turned the first dirt to officially start construction. Whitefish’s only lakeside, full-service hotel would provide a spectacular lobby with incredible views of the lake. The property would feature deluxe penthouse suites with panoramic views. Completion date was planned for early summer, 2005.

10 Years Ago

April 2, 2014

Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke raised nearly $448,000 from individuals and political action committees through Dec. 31 – more than any other U.S. House candidate in Montana. More than a quarter of those contributions came from executives and employees of Florida-based Fidelity National Financial Inc., a business created by billionaire William B. Foley II, along with his affiliated businesses and their political action committees.