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The City of Great Falls, Montana
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.

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.