What Does Miles City Need
Posted by Ronn (+29) 8 years ago
Can you think of anything ( beside entertainment) ?

Food
Services
ETC



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Posted by Cheryl Pieters (+477) 8 years ago
Things for kids to do that involve exercise (since they can sit around and play video games all they want at home). Especially indoors things during the wintertime. Roller Skating, Indoor Mini Golf, Lazer Tag, Trampoline Gym, Indoor Pool, etc. We just went to Vegas and Circus Circus has an amazing indoor amusement park that I would love to see in Miles City.
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Posted by Ronn (+29) 8 years ago
Thanx for sharing
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Posted by Jan Warn (+201) 8 years ago
Family clothing & shoes
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+13658) 8 years ago
We just went to Vegas and Circus Circus has an amazing indoor amusement park that I would love to see in Miles City.


Uh....time to put the crack pipe down.

And, time for Occupy Missoula to quit poopting on the village green.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9777) 8 years ago
SHOES. Good shoes. SAS. That sort of thing.
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Posted by nevets (+354) 8 years ago
A better infrastructure, new jobs, less drugs, and more common sense. Oh and don't forget a red lobster, an olive garden, and an outback steakhouse!

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Posted by Josh Rath (+2308) 8 years ago
How about a mall similar to Rimrock Mall? Solves many issues within one structure.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14076) 8 years ago
Several things:

-a shoe store
-refurbished water system
-bigger jail
-city council persons and county commissioners that can plan together
-a ACOE/FEMA approved flood control structure
-a sales tax to help pay for most of the above.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4463) 8 years ago
Gunnar, the Missoula approach to the "Occupy" movement is catching on. Just the other day I saw a man drinking Almaden from a box on the local courthouse lawn.
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Posted by H Lockie (+189) 8 years ago
We need a family clothing store and shoe store. The Stage Stores are a great family store, but are not in the North. I always go there when I'm in Ok. and keep trying to get them up here. They were here once but didn't know how to buy for the north.(A Manager told me that) I do go to K-Mart in Glendive, and the clothing stores in Broadus and Terry. Terry is only womens clothes, but a nice store.
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Posted by Jon Bonine (+161) 8 years ago
A dog obedience class
A dog catcher
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14076) 8 years ago
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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1425) 8 years ago
I think it needs an apostrophe. That way, it reverts to being Mile's City and he can pony up and fix some of the crap that's been going on around here.

Make it so!
FH

Ooh-ooh!! Maybe you should also add some huge billboards along I94 saying:

MILE'S CITY- the town that had a brief mention in the first Willy Wonka movie....the one with Gene Wilder, not Neo.

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Posted by Matt Hom (+107) 8 years ago
I have a want, not a need: A neighborhood butcher shop (something along the lines of the "Meat House" insert joke here Richard/Buck/Frank) A place with prime cuts that are dry and wet aged. I cant understnd why when I come home to visit, I cant get a bone-in, dry aged, Prime cut ribeye. I love beef country, but I require a "cut above". And a micro brewery. Or both together. Maybe I'm onto a business venture for when I retire from the Army and move back to MC.

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Posted by matt oyen (+486) 8 years ago
i agree...Desperate Need for activity for Kids!!!SKATEPARK, like billings, indoor lazer tag would be awesome, a swimming pool , all great
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1907) 8 years ago
Less kids.
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Posted by JessicaLee (+158) 8 years ago
Something for children is a desperate need for this town....the above suggestions were great. Also Miles City already as a Dog Catcher and a good one at that.
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Posted by JessicaLee (+158) 8 years ago
Although I personally would also love something like a Ross or Target or TJ Max here in Miles City. Hate walmart, love kmart but shopping here in Miles City especially for clothes and shoes etc sucks. We have Maurices which is nice however I love Ross.
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Posted by Kelly (+2581) 8 years ago
Thermonuclear Detonation
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Posted by ABE (+423) 8 years ago
No body has said it yet?

" This town needs an enema! "

The Joker
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3715) 8 years ago
I would like to congratulate Amorette on resisting the urge to about the "desperate" need for activities for kids, or is it because her head exploded?
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Posted by Bob L. (+5040) 8 years ago
We just went to Vegas and Circus Circus has an amazing indoor amusement park that I would love to see in Miles City.



As a frequent visitor to Lost Wages, I can tell you that Circus Circus = Seventh Circle of Hell
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14076) 8 years ago
Also Miles City already as a Dog Catcher and a good one at that.


Really?? Why is it that Ross Perot and volunteers seem to catch all of the dogs?
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Posted by JessicaLee (+158) 8 years ago
There is a animal control officer who works monday thru friday 8 to 5 who if called will go out and search for the animal reported. After 5 pm and on weekends if you call dispatch a officer is supposed to go try to locate the animal reported however sometimes they have more pressing matters to deal with. And yes he is good. I have worked at the animal shelter for over 2 years now and he is a great guy who busts his butt to do what he can in the time he has. Last I knew they had budget cuts to make and he doesnt even have a work cell phone anymore so now you have to leave a message at the shelter or disspatch to reach him where it used to go straight through to his cell number. He is only 1 person in a big County with sooooo many loose animals.
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Posted by momofthree (+321) 8 years ago
ok, getting off subject here.

I think the BenFranklin building would make a great place for lazer tag, a rock wall or other activities for kids.

The Riggs building would work well for a shoe store.
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Posted by mule train (+1046) 8 years ago
Since when can't the kids in Miles City...hunt, fish (ice or not), shoot, drink, cruise, have sex, play board games, snowmobile, play basketball, or use their imaginations to keep themselves entertained?

on a side note....Miles City does need a good honky tonk.
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Posted by cyndie (+354) 8 years ago
An airline that flies to Missoula.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14076) 8 years ago
needs more bell cows with a sense of humor.
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Posted by JessicaLee (+158) 8 years ago
Your right, got a little off topic there....I agree, the old Ben Franklin building would be perfect for lazer tag. That would be fun too for adults and kids.
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Posted by ABE (+423) 8 years ago
" It needs more cowbell!"

But will have more of the same poop so stop dreaming.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1428) 8 years ago
Has nobody mentioned indoor pool?

/ducks/runs/
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6167) 8 years ago
All you people who want a good clothing and shoe store take a good look at your own spending. When Walmart arrived the small clothing stores and shoe store closed up quick. Too often people say one thing but do another where the almighty dollar is concerned.
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Posted by nevets (+354) 8 years ago
We all know how far that indoor pool idea has gone in the past.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+754) 8 years ago
An indoor what? Are you kidding me? You have to move away to be a swimmer.
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Posted by selena giecek (+7) 8 years ago
More rentals there's almost nothing here to rent especially when it comes to houses.Also there is more and more people moving here to which is making it even more difficult to find somewhere to live here.
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Posted by Kelly (+2581) 8 years ago
What Does Miles City Need?


Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't this very same question been asked since at least the 1970's? I remember miniature golf, roller rink, blah, blah, blah. The problem is that we don't have the population/tax base to support these endeavors. Poop, we can barely afford two water tanks and the new mayor promised lower water rates during last campaign.

Need I say more?

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Posted by Levi Forman (+3715) 8 years ago
Need I say more?


Why must you spoil the harrumphing by invoking reality?

It's about money folks, this stuff needs hundreds of kids a week to use it if somebody's going to make a living from it and pay the bills. You live in a small town, you take the bad with the good. If you're so certain that it would work, why don't you do it yourself?
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Posted by Former (+189) 8 years ago
Rentals.

Recreation for kids. (No, not a multi million dollar pool which costs 6 figures per year to maintain)

...Target...

And, the truck stops moved out to the old Flying J exit (or else 4 stop lights added to the south end of Haynes).
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Posted by David Schott (+14260) 8 years ago
>> What Does Miles City Need

* Lower water rates.
* Smaller police force.
* Volunteer fire department.
* More activities for seniors such as indoor shuffleboard courts.
* Old Country Buffet.
* More restaurants that offer early bird specials.
* 9p curfew for anyone under 30, strictly enforced.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1907) 8 years ago
Miles City desperately needs housing now, but the history of our boom and bust cycles looms over everybody who might invest in such housing. 25 years ago, there were empty apartments and empty houses all over town. Investors are afraid that will happen again before they start making profits on the current cycle.
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Posted by Former (+189) 8 years ago
9PM Curfew for anyone under 30? Try Sun City, AZ!

I'd also disagree that we need a smaller police force... A better paid, better trained, more experienced force - perhaps.
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1673) 8 years ago
Dave, you are a funny, funny kid. Are you in on the conspiracy too?
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Posted by David Schott (+14260) 8 years ago
I just thought I'd try some suggestions that are better in touch with the local voters. I should have also mentioned:

* A decent buggy dealership.
* A livery stable.
* Another restaurant where the mayor is head chef and waitress wrangler.
* More churches.
* Slower speed limits.
* More 4-way stops.
* An all-Lawrence Welk, 24-hours-a-day (signing off at 10pm with a playing of the national anthem) radio station.
* A summer passion play just like Medora but done on the cheap using volunteer talent.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+13658) 8 years ago
I agree with all of Dave's suggestions. I'd also add:

- One of those giant American flags, like you see at Perkins
- A statue of a bucking horse, with his nads exposed, like the one that was in front of that western store in Bozeman, strategically positioned somewhere on Main.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14076) 8 years ago
* 9p curfew for anyone under 30, strictly enforced.


I absolutely agree. As one who has trouble judging the age of the fairer sex, keeping the jailbait out of the bars should be a very high priority.

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Also another Lucky Lils up by the airport so Gunnar and Muletrain don't have to trudge all the way across town for a sandwich and slots when they get skunked hunting speed-goats.

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Posted by rg (+50) 8 years ago
"This TOWN needs an enema" - Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman
to flush out the the small town petty bull poop.
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Posted by Kelly (+2581) 8 years ago
A place online to pay traffic tickets.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14076) 8 years ago
Like the Batman signal, Miles City needs a way to project this symbol up on the old water tank that a dog is missing. Sure seems like the lost pets have increased in frequency since the oil pipeline broke in the Yellowstone last spring.



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Posted by Levi Forman (+3715) 8 years ago
Richard wins the thread.
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Posted by K.Duffy (+1725) 8 years ago
I personally think the ONE THING that might boost the economy in Miles City, and in doing so, allow for some of the other suggestions to be made possible, would be...a....CASINO!!! You know, one of those places full of machines waiting to take your money and play you a happy tune while doing so? Sorry... lost my head ..
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Posted by Stone (+1587) 8 years ago
Cat House
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4463) 8 years ago
K. Duffy, you have a point. If it weren't useless video keno we'd have busloads of out-of-state elderly plugging nickels into the slots. Instead, we have our locals spending their SS checks. We should grow all the US's dope, too.

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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1907) 8 years ago
I vote for the "Dog-Beam".
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Posted by worldmom (+413) 8 years ago
Shoe store
Indoor pool
Real bagels
Target (I will happily trade our Walmart)
Non-western men's clothing store
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1907) 8 years ago
Can't afford the pool. Although I love Target, Target is struggling financially as a corporation. Shoe store is still top my list.

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Posted by MR (+395) 8 years ago
Shoe store
Movie Theatre with comfy seats
Clothing store
More housing
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9777) 8 years ago
The owner is slowly making upgrades to the theater. I do wish he would turn attention to the seats, even if only row at a time!
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Posted by Jon Bonine (+161) 8 years ago
Miles City can't afford a pool?

Every dinky little town here in Kansas has a concrete outdoor pool. The population here? less than 900. Five miles down the road, there is another town with a concrete pool, population less than 200. Eight miles further there is yet another little town of less than 500 people and guess what, they have a concrete pool. If you go the other way, there is a town 12 miles away that has a concrete pool. Their swimming season runs from late May until mid August. It isn't that Miles City can't afford a pool; Miles City doesn't want a pool.

And if you want to talk about an indoor pool, the big town here, with a whopping population of 3600 has a nice indoor pool, operated by the technical college, the city and the hospital. Oh, and they are building a new and larger concrete outdoor pool.

And if there wasn't enough swimming opportunities, there is a lake between three of these towns.

Miles City doesn't want a pool. They can afford it if they really want one.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14076) 8 years ago
Umm... Nebraska and Kansas also have a sales tax to help pay for infrastructure.
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Posted by Jon Bonine (+161) 8 years ago
This county has a .5% sales tax rate. It goes to the county; the pool here is managed by the city. There might be some support from the county to help with the cost, but given the politics involved, I doubt it is much.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3715) 8 years ago
There's been 10,000 posts on this board about swimming pools in Miles City, do we really need to go over it again?
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+754) 8 years ago
The pool dream will happen someday, generations from now perhaps. Yes first the town has to be able to pay for it, then want it worse than everything else on the list.
Meanwhile there are certainly lots of places to go swimming. Over the holidays I noticed a red Grand Am with county fourteen plates parked at the Summit. We welcome all of you, come enjoy our facility whenever you can.
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Posted by Leann (+187) 8 years ago
All you people who want a good clothing and shoe store take a good look at your own spending. When Walmart arrived the small clothing stores and shoe store closed up quick. Too often people say one thing but do another where the almighty dollar is concerned.

I have heard people say the only thing keeping "Wal-mart" here is the grocery part of the store. This town will always complain about how "Wal-mart" has ran business out of town. Wake up people! It has nothing to with them. It's plain and simple, quite a few of us spend our money out of town because we don't have the stores here that support everyone's needs. We need some Big and Tall stores, for those of us who aren't a size 0. To bad JC Penny company was the first store to leave us.
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Posted by prairie blossoms (+90) 8 years ago
a shoe store and clothing, craft store can't find craft supplies unless you go to Billings.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6167) 8 years ago
Miles City had an art supply store that also carried craft supplies. Guess no one bothered to go there because it closed last year.
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Posted by James Gallagher (+22) 8 years ago
What is needed too? To fix your webcam to see you outside and to gain admirers. and new visitors like me, I hope there is good news on the subject soon, I wait to hear James in Chile
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1428) 8 years ago
lmao... James in Chile - that webcam is like his posting-addiction - in copy/paste.

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Posted by AshleyDawn (+349) 8 years ago
Less fast food and less casinos would be a start. And don't even get me started on the indoor pool disaster.
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Posted by David Schott (+14260) 8 years ago
James is consistent. He even sent a letter to the Miles City Star a while back:



FLICKR PHOTO: Miles City Star, MilesCam Letter to the Editor
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Posted by atomicg (+991) 8 years ago
After living in Laurel I don't find the water rates here all that atrocious. Doesn't the city need the money anyway? From what I understand we need a fair amount of infrastructure improvements concerning water, sewer and the streets that lie above all these public works.

I agree with the truck stop comment and the lights on King Ave Haynes. It would also be nice to see someone (or a cooperating group of some sort) invest in downtown with some sort of a plan to create complimentary businesses that can pull from each others customer base.

I think what Miles City needs more than anything is a realistic assessment of what's already here and what to do with it. For example:
Custer Motor Building on Main St
Ben Franklins (which I understand has a housing contract issue)
The old Depot
All the other buildings that sit in commercial areas and command attention to their dearth of public activity or private maintenance.

I can't help but think those trailer courts on Valley Dr have effects on the commercial appeal of that entire strip. What could be done to make better use of the strip along the Baker interchange? Isn't it out of the flood plain with terrific access to a main thoroughfare with immediate interstate highway access to boot?

Stop thinking new new new and start thinking about how to remodel and makeover what's already here and in our faces. Put local contractors to work and make the old more appealing and you will create the desire for new investment. And let's try to capitalize on our tourism potential. I can walk into a half dozen bars at night or 6 restaurants in the morning and find real cowboys just wandering about. Miles City doesn't have to fake the Western thing, it's part of us. Can't we put that to better use?

Also, what's up with the dike and its future? Could those river trails and the old Honda Trails (some of you know what I mean) be used as a Horse/Hiking Trail System that could connect with downtown? Maybe a horse park near a dog park somewhere on the west side? Sure would add a lot of appeal to such a cowboy town and imagine the little bit of tourism buzz it would create if old school cowboys rode their horse to the bar? I'm just spouting off here with unrefined ideas but you see where I'm going.

Makeover the old then the new comes in willingly. Sorry for the loooong post but I grew up here and I'm tired of everyone abandoning anything that needs a little work and whining about how we need new poop all the time.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3715) 8 years ago
Does anyone know why Flying J closed? If I was a truck driver I would way rather pull into that place than deal with the overcrowded mess on Haynes.
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Posted by David Schott (+14260) 8 years ago
>>... why Flying J closed?

No casino and/or bar within walking distance? Outdated facilities lacking the amenities such as wi-fi and showers that truckers are looking for?
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+13658) 8 years ago
After watching "Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia" the other night, I now know that truckers want Lot Lizards.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4463) 8 years ago
Looks like MC has a few holdovers from the Flyin' J days, Gunnar.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9777) 8 years ago
The corporate head office decided it was too close to two other Flying Js. I think the ones in Billings and Dickinson. Anyway, they shut it down and there is a covenant on the land that whoever owns it cannot open anyplace the fuels vehicles. I think a restaurant and/or convenience store is out as well.
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Posted by howdy (+4946) 8 years ago
I was told the Flying J in Billings has now stopped serving food...what a shame as their breakfast buffet was great...
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Posted by atomicg (+991) 8 years ago
How far does the city sewer extend out that way? Does it run along that entire strip to the interstate? I imagine Flying J was on city sewer as well as that motel and campground.
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