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Cherry harvest looks good, annual festival a success Cherry harvest looks good, annual festival a success

POLSON – This year’s cherry harvest is looking good. That’s the word from Bruce Johnson, president of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Cooperative. He said a lot of fruit is growing on the area’s cherry trees and growers have been watering a lot due to warm temperatures.  Johnson said most growers are about a week away from the harvest, which will last about three weeks.  Some growers of Early Robin, Vann and Rainier cherry varieties have been selling along Montana Highway 35.  Festival a success Jackie Cripe, the founder of the Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival, said last weekend’s event attracted between 8,000 and 10,00...

Kids empowered with life saving skills Kids empowered with life saving skills

RONAN – More than a dozen kids at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County took action when their opposing sports team went down.  The kids assessed the situation and decided that their patients, the entire opposing team, wasn’t responsive and needed help. The k...

Native American flute making a ‘labor of love’ for Kalispell-area man Native American flute making a ‘labor of love’ for Kalispell-area man

POLSON – What began as a hobby quickly turned into a labor of love and a business for David Webb. It all started when Webb, a native of the Black Hills of South Dakota, received three Native American flutes as a gift from a friend in July 2009. He bought a flute in Keystone, South Dakota, the next d...

Good Old Days starts Friday Good Old Days starts Friday

ST. IGNATIUS – The 35th Annual Good Old Days three-day celebration starts on Friday, July 21, and wraps up on Sunday, July 23, at different locations in town.   Friday, July 21 10 a.m. Little Mr. and Miss Good Old Days Pageant at the St. Ignatius Elementary School  4 p.m. Dessert ...

St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. We are having our pancake breakfast on July 22 from 7-11 a.m., just before the Good Ol’ Days parade. The cost is $6 per person. The food pantry is still looking for volunteers to work Tuesday and Fridays from ...


RONAN — Friday was the day when the Senior of the Year was voted on. This year our Senior of the Year is George Stonehocker. Thank you to all who came in and placed nominations.  On Wednesday, July 19, we will hold the monthly foot clinic starting at 10 a.m. and it will go through lunchtime.&nb...


POLSON — Let me vent. We accept aluminum cans in our drop-off bin, for which we are grateful, but somebody is leaving bags full of plastic, some of which is simply trash. I could simply put it all in the trash but I’m trying to save the planet so, when time permits, I take it out to the recycling...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Jim is not sure why anyone would want to know stuff about his time in the military – it all happened so long ago. He didn’t think he had any stories to tell, but agreed to answer some questions about his time in the service. When asked if he was in the “Korean War” or the “Korea...

Hot Auction brings Cool Cash Hot Auction brings Cool Cash

ST. IGNATIUS – A heat wave didn’t stop hundreds of people from traveling across the country on Saturday to attend the 15th Annual Amish Community Auction at the Amish school grounds on Foothill Road. Cars packed the field next to the schoolhouse and along the ditch on Foothill Road. License pl...

County has new elections administrator County has new elections  administrator

POLSON – Katie Harding has big shoes to fill, but she’s ready to step into them. Harding recently replaced Lake County’s longtime elections administrator Kathie Newgard, whose last day was June 30. Harding came on board as an assistant elections official in December. Newgard was em...


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