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Anonymous Donor Gives $2 Million For New Billings Library

BILLINGS, Mont. - An anonymous donor has given $2 million to put toward a new library in Billings. Leslie Modrow, development director of the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, told the City Council on Monday night the donor isn't interested in the building's interior, location or name only that it has "architectural significance."

The donor, which is not a company or foundation, came forward in the past week or so just as the library foundation was hoping to launch a campaign to raise $5 million toward the project, estimated at $13 million. Voters could be asked as soon as next fall to approve $8 million in bonds to fund the rest of the project.

The foundation, a private group that supports the library, says the donor opposes the idea of using the existing building. That means the downtown building will probably be torn down because of momentum to keep the library in its current location.

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