Changing the trajectory: High-tech high school in tiny Winifred, Montana is philanthropist’s latest $40 Million gift to his hometown

Winifred, Montana

The school is just the latest contribution Asbjornson has made to Winifred. Some of the red roofs in town hint at the extent of his other projects, including the Winifred International Suites Hotel, a community center, and the Mid-State Signs manufacturing business and showroom.


Mike Kordenbrock


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Winifred, Montana K-12school is getting a $40 Million high-tech upgrade

The vision, particularly from Norman and the design team as a whole, is that we could start to see this level of educational facility ripple throughout the state, that this will be a model for others to look to and say, ‘How do I accomplish that?’”

The beauty of the Missouri River Breaks around Winifred, MT. from above.

I had the pleasure of flying with my old school mate Rudy in his Piper Cub. We made the flight the day after our 50th high school reunion. I was hoping to capture some of the unique geologic faults that are exposed in the steeply eroded drainages that make up the Breaks.

AAON donates $1.25M to Winifred, Montana Public Schools to honor founder Norman Asbjornson

Asbjornson attributes a large part of his success to his hometown, which has a population of less than 200.

Winifred, Montana population 200, has new world-class hotel, needs workers

“Hopefully we can find more people to work,” he said. “We’re trying to keep our town from drying up but at the same sense we’re up against the wall with workforce. Everyone is working and we need more people.”

More than 100 years old, historic Winifred, Montana “ROY ROCERY” grocery store keeps town thriving thanks to Brad Bergum

The Winifred Grocery, which first opened in 1914, may not still be in business if it weren’t for California resident Brad Bergum making a philanthropic investment in his boyhood hometown.

The History of Winifred Montana

This documentary explores the deep history of Winifred, Montana dating back to the 1800’s.


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