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The City of Great falls, Montana is situated 296 kilometers (185 miles) directly south of Lethbridge. The City of Great Falls is the last city in the USA going north on the Can-Mex Highway while Lethbridge is the first city in Canada along this same route.

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Win a "Lethbridge, 3-Day Get-A-Way"
July 01, 2017 - Canada's 150th Anniversary!

In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary the Lethbridge Twinning Society embarked on a promotion with our Sister City, Great Falls, Montana. We held a contest to invite a couple from Great Falls to come to Lethbridge to participate in the Canada 150 celebrations in our city! We had over 210 couples enter the contest and in the end, we selected Scott and Shirley Gillaspie as the lucky winners.

The couple were provided with a rental vehicle from Enterprise Car Rentals in Great Falls. They arrived in Lethbridge on June 30th and were greeted by our interim Director for Great Falls relations, Brandy Old. The Gillaspies settled into their hotel room at the Best Western Inns and Suites for their two night stay. This was all part of the prize package! But there was more, a lot more. They no sooner checked into their room and they were off to coffee at Tim Horton's followed by a abbreviated tour of the City. A wonderful Chinese Dinner was enjoyed at the New Dynasty Restaurant hosted by LTS members, Gary and Kathy Stauffer. After dinner, the Stauffers and our guests were treated to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie at the Galaxy theater.

The next morning was Canada Day, and our guests were accompanied to Henderson Lake where they enjoyed activities and attractions on the main stage. LTS members Geoff Wallins, Joe Pallate, Marisa and Greg Boles and Garth Graham all greeted our guests. There was a lot of walking, talking and trying to beat the heat! It was a special treat for guests to hear "Hibikiya" perform Taiko drumming, as Hibikiya is representative of another of LTS Sister City, Towada City, Japan! Sensei, Bryan Pereverseff during the Hibikiya performance was so kind as to recognize the Gillaspies and extended a welcome to them.

The Gillaspies were, as well, graciously welcomed to Canada by our MP Rachael Harder as well as by Lethbridge, Councillor (Deputy Mayor) Joe Mauro.

LTS member Garth Graham hosted the Gillaspies to lunch at the Coulee Brewing Company, and then extended a brief break to them as they went back to they hotel to freshen up for the rest of the day.

President of LTS, Harold Pereverseff and his wife, Cheryl hosted the Gillaspies to dinner at the Firestone restaurant and then to the fireworks display which they viewed from Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.

The next day (Sunday) the Gillaspies enjoyed a leisurely morning at their hotel, and even went back to Tim Horton's on their own for coffee and some treats! LTS Member Fran Cofell met them at 11:15 and they were off for an early lunch at the Lethbridge Casino.

After lunch they were off to shop and see some of our stores. Save-on-Foods provided a gift card and the Gillaspies found some goodies to take back home, as they did when they shopped at the Park Place Mall! It was around 4:00PM when the Gillaspies departed for home. Memories, souvenirs and having made new friends in Lethbridge all part of the booty they experienced! Congratulations!

The Lethbridge Twinning Society wishes to extend a huge "thank you" to the City of Great Falls, Advisory Commission on International Relations, in particular Charity Jacobson and Lana Kadoshnikov who assisted us greatly on their end to make this contest a reality. Thank you to Great Falls KRTV for promoting this contest in the Great Falls community!

Recognition to our sponsors of this contest:
  1. Enterprise Car Rental (Great Falls, MT)
  2. Best Western Inn and Suites
  3. Tim Horton's
  4. New Dynasty Restaurant
  5. Galaxy Theatre
  6. Coulee Brewing Company
  7. Co-op
  8. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
  9. Firestone Restaurant
  10. Lethbridge Casino
  11. Save on Foods
A huge shout out to our volunteer members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society; Dr. Gary Stauffer and Kathy, Geoff Wallins, Joseph Palate, Greg and Marisa Boles and family, Garth Graham, Fran Cofell, Brandy Old, Prachi Sanghavi, and everyone else who showed support for this event and the huge success that it was.

Canada 150 Celebrations, Henderson Lake
Enjoying the entertainment at Henderson Lake main stage
The Gillaspies are welcomed by Canadian Member of Parliament for Lethbridge Constituency, Rachael Harder
The Gillaspies meet "Miss Teen Alberta" Grace Linitski. Grace is from Lethbridge
The Gillaspies are hosted for lunch by LTS member, Garth Graham at the Coulee Brew Company
The Gillaspies joining in with members of the LTS
Going for dinner at the Firestone Restaurant
Firestone Restaurant
Dinner at the Firestone Restaurant
Watching the Canada 150 fireworks from Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Brandy welcomes Scott and Shirley to Lethbridge as they settle into their hotel accommodation at the Best Western Inn and Suites.
Best Western Inn and Suites.
First stop off for Scott and Shirley - Tim Horton's!
LTS Member Gary hosts Scott and Shirley at the New Dynasty Restaurant where they enjoyed a fantastic Chinese food dinner!
(Standing L-R) - Kathy, Harold, Gary (Seated L-R) Shirley, Scott
New Dynasty Restaurant. After dinner it was off to the Galaxy theatre to watch "Pirates of the Caribbean" hosted by Gary and Kathy.
Galaxy Theatre
LTS Member, Fran Cofell hosts the Gillaspies at the Lethbridge Casino for lunch on July 2nd
At the Lethbridge Casino
Save on Foods provided a gift voucher for shopping for the Gillaspies
Shopping at Save on Foods
The Gillaspies are all shopped out and with their gifts and souvenirs in hand it is time for them to head back home to Great Falls. Thank you very much for coming to Lethbridge, meeting us and visiting our city! "Yu'all come on back, ya hear?"
Scott and Shirley visit the Lethbridge Brewery Gardens
Harold joins Scott and Shirley at Lethbridge Brewery Gardens
Downtown Lethbridge in front of LTS "Twin City" sign
In the seating at the Henderson Lake main stage
In front of Lethbridge City Hall standing beside LTS monument which contains Stones from Great Falls, Montana. (Constructed in 2005 for the Alberta Centennial celebrations)
Watching "Hibikiya" perform at the Henderson Lake main stage
Member of the City of Great Falls Advisory Commission on International Relations, Lana Kadoshikov and her family, visit Lethbridge for Canada 150 celebrations
June 30, 2017

On June 30, 2017 Lana Kadoshnikov, her husband Yuri and two of their children, Mike and Kate, arrived in Lethbridge from one of our Sister Cities, Great Falls, MT. Lana is on the City of Great Falls, Advisory Commission for International Relations, (ACIR). They travelled to Lethbridge specifically to support the Lethbridge Twinning Society (LTS) in our "Lethbridge Get-A-Way Contest". They met the lucky winners of the contest (The Gillaspies) and spent some of our Canada 150 celebrations together with them.

Friendships are like beautiful flowers, they are great to enjoy and cherish…. but like beautiful flowers, friendships have to be nourished, taken care of and supported. This is exactly what the Kadoshnikov family achieved in their visit to Lethbridge. There was time for fun and enjoyment, but more importantly there was the opportunity of bonding with members of the LTS and getting out into our community, rubbing shoulders with our residents.

This was the second time that the Kadoshnikov family have made the trip to Lethbridge and connected with LTS members. Conversely, members of LTS have had a number of occasions where they were interacting with the Kadoshnikov family when we travelled to the City of Great Falls.

Our visits on both sides of the border, always come to an end too quickly!

The Kadoshnikov family enjoying breakfast around the kitchen table.
With the "Samurai" at the performance of Hibikiya at the Henderson Lake, main stage on Canada 150 Day.
Yuri at the Lethbridge Brewery Garden site.
Yuri with the Lethbridge high level trestle train bridge in the background.
The Kadoshnikov family overlooking the coulees from west Lethbridge.

Great Falls, Montana, USA Ice Breaker Road Race
April 22 – April 23, 2017

The Lethbridge Twinning Society celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary in a unique way. In collaboration with Lethbridge's authentic Japanese Taiko group, HIBIKIYA, they travelled to our Sister City, Great Falls, Montana April 22 – April 23, 2017. The City of Great Falls is hosting their 38th Annual "Ice Breaker Road Race", an event which, since 2006, members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society have participated in.

Members enjoyed a warm welcome to Great Falls, accompanied by sunny, clear skies. The members participated in the Ice Breaker Road Race, enjoyed tours around the city, caught-up with Montana Sister Members, and listened to HIBIKYA. The visit to Great Falls was a fantastic way to meet new faces and connect with known ones.

"We've made a whole bunch of friends there through that Ice Breaker," Pereverseff said. "It's been wonderful." Thanks to help from the Canadian Consulate in Denver Colorado, LTS members were able to have a marvelous experience.

Local Lethbridge Taiko group, HIBIKIYA, to travel to Great Falls!
April, 2017

The Lethbridge Twinning Society is celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary in a unique way. In collaboration with Lethbridge's authentic Japanese Taiko group, HIBIKIYA, they will be travelling to our Sister City, Great Falls, Montana this coming weekend. The City of Great Falls is hosting their 38th Annual "Ice Breaker Road Race", an event which, since 2006, members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society have participated in.

"We value, greatly, our established Sister City relations with Timashevsk, Russia, Culver City, California, Towada City, Japan, and our newest 'Sister City', Great Falls, Montana (2014). With this being Canada's 150th anniversary, the Lethbridge Twinning Society is celebrating and wants to share a unique opportunity with the Great Falls community," says Lethbridge Twinning Society President, Harold Pereverseff. The Lethbridge Twinning Society has been invited by the City of Great Falls, Park and Recreation Department, to the Ice Breaker Road Race, and at the venue, HIBIKIYA will be performing throughout the day. The performances are being offered free of charge, in the spirit of the Lethbridge community extending the 'hands of friendship' across the United States border. "We are very grateful to have the support of the Canadian Consulate in Denver, Colorado (which oversees Montana) in this extension of 'Sister City' relations with Great Falls," says Pereverseff.

HIBIKIYA, under the direction of sensei, Bryan Pereverseff, is an authentic Japanese Taiko drumming group that performs original Japanese Taiko which has been gifted to them from their sister groups in Lethbridge's "Sister City", Towada City, Japan. HIBIKIYA is affiliated with and supported by the Southern Alberta Taiko Society.

The Great Falls participation is actually a troika of Sister City relations (Lethbridge, Towada City, Japan, and Great Falls, Montana), and is a unique way of celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary while building meaningful relations between the Lethbridge and the Great Falls communities.

Ice Breaker Road Race - Great Falls, Montana
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Save the Date! Join members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society as we head south to our Sister City, Great Falls, Montana to participate in there "Ice Breaker Road Race". The road race is your choice of a 1 mile walk/run, a 3 mile run or a 5 mile run. Registrations and details to follow. Usually the cost of registration is around $20.00 (US) and this includes your registration, a long sleeve "race tee shirt" and a bag lunch. Registrants are also eligible for draw prices. The 3 and 5 mile races are competitive and there are cash prizes for the winners.

Those interested may e-mail: hcbmkwaq@telusplanet.net

"Wings Across Montana" bird festival - Great Falls, Montana
June 9, 10 & 11, 2017

Save the Date! The City of Great Falls will host the "Wings Across Montana" bird festival June 9, 10, 11 2017 at the Heritage Inn. 300 to 400 people will attend. More than 25 birding hikes will be offered. There will be a variety of speakers and a dessert auction will be held.

This is an invitation for our Sister City friends in Lethbridge.

Additional information will follow. If need be, you may contact Ms. Kay Silk of the City of Great Falls, "Advisory Commission on International Relations" @ 406-453-0545

Michael Bennett and Harold Pereverseff at US Consulate.
Delegation visit from the Great Falls
May 24th to 28th, 2016

May 24 and 25 - Delegation visit from our Sister City, Great Falls, Montana will be in Lethbridge.
Further information >>

Meeting at the US Consulate
Calgary, Alberta - March 20th, 2015

On March 20th Director for Culver City Relations, Michael Bennett and Harold Pereverseff were invited to a meeting at the US Consulate in Calgary.

We had the opportunity of sharing the vision of the Lethbridge Twinning Society and updating the US Consulate with respect to our Sister Cities in Culver City, California and Great Falls, Montana.

We met with Casey Bohn and Deanna Cameron Duboque both of the Public, Press, Educational and Cultural Affairs section at the Consulate.

The meeting was most successful and we look forward to a continued collaboration and cooperation between the Lethbridge Twinning Society and the US Consulate.

Ed DeYoung – Director for Great Falls, Montana Relations
February 21, 2015

Ed DeYoung was born and raised in the U.S., just outside Chicago, IL. He graduated from Calvin College, MI, and spent 42 years in education, teaching in Alberta, Chicago, and Michigan. He retired in 2007 as principal of Immanuel Christian High School in Lethbridge, AB. He and his wife, Dr. Linda Herbert, live in Lethbridge and enjoy hiking and kayaking in the summer and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Travel is another favorite activity that takes us far and wide. Ed looks forward to developing and maintaining close relations with our sister city, Great Falls, MT.

Twinning relationship between the Cities of Lethbridge and Great Falls, Montana
January 23, 2014

The Lethbridge Twinning Society recognizes the importance of promoting the "Sister Cities" model, and have this presented a proposal to the City of Lethbridge, City Council on January 20, 2014.

The proposal resulted in a "Resolution" of City Council and now we await the decision of the Mayor's Office on March 31, 2014.

We strongly believe that a formal "Sister City Twinning" between the City of Lethbridge and Great Falls is a dynamic and perfect relationship.

Lethbridge and Great Falls twinning application confirmation

Ice Breaker Road Race
Great Falls, Montana, April 26, 2014

On April 26th a delegation from the Lethbridge Twinning Society (LTS) travelled to Great Falls, Montana in preparation for the "Ice Breaker Road Race". This is an annual event and for the past several years, members of our Society have taken part. This year, we were greeted by members of the City of Great Falls, "Advisory Commission on International Relations" (ACIR) and hosted in the home of Robin Baker. Many members of ACIR were in attendance as we mingled and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Fresh salad, and "Montana" pasta along with a special meat sauce that was made from scratch by a local restaurant. It was delicious and provided us with a good "carb up" in anticipation of the race the following day. It was a great evening where we got to know each other better. LTS and ACIR are trusting that our respective cities will enter into a formal sister city agreement, as we have both made representations for this process to our respective City Councils.

Members of LTS and ACIR (Picture taken in the Baker's back yard).
We woke up to a rather cool morning, and were ready to "break some ice" in the Ice Breaker Road Race! It was an excellent time to meet residents of Great Falls. This was a very well organized event with approximately 3,000 in attendance.
Robin and her husband working to get the "sack lunches" ready for the participants. Robin Baker from ACIR along with her husband were volunteers and worked to supply lunches for the participants.
Warm up prior to the races. (Notice our Canadian Flag!) The races begin in front of the City of Great Falls, Civic Center which is right down town.
The race is about to begin!
Warren Harold and Cheryl from the LTS
A nice flag to see along the race route!
# 312, This is Seth from LTS, when it was all over, he had won the second place medal for his age group! Congratulations Seth!
Duane from LTS is center with the red tee-shirt. He is ready for the 5 mile race!
Duane is close to leading the pack in the 5 miler!
Seth crosses the finish line of the 5 Mile Ice Breaker Road Race (Unofficial time of 34:42)
Old friends drop in to say "hi"
November 15, 2010 - Lethbridge Herald

Quite by chance members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society and the City of Great Falls of Advisory Commission on International Relations (ACIR) became acquainted.

Please, visit the City of Great Falls Advisory Commission on International Relationships site for information about upcoming events.

On April 24, 2004 three members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society traveled to the City of Great Falls and met with the ACIR.