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Polson rated No. 1 business-friendly city in statewide study Polson rated No. 1 business-friendly city in statewide study

POLSON — This fall Polson finished first in a study entitled “How Business Friendly are Montana’s 25 Largest Cities?” The Montana Policy Institute and Dr. John Hill, president of American Indicators, collected and compared information on Montana’s 25 largest cities and completed the study. With a score of 69.34, Polson came in first, followed by Sidney with 69, Glasgow 67.14, Bozeman 62.86 and Belgrade 62.05. “Cities and towns are the real engines that drive statewide economy and Montanans should consider how they compare against each other with respect to economic, social and educational factors attractive to businesses,” Hill said in the ...


Polson Chamber awards businesses, individuals

POLSON – The Polson Chamber of Commerce 2012 awards banquet was held Friday, Nov. 2, at the Kwataqnuk Resort. The evening included a cocktail hour, dinner and an awards presentation, followed by music and dancing. The event was sold out this year, with more than 210 in attendance.  Robin Wallac...

Grant to refurbish fairgrounds grandstands Grant to refurbish fairgrounds grandstands

POLSON — With rodeos, concerts, fireworks viewing, rodeo camps and cross-country meets, the Polson fairgrounds grandstands seat a lot of people every year. While the underlying structure is sound on the 70-year-old grandstand, the benches, walkways and decks are in need of replacing. Polson Fairg...

Former reserve officer honored Former reserve officer honored

POLSON — Debbie Hobbs became a Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy in the fall of 2000. Less than three years later, she was on patrol when an auto accident on Polson hill claimed her life.  On Friday, Nov. 2, a section of Highway 93 from just south of Caffrey Road to the intersec...

Gender violence prevention expert to speak

PABLO — Dr. Jackson Katz, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, sports culture and the military, will give a multi-media presentation entitled “More Than a Few Good Men: Strategies for Inspiring Men and Boys to be Allies ...

Acclaimed Native playwright to visit Arlee Acclaimed Native playwright to visit Arlee

ARLEE — On Friday evening, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., nationally acclaimed Assiniboine playwright William S. Yellow Robe Jr. will return to the stage at the Hangin’ Art Gallery in downtown Arlee to read new and old works and spend some time interacting with the audience.  “It is great to be...

Aquatic center seeks donations for auction

POLSON — The following items or donations are needed for the upcoming auction and soup dinner on Nov. 10. It is important for us to minimize the cost of putting on the event to ensure all funds raised are put toward construction costs. Please let us know if you can help. Items needed: disposable sou...

Friends, family rally in support of coach battling cancer Friends, family rally in support of coach battling cancer

Les Rice has coached one St. Ignatius sport or another for the past 33 years. This season marks his 22nd straight year as the girls’ varsity basketball coach, but this year he’s facing his toughest challenge yet: cancer. Doctors discovered a tumor in Rice’s chest in July. Currently under...

Future voters get started early Future voters get started early

CHARLO — Sixth through 12th-grade students lined the interior of Charlo’s school library Friday, eagerly anticipating a mock voting session and cookies and juice boxes awarded to those who’d voted.  The election was organized by teachers and parents in an effort to create an authent...

Ronan haunted house scares Santa Ronan haunted house scares Santa

RONAN — Screaming, crying, blood, gore, fundraising and one frightened Santa Claus rounded out the horrifically wonderful environment at this year’s haunted house in Ronan.  Event organizers Shelly Cordis and Sharla Talsma have volunteered their time and money toward the cause for a combi...

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