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Fairground improvements will require community support

RONAN – Since the first Lake County Fair was held in 1931, dedicated volunteers and donors have made the event possible and worked to build it a permanent home in Ronan. In the past year land acquisitions have doubled the size of the fairgrounds to eight acres. The expansion, coupled with improvements to the grandstands and installation of a permanent arena, led to inquiries from popular rodeo and livestock shows to consider using the grounds for events.  “The Montana State Horse Show would like to come here, but there’s nowhere to put the horses,” chairman of the Lake County fair board Sjaan Vincent said.  The Friends of the Lake County Fairgrounds a...


Lewis finishes trans-America walk with running Marine Lewis finishes trans-America walk with running Marine

VIRGINIA — More than three decades and 27 armed conflicts separate the dates Ronan resident Chuck Lewis and Alexandria, Va. resident Brendan O’Toole served the United States Marine Corps, but on Wednesday the two men had a chance meeting on a Virginia roadway that was part of final legs of separa...

How does your garden grow? How does your garden grow?

Ronan veteran Bob Bell, better known for his support of military through the Patriot Riders motorcycle group, has a garden. And not just any garden. It started with compost — large, decomposed piles of fresh-cut grass trimmings, leaves, wood chips and his secret ingredient: fish. Mack Days lak...

St. Ignatius children, Bavarian tourists enjoy powwow St. Ignatius children, Bavarian tourists enjoy powwow

MISSION – There was a transcontinental exchange of culture at St. Ignatius Elementary School Sept. 13, as children of the St. Ignatius Dance Troupe donned traditional outfits and held a powwow for students and tourists from Bavaria, Germany.  It’s an event the school tries to hold each ye...

Cable and Mills to wed Cable and Mills to wed

ST. IGNATIUS — Pat and Terry Cable of St. Ignatius are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kelsey Alvarsetta Cable to Galen Mills, son of Gary and Gail Mills of Powell, Wyo. Kelsey is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and Carroll College. Kelsey has degrees in both health scien...

Arlee couple celebrates platinum anniversary Arlee couple celebrates platinum anniversary

ARLEE – If you ask Harold and Vi Tanner the secret to a successful marriage, they have few words to impart, despite the recent celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary.  “It just worked out,” said Vi Tanner, who was 18 when she and Harold, who was 20 at the time, wed.  ...

Fort Connah volunteers keep history relevant Fort Connah volunteers keep history relevant

Surrounded by pelts, Phil Peck sits on a stoop knotting sisal, a very visual reminder that in the 19th century, if trappers and Indians needed to bundle hides, first they must create the rope. And that meant scouring for fiber from plants and cedar bark — no Ace Hardware, True Value or Home Depot in si...

Firefighters will never forget 9/11 Firefighters will never forget 9/11

POLSON — People remember where they were when the twin towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, just as older folks also can recall where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. To make sure no one forgets the day the United States was attacked and citizens killed, the Polson Fire Department chose to...

Smiles return as senior center receives wheels Smiles return as senior center receives wheels

ST. IGNATIUS – It was a sad day when the Senior Center lost their only transportation used to deliver meals for the Meals on Wheels program to aging people in need. Volunteer driver Patrick McGreevey decided to use his own truck to continue delivering those meals, but that still left the center without...

Struttin’ their stuff: Pups parade at Doggy Dash fundraiser Struttin’ their stuff: Pups parade at Doggy Dash fundraiser

POLSON — Every dog has a story, and many were shared at the Doggy Dash, a fundraiser held by the Mission Valley Animal Shelter board of directors on Sept. 7. For instance, Mercedes Marie, a liver and white parti-colored Cocker Spaniel, was found in Charlotte, N.C. at 10 months old. Her person, Sharo...

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