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Polson forensic students compete at Corvallis Polson forensic students compete at Corvallis

POLSON — Polson High School speech, debate and drama competitors traveled to Corvallis for a two-day meet on Dec. 14 and 15.  Head speech coach Jon Petersen said the meet was large, with several AA schools and B schools attending as well as the Class A schools.  Four PHS students placed in their events. Camila Graf took first place in Pantomime. Pantomime performers may use music and movement, but they are not allowed to speak during their piece. They use hand gestures, eyes and body language to silently act out a scene. Sharidan Russell entered two events. She earned second place in Impromptu Speaking and fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking.  Krysta Sevi...


Community ensures Christmas for Julie Berry’s kids Community ensures Christmas for Julie Berry’s kids

POLSON — Several local residents awaited the Berry family inside Betty’s Diner in Polson last Saturday afternoon. Julie Berry is a cancer survivor, a single mother with four children and the former executive director of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County Coalition for Kids for 11 years.&nbs...

Scouts, volunteers collect a ton of food Scouts, volunteers collect a ton of food

POLSON — A mountain of canned goods and non-perishable items, more than a ton of food appeared at the Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, all thanks to the Boy Scout Troop 1945 from the Church of Latter Day Saints.  On Dec. 3, Scout Master Tara Carvey and scouts left plastic grocery bags wishin...

St. Ignatius students help others through craft, wreath sales St. Ignatius students help others through craft, wreath sales

Laughter and joy erupted in Walmart aisles Friday morning as dozens of St. Ignatius Middle School students sprinted through the store, snatching holiday gifts off of shelves and radiating holiday cheer. A common scene to the untrained eye, one might simply think the kids were shopping for themselves. In r...

Brief lockdown of Arlee schools ends safely

ARLEE — Arlee schools shut down briefly Monday morning while 37-year-old Arlee resident Peter Woken threatened suicide three blocks from the school. According to a press release, Lake County Dispatch received a call regarding a suicidal male with a gun in a private residence on McMurtrie St...

UPDATED: Body found in Ronan victim of hit-and-run UPDATED: Body found in Ronan victim of hit-and-run

RONAN — Local law enforcement are investigating the death of a 62-year-old man who was apparently killed by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday evening near the Valley Club bar on Third Avenue. According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Count...

Art walk draws shoppers downtown Art walk draws shoppers downtown

Christmas lights and music from the Great Scots bagpipers made Main Street in Polson more festive on Dec. 7 for the downtown business community’s annual art walk. Artist Matt Holmes had his kiln fired up to 1,000 degrees. Holmes and wife Heather were producing horsehair pottery in front of the Sandp...

Questions remain in Dixon killing

DIXON — Beloved community member Doug Morigeau was killed and his wife seriously injured during a grisly home invasion last Thursday.  According to a press release, Sanders County Sheriff’s Deputies, Tribal Law and Order and Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call for...

Community rallies around cancer patient Community rallies around cancer patient

POLSON — Several local businesses and community members attended a benefit at the Big Sky Bistro in Polson Dec. 5 in support of Julie Berry, a long-time resident and cancer survivor. The event was well-attended by Polson residents as local band “The Singing Sons of Beaches” belted out hu...

Montana traffic fatalities on the rise

MISSION VALLEY — According to the Montana Highway Patrol’s annual report for 2011, four people died as a result of vehicle accidents in Lake County last year. As this was the lowest number of deaths in the county since 1958, the low figures were a cause for celebration.  However, recent d...

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