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Editor's note: See related story about last week's power outage on page 13.)   Bill Houck, Polson, 10/11/19 “It was fine. I got a wood stove and Coleman lantern. I never worry about that. I don’t know, the power goes out every now and then in the winter, but it isn’t bad around here.”   Joe Arnold, Polson, 10/11/19 Well the situation was we were right in the middle of making cheese. The power quit and fortunately we had our solar mass on the building that collects heat. We used that heat to help finish off the work we were doing. Other than it getting really dark inside the plant we were still able to finish what we were doing. I saw a pic...


Frog involved in power outage Frog involved in power outage

LAKE COUNTY – Although an amphibian was most likely the culprit, the Wednesday afternoon power outage is still under investigation. Mission Valley Power General Manager Jean Matt said that an animal had crossed the breaker on the North Western Energy substation, located near the Séliš ...

Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units

RONAN – Santa Claus came a little early this year for the Ronan Police Department thanks to the addition of three brand new patrol vehicles. The 2019 Dodge Chargers, which have been on the streets since the first of the month, replaced the department’s well used 2002 Chevy Tahoe, 2006 Ford Cro...

Commission takes action on animal welfare

POLSON – An approved ordinance will better protect pets in city limits. City code compliance officer Matt Ellermann introduced the ordinance. He said he gets between two and eight complaints of animal abuse or neglect every month. In recent months, the number of reports has increased.  Before t...

Arlee high school celebrates homecoming week Arlee high school celebrates homecoming week

ARLEE – It was a week of festivities in Arlee as students, alumni, faculty and staff celebrated the 2019 homecoming. Students at the high school kicked off their Warrior and Scarlet school spirit with a hall-decorating contest on Monday. The junior class won the contest, followed by the seniors and ...

Families learn about health at after-school night Families learn about health at after-school night

POLSON – About 300 people recently filled Linderman Elementary School to learn about staying healthy and share a nutritious meal. The families attended the first fall health and wellness resource night for elementary students from Polson schools.  Each student was given a “passport&rdq...

Tribal reps withdraw from task force over attorney general's support for Keystone pipeline

MISSOULA  — Two representatives from the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian reservations pulled out of Attorney General Tim Fox’s new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force on Monday after Fox filed to intervene in a lawsuit against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in support of the Trump adm...

St. Ignatius seniors for Oct. 16, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — Where do “ghost’s” buy their food? ...  At the “ghost-ery” store.    On Wednesday, Oct. 16, we will hold bingo after our evening meal. Cards cost 25 cents a card and there is a $50 blackout awarded.    The quilters are in the c...

Polson seniors for Oct. 16, 2019

POLSON — Exercise class is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and anyone is welcome to join. Tuesdays and Fridays there is a bridge group that meets at 12:30 p.m., and on Wednesdays there is a Mahjong group that meets at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays our Pinochle group meets at 12:30 p.m....

Polson medical center tackles opioid problem Polson medical center tackles opioid problem

POLSON – Opioid overdoses are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in Montana, according to a Montana Department of Health and Human Services report. Statistics like this have brought healthcare providers and state leaders together to tackle the problem with measured results.  Gover...

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