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Northwest Montana gets money for border security

August 28, 2018

A number of counties in Northwest Montana are getting grants to help with border security.

According to information from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s office, Flathead County and Kalispell are receiving 150,000, while Lake and Glacier counties will each receive 1.5 million to communities across Montana. It’s an increase of 55 percent from the $1,058,250 that Montana got in 2017.

These grants are issued to local governments and federally recognized tribal governments to defend the country’s borders from terrorism, intercept illegal drugs, and combat human trafficking.

Montana law enforcement agencies use Operation Stonegarden grants to increase preparedness, coordination, and effectiveness along the state’s 545-mile northern border.

Reporter Scott Shindledecker can be reached at (406) 758-4441 or sshindledecker@dailyinterlake.com.

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