Longtime armory in Sidney, Mont., closes its doors

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SIDNEY, Mont. - The Montana National Guard Armory in Sidney, Mont., has closed, leaving some residents shocked and others not surprised.

"I have not heard anything. Very disappointed, but I have not heard anything that they were closing," says Gina Thiel, Sidney Resident.

"I did hear from some people in our community that the guards would be moving," Kim Nollmeyer, Sidney resident.

The decision was made by the Montana National Guard Leadership after conducting an analysis of the property.

"I think it started about two years ago and resulted into some reorganization of units and about seven communities around the state," said James Hesterberg, construction & facility management officer.

Movers got off to an early start last week with only last minute items needed to be picked up.

"The Commander of the Montana National Guard notified the public officials in Sidney at that time and the unit was also notified and given until the end of December," said Hesterberg.

The Montana National Guard Center has many Sidney its home since the 1950's and though it’s a sudden move, area officials say it’s the end, but to a new beginning.

Though saying goodbye to a piece of history was difficult, Hesterberg says the facility's move to Culbertson is for the best. The building will be sold to a local governmental entity.