It’s a paper older than Great Falls. Older than Montana, even. Folks around here got their first news from the weekly Tribune in 1885, when about 200 residents lived in the middle of the prairie. That included the Trib’s first employee, whose family lived in a tent near what’s now Broadwater Bay.
Two copies of its first issue were printed on satin and auctioned for $100 each. Less than 2 months after the Tribune came into existence, there were rumors it would leave Great Falls.