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Annual auction supports Amish community school Annual auction supports Amish community school

ST. IGNATIUS – Rain clouds opened up for a few minutes during the Amish community’s annual auction, held on Saturday, making a pile of watermelons glisten before they were sold to the highest bidders. “The rain is great; it hasn’t run anyone off,” said Leroy Miller, one of the event volunteers. The auction was held in a field in front of the one-room schoolhouse on Foothill Road where children from the Amish community attend. Miller said the auction brings in about $30,000 on average to support the school. Twenty-four children attended the school during the last school year. Children attend the school from first to eighth grade. The kids are currently ...


Briefs for July 17, 2019

Fair entries due this week News from Lake County Fair: The Lake County Fair is right around the corner. Entries are due Thursday, July 18, for community members wishing to bring exhibits to the fair. The 2019 fair kicks off with the 4-H Horse Show on Saturday, July 20, at 9 a.m., followed by the shotgun...

Ronan council advances rezoning request Ronan council advances rezoning request

RONAN – In spite of numerous objections raised by local residents, the Ronan City Council approved a controversial rezoning request on Monday, July 1. In a five to one vote, council members agreed to rezone vacant properties totaling nearly 20 acres to one single zoned parcel to accommodate the cons...

Camps provide kid-friendly fun

LAKE COUNTY – School is out and summer camp season is in. Camps throughout the Mission Valley give local children opportunities to explore new topics and engage with their peers. The Flathead Reservation and Lake County Boys and Girls Club in Ronan will hold a summer program from Monday-Friday from ...

Lightning sparks Arlee fire

ARLEE – The Arlee Northwest Fire burned on a grassy hillside located two and a half miles northwest of town. On July 9, the fire was 20 percent contained and had covered 24 acres. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Division of Fire began fire suppression efforts with an objective: to cr...

Local Angus breeder recognized for efforts to improve cow productivity

RONAN — Blevins Rafter E Angus of Ronan — owned by Craig, Beth, Michaela, and Ethan Blevins — recently enrolled in the American Angus Association®’s MaternalPlus® program as a commitment to making genetic improvements in lifetime cow herd productivity. Breeders participating i...

Reservation mushroom, berry harvest rules shared

In 2012, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes implemented a rule prohibiting non-tribal members from harvesting mushrooms and berries on the Flathead Indain Reservation. A tribal member may have non-member children and spouse (immediate family) accompany and assist with mushroom and berry picking, pro...

Fire danger rated at high on Reservation

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire officials report that the Flathead Indian Reservation's fire danger is high, especially on the west side of the reservation. Debris burning by permit is closed for the fire season. The moisture in fire fuels is starting to lower as temperatures climb. The ...

Cherry Festival time in Polson Cherry Festival time in Polson

POLSON – Everything’s coming up cherries in Polson as the Flathead Cherry Festival returns this weekend. The festival, which draws thousands of people to the Mission Valley every year, is an iconic event that organizers say is a longtime favorite among area residents and visitors alike. The...

Cheerful Heart serves Lake County

LAKE COUNTY – Cancer patients in Lake County, who are currently in treatment, can receive non-medical services provided by Cheerful Heart at no charge. The non-profit offers services that include transportation to treatment or medical  Volunteers serve the soup, plus other snack items and dr...

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