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Harvest Celebrated Harvest Celebrated

RONAN – Creatively decorated round bales, including Frankenstein, a bunny, a hamburger and a shop vac to name a few, sprang up all around town in the past few weeks as the Ronan community geared up for it’s ninth annual Harvest Fest. The round bale decorating contest has become an increasingly popular part of the annual event with entries springing up several miles north and south of the City of Ronan. This year’s Harvest Fest, celebrated last Saturday under welcome blue skies, included a petting zoo, crafts, food, and the traditional pumpkin bowling in time for fall.  “It’s ideal weather today, a bit cooler but still nice out, perfect for the ani...

Cool weather helps dampen area fires Cool weather helps dampen area fires

POLSON – A week of cooler temperatures combined with rain and snow at high elevations impacted the Liberty Fire last week, and more of the same forecast this week should continue to put a damper on things. Devlin Lafrombois, a fire prevention specialist with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Trib...

FJBC hires new secretary, missing monies investigation continues FJBC hires new secretary, missing monies investigation continues

By Karen Peterson              Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control hired Chantelle Begay as their new secretary, and she was busy passing out papers, recording notes and talking to the public during the regular meeting on Tuesday. B...

UM grant to boost Native American STEM education

News from the University of Montana MISSOULA – The University of Montana has been awarded a two-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch a pilot project to enhance American Indian participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Aaron Thomas is...


RONAN — I hope everyone has been enjoying the rain showers. It is probably the first time I have heard anyone say they are glad for the rain and cooler temperatures. We’ll take it if it will help our valiant firefighters.  It is so nice to drive through the area and see all of the hay bal...


POLSON — I think senility is going to be a fairly smooth transition for me. I am retiring at the end of this month. Come join me for lunch at the birthday dinner on Sept. 22. We thank Bob and Pam Bonner from The Retreat for the donation of a power recliner chair. It is used at the toe-nail clinic...

St Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. The food pantry is still looking for volunteers to work Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please call 406-745-0057 if you are interested. Commodities are here and available for pickup. Flu shots will be a...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Bert Todd was working in California when the Korean War started. Deciding he wanted a different job, he gave his boss a week’s notice. The boss said, “You can’t quit. I’ll turn you in for the draft.” Bert decided he might as well quit on the spot and headed home to Big Timber, M...

Dayton Daze supports volunteer fire department Dayton Daze supports volunteer fire department

By Caleb M. Soptelean/Valley Journal DAYTON – “Fired up for the ‘50s” was the theme of this year’s Dayton Daze, which went “extremely well,” according to Zoe Lilja. Lilja, who serves as secretary/treasurer of the Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department/QRU and ch...

County budget passes, plans for court annex, jail begin County budget passes, plans for court annex, jail begin

POLSON – The Lake County Commissioners passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 last week.  Planning for a new court annex and jail are included in the $29.8 million budget, County Finance Director Scott Beggs said.  The previous budget was $27.2 million. He said the difference lies in...


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