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Power plant's fall comes 5 years after rise

By Karl Pucket

Great Falls Tribune

Dismantling of a $125 million, 46-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant is underway east of Great Falls, its fall coming just five years after its rise began with a construction groundbreaking in October 2010. Visitors weren't allowed into the Highwood Generating Station site Thursday. But from the entrance, workers in raised vehicle buckets could be seen working on poles and electrical lines. A crane was positioned next to the tallest and most valuable feature of the plant, a turbine that powered the facility.

“Work started early September," said Dean Swick, a court-appointed trustee for the Highwood Generating Station Holding Trust, who confirmed that the dismantling of the facility has begun. "And we expect all the work to be completed early November."

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