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Kettle drive benefits Helping Hands

This Christmas Season, shoppers at Super One Foods and Walmart in Polson and Harvest Foods in Ronan will see volunteers from the Polson Ministerial Association and various community organizations, ringing the bell for the annual Salvation Army kettle drive.  Over the past several years, the Salvation Army has partnered with the Helping Hands Fund, a project of the Polson Ministerial Association, by providing vouchers for those who have emergency needs. The Helping Hands Fund serves individuals with: food, lodging, rent, utilities, propane/fuel oil, bus tickets, gas, personal care items and meals. The vouchers, available through the Helping Hands Fund, are a direct result of donation...


Community dinner returns to Ronan Community dinner returns to Ronan

RONAN — Everyone is invited to Ronan’s ninth annual community Thanksgiving Day dinner, Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Ronan Community Center. Dinner starts at 11 a.m. and will be served until 3 p.m. Come enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Enjoy community spirit and wond...

Experience wonder of winter at bison range Experience wonder of winter at bison range

MOEISE — Winter weather will soon do its best to keep us indoors where it is cozy and warm. But after the heat of the summer, the cold can invigorate and inspire us. Nothing beats fresh air, beautiful scenery, and great wildlife viewing to get everyone out of doors. Wildlife typically are more active d...

Top Mack Days angler tallies 1,111 fish Top Mack Days angler tallies 1,111 fish

Fall Mack Days ended after a grueling last week of the event’s 28 days. Frigid windy winter weather set in the last six days of the fall fishing event. Ice freezing on the boats and equipment was a concern that all anglers had to deal with. The few that continued the last few days were out in some of t...

Public meetings on water compact scheduled

The negotiating teams for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana and the United States have completed a proposed water rights compact and released it for public review and comment.  The three parties have been working for several years to develop a water rights settlement t...

Domestic violence survivor leads awareness project at local school Domestic violence survivor leads awareness project at local school

PABLO — Two Eagle River School has a tradition of going all out in support of Domestic Violence Prevention month each October. The computer and Photoshop classes produced posters denouncing domestic violence, and the home cultures class made ya-ya dolls to decorate the common area. Purple hearts ins...

Republicans win big in local races, Jayne voted JP Republicans win big in local races, Jayne voted JP

LAKE COUNTY — The nation’s voters poured into polling places on Nov. 6, and Lake County appeared to be no exception to the exceptional turnout. Unofficial results show Republicans winning nearly every local race for the state legislature, with the exception of House District 15, where Democ...

Humble pie: local church assembles pies for apple festival Humble pie: local church assembles pies for apple festival

POLSON — The scent of apples called to passers-by as the door to the basement of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church opened on Nov. 3. There was a hint of cinnamon in the air with back notes of coffee, accompanied by the sound of laughter and the low buzz of visiting.  About 20 people, th...

Greener pastures: forum examines future of local agriculture Greener pastures: forum examines future of local agriculture

RONAN — America was once “the bread basket of the world” with nearly 9 percent of the country’s gross domestic product coming from agriculture in 1950. For the past 10 years, the percentage of the United States’ GDP originating from agriculture has hovered around 1 percent, and ...

Valley View home destroyed in blaze Valley View home destroyed in blaze

Most of a two-story house on Buffalo Bridge Road in Valley View burned on Nov. 1. The home belonged to Shawn and Pam Wilson, and neighbors reported the fire at approximately 9:30 a.m.  Due to charring marks, the fire is believed to have started near the chimney area on the second floor, according to ...

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