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Montana Coop set to launch in June Montana Coop set to launch in June

MISSION VALLEY — The Montana Coop started two years ago as a first-of-its-kind, web-based consumer and producer owned cooperative. The idea is to connect local food producers and consumers directly over the Internet, eliminating the need for much of the costly logistical work that goes into starting a small business.  “That’s the key description of the business,” acting president Jason Moore said. “It’s a coop owned by producers and consumers, so basically everyone who buys and sells local food. Outside of food, we’re marketing all kinds of products. Really, anything that’s made in Montana, we’ll be marketing, including animal fo...


Sun warms Earth Day celebration Sun warms Earth Day celebration

PABLO — On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Mother Nature cooperated for a few hours during this tumultuous spring and allowed blue skies and sunshine to win the day during the fifth annual Ronan Walks and Rolls Earth Day event.  However, according to extension director Virgil Dupuis, “fif...

National Bison Range welcomes new website, bison babies National Bison Range welcomes new website, bison babies

MOISE — Equipped with a new website and newborn bison calves, the National Bison Range in Moise is ready to start the 2013 season.  “At this point, unless the snows come in again, we’ve finished grading Red Sleep Mountain Drive and have dust control technicians coming in early next ...

Runners, bikers carry torch through Lake County Runners, bikers carry torch through Lake County

Law enforcement officers turned into runners and bikers for Lake County’s leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  Beginning at the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge in Polson at 8 a.m., Polson Police Officers, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies, Confederated Salish and Kootenai...

Bus loading, parent parking to change at Cherry Valley

POLSON — In an effort to improve safety for our students, we are going to be making some changes to school bus loading sites and public parking at Cherry Valley School in Polson.  Starting Thursday, May 2, our school buses will drop off and pick up students at the front of the school on Eighth ...

Local family welcomes Ronan landmark home Local family welcomes Ronan landmark home

RONAN — It’s a picture of a white farmhouse with a porch, brick chimneys and a tree in the background. Obviously it’s in the country, and a quilt airs on the porch rail.  Cindy Standbrook has had this painting for years, telling herself, “That’s gonna be my house some da...

Area students minister to homeless Portland teens Area students minister to homeless Portland teens

POLSON — With graduation looming and “senioritis” rampant, most senior trips focus on fun for the soon-to-be graduates.  But the seniors at Mission Valley Christian Academy chose a different sort of senior trip. The five seniors, Joshua Lake, Anne Mae Macy, Jemimah Murphy, Richie...

Volunteer sought for adjustment board

Lake County is currently searching for a volunteer for the Lake County Board of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment is comprised of five volunteers who hear and decide zoning related issues such as conditional land uses, variance requests, and citizen appeals. Board members work closely with Lake County Plan...

Extension agent wins food security award

Flathead Reservation Extension Agent Rene Kittle recently won a Montana Food Bank Network Food Security Council award, one of 15 presented in the state. The Food Security Council recognizes individuals and organizations who have worked to reduce hunger and improve the nutritional status of Montanans, acco...

Ag Days opens young eyes to agriculture Ag Days opens young eyes to agriculture

IRVINE FLATS — Turning fourth graders into noxious leafy spurge plants doesn’t involve magic, and several hundred kids took part during Ag Days at Mac and Pat Binger’s ranch on April 2-3.  To show students how seeds are dispersed, each kid got sunflower seeds to put in their mouths,...

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