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On-campus instruction resumes during historic pandemic On-campus instruction resumes during historic pandemic

ST. IGNATIUS – Students across Lake County put on their masks and went back to school last week during uncertain times.  At the St. Ignatius High School, student Kayden Carter, 16, said the mask got a bit warm during the school day, but he didn’t mind wearing it. He said it was much better than going to school online because, mostly, he missed his friends.  “In-person (learning) is also much easier than online because you have a teacher there to help you with the work and motivate you,” he said. The high school junior thought for a moment and said wearing a mask was also worth a little discomfort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  “I...


Polson commissioners hold public hearing on proposed resort tax

POLSON – In a virtual meeting, city commissioners heard a presentation and public comment about a proposed additional tax on services and items commonly purchased by visitors to the area to fund street repairs in the city.  The proposed tax would be a 3 percent year-round tax on lodging, restau...

Sheriff’s report: man who saved other from fiery crash honored Sheriff’s report: man who saved other from fiery crash honored

 News from Lake County Sheriff Don Bell  LAKE COUNTY — Lake County citizens aided in helping law enforcement with two incidents last week that deserve gratitude.  On Aug. 16, at around 1:10 p.m., a two-vehicle crash occurred at mile marker 41 on U.S. Highway 93.   A Dodge...

Telemedicine and Montana’s digital divide Telemedicine and Montana’s digital divide

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic,  cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those...

Aircraft assist ground crew in Finley Lake Fire suppression Aircraft assist ground crew in Finley Lake Fire suppression

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – While the mountains have been intermittently cloaked in smoke, it hasn’t been an unusually busy local fire season.  According to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ fire management specialist C.T. Camel, most of the smoke visible in the area is from f...

Dixon for Sept. 2, 2020

DIXON — The Dixon Senior Center continues to serve our community.  We are still adhering and following social distancing precautions and are accepting take-out meal requests only. Meals will be served Monday and Thursday evenings, at 5:30 p.m. Meals are $4 per serving and are deliverable to Dixon ...

St. Ignatius for Sept. 2, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — Our board will meet on Sept. 8 to discuss a possible timeline for opening the center for in-house meals. We will certainly let you know as soon as possible. Finally, a correction: last week I used the wrong name for our volunteer kitchen assistant. Our kitchen angel is Kay Kelly. We s...

Polson seniors for Sept. 2, 2020

POLSON — We are open with masks and social distancing. We cannot guarantee your safety from COVID-19 so use your best judgment when participating in activities. —  Exercise on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. —  Bridge played on Tuesdays and Fridays sta...

TERS holds class of 2020 commencement TERS holds class of 2020 commencement

PABLO — The 2020 graduates of Two Eagle River School received a special send off on the football field Saturday afternoon. The traditional graduation ceremony was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to say how proud I am of these graduates,” said TERS Superintendent Rodney Bird i...

Volunteers collect vital information to combat water pollution Volunteers collect vital information to combat water pollution

POLSON — Armed with tape measures and aerial maps, a small army of volunteers wearing bright yellow safety vests took to the city streets of Polson last Thursday to help reduce the amount of pollutants entering Flathead Lake from stormwater runoff. “The purpose of this project is to determine ...

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