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Highway 93 expansion may hinge on Ronan vote Highway 93 expansion may hinge on Ronan vote

RONAN — The future of a $40 million Highway 93 expansion project slated for construction in 2018 could hinge on the January decisions of the Ronan City Council.  During a meeting held last Wednesday between design engineers, the Montana Department of Transportation and the City of Ronan, Ronan council members and Mayor Kim Aipperspach asked representatives of the Federal Highway Administration to seek a preliminary determination in regards to whether the proposed project could have impacts to Bockman Park classified under federal guidelines as “constructive use impacts.”  If the project is determined to have a “constructive use” impact on Bockma...


New playground planned at Mission Schools New playground planned at Mission Schools

MISSION – The St. Ignatius School District has one major campus facelift in the works and another in the fundraising stages.  At a Dec. 17 school board meeting, administrators gave reports on the progress of a construction project that will update the exterior of the district’s high schoo...

Season of Light contest winners announced Season of Light contest winners announced

POLSON — Twinkling lights on trees and decks, Santas in airplanes, lighted silhouettes of deer, snowflakes and snowmen are some of the creative ways Polson residents decorate outside during the Christmas season. To honor some of the fantastic displays, the Polson Beautification Committee held its Seaso...

Angelic gesture: seniors receive unexpected gifts Angelic gesture: seniors receive unexpected gifts

RONAN — Sometimes spreading Christmas cheer doesn’t require a snowy white beard and workshop of elves to make toys. A kind heart and knapsack full of goodies sufficed for one St. Ignatius woman.  Beginning two months ago, Doris Snyder crocheted more than 70 angels and created plastic cros...

Commissioners renew golf pro, rental agreements

POLSON — During their last meeting of 2013, the Polson City Commissioners renewed the golf pro management agreement and rental agreement for the city golf course with Links Management, which is Roger Wallace’s company. The prior agreement allowed for a three-year extension, and the commissione...

Local woman cooks with kindness Local woman cooks with kindness

POLSON — In a sparkly blue shirt and a matching Santa Claus apron, Patsy Orr bustles around the kitchen at the Flathead Indian Senior Citizens Center preparing dishes for the that day’s Christmas dinner. With a big pot of spuds on to boil, Orr starts preparing deviled eggs and then it’s on ...

‘Dogs with Wings’ buy presents for local children ‘Dogs with Wings’ buy presents for local children

ST. IGNATIUS – Every time a bough breaks, a Bulldog gets its wings. Last week, 23 members of the Mission Middle School Dogs With Wings group took profits raised from selling homemade Christmas wreaths, to Polson Walmart in an angelic purchasing frenzy that will provide Christmas presents for 13 Mission...

Kids, seniors meet over gingerbread men Kids, seniors meet over gingerbread men

POLSON — About 15 kids in the Polson After School Program visited the Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center with a box of gingerbread men, icing and decorating items.  Young and old gathered at tables in the dining room to decorate the cookies. Some of the kids have never frosted a cookie and...

Parade, treasures draw crowd in snowstorm Parade, treasures draw crowd in snowstorm

RONAN – A tiny snowstorm didn’t stop hundreds of Ronan residents from taking to the streets to catch candy and throw their name into the hopper for thousands of dollars in prizes given away at the annual Parade of Lights and Ronan Chamber of Commerce Holiday Treasures drawing  on Friday.&nbs...

Merchants thank shoppers with holiday giveaway Merchants thank  shoppers with holiday  giveaway

POLSON — Four people had their holidays made a little brighter thanks to a program sponsored by the Polson Business Community. As a way to thank their customers for shopping locally, businesses urged people who spent $250 with downtown merchants from Oct. 17 to Dec. 19 to submit their receipts and ente...

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