By Andi Bourne

Rebuilding with Faith, Hope and Love

Merc Groundbreaking


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Len Kobylenski speaks to the attendees at the groundbreaking for the new Mission Mountains Mercantile, May 22. He said the rebirth of the Merc was for the community. The community support was evident with more than 100 area residents at the ceremony.

SWAN VALLEY – A few days after the one-year anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Mission Mountains Mercantile (Merc) and the Swan River Valley Real Estate office, the Swan Valley community gathered May 22 to break ground for the new Merc.

Onlookers watched as owner Len Kobylenski moved the first shovel of dirt with a golden shovel. Kobylenski's partner Grace Siloti said it's all about the people and how the nightmare has turned full circle, bringing the community together.

In the early morning hours of May 18, 2016, volunteer firefighters from the Swan Valley and Seeley Lake respon...

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