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Community hay bale contest continues during pandemic Community hay bale contest continues during pandemic

RONAN — In an effort to keep morale up when most events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ronan Chamber of Commerce is still holding onto a bit of fun with the annual “Trail of Bales” hay bale decorating contest.   “Can’t wait to get to see what is in store this year,” one resident said. “Thanks in advance for all those who work to make a fun road trip.”  Heroes, pretend or real, was the selected theme of this year’s event, according to the chamber. Many of the bales are decorated to honor emergency responders, military personnel and teachers. Others are pandemic related - with many including a protecti...


Polson teachers share concerns over return to 4 or 5-day school week Polson teachers share concerns over return to 4 or 5-day school week

POLSON – Several Polson teachers expressed concern about returning to four- or five-day in-school education – a plan that may be launched as early as Oct. 5 – during the Polson School Board’s regular meeting Sept. 14.  The board met in the Polson High School auditorium. Curren...

Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs nab homecoming wins Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs nab homecoming wins

ST. IGNATIUS – The Mission Bulldog celebrated during last week’s homecoming festivities, and although some of the traditional homecoming activities were not feasible due to COVID-19 concerns, homecoming spirits were kept alive. On Friday evening, the Bulldogs were able to place a checkmark in ...

Ronan’s Seniors for Sept. 23, 2020

RONAN — Hope everyone is surviving the smoke. The fires in California, Oregon, and Washington are really socking us in the smoke.  We are still serving meals-to-go and you need to call the Ronan Senior Center at 406-676-2371 to place your order. You need to pick up your meals before 11:30 a.m. ...

St. Ignatius seniors for Sept. 23, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — We are excited to have our soft opening on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizen’s Center. On the menu are Indian tacos, served by our staff. We will all need to observe social distancing and wear masks except when eating, of course. People will need to find a pla...

New city manager melds experience, passion New city manager melds experience, passion

POLSON — When Ed Meece steps into his new job as Polson city manager on Oct. 1, he returns to the work he most loves: working in small-town government.  Meece is no stranger to city government, having spent nearly 30 years working in communities large and small. “The first 90 days will be...

Montana’s first co-op brewery opens in Ronan Montana’s first co-op brewery opens in Ronan

RONAN – Montana’s first cooperative brewery opened in Ronan on Sept. 4, and a steady crowd has filtered through the side doors of the establishment at 400 Main Street. “It’s a relief to finally open up,” said Heidi Fleury, director of the Ronan Cooperative Brewery. “To ...

Polson commission approves putting resort tax on ballot Polson commission approves putting resort tax on ballot

POLSON – After years of research and debate, the Polson City Commission voted unanimously to place a three percent resort tax on the ballot for a special election, slated for Jan. 21. The motion was approved during the commission’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9. City finance officer Ci...

Dayton Daze draws crowds, raises cash Dayton Daze draws crowds, raises cash

DAYTON – Neighbors and visitors gathered at the spacious Dayton Park to take part in an afternoon of fun, festivities and fundraising during Dayton Daze on Saturday. “We had a good turnout, all things considered,” said Zoe Lilja, who serves as secretary/treasurer of the Chief Cliff Volun...

New chiropractor takes over Polson Family Chiropractic New chiropractor takes over Polson Family Chiropractic

POLSON – Dr. Pam Sandall of Polson Family Chiropractic retired at the end of August after 30 years of serving her patients’ chiropractic needs. Sandall called her retirement “an opportunity to enjoy a bit more free time,” but she said she has left her practice in good hands with Dr...

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