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Municipal candidates begin campaigns

POLSON — With filing for municipal positions closing on June 27, three people threw their hat in the ring for Polson mayor — Heather Knutson, Michael Brandt and Bob Fulton. Incumbent Todd Erickson is running to keep his seat as Ward 1 Polson City Commissioner for a four-year term while Jill Southerland and Murat Kalinyaprak will square off for a four-year term in Ward 2. Mary Frances Caselli, Ken Siler and Bill D. Smith are vying for a four-year term as Polson City Commissioner in Ward 3.  In Ronan, incumbent Kim Aipperspach will run against Kim Eldon Snyder for mayor.  Justin Lee Bartels filed for another four-year term as Justice of the Peace.  Tr...


Big Circle brings broncs, bulls for Polson rodeo Big Circle brings broncs, bulls for Polson rodeo

POLSON — Bugs Bunny or Lounge Lizard were the sires of most of the bareback and saddle broncs the Big Circle Rodeo Company brought to Polson for the Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo on June 28 and 29. And, no, they are not cartoons.  The Big Circle bucking horses also are mostly all paints, roans and...

Ronan teen staying positive despite battle for life Ronan teen staying positive despite battle for life

RONAN — Kendall Shae Schiele expected to spend his 18th birthday on July 3 surrounded by his family and his passion — horses. His equine love began when his young nephew, Dominiq, won a therapeutic pony that through its healing powers literally saved the young relative’s life. Instead, S...

Sheriff’s office launches new boat Sheriff’s office launches new boat

POLSON — Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, and almost two-thirds of the lake is patrolled by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  With 15 years of law enforcement experience, Sergeant Glenn Miller heads up the Marine Enforcement Division. He underst...

Tribal fire responds to four suspicious fires

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire RONAN — The Division of fire had four fire starts during this past weekend. A fire less than five acres was discovered in the Jette area Saturday morning, June 29. The Division of Fire engine crews were dispatched to the same fire Sunda...

Polson man charged with rape

POLSON — Polson police officers arrested 32-year-old Marcus Houle and transported him to Lake County Jail on June 26 for the charge of sexual intercourse without consent stemming from an alleged sexual assault that evening. Officers responded to a call from Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Cent...

Missing St. Ignatius woman found dead

ST. IGNATIUS — Missing St. Ignatius resident Mary Jean Decker, 52, was found deceased in a field last weekend not far from where she was last seen.  Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin said Decker’s vehicle was found parked on St. Marys Lake Road in St. Ignatius. She was found about one m...

Polson youngster flies to Helena Polson youngster flies to Helena

POLSON — Trey Kelley, 12, stepped into an airplane on June 11. While that’s not unusual for summer vacations, the reason Trey was boarding an airplane was unusual.  Trey, a rising sixth grader, and his family were flying to Helena, courtesy of the Montana Aeronautics Division, because Tre...

Household chemicals mix dangerously in garbage Household chemicals mix dangerously in garbage

POLSON — Two incidents in Missoula last week serve as reminders for Lake County residents to adhere to common sense and strict guidelines when discarding hazardous waste and household chemicals. Someone walking through an alley noticed a residential garbage can was fuming and called 911. Emergency r...

Watch out for plants poisonous to horses

There are many plants in Lake County that have been suspected of being poisonous; however these plants vary greatly in their toxicities, the classes of animals affected and the conditions under which poisoning occurs. For example, a particular plant might provide good forage for cattle and horses, yet be poi...

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