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Two arrested, one injured in Polson incident

POLSON — A stand-off at an apartment complex on the 1000 block of Fourth Street W. ended with one female victim in the hospital and Michael James Gardipe, 35, and Alisha McDanal, 34, in custody.  Polson Police received a call at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Nov.3 of a possible disturbance involving a firearm. Officers responded, as did Tribal Law Enforcement and Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies, and found a 29-nine-year-old female victim lying outside the apartment complex with severe injuries.  After the victim was transported by ambulance to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center, officers set up a perimeter line around the building and began evacuating n...


Locals to compete in Indian National Finals Rodeo Locals to compete in Indian National Finals Rodeo

With names like Filthy McNasty and Bird Leg Blues, the bulls must be mean and tough and ready to eat cowboys for breakfast. The bulls join other Pistol Creek Rodeo Company rough stock headed to Las Vegas to try their luck at throwing cowboys in the dirt at the Indian National Finals Rodeo, Nov. 5-9 at the...

Affordable housing complex opens in Charlo Affordable housing complex opens in Charlo

CHARLO – A patch of land in the heart of Charlo that was the site of a crumbling building is now home to a modern state-of-the art development that will provide low to moderate-income housing for families.  The Big Sky Apartments, owned by private non-profit Lake County Community Housing, opene...

Farm to School program provides local fruits, veggies for schoolchildren Farm to School program provides local fruits, veggies for schoolchildren

RONAN — Before they tasted the sunny golden vegetable, Ronan second graders planted “pretend” squash seeds and then pushed their arms towards the sky, imitating squash tendrils and vines as they sprouted in fields around the Mission Valley. On the playground at K. William Harvey Elementary ...

Double mastectomy survivors share stories of breast cancer Double mastectomy survivors share stories of breast cancer

LAKE COUNTY – The tide of pink that washed over the nation slowly faded out as the days of October dwindled to an end, but two double-mastectomy survivors from Mission Valley are proof that breast cancer is a constant threat, every day of the year.  It was April of 2012 when Peggy Sloan, manage...

Mission Valley residents prepare for Affordable Care Act implementation

LAKE COUNTY – The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has been a bumpy transition for individuals and business owners trying to navigate the massive overhaul of America’s healthcare system. Although the change has not been seamless, healthcare officials say the pla...

Golden Yoke Dairy is Montana’s first in 20 years Golden Yoke Dairy is Montana’s first in 20 years

ST. IGNATIUS – In a green pasture off Pinsonault Road in St. Ignatius, a flock of chickens, two sheep, two steers, a calf and two excited young farmers are waiting out the winter anxiously praying that when springtime comes two calves will be born and revive a once long-standing Mission Valley traditio...

Steve’s Videos celebrates a decade of service Steve’s Videos celebrates a decade of service

Options to watch a movie at home have changed dramatically in the past decade with the influx of online and vending machine movie providers. Video rental stores are disappearing — except for a small Polson business now celebrating its 10th anniversary. “It definitely is a milestone,” Ste...

Schulz Refrigeration celebrates 50 years in business Schulz Refrigeration celebrates 50 years in business

POLSON —  Schulz Refrigeration began in a garage on the east shore of Flathead Lake 50 years ago. When the business outgrew that garage, Dick Schulz moved his business to the Polson Sawmill office, down where the KwaTaqNuk Resort stands now.  Finally he bought the building on 710 First Str...

Flathead Lake Cheese uses solar power through REAP grant Flathead Lake Cheese uses solar power through REAP grant

POLSON — With a sunny yellow paint job, a life-sized mural of a cowgirl riding a cow and a copper roof, Flathead Lake Cheese is hard to miss. Wendi and Joe Arnold started the business and, according to their website, thought up the idea in a hot tub about 10 years ago.  The creamery/cheesema...

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