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Unusual animal draws crowd at fair Unusual animal draws crowd at fair

RONAN – The animal that stole the show at the Lake County Fair never went before a judge or set foot in the auction barn. It lay nestled next to its mother and siblings in a cage on poultry row.  A three-legged duckling owned by Shannon Saint, of Saddle Mountain 4-H, drew crowds almost immediately.  “We had people come up and ask ‘Is there a three-legged duck?’ We had only been here two hours,” Saint said.  Throughout the day word of the unusual six-week-old duckling created a buzz on the fairgrounds and Saint eventually had to label its cage with a warning for fairgoers against reaching into the cage and harassing it.  The duck&...

Cats mind manners during fair judging Cats mind manners during fair judging

When dogs meet, tails wag, noses sniff and friendships are formed. Cats? Not so much. Separation is key.  In Wednesday’s cat show, a few glares were exchanged, and possibly a hiss, but overall the well-mannered felines kept their claws to themselves. Exactly how do you train a headstrong ...

Fire near Arlee explodes to more than 1,700 acres Fire near Arlee explodes to more than 1,700 acres

Officials are hopeful thunderstorms later in the week will help put out the Firestone Flats Fire that had burned 1,750 acres in Jocko Canyon as of Monday morning.  “We are listing the fire as zero percent contained, but feel fire growth has slowed,” said Kristen Baker, spokeswoman for wes...

Polson Hill fire stopped by bike path Polson Hill fire stopped by bike path

POLSON — A vehicle fire sparked a grass fire on Polson Hill on July 26. The afternoon blaze, with flame heights up to six feet, burned approximately two acres.  The fire headed west up the hill towards the bike path, and luckily the bike path stopped its progress, according to Karen Sargeant, P...

Livestock change palate to help farmers Livestock change palate to help farmers

ST. IGNATIUS – Farmers look to nature to deal with the rising costs of operation by letting the farm animals do more of the work. “The animals will eat and develop a taste for nutrient dense weeds along with the grass. This method takes less fertilizer. The cows will trample natural fertilizer...

School board selects roofer for PHS

POLSON — The Polson School Board of Trustees awarded the roofing contract on Polson High School to Progressive Roofing in Missoula. Progressive bid was $475,000 and Missoula Sheet Metal bid $494,735.  Progressive Roofing had done the first third of the roof, according to Dan Kinyon, maintenance...

Investigation into Elmo resident’s death continues

HOT SPRINGS — Elmo resident Laurence B. Kenmille’s death at the Wild Horse Hot Spring on May 25 is still under investigation and is being investigated as a suspicious death. A suspicious death, according to Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin, is one where factors aren’t consistent, or w...

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 S...

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...


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