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UPDATED: Body found in Ronan victim of hit-and-run UPDATED: Body found in Ronan victim of hit-and-run

RONAN — Local law enforcement are investigating the death of a 62-year-old man who was apparently killed by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday evening near the Valley Club bar on Third Avenue. According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County 911 received a report of an unresponsive adult male lying in the parking lot of a Ronan tavern around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night. Law enforcement personnel from the Ronan Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Flathead Tribal Police and the Lake County Coroner responded shortly after. Ronan Ambulance transported the 62-year-old mal...

Art walk draws shoppers downtown Art walk draws shoppers downtown

Christmas lights and music from the Great Scots bagpipers made Main Street in Polson more festive on Dec. 7 for the downtown business community’s annual art walk. Artist Matt Holmes had his kiln fired up to 1,000 degrees. Holmes and wife Heather were producing horsehair pottery in front of the Sandp...

Questions remain in Dixon killing

DIXON — Beloved community member Doug Morigeau was killed and his wife seriously injured during a grisly home invasion last Thursday.  According to a press release, Sanders County Sheriff’s Deputies, Tribal Law and Order and Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call for...

Community rallies around cancer patient Community rallies around cancer patient

POLSON — Several local businesses and community members attended a benefit at the Big Sky Bistro in Polson Dec. 5 in support of Julie Berry, a long-time resident and cancer survivor. The event was well-attended by Polson residents as local band “The Singing Sons of Beaches” belted out hu...

Montana traffic fatalities on the rise

MISSION VALLEY — According to the Montana Highway Patrol’s annual report for 2011, four people died as a result of vehicle accidents in Lake County last year. As this was the lowest number of deaths in the county since 1958, the low figures were a cause for celebration.  However, recent d...

William Flesch’s cause of death released

PABLO — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 48-year-old Mission Valley resident William Harvey Flesch died as a result of suicide by hanging. Two children discovered Flesch in an undeveloped wooded area in Pablo on Nov. 3 shortly after 10:30 a.m. The scene was processed by law en...

Polson manager’s contract not renewed

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners voted not to renew Polson City Manager Todd Crossett’s contract at their Dec. 3 meeting. Crossett’s contract requires that the commission notify him six months before the June 15 contract renewal date if they intend not to renew.  The vote was ...

St. Ignatius set to adopt several new ordinances

MISSION — Mission’s city council is set to adopt several new city ordinances in the coming months.  The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, an amendment to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act of 1988, requires local governments to adopt a pre-disaster mitigation plan so ...

Old time logging works for St. Ignatius man Old time logging works for St. Ignatius man

Bess, a 10-year-old Belgian mare, charges up the hill, dragging a log to the burn pile, guided by David Sturman at the reins. Sturman, 56, first hand-logged portions of the 44-acre piece of ground, then brought in just Bess, although he usually uses a team, to skid the logs and clear the brush away. &ldqu...

Gift tree brightens holidays for young cancer patient Gift tree brightens holidays for young cancer patient

POLSON — It’s truly “home for the holidays” for Cole Jene Whitworth. The kindergartner, 6, missing his front teeth and with an infectious grin, has been at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Wash., finishing up a course of radiation.  Cole was diagnosed with...


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