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Board hears plan to handle mold in St. Ignatius administration building Board hears plan to handle mold in St. Ignatius administration building

MISSION — Administrators for the St. Ignatius School District will relocate to old high school office spaces this year, as the district searches for a solution to mold problems in its administration building.  At the Aug. 20 meeting, the school board approved the temporary relocation and authorized superintendent Bob Lewandowski to proceed with exploring the full extent of the damage caused by the mold.  Preliminary air samples and inspection of the building was completed by separate environmental, and structural contractors, after multiple reports of illness, according to Lewandowski.  “I’ve got to tell you the truth. Most days I leave here with a ...


New dean, teacher at Two Eagle River School

Two Eagle River School will begin the year with a new dean and teacher. Rollie Sullivan will be the dean of students and principal at Two Eagle River School. Sullivan is from Sidney and graduated from Fairview High School. He holds degrees from Northern Montana College and Montana State University.  ...

Charlo Elementary welcomes new teacher

Charlo School District has one new teacher. Bonnie Perry will teach kindergarten at Charlo Elementary. She was born and raised in the Mission Valley and recently moved back to the area after two years in Douglas, Wyo. She previously taught in Polson.  Perry is a graduate of Charlo High School and Sal...

Book program rolls on after vandals slash tires

Book program rolls on after vandals slash tires   ST. IGNATIUS — Vandals complicated the last weeks of the St. Ignatius Library’s summer reading program.  Three tires on the library’s Book Van were slashed, during town librarian Daniel Thompson’s vacation. The libra...

Polson kids head back to school

POLSON — Polson schools open Tuesday, Sept. 3, but all the schools will hold events this week to welcome kids and their families back to school.  • Cherry Valley Elementary School will hold an open house on Friday, Aug. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for parents  meet Cherry Valley tea...

Festival for Youth serves up chili and fun Festival for Youth serves up chili and fun

POLSON — When the whistle blew at 8 a.m. on Aug. 24, 15 groups of chefs began chopping, sautéing and stirring so their chili would be ready for judging and sampling at 11 a.m.  The cooks were all competing in the Rotary Festival for Youth’s chili cook-off at Riverside Park.   ...

Yellow jacket populations more aggressive this summer Yellow jacket populations more aggressive this summer

LAKE COUNTY — Late summer conditions normally trigger aggression in bees, yellow jackets, and hornets, but drought has exacerbated food supply shortages for the insects and caused an unusual jump in local pesticide sales.  “Usually people come in and buy a bottle (of spray). This year the...

Camp hosts improve camping experience Camp hosts improve camping experience

POLSON — “Good mornin’,” Dave Gray calls in a Louisiana drawl to a couple walking towards Flathead Lake. Gray works at Big Arm State Park, operated by the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Department, as a camp host.  Big Arm State Park has 41 campsites and three yurts, two l...

Daines visits Flathead Indian Reservation Daines visits Flathead Indian Reservation

PABLO — Montana Congressman Steve Daines stopped at Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal complex to meet with tribal leaders and Salish Kootenai College President Robert Depoe III on Aug. 23.  On hand were Vern Clairmont, CSKT financial director; Arlene Templer, Department of Human Resource ...

Ice Cream Station opens in Dixon Ice Cream Station opens in Dixon

DIXON – Dixon has more than once served as an example for media outlets writing about the challenges of living without immediate access to a grocery store stocked with food. The tiny map dot on the edge of Lake and Sanders counties is home to 235 people who have to drive more than 10 miles to the neare...

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