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Community works together to respond to fire

ARLEE – The Firestone Flats Fire left more than a thousand acres burned near Arlee, but community members focused last week on the success of the emergency networks built in response to the fire instead of what it destroyed.  “Within minutes all these people were ready to take their horse trailer and rigs and go into a fire to help someone else,” Arlee resident Roxane Rinard said. “It makes my heart fuzzy. It was beautiful.”  Rinard and her husband Karl Schwab run Developing Wings and started a community website in 2005 for Arlee. The website,, is updated by various Arlee residents and keeps the town informed about upcoming ...

School benefits migrant, local students School benefits migrant, local students

Polson Middle School is quieter this week than the last, when students began disappearing from the hallways as quickly as cherries disappeared from the orchards.  The tapering off of students participating in the migrant summer was expected, according to director Tim Berg. Students have a short windo...

77 swimmers cross Polson Bay during 11th Annual Water Daze event 77 swimmers cross Polson Bay during 11th Annual Water Daze event

POLSON — With Flathead Lake water temperature in the lower 70s, many Water Daze swimmers opted for a wetsuit, but not Kathy Guinn. Guinn, from Idaho, swims without a wetsuit and enjoys the cool water. She grew up in northern California, used to colder water, but her cut-off temperature is 60 degrees...

Cruisen By The Bay car show comes to Polson August 9, 10

POLSON — Cruisen By The Bay car show rolls into town Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10 in Polson. The 13th annual event, organized by Mission Valley Cruisers, includes a poker run, cruise, parade, static display for vintage, classic and hot rod cars and a free concert. The public is welcome to come...

Art show just around the corner Art show just around the corner

POLSON — In conjunction with the car show, the 42nd annual Sandpiper Art Festival takes place on the Lake County Courthouse lawn Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor event is organized by members of Sandpiper Art Gallery. The actual gallery, at 306 Main Street, will also be open from 10 a.m. to ...

Lake County struggles to feed hungry Lake County struggles to feed hungry

RONAN — Despite living at the doorstep of abundant cherry orchards, a fish hatchery, and wheat fields, residents of Lake County are among the hungriest in Montana.  The problem is mostly invisible to those not working in the intricate network of volunteers that distribute food to the needy; and...

Top high school competitors return from National Finals rodeo

Abby Knight, Wyatt Lytton and Will Powell spend just about every weekend competing in rodeos. They stopped at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. recently. Knight, from Charlo, scored ninth in pole bending.  “I won a belt buckle that says National Finals Top Ten. It w...

Round pen shootout will showcase horse training abilities

RONAN — Don’t ride it if it ain’t broke might be a better cliché for the round pen shootout this weekend, where three young horse trainers are each fixin’ to take an unbroken colt and within two days, ride the horse through an obstacle course. The event showcases what traine...

Labors of love on display at quilt show Labors of love on display at quilt show

Amy Anderson learned to cross-stitch in fourth grade. She later graduated from Carroll College with two degrees, but her life ended too soon at age 26. Amy had a life-long physical disability that prevented her from finishing the cross-stitch quilt pieces she started as a 4-H project. So her school secretary...

Deuce comes up trumps at Lake County Fair Deuce comes up trumps at Lake County Fair

RONAN — Deuce stood chewing his cud in the beef barn at the Lake County Fair, not too concerned about what was going on around him. Owned and shown by Hallie Sohr, Deuce, a black steer, won grand champion market beef at this year’s Lake County Fair.  Hallie, 13, said her parents, Teresa a...

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