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HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer is challenging Helena city leaders to develop a proposal to keep the Montana Historical Society museum in the Capital City.

Democratic Sen. Steve Gallus of Butte has proposed using $40 million from the state's pool of natural resource damage funds to build the museum in Butte.

Schweitzer says Helena will need to have a plan before the Legislature convenes next year if it wants to keep the museum.

The current museum has long been considered overcrowded. A plan to buy and raze a Helena mall and build a new museum there stalled for lack of money and the state is now focusing on a piece of property near the current museum, but still does not have enough funding.

 

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