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History comes alive at Fort Connah History comes alive at Fort Connah

ST. IGNATIUS – The historic Hudson's Bay Fort Connah Trading Post opened last weekend for several live history days. Folks dressed in buckskins and other time-era clothing to show what life might have been like back in 1846 during the fur trading era when the post was open for business.  The original cabin on the site, about seven miles north of St. Ignatius, is thought to be one of the oldest cabins in Montana. Fur trader Angus McDonald developed and lived on the site with his family. He traded furs, buffalo skins, saddle blankets, and other items.     Rylee Taylor-Jefferson, 8, is a descendent of Angus. She was at the event in a Native American style dress. Her ...


National Youth Entrepreneurs program expands to Montana

News from Youth Entrepreneurs HELENA – Youth Entrepreneurs (YE), a nationwide organization dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship skills to high school students, will launch in Montana in time for the next school year. The program is completely funded by private donors, including a gift from Wh...

Montana moose topic of next Audubon meeting

News from Mission Mountain Audubon “Montana Moose: Biology, Management and Research” by Jesse Newby will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s next educational program on Thursday, 10 May at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome. Moose are among the most emblematic ...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran  Spotlight

Gary Hoffer’s grandfather was in the Army in WWI and his uncle was a Marine in WWII.  When Gary signed up for the Navy after high school, he represented the next generation in this family of veterans. Of course there was a draft, so that was also an incentive to join the military, but Gary says he...

May 17 fundraiser planned for Rodriques family

POLSON – A fundraiser to benefit Polson community member Carlos Rodriques will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Polson Elks Club on Main Street. Carlos became suddenly ill and has been hospitalized since early March with an autoimmune affliction that has compromised his nervous system, leaving him paral...

Senior news for May 9, 2018

Arlee By Bette Samsel ARLEE – Please join us for a special Mother’s Day prime rib dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. May is a big birthday month at our center, so in addition to celebrating Mother’s Day, and to celebrate any May birthdays among our guests for the dinner, we wil...

Boxing season ends with a victory Boxing season ends with a victory

HAMILTON – Boxing fans from across Montana witnessed the future of boxing and cheered on young talent this past weekend. The Hamilton Eagles Boxing Club hosted the 2018 Montana Junior Olympic Boxing Tournament at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton on Friday and Saturday. Three local boxers from...

Density regulations become advisory in Lake County Density regulations become advisory in Lake County

POLSON – A document regulating development in rural Lake County for more than a dozen years will now be considered advisory with the rules no longer set in stone. “This won’t be as good as some think or as bad as others believe it will be,” Commissioner Dave Stipe said. Lake County Co...

Lake County Sheriff candidates answer questions before election Lake County Sheriff candidates answer questions before election

LAKE COUNTY – Two Republicans are currently campaigning for the title of Lake County Sheriff and Coroner in the June 5 Primary Election, and the candidates – David Coffman and Don Bell – separately answered a few questions last week.  Where are you from? Incumbent Sheriff Bell is ...

Strong family bonds bring five sisters home Strong family bonds bring five sisters home

ST. IGNATIUS – Ella Gilchrist, 89, sat in a rocking chair in her home and jokingly said most people would rather kill their siblings than ever have to live with them as adults.  She looked at her four sisters sitting around her in the living room last week, and they laughed together. The statem...

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