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  Whether it was a plea from Mayor Heather Knutson for area residents to be more involved in their local government or letters sent on Aug. 8 to people on the west shore regarding zoning next to U.S. Highway 93, the Aug. 26 city/county planning board meeting was well attended. Approximately 35 people filled the City of Polson Commission Chambers and the City/County Planning Board discussed the zoning net. Most of the attendees who spoke were against the idea of a proposed zoning change from commercial to rural residential on Sunnyslope hill, north of Polson along Highway 93. Bill Morrow, who owns Big Bear Storage, said if the property was zoned rural residential, he wouldn&rsq...


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  Whether it was a plea from Mayor Heather Knutson for area residents to be more involved in their local government or letters sent on Aug. 8 to people on the west shore regarding zoning next to U.S. Highway 93, the Aug. 26 city/county planning board meeting was well attended. Approximately 35 people...

Visitors warned not to feed wild horses

POLSON — After a 7-year-old girl was either kicked or stepped on by wild horses on Wild Horse Island Aug. 17, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks officials are investigating the incident.  The girl was feeding the horse some fruit when the incident happened.  “This is not the first ti...

Dayton Daze to resurrect ‘The Roaring ‘20s’

DAYTON — In January 1920, the Volstead Act closed every tavern and saloon in the United States, forcing the liquor industry to go underground. Although it wasn’t prohibition that brought on the unfortunate closure of the Idle Spur restaurant and bar in Dayton, organizers of the annual Dayton Daze...

Ninepipe Arts Group brings Shakespeare to Charlo Ninepipe Arts Group brings Shakespeare to Charlo

CHARLO – Shakespeare’s dialect can be a bit difficult for some folks to understand, but that didn’t stop them from spreading out blankets and setting up chairs in Palmer Park to hear a performance of “As You Like It.”  Ahni Umphrey, 10, said she “kinda” under...

Polson girl gets her dream horse Polson girl gets her dream horse

POLSON — Although it sounds like a movie, this is a story about a girl who loves horses and a young horse who trusts her. It all began with Dixon rancher Jerry Hamel, who bought a mare with a colt at an estate sale. The colt was out of Carl Moss’ stud, Hamel said, and was out of a McConnell...

Benkelman takes helm at Cherry Valley Elementary Benkelman takes helm at Cherry Valley Elementary

POLSON — Cherry Valley Elementary School has a new principal — Brent Benkelman. He has some tough shoes to fill, those of Elaine Meeks, who guided Cherry Valley since 1989. Benkelman was born in Bigfork and has been teaching kindergarten and first grade in Kalispell for the past six years. ...

Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus

Adrienne Barnes is teaching Spanish at Polson High School. A PHS graduate, she taught English as a Second Language in Japan for four years. Barnes earned her degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. As far as family goes, “I have two brothers, two sisters-in-law, three nieces, three ne...

Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus

PABLO — Pablo Elementary School has two new teachers joining its staff.  Joe DiFulgentis teaches third grade. He hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania and lives in Arlee.  DiFulgentis completed student teaching at St. Ignatius Elementary and has also worked as a Title One paraeducator at D...

Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus Lake County schools welcome new teachers to campus

Charlo School District welcomes 11 new staff members this school year.  Shianne DuMont is a first grade teacher who is from the area. She graduated from Salish Kootenai College and has previously taught at K. William Harvey Elementary School in Ronan.  DuMont and husband Drew have three boys,...

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