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School meal participation rises statewide, locally

ST. IGNATIUS – It’s easy for St. Ignatius students to be fueled up and ready to learn thanks to the two hot meals they’re offered at school each day — free of charge. “Not being hungry is one of our most important considerations for students as far as academic achievement,” said St. Ignatius Superintendent Jason Sargent.  The 2018-2019 school year is the first time all high school students in the district havehad access to free school meals. Elementary and middle school students in the district have had free school meals for several years.  According to Sargent, 80 to 85 percent of students eat school lunch each day.  The United St...


Colstrip bill: lawmakers discuss benefits of selling plant Colstrip bill: lawmakers discuss benefits of selling plant

HELENA — More details have surfaced about new legislation that would allow NorthWestern Energy to buy a bigger share of the Colstrip plant for a bargain. Senate Bill 278 would allow an electric utility to purchase more generation capacity in a Montana coal-fired plant for no more than one dollar, bu...

FAST & FURIOUS FAST &  FURIOUS

RONAN – The “Ballers” dodgeball team ducked, dived and dove their way through 24-team brackets to win the third annual Ronan Spring Sports Dodgeball Tournament Championship at the Ronan Event Center on Friday evening. The event is billed as the “Largest Dodgeball Tournament in West...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Charleen enlisted in the Army on February 12, 1980, in the “delayed entry program” and chose military intelligence as her field.  She actually reported on March 23, 1980, and received credit for that pre-duty time period as a benefit. During her 10 weeks of basic training at Fort Leonard ...

St. Ignatius seniors for March 20, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — Without change there would be no butterflies. Teddy Butler from Home Options will be here on Wednesday, March 20, to speak about volunteers for hospice. The quilters are in the center on Mondays from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Bingo is played after almost every lunch. Meals can be ...

Polson seniors for March 20, 2019

POLSON —  St. Paddy’s Day and the Ides of March Have been here, now have passed. The days are warming, snow is melting, No longer can it last. And ‘neath it all the grass is green, And when the drifts are gone, The cycle starts all o’er again It’ll b...

MHP Trooper in critical condition after shooting

EVARO – Both lanes of U.S. Hwy. 93 are open again following the closure of the northbound lane this morning, Friday, March 15, during an active investigation of a shooting. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer was shot and is reported to be in critical condition. Suspect Jonathan Bertsch is in cu...

Stand Proud Stand Proud

By Rob Zolman / Valley Journal BILLINGS – The Arlee Warriors basketball season ended Saturday evening in Billings as the defending back-to-back state champions fell to the Manhattan Christian Eagles 83-51 in the Class C Boys State Basketball Championship at the MetraPark’s Rimrock Auto Arena. ...

Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point

RONAN – Considering what could happen when people with differing political views gather together, the legislative update held in town on Tuesday, March 5, was mostly civil. The event was hosted by Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged (a community led group committed to protecting community rights...

Fundraising for student photography trip underway Fundraising for student photography trip underway

PABLO – Between classes, five teenagers met to discuss the upcoming trip for their photography class. When told they would fly to New Mexico by airplane, all five glanced up in unison; some giddy, others nervous. Only one member of the group has traveled by air before.  Starting Sept. 15, Two E...

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