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Mack Days draws 510 anglers, entries taken until end

The first weekend of the 2013 spring Mack Days fishing event ended with a total of 2,227 lake trout entered in the event, which is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  Friday was the best day for fishing during the first weekend. Anglers turned in 1,227 lake trout entries, which was a great first day for the event. Saturday the winds began, and fishing was tougher, with 822 lake trout entries. Blustery winds with chilling temperatures made the fishing on Sunday extremely challenging. A total of 178 entries were turned in on Sunday. The wind and waves continued throughout the day.  Mack Days ends May 19...


Ronan goes green for St. Patrick’s Day Ronan goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

RONAN — Ronan embraced Irish culture this weekend as an annual St. Patrick’s Day parade marched through the city’s spectator-lined downtown.  In stark contrast to last week, temperatures hovered around 30 degrees Fahrenheit; the wind howled and snow fell. Not letting the dreary weat...

Recovering housing market boosts local economy Recovering housing market boosts local economy

RONAN — Prior to the recession, the housing market in Western Montana was a powerful economic force in the region.  More than the simply buying and selling property, construction of new buildings and homes, permits, applications and additions built onto existing structures as well as new home-b...

POE offers rentals, lawn and garden items POE offers rentals, lawn and garden items

POLSON — Spring is coming, and Polson Outdoor Equipment can help almost everybody get ready.  An offshoot of Western Building Supply and a brand new business, POE is located in the old Midway Rental building. The building sports new siding on the front, fresh paint and a clean, new look inside....

Calving season means green grass is coming Calving season means green grass is coming

With spring on its way, hands are starting to itch to weed, plant and dig. The winter has been mild, and grass is starting to green up. It’s March, though, and unpredictable weather “comes in like a lion, out like a lamb,” or vice versa. Weather is an important factor for ranchers and farme...

Junior gardener program yields tasty harvest Junior gardener program yields tasty harvest

MISSION VALLEY — Many Flathead Reservation students are learning the value of a hard day’s work and the pride that comes along with it through the Flathead Reservation Extension Office’s Junior Master Gardener Program.  The program is based around a Texas A&M University curricul...

School board canvasses votes

POLSON — In a quick meeting on March 11, the Polson School Board of Trustees canvassed the Polson High School bond vote. Although only 39 percent of the registered voters cast ballots, the bond passed with 2,002 people voting for the bond and 1,059 voting no. The board also approved out-of-state tra...

Suspect charged in Polson stabbing death Suspect charged in Polson stabbing death

POLSON — Bond was set at $1 million for Makueeyapee Whitford, 32, a Browning man accused of murdering 26-year-old Polson resident John Pierre last week. Whitford, whose address is listed as 2012 N. Detox, Browning, is charged with deliberate homicide, a felony, in the stabbing death of John Pierr...

Local hero’s new ride returns lost freedom Local hero’s new ride returns lost freedom

RONAN — Marine Lance Cpl. Tomy Parker’s platoon was returning from combat patrol in Afghanistan when Parker lived every soldier’s worst nightmare.  An improvised explosive device placed by insurgents exploded beneath him in Dec. 2010. His left leg was amputated at the hip and his ri...

Ronan council seeks to move forward with MREC Ronan council seeks to move forward with MREC

RONAN - Council members had much to discuss during last week's Ronan City Council meeting.  Public Works Director Dan Miller nominated Sherrie McBurney, Ray Aylesworth and Robin Nelson to serve three-year terms and Kevin Kirsch to serve a one-year term on the city's board of adjustments.  Mil...

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