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Emergency dispatch team soon under new management Emergency dispatch team soon under new management

POLSON — Lake County 911 Dispatch service is still going to answer calls for help and notify the appropriate emergency team whether it’s the fire department, police or ambulance — although the way dispatch is managed is changing.  On Tuesday, April 12, Lake County Commissioners unanimously voted to move dispatch management to the Office of Emergency Management from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  “This is nothing against any sheriff,” said Lake County Commissioner Bill Barron at the meeting.  Separating the system was discussed as far back as 1999 when Commissioner Barron was the sheriff. He said that he was originally against t...


Polson School Board stays in-house for interim superintendent Polson School Board stays in-house for interim superintendent

POLSON – The journey to find Polson School District a new superintended has come to a temporary stop. On Monday, April 11, the Polson School Board approved Rex Weltz as interim superintendent for a one-year contract. Weltz has been the Polson High School Principal for the last four years and was hesita...

‘Paper Tigers’ shows value of compassion

PABLO — In an effort to enlighten the public on the effects of childhood trauma, Salish Kootenai College and the United Methodist Church each showed the movie “Paper Tigers” this past week. “Paper Tigers” documents a school in Walla Walla, Washington, that has taken to heart ...

Cowboy Ball nets $25,000 for fairgrounds Cowboy Ball nets $25,000 for fairgrounds

  POLSON — The clouds blew away and the sun shone on the Polson Fairgrounds just in time for hundreds of folks to enjoy the Cowboy Ball on Friday night under the big top tent. The annual fundraiser, put on by the non-profit group Polson Fairgrounds, Inc., supports the Lake County-owned facility...

Local youngster places in state drawing competition Local youngster places in state  drawing competition

  ST. IGNATIUS – Local artist Lina Sturman, 9, was recognized by the state of Montana for her excellent bird drawing skills. She entered the Federal Junior Duck Stamp drawing contest and tied for first in her age group for Montana with her watercolor crayon and pencil drawing of a banded tru...

Folks find their groove Folks find their groove

ARLEE – It wasn’t the biggest turnout this year at the second annual Father Daughter Dance, and those that did show up had space to bust out their moves on the dance floor while the Rock Pickers sang old-time country songs.  The dance was themed around fathers and daughters dressing up an...

Mission election ballot issues Mission election ballot issues

ST. IGNATIUS – Three candidates are running in the Mission School District election for one trustee position with a term of three years, along with a school bond. Ballots were sent out by mail beginning on April 14 and need to be returned to the Lake County Election office by mail or in person befor...

Irrigation candidates discuss issues Irrigation candidates discuss issues

POLSON — Candidates running in the Flathead Joint Board of Control district elections got together to take questions and share their views with the public on Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting hall before mail-in election ballots are due on May 3. The panel included Mission district ca...

Some irrigation election ballots won’t be receive

Some irrigation election ballots won’t be received    LAKE COUNTY — Voters eligible to vote in the Flathead Joint Board of Control election on May 3 might not receive a voting ballot if their paperwork isn’t complete with the election office. This year, voters need to aut...

Commissioner teaches how to smell a rat

POLSON — The Commission of Securities and Insurance wants to teach you how to smell a rat.  Following two days of making stops all over Western Montana, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen brought to Polson her presentation on how to avoid fraud.  The compelling stor...

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