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St. Ignatius boasts academic achievement

ST. IGNATIUS – Superintendent Bob Lewandowski doesn’t like to brag, but he said it was hard for him to not puff out his chest with a little pride for the staff and students of St. Ignatius Schools after annual standardized test results revealed leaps in achievement levels. In 2010, 42 percent of St. Ignatius students passed the MAPS math test, a nationally administered exam that measures student progress. Four years later nearly 83 percent of students passed the exams. In reading, 69 percent of the class met the national benchmark for progress, compared to 57 percent in 2012-13 school year. The passing rate flew past the 65-percent benchmark the district had set for itself...


Ronan hires outside legal help in class action suit

RONAN – The City of Ronan has hired a Missoula law firm to handle a class action lawsuit filed against the town’s government and police department.  Jasper, Smith and Olsen law firm will represent the City in a class action federal suit filed June 3 against the town, its mayor, former pol...

Missing Pablo woman found dead, food drive set for family

FLATHEAD COUNTY — After days of searching for Shannon Turner of Pablo, authorities discovered her deceased body in her maroon Chevy Uplander in southern Flathead County at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8.  In a phone interview on July 14, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said Turner’s dea...

Northern pike investigation continues

News from Montana  Fish, Wildlife and Parks LAKE MARY RONAN — In the coming weeks, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will follow up on the recent northern pike discovery in Lake Mary Ronan. Biologists will conduct sampling in an effort to confirm pike presence and distribution, and determine ...

Former parks and recreation director files lawsuit

RONAN — The former parks and recreation director for the City of Ronan has filed a wrongful discharge suit against the City, alleging the last two years of her employment was rife with internal personnel conflict that ultimately led to her dismissal.  The lawsuit comes approximately seven month...

Old potatoes tell vital story

News from Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana CHARLO — A recent acquisition now on display in the museum is a glass jar of potatoes canned in 1918. You may be asking if this has historic relevance. The answer is yes – on two counts. One, the sealing apparatus is one not commonly seen; and two, t...

Cracking Up: Kids devise egg protection Cracking Up: Kids devise egg protection

POLSON — The subject: an egg. The task: decide how to protect the egg so when it’s dropped it won’t break. This fun activity for kids on July 3 was part of Fizz Boom Read, the summer reading program at the North Lake County Public Library.   Martel Memmer, youth services libra...

MVAC celebrates first anniversary MVAC celebrates first anniversary

POLSON — Soaking wet kids carried containers of water and manned the hose on the Mission Valley Aquatic Center’s lawn July 3, as adults visited in the shade of a myriad of colorful umbrellas. The MVAC was celebrating its one-year anniversary with an ice-cream social fundraiser. “This ...

Arlee tackles reading scores

ARLEE – Superintendent George Linthicum is looking for ways to increase the reading scores of students in the Arlee elementary school. “Last year we brought on a literacy coach to assist teachers to develop individual plans,” he said.  In the next school year, he wants to do more...

Quilts hot item at Amish school auction Quilts hot item at Amish school auction

ST. IGNATIUS – Quilts bring in hundreds of people to the Mission Valley Amish School Auction each year. Lorene Yoder watched auctioneers taking bids on the quilt she brought to the auction. “Can I get $1,000?” Auctioneer Orlie Troyer asked the crowd shaded under a tent facing her quilt. ...

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