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‘The Wall That Heals’ passes through Lake County ‘The Wall That Heals’ passes through Lake County

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. The traveling exhibition, called “The Wall That Heals,” allows veterans a chance to view the emotional tribute in the comfort of their own communities. The Wall That Heals passed through Lake County on Tuesday, Aug. 20, on its way to Whitefish, where the aluminum replica stood four days in its full 250-foot wide, chevron-shaped glory, honoring the 58,235 names of brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers who lost their lives or went missing during the Vietnam conflict. The w...


Pickup man also runs rodeo, ropes calves Pickup man also runs rodeo, ropes calves

Pickup men work as a team, one or more behind the saddle bronc, keeping the bronc lined up with the arena fence while another dallies the bronc rein around his saddle horn, trips the sheepskin-lined flank strap and unbuckles the flank cinch — all with their horses going flat out. And this is after t...

Local veteran nearing end of cross-country walk Local veteran nearing end of cross-country walk

After five months of walking, Sgt. Chuck Lewis crossed into the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee Sunday, ready to tackle the final leg of a more than 3,300-mile walking journey to raise awareness about veteran’s mental health.  Lewis, a Ronan native and Vietnam era and Marine Corps veteran, set ou...

Magazines for Troops hopes to provide for additional 6,000 servicemembers Magazines for Troops hopes to provide for additional 6,000 servicemembers

RONAN — An email last week from aboard the USS Harry S. Truman made Esther Gunlock excited, and a bit worried. More than 6,000 service people aboard ship requested reading material from Magazines for Troops, for which Gunlock volunteers.  “Oh my gosh, what are we going to do? We don&rsquo...

Air tanker damaged in Ronan

RONAN — A fire fighting air tanker was damaged in an Aug. 17 landing at Ronan airport.  The tanker ran off the runway and into a ditch, according to Federal Aviation Administration documents.  “I don’t know what the monetary damages were, but as far as injuries no one was hu...

Cereal killers swallow profits Cereal killers swallow profits

Last spring, many farmers spent thousands of dollars to protect their grain crops from the cereal leaf beetle larva before it could completely strip their fields.  George Biggs in St. Ignatius noticed the destruction left by the invasive species as he harvested his wheat fields. “Up in the c...

Ribbon cutting to celebrate completion of Skyline Drive project

 POLSON — During city manager comments at the Aug. 19 city commission meeting, Interim City Manager Karen Sargeant said she attended the first meeting of the Skyline Drive grand opening committee. The group plans a ribbon cutting and a meet-and-greet for the completion of the $12-million project.&...

First responders search for missing man

POLSON — A man and his two dogs went for a boat ride on Aug. 25 at about 10:30 a.m. The boat left shore at Paradise Cove, a RV resort with cabins on the east shore of Flathead Lake, according to the man’s wife. What happened after that is a mystery since a female who lives on one of the island...

Elementary music returns

ARLEE – The elementary school’s music program was only sliced after being on the chopping block last month. Board members voted to hire one teacher, Rebecca Olson, to take over the school’s entire music program instead of leaving the elementary program vacant. “We eliminated the K-...

Board hears plan to handle mold in St. Ignatius administration building Board hears plan to handle mold in St. Ignatius administration building

MISSION — Administrators for the St. Ignatius School District will relocate to old high school office spaces this year, as the district searches for a solution to mold problems in its administration building.  At the Aug. 20 meeting, the school board approved the temporary relocation and author...

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