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Paddy Trusler reflects on 34-year career with Lake County Paddy Trusler reflects on 34-year career with Lake County

“I got my masters and Ph.D. from the school of hard knocks, the Lake County government,” County Commissioner Paddy Trusler said in his remarks about the state of Lake County during the Polson Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 5. “That’s true, too,” he agreed during an interview later. Although he received his “advanced degrees” working for Lake County, Trusler grew up and attended school in Polson. He graduated from Washington State with a microbiology degree and endorsements in environmental quality and sewage disposal. Before moving back to Polson, he served as an environmental engineer for the Montana State Board of Health, the precursor of th...

Polson woman spots wolves in her backyard Polson woman spots wolves in her backyard

POLSON — On Dec. 28, Joyce Norman was sitting with her legs draped over the arm of a favorite overstuffed chair when she noticed deer rushing through her yard. “Wow,” she thought, “the whole herd of them.” Following the 23 deer were a black wolf and a large gray wolf wearing ...

Deputy Duryee resigns from sheriff's office

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College student killed in Evaro wreck

EVARO — A three-vehicle crash around 3:25 p.m. Sunday on Evaro Hill claimed the life of a 21-year-old Plains woman and injured several others. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a Toyota Tundra was traveling north on U.S. Highway 93 when it drifted across the center line and side-swiped a ...

Information sought on WBC burglary

POLSON — On Dec. 30 at approximately 12:45 a.m., a burglary occurred at Western Building Center, 905 First St. E. in Polson. If you have any information in regard to this crime or any other crime, please call Lake County Crimestoppers at (406) 883-7309 or (406) 883-7277 for Det. Juan Maso at the Polson...

Boys and Girls Club worker honored as ‘professional of the year’ Boys and Girls Club worker honored as ‘professional of the year’

RONAN — The need for children to have positive teachers, leaders and role models in their lives is a constant that holds true across cultures, languages and time.  Finding people that represent those positive influences and are ready, willing and able to pass them on to children they are not re...

Local groceries roll out ‘Choose Local’ campaign Local groceries roll out ‘Choose Local’ campaign

RONAN — Ronan’s Harvest Foods began labeling locally produced food in October as part of a partnership with Mission Mountain Food Enterprises.  As the brain-child of the Five Valley Food and Agriculture Summit held in December of 2011, MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Shay Farmer said it h...

Fire destroys Finley Point home

POLSON — A vacation home on Finley Point was completely destroyed on Jan. 3. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. “Finley Point Fire Department hopped on the fire and protected the other structure,” said Karen Sargeant, public information officer for the Polson Volunteer ...

Ronan moves forward on library district Ronan moves forward on library district

RONAN — Several items were on the Ronan City Council’s agenda last week, including the possible creation of a new library district.  Board member Rosa Tougas was pleased to announce that the library had obtained the 620 signatures required to create a new library district. The new library...

The 'X' Men: Brothers bowl 300 in same night The 'X' Men: Brothers bowl 300 in same night

RONAN — Perfection is almost impossible to attain in life, as it implies the individual in question can reach no higher point — he is the very best at what he does and can never be beaten, only tied.  As perfection is so elusive, few activities offer it as a possibility.  Bowling ...

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