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Jan 24, 2013 11:03 AM by KAJ News Staff

Possible solution for new Whitefish cemetery discussed

WHITEFISH - The Whitefish City Council could soon be purchasing a second, even larger cemetery site than the current cemetery sitting within city limits.

City council members were recently approached by a property owner who is interested in selling some of his land, which is located west of downtown Whitefish.

The Whitefish Cemetery has been operating for nearly 100 years, and no longer has vacant grave sites available for purchase. One option is to purchase the 10-acre site, which could alleviate the problem for 100 years.

"We did research of council minutes way back in the 50's and followed them through all the way to the present. It's been a subject of conversation during the past city council meetings...that the current cemetery is limiting out, and new cemetery land needs to be bought, so we're just trying to carry that forward," Whitefish City Clerk Necile Lorang explained.

Ground water must be at least nine feet below the surface of the property for it to be considered as a cemetery site.

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