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Why did it take Worth Nelson 21 years to qualify for a 20-year military retirement? That’s one of the many stories he had to tell in a recent August interview. When younger, Worth lost partial use of his fingers in an episode with dynamite caps. When he went to enlist in various branches of the U.S. armed forces, only the Air Force decided to accept him. He went from home on Post Creek to Missoula and then to Butte for his physical and was sworn in on Jan. 2, 1951. From there he went to Lackland AFB in Texas. The guys were in tents with only one blanket, and it was cold. Lackland was Worth’s first boot camp, but there was a problem with the officer in charge and his group ...

Community collaboration brings mosaics to park Community collaboration brings mosaics to park

A tile mosaic project that involved more than 100 students was presented to the public on Sunday. The mural was a graduate-level University of Montana project for Cameron Decker, chair of the fine arts department at Salish Kootenai College.  Polson High School art teacher Matt Holmes, a licensed t...

County official gives fire wrap up

POLSON – Steve Stanley gave an update on the fire season and also talked about some up-and-coming things in an address to the Lake County Pachyderm Club last week. Stanley, the county’s emergency management director, said 1,147 acres burned in the county this summer, the largest of which was t...

A meditation in nature: how one man captures the moment A meditation in nature: how one man captures the moment

ST. IGNATIUS – Eugene Beckes sits among dense foliage in the morning hours holding his camera, waiting, sometimes for hours, for the moment when a wild bird lands in just the right spot so he can capture its image. “It doesn’t always work out,” he said. Sometimes a tree limb will b...

‘Like coming home’ ‘Like coming home’

POLSON – Polson has a new city commissioner, and she comes with plenty of experience. Jan Howlett was appointed on Sept. 18 to fill the Ward I seat of Todd Coutts, who resigned and moved to Missoula. The former Jan McCallum grew up on a ranch in Niarada and served one four-year term in the state ...

Arlee celebrates alumni during homecoming festivities Arlee celebrates alumni during homecoming festivities

ARLEE – Teacher Sue Carney announced the winners of different Arlee homecoming contests during half time at the football game on Friday night, just after the sun went down on a crisp fall evening. She said that she asked her students if they knew about the true meaning of Homecoming Week. She receiv...

Donation allows more kids to learn to swim

RONAN – The Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County received a donation to help make sure that kids learn water safety skills. “We will be able to increase the level of instruction that kids receive and improve their swim skills thanks to this donation,” said Boys...

Ronan celebrates homecoming week Ronan  celebrates homecoming week

RONAN - The community of Ronan came out in support of their Chiefs and Maidens in their annual homecoming parade on Friday.  As the parade made its way down Main Street, the spirited hometown parade-goers enjoyed treats thrown from the floats and music from the marching band.  During half-time at t...


 POLSON — It’s time to pass the torch along to someone who’s more stable who will treat my ladies as I did … as much as he is able. At home I’ll strive to not incur the wrath of Honey Bunch who says we wed for better or for worse … but, Lordy, not for lunch. B...


RONAN — Well another season is upon us. The cooler weather reminds us of how quickly time marches on. Soon the winter will be upon us. I hope everyone has gotten their preparations in place; it seems like there is always so much to do to get ready for the change of seasons.  The Mission Valley ...

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