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Truck carrying hydrochloric acid flips on Highway 35 Truck carrying hydrochloric acid flips on Highway 35

Truck wreck BLUE BAY — Three Draggin' Wagon wreckers, including the big mama of all wreckers, were the heroes of a Blue Bay truck accident that closed Montana Highway 35 for an hour on Thursday, April 23. With chains connecting to the flipped vehicle, the big engines whined and one wrecker’s front wheels came off the ground as they pulled the Mergenthaler Transfer and Storage truck and trailer to its wheels. The semi-truck, trailer and pup went off about half way between mile markers 11 and 12 at approximately 7 a.m. The truck was northbound and the driver slewed into a turnout on the east side of the road, laying the truck and the 40-foot ...


Water compact passes House, flows to governor, Congress Water compact passes House, flows to governor, Congress

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock promised to sign the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact last week after a days-long intense back and forth between Democrats and Republican leadership in bringing the legislation to the floor of the Montana House of Representatives, where it prevailed with by...

Spring Mack Days reaches halfway point Spring Mack Days reaches halfway point

FLATHEAD LAKE — The 2015 Spring Mack Days fishing event continues with anglers having turned in a total of 18,340 lake trout entries through the fifth of nine weeks. This spring’s event has reached the halfway mark and looks to be one of the more ones.  The fifth weekend of the event has ...

Linderman holds talent show Linderman holds talent show

POLSON — Three young voices led the student body in singing “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the Linderman Elementary School talent show.  Singing the national anthem beautifully were Lucy Violett, Meridian Weidman and Bridger Seifert. Other participants clutched their music, ...

Students find their voices through poetry project Students find their voices through poetry project

PABLO – It is not uncommon for poetry assignments to bring out extreme like or dislike on behalf of school-age youngsters, but teacher Carolyn Pardini said nearly all of her students are hooked on a poetry-intensive, 12-week writing project sponsored by the Missoula Writing Collaborative.  Sali...

‘Stampede’ raises money for Dixon playground ‘Stampede’ raises money for Dixon playground

DIXON – No one really worried about getting charged by wild bison during the Bison Stampede starting at the school in Dixon on Saturday. The actual bison stayed on the race day T-shirts designed by Yvonne Baty, 13. “It was the Bison Run so I thought stampeding bison would be nice,” she s...

School board grapples with teacher non-renewals School board grapples with teacher non-renewals

POLSON — People who came to comment on the non-renewal of two non-tenured certified teachers packed the district conference room at the April 13 Polson School Board meeting. Caroline McDonald, vice chair of the school board, conducted the difficult meeting, since Chairman John Triolo has submitted h...

New project money dissipates

POLSON — Concerns about an aging boiler and the first day of kindergarten were shared with trustees at the April 13 Polson School Board meeting. On the topic of the Quality School Grant, District Superintendent Linda Reksten reported that the Polson district was eighth in line out of 60 projects sla...

Students gravitate to physics wizard Students gravitate to physics wizard

Physics formulas can look like daunting lines of gobbledygook for the mathematically and scientifically disinclined, but hopefully a few Ronan students will grow up to tackle the task after seeing Mr. G’s Science Show, which gave mesmerizing fun-infused explanations of why light and sound behave the wa...

Escapee bighorns euthanized to preserve wild herds Escapee bighorns euthanized to preserve wild herds

RAVALLI – Six sheep escaped from the National Bison Range were killed by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes wildlife managers last week because of concerns that the animals may have come in contact with disease-carrying domestic livestock.  Tom McDonald, director of the tribal division of ...

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