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Mask mandate continues in Lake County with 30 day review Mask mandate continues in Lake County with 30 day review

LAKE COUNTY – To wear or not to wear a mask? That was the question before the Lake County Board of Health during a public hearing Feb. 16, as board members crafted a response to Gov. Greg Gianforte’s repeal of his predecessor’s statewide mask mandate.  In a four-to-one decision, the five-member board chose to extend Resolution 20-04, passed last March, that declared a public health emergency in Lake County, and with it, a mandate that people continue to wear face coverings in indoor public places. A public meeting will be held in 30 days to reevaluate the state of emergency, especially in light of declining COVID-19 cases and increases in the number of people who h...


Children support other children with caring messages Children support other children with caring messages

A local Girl Scout troop worked on a project to recognize another group of children with messages of love.  Children in the troop, who are under age 10 and members of Polson Girl Scout Troop 3335, sat down with markers, glue and glitter to create dozens of Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered ...

Polson School District hires new leader

The Polson School Board has selected veteran administrator and celebrated football coach Michael Cutler, of Philipsburg, to lead the district beginning next year. The board unanimously voted for the candidate at last Monday’s school board meeting.  The board held sessions Feb. 8-9 to interview ...

New program assists watershed groups in Montana New program assists watershed groups in Montana

News from the UM Bio Station MONTANA — The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is launching a new program called Monitoring Montana Waters.  The program will provide scientific expertise, guidance and funding to citizen-led watershed groups in Montana to build ca...

Anticipating normalcy — but not yet Anticipating normalcy — but not yet

The question of how quickly Montana can vaccinate its population against COVID-19 hung heavy over two separate events Wednesday, Feb. 17. In one, Gov. Greg Gianforte offered the public a mix of optimism and frustration regarding the current state of vaccination distribution. In the other, Dr. Anthony Fauci, ...

St. Ignatius seniors for Feb. 24, 2021

ST. IGNATIUS — Snow and ice, appears to be the recurring theme for our February weather. Our Wednesday night meal on Feb. 17 was delicious, but sparsely attended. We are hoping that as we move toward spring, more of you will venture out for our once-a-month evening meals. The next one is scheduled for ...

Annual Hot Springs parade continues despite frigid temps Annual Hot Springs parade continues despite frigid temps

HOT SPRINGS — Despite bone-chilling temperatures, hovering in the low teens, shivering spectators lined the parade route along Main Street to applaud and cheer as the brightly colored menagerie passed by.  “A lot of us enjoy getting together to have fun,” said event organizer Linny ...

Can Montana get a grip on addiction? Can Montana get a grip on addiction?

MONTANA — In late January, when Mary Windecker got up to testify in front of the budget committee considering how to fund Montana’s addiction and mental health treatment programs, her words cut through a typically bureaucratic proceeding to present an uncomfortable bottom line.  “Yo...

COVID-19 vaccination experience shared COVID-19 vaccination experience shared

When the staff at Providence St. Joseph called last Wednesday to schedule my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, I was surprised at the tears that popped into my eyes. After all, it’s been 11 months of masking up and keeping my distance from all but a handful of friends and family members. Is the end o...

St. Ignatius seniors for Feb. 17, 2021

ST. IGNATIUS — I hope everyone is staying warm and well. Our in-house meal is today, Feb. 17, with bingo afterward a possibility. It is roast pork, veggies, potatoes and dessert. We serve at 5:30 p.m. If you would like a take-out meal, please call by 2 p.m. and pick up at 5:30 p.m. Thank you to all ...

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