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Locals bake cherry pies for cherry festival Locals bake cherry pies for cherry festival

POLSON — For pie lovers, it was a heavenly sight — an assembly line for cherry pies. The ladies from the Montecahto Club on Flathead Lake’s east shore were making pies in the basement of the Lake City Bakery on July 17 and 18 so they’d be fresh for the Flathead Cherry Festival on July 20 and 21. And they were having fun, too, laughing and talking as talented hands pat pie dough and wield rolling pins. The Montecahto women cooked huge pots of cherry filling in the kitchen at Soup’s On.  “It’s called Sweetart,” Montecahto president Myrna Ducharme explained, since the filling is a mixture of sweet and sour Flathead cherries, suga...


Mission Mountain Quilters hold quilt show

RONAN — “A Quilter’s Garden” is the theme for the 21st annual Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Show held on Aug. 1 to 3.  Held at the K. William Harvey Elementary School gym, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 2 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 3. Visi...

4-H kids compete for herdsmanship awards

RONAN — 4-H kids will be bringing their steers, breeding stock, goats, sheep and swine plus tack boxes, water buckets, brushes and show halters to the Lake County Fair on July 30.   To honor kids who take especially good care of their larger animals and keep the barns clean, the Northwest Count...

Lake County Fair underway, Pioneer Days joins up this weekend

RONAN — The Lake County Fair is underway with 4-H participants showing animals and anticipating Thursday’s market sale, which begins at 7 p.m. A buyer’s recognition dinner precedes the sale at 5:30 p.m. Showmanship and judging continues through Sunday. On Wednesday, Swine take the stage ...

Fire near Arlee grows, community meeting scheduled

ARLEE — Fire officials will update community members on the Firestone Flats wildfire during a public meeting at 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, July 29 at the Arlee High School. According to CSKT spokeswoman Cara Cooley, the wildfire that started at approximately 2 p.m. in the Jocko Canyon on Saturday ...

Cherries take center stage at festival Cherries take center stage at festival

Daniel Wisekittel was on a mission. Intently puckering his lips, he gathered all the breath he could muster and launched the cherry pit a full 16 feet.  Not bad for a rookie. The Wisekittel family came all the way from New Richmond, Ohio to attend the Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival on...

Fly-In celebrates 10th anniversary Fly-In celebrates 10th anniversary

ST. IGNATIUS – Sisters Ann Deister and Jinnie Streamer checked flying in a small airplane over the Mission Mountains off their list of things to do this summer during the annual Fly-In. The sisters, both in their seventies, are getting in as much fun as they can. “We went white water rafting o...

Former Ronan police chief to appeal ruling

RONAN — Former Ronan police chief Dan Wadsworth said he intends to appeal a July 16 decision that effectively bars him from serving as a police officer for the next 15 years. The decision, handed down by Montana’s Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council, alleges Wadsworth falsified c...

Standing Arrow Powwow draws crowds to Elmo Standing Arrow Powwow draws crowds to Elmo

ELMO — At least quadrupling the population of Elmo, the Standing Arrow Powwow drew dancers and drummers from all over the west and even some from the midwest. The powwow is traditionally the third weekend in July. This year’s head man dancer and head woman dancer were Guy Fox of Spokane, Wash....

Music on the chopping block Music on the chopping block

ARLEE – Community members like Dawn Mollica objected to the school board’s decision not to hire an elementary music teacher to fill the currently vacant position. “I can’t stress enough the importance of creativity in the lives of students,” she said. “This is a short s...

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