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Ronan street dance future hinges on behavior Ronan street dance future hinges on behavior

RONAN – The traditionally family-friendly Pioneer Days street dance in Ronan might become an event for people age 21 or older only, if this year’s enhanced security measures don’t cut down on problem behaviors.  “We’ll try it one more year as a family thing and if things go like they did last year, we’ll go to age 21 (and older),” City Councilmember Robert McCrea said.  Last year’s dance was rife with fights, prohibited glass containers and lax security, Ronan Officer Pat Noble said. Pheasant Lounge owner Lori Parr is one of the sponsors of the event, and said this year’s dance will have more stringent rules to prevent pr...


Polson school board raises salaries

POLSON — Polson school board trustees approved a 2-percent salary increase for non-represented employees and a 2-percent increase for administrators for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. The teachers and the classified staff had not voted at the time of the meeting on June 14.  Polson Class...

Live History Days interests kids, adults Live History Days interests kids, adults

POLSON — It was a toss up with the kids who attended Live History Days whether riding the jeep with the attached machine gun, the tennis ball cannon or the motorcycle and sidecar was the most fun. Oh, and don’t forget the trains to ride and the helicopter and airplane to climb onto. One you...

Downunder horsemanship clinic teaches owners, horses Downunder horsemanship clinic teaches owners, horses

FINLEY POINT —  The paint mare faced Justin Freter’s back, her sides heaving as she caught her breath. Freter said he turned his back so she didn’t feel like a prey animal. Freter, a clinician for Clinton Anderson’s Downunder Horsemanship, was conducting a private clinic for a...

Good Old Days celebrates old-fashioned fun in St. Ignatius Good Old Days celebrates old-fashioned fun in St. Ignatius

Michael Martinez, 14, gritted his teeth and pulled at the end of a thick muddy rope with his back to an almost knee deep watery mud hole in the Good Old Days park. He pulled with friends Daniel Lozeau, 11, and Brent Lozeau, 8, until the opposing team on the other end of the rope went into the mud during the ...

Royal family: Little Miss Good Old Days, Mrs. Montana crowned Royal family: Little Miss Good Old Days, Mrs. Montana crowned

  ST. IGNATIUS – The Good Old Days weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with a pageant for boys and girls where Lola Schock, 7, was crowned Little Miss Good Old Days. Later that evening, Lola’s mom, Mrs. Montana 2013 Alyssa Schock, passed her crown on to Mrs. Montana 2014, Cindy Archer.&nb...

Birth announcements for July 23, 2014 Birth announcements for July 23, 2014

Aaron Evan Mock POLSON — Corleah Barnaby and Jamey Mock are proud to announce the arrival of their son Aaron Evan Mock who was born on July 3, 2014, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds. Maternal grandparents are Francis McDonald Jr., the late Yvonne Barnaby, Sandi Ovitt an...

Smoke from Washington wildfires causes unhealthy air quality Smoke from Washington wildfires causes unhealthy air quality

Smoke from wildfires raging in Washington drifted over and filled the Flathead and Mission Valleys late last week, creating unhealthy air quality but interesting skies. By Saturday afternoon, the wind and rain helped clear valleys in Lake County. 

Powwow outfits take time, care, skill Powwow outfits take time, care, skill

Dancers wear their finest regalia at powwows: beaded capes, moccasins and belts, bone breastplates and snowy-white feathers.  But all the beautiful outfits don’t just appear. Powwow families dedicate hours of skilled time and hundreds of dollars to create these works of art.  ShiNaasha ...

Search area narrowed for missing kayaker Search area narrowed for missing kayaker

FLATHEAD LAKE — The search for a kayaker that went missing on Flathead Lake Saturday afternoon in Polson continued Monday. Robert W. McDonald, 43, a physician and hospitalist at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, launched his kayak around noon on July 19 near the Bear Harbor...

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