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Communities create Easter fun with egg hunts Communities create Easter fun with egg hunts

  If children picked up their toys as quickly as they snatched up Easter eggs on Saturday, busy moms would clearly be less fried. The Easter Bunny was also a busy critter throughout Lake County Saturday, leaving eggs lying around grassy fields in at least six communities and posing for portraits. In Polson, Anthony Guardipee, 3, explained the Easter egg hunt at Boettcher Park. “You pick up the eggs, and they have candy in them,” he said.  He was prepared with an Easter basket decorated with cars and trucks as he waited for the fire siren to sound so he could run after some eggs.  With the sun shining and anticipation high, the fire siren sounded, an...


Wrecked car abandoned near pond Wrecked car abandoned near pond

CHARLO — When emergency personnel responded to the report of a car wreck about 5 p.m. on April 17, they found a silver Pontiac Vibe with its front end smashed against a tree. The car and tree were tucked in next to a pond along U.S. Highway 93 near the Charlo turn-off.   No one was in or around...

Mission Irrigation commissioners recalled

  ST. IGNATIUS — The unofficial results for the Mission Irrigation recall election were released on April 15.  Voters cast their ballots to recall both Jerry Johnson and M. Paul Wadsworth. Jerry Johnson received 5,479 votes for his recall and 4,807 against his recall; Paul Wadsworth ...

Conservation District rolls out study

POLSON — Lake County Conservation District supervisors launched the Swan Resource Management Study at an April 15 meeting with Lake County Commissioners Bill Barron and Gale Decker. Also present were Lake County elected officers, candidates and members of the public.   Jim Simpson, LCCD chair, ...

Ronan Library celebrates community Ronan Library celebrates community

RONAN — The Ronan Library thanked patrons and local taxpayers last week by hosting an open house and community appreciation day.  “We’re expressing gratitude to the community for their support,” Librarian Michelle Fenger said. “We want to thank them for basically keeping...

Commissioners vote to build new wastewater facility Commissioners vote to build new wastewater facility

POLSON — At a special meeting on April 14, Polson City Commissioners voted unanimously to choose the membrane bioreactor system to improve the current sewer system and meet Department of Environmental Quality standards. The approximate cost of the system will be $18,334,800.  Mayor Heather Knut...

Independent consultant to inspect Ronan books Independent consultant to inspect Ronan books

RONAN — An independent financial consultant from Helena was hired last week to track down funds that were unaccounted for in the Ronan School District’s most recent financial audit.  According to Superintendent Andy Holmlund, accountant Judy Cheff will be tasked with finding approximately...

Board revamps cellphone policy

 CHARLO – The Charlo school board began review of the district’s cellphone policy last week.  The school’s handbook does not match current board policy, and neither version contains language that explains rules for recently invented technologies like tablets and other mobile de...

Obama signs flood declaration

Federal aid will be available to Lake County and 14 other Montana counties affected by flooding in early March, after President Barack Obama signed a presidential disaster declaration authorizing funds on April 17.  Lake County Road and Bridge Department Supervisor Jay Garrick said the county doesn&r...

Flathead, Mission and Jocko Irrigation District candidates discuss issues Flathead, Mission and Jocko Irrigation District candidates discuss issues

Bohn, Guenzler in running for District 3 Bryan Bohn and Paul Guenzler are vying for one commissioner’s seat in the election for Flathead Irrigation District 3. Bryan Bohn is a farmer and has lived near Ronan for almost 31 years. He’s served as a Flathead Irrigation District commissioner ...

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