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State official and former Ronan officer say Facebook messages not improper

RONAN— A former state official and former Ronan police officer said in an interview last week that their communication via Facebook did not taint the process that bars former Ronan Police Chief Dan Wadsworth from serving as a law enforcement officer for the next 15 years. The Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council on July 16 voted to suspend Wadsworth’s law enforcement after determining he falsified the law academy application of his son Trevor.  Wadsworth told the Valley Journal and testified at a POST hearing that he believed Trevor’s credentials were stolen by Officer Art Walgren, who had access to the file at the time.  Walgren, who is ...


Council, bar owners argue about street dance trash

 RONAN — The city council hired Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson as city attorney in a July 22 meeting that saw little other action, but much discussion about responsibility for monitoring and cleaning up after the street dance held during Pioneer Days.  Each year Rod Smart, Lori Peterson, and Kand...

Camp explores fun science Camp explores fun science

ARLEE — Jessie Girsch squinted his eyes with determined concentration upon a small blue ball floating above the plastic obstacle course. He clenched his fists, contorted his face into a grimmace and let out a cry of disappointment as the ball, instead of advancing forward into a two-inch high tunnel, p...

Innovative playground in funding stage Innovative playground in funding stage

RONAN—A proposed Ronan playground project will promote community health, attract tourists, and grab national headlines for its groundbreaking ingenuity, community and company leaders said at an information session last week hosted by the parks and recreation board.  Funding and mitigation plans...

Innovative playground in funding stage

RONAN—A proposed Ronan playground project will promote community health, attract tourists, and grab national headlines for its groundbreaking ingenuity, community and company leaders said at an information session last week hosted by the parks and recreation board.  Funding and mitigation plans...

Local gardeners receive best blooming awards Local gardeners receive best blooming awards

POLSON — Petunias spill from planters, roses scent the air, geraniums and sunflowers reach for the sun while begonias and impatiens bloom in shady spots. Late July is a great time for the Envision Polson Beautification Committee to hold their contest for best blooming business and best blooming resi...

Locals bake cherry pies for cherry festival Locals bake cherry pies for cherry festival

POLSON — For pie lovers, it was a heavenly sight — an assembly line for cherry pies. The ladies from the Montecahto Club on Flathead Lake’s east shore were making pies in the basement of the Lake City Bakery on July 17 and 18 so they’d be fresh for the Flathead Cherry Festival on J...

Mission Mountain Quilters hold quilt show

RONAN — “A Quilter’s Garden” is the theme for the 21st annual Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Show held on Aug. 1 to 3.  Held at the K. William Harvey Elementary School gym, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 2 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 3. Visi...

4-H kids compete for herdsmanship awards

RONAN — 4-H kids will be bringing their steers, breeding stock, goats, sheep and swine plus tack boxes, water buckets, brushes and show halters to the Lake County Fair on July 30.   To honor kids who take especially good care of their larger animals and keep the barns clean, the Northwest Count...

Lake County Fair underway, Pioneer Days joins up this weekend

RONAN — The Lake County Fair is underway with 4-H participants showing animals and anticipating Thursday’s market sale, which begins at 7 p.m. A buyer’s recognition dinner precedes the sale at 5:30 p.m. Showmanship and judging continues through Sunday. On Wednesday, Swine take the stage ...

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