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Seese pleads guilty, testifies regarding nephew’s death Seese pleads guilty, testifies regarding nephew’s death

POLSON – A man implicated in the beating death of his 18-year-old nephew in Arlee in February pleaded guilty and testified in district court Wednesday.     Stephen Seese, 23, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty as part of a plea agreement. Seese pleaded guilty to accountability to negligent homicide but implicated his wife, Kassandra Seese, during testimony before Judge James A. Manley on Wednesday, Dec. 7.   Last month, Kassandra Seese was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but five suspended for her part in the crime.    County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher said the couple will be convicted for the same crime, but noted tha...


Juvenile charged in fatal hit-and-run

PABLO — A 17-year old Ronan resident has been charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that allegedly caused the death of a 3-year-old boy shortly after 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, in Pablo. Chasen Kiaran Curley was charged in what was described as a hit and- run in...

Students connect, share family histories Students connect, share family histories

POLSON – Making and cultivating memories was part of the inaugural Heritage Night at Linderman Elementary last week. On Thursday night, families, students, teachers and staff gathered at the school to view students’ projects, which featured people they had researched as part of their heritage....

Emergency crews work to free crash victim Emergency crews work to free crash victim

ST. IGNATIUS – Emergency personnel used the Jaws of Life to free a female victim involved in a life threatening crash on U.S. Highway 93 at 7 a.m. on Monday. The incident occurred near mile marker 35 just before the sun started to rise. Only one person was involved in the crash. Highway Patrol Trooper ...

Man who shot, killed Polson teen sentenced to six months in jail Man who shot, killed Polson teen sentenced to six months in jail

THOMPSON FALLS — A 27-year-old man will serve six months in the Sanders County Jail as part of a six-year deferred sentence for killing 16-yearold Polson resident Aunika Corrigan on June 25, 2015. Jonathan Ross Gray was sentenced for negligent homicide on Friday in Sanders County District Court by J...

Footing the bill . . . Footing the bill . . .

POLSON – Progress on the new youth soccer fields in the Ridgewater development is moving right along. Construction of the four fields, which took a little over a year to finish, was complete last summer, said Sarah Beck Smith, spokeswoman for the Polson Youth Soccer Association. The fields are locat...

Tribe takes over backup healthcare program Tribe takes over backup healthcare program

LAKE COUNTY – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are now managing a last resort program to help ensure healthcare services are available for enrolled tribal members and descendants. “This is part of our promise to get quality healthcare to tribal people,” said Anna Whiting-Sorre...

February winter festival to help raise funds for ice arena February winter festival to help raise funds for ice arena

POLSON — The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association is cutting back its fundraising target in order to try to bring an ice arena into fruition sooner. Hilary Lozar, chairwoman of the association, said the goal was recently scaled back from $4 million to $2 million. “We realized Polson doesn&rsqu...

Activities encourage students to form new friendships Activities encourage students to form new friendships

PABLO – There’s a whole lot of buddying up going on at Pablo Elementary. The school this year has implemented a program to encourage establishing new friendships to make students feel connected and happy at school. The brainchild of Kathy Smith, the school’s reading specialist, and se...

Students organize food drive, deliver 2,529 items Students organize food drive, deliver 2,529 items

POLSON — Polson Middle School students in the Nicole Camel’s leadership class organized a food drive for the month of November, encouraging peers to bring non-perishable items to donate to the Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Polson. Students promoted it through Polson News Network, the school...

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