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Ronan woman makes life-saving investment Ronan woman makes life-saving investment

RONAN — According to Mission Valley resident Jane Winkley, women living in rural Montana often have a difficult time gaining access to preventative medical care like ultrasounds and mammograms. Some live nearly 250 miles from the nearest hospital and simply do not have the means to travel the distance required to gain access to these life-saving procedures. Instead, they simply go without and hope for the best. “These women have to travel 250 miles for a mammogram, 250 miles home and then wait a week for the results. If there’s a problem, they have to go somewhere else to have it taken care of,” she said.  Worse, many of the small town hospitals where thes...


Christmas play lives up to its name Christmas play lives up to its name

Think of every rotten kid you knew in school:  the tripper, the booger-flicker, the slugger or the bully.  The Herdmans are all those kids rolled into one nasty family. They are characters in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” playing this weekend at the John Dowdall Theatre. It&r...

Share the Spirit makes Christmas brighter Share the Spirit makes Christmas brighter

A little girl, about 4 years old, came into Share the Spirit with her mother several years ago. The child wandered into the toy room, and she was “in total awe of a whole box of crayons, not just one or two, but an entire box of colors, which she had never seen before,” remembered Toni Krebsbach ...

Clean-up makes happy neighbors Clean-up makes happy neighbors

POLSON — With Christmas coming soon, community members are putting up lights and decorations and thinking about shopping.  Even though holiday cheer is making people smile more, Polson Police Chief Wade Nash has had several complaints about parked vehicles full of garbage or garbage piled in fr...

Local artists to demonstrate techniques

POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery, 306 Main St., will extend its hours to participate in the Polson Art Walk on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5-7 p.m. and again on Dec. 8 from 10-5 p.m. In addition to the many exquisite items for sale in the gallery and gift shop, Sandpiper members will offer hands-on demonstratio...

St. Ignatius starts holiday right St. Ignatius starts holiday right

ST. IGNATIUS — What do face-painting, cake-walking, Santa Claus, a shuffleboard, basketball, a bean bag toss and toys for every good girl and boy in Mission have in common?  They were all present at the annual St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Carnival last Saturday. An all-day...

Friends gather in Ronan for free community Thanksgiving dinner Friends gather in Ronan for free community Thanksgiving dinner

Nearly 25 volunteers showed up to help make the free annual Ronan Community Thanksgiving dinner as warm and comfortable as a family gathering. It also took 22 turkeys and 35 pies to feed more than 400 people, and when guests were stuffed, only three pies and a trace of turkey remained. “I think e...

Zion Lutheran Church expands Zion Lutheran Church expands

ST. IGNATIUS — Standing before a packed house Sunday in the center of Zion Lutheran Church’s new addition, Reverend Kyle T. Whaley was all smiles while gazing over the product of more than five months’ hard work and perseverance.  The new parish hall, built right up to the existing ...

Arlee teen charged with deliberate homicide

ARLEE — Nathan Butler, a 16-year-old Arlee resident, has been charged in Lake County District Court in the stabbing death of his 51-year-old stepfather and with injuring his mother and another man Nov. 12. Butler is charged with deliberate homicide, attempted deliberate homicide, and assault with a ...

Holiday shopping in full swing Holiday shopping in full swing

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, the days following Thanksgiving, have become the year’s biggest shopping days and a jumpstart for the holiday season for retailers.  Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was a heavy shopping day for Americans. Nationwide, a quarter of...

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