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Polson man grows half-ton pumpkin Polson man grows half-ton pumpkin

HAMILTON — With Halloween just around the corner, many a jack-o-lantern can be seen protecting neighborhood porches and stoops. These pumpkins have the all too important job of protecting the house from evil spirits during this haunted time of year.  However, a 1,030-pound pumpkin might send a stronger message to would-be ghosts and goblins. Retired real estate agent, Polson resident and part-time farmer and rancher Emmitt May grew a pumpkin that topped the scales at 1,030 pounds. The half-ton gourd was a Montana State Record — May’s second record-setting attempt in as many years. This year’s pumpkin shattered his old record of 893 pounds. The pumpkin was ...


Decker, Swenson vie for county commissioner Decker, Swenson vie for county commissioner

Two candidates survived the primary election and are competing in the race for Lake County Commissioner. They are Gale Decker, Republican, and John Swenson, Independent. The winner of the race will take his seat with commissioners Ann Brower and Bill Barron.   Gale Decker Decker, 64, and his ...

Zombie prom breathes life into Boys and Girls Club Zombie prom breathes life into Boys and Girls Club

RONAN — The second annual zombie prom at Ronan's community center drew a crowd of all ages. Zombies, as event organizer Sharla Talsma said, do not discriminate based on age.  "I saw it on the Internet and it looked like fun," Talsma said. "It's something that, community wise, everyone could com...

Local 4-H celebrates 100 years Local 4-H celebrates 100 years

RONAN — Together, generations of people celebrated 100 years of 4-H in Montana during the 2012 Lake County 4-H achievement program held Oct. 14 at the community center in Ronan. The annual achievement program is when Lake County members are recognized for their hard work and accomplishments throughout ...

Invasive species threaten Mission Valley Invasive species threaten Mission Valley

MISSION VALLEY — According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Library, invasive species are defined as, “non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm t...

SKC president resigns SKC president resigns

PABLO — Salish Kootenai College President Dr. Luana Ross resigned last week, citing “Irreconcilable visions between myself and some members of the governing board.” According to a press release, Ross’ resignation is effective immediately. SKC Board of Directors Chairman Jim Durglo ...

Fisher fatality still under investigation

POLSON — Pablo resident Nathan Fisher suffered blunt force injuries in a one-car crash in Valley View on Oct. 6. The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. when Fisher, 25, was driving south on Valley View Road in Polson. The Mercury Mountaineer he was driving drifted across the road, broke through the fenc...

School board raises administrative salaries School board raises administrative salaries

POLSON — Trustees voted 4 to 2 at the October school board meeting to give administrators in the Polson School District a 2-percent raise. In addition to the salary increase, administrators received two more personal days, bringing their total up to seven per year. Each administrator also receives full...

Individuals, agencies honored for standing against domestic violence Individuals, agencies honored for standing against domestic violence

POLSON — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Domestic Violence Education and Services hosted its annual “Taking a Stand Against Domestic Violence” awards luncheon at the Big Sky Art Bistro on Oct. 10.  “These awards were a result of nominations from throughout La...

Polson candidate forum showcases civility Polson candidate forum showcases civility

POLSON — In an election season marred by blind accusations, distortion of facts and horrific political attack ads featuring mudslinging and half-truths by both parties at the state and federal level, civility has become an uncommon phenomenon.  That was not the case during the Polson Chamber of...

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