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Hit-and-run victim identified Hit-and-run victim identified

RONAN — County officials have identified the victim of a Dec. 11 hit-and-run in Ronan as 63-year-old Robert E. Vanguten.  According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County 911 received a report of an unresponsive adult male lying in the parking lot a Ronan tavern around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night.  Law enforcement personnel from the Ronan Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Flathead Tribal Police and the Lake County Coroner responded shortly after. Ronan Ambulance transported Robert E Vanguten, to St. Luke Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin ...


Accused killer Butler's transfer hearing postponed

ARLEE — Nathan Butler’s court date has been moved to allow the defendant’s attorneys more time to gather information on the case.  Butler, a 16-year-old Arlee resident, was charged in Lake County District Court with the stabbing death of his 51-year-old stepfather and with injuring ...

Ronan seeks to reclassify Spring Creek Ronan seeks to reclassify Spring Creek

RONAN — Several important items were up for discussion during last week’s city council meeting in Ronan.  City Attorney James Raymond asked the council to approve a new FEMA digital floodplain map resolution. The resolution would essentially convert Ronan’s floodplain map to a digit...

Shepherd’s Table builds community through food Shepherd’s Table builds community through food

RONAN — Nearly 100 friends, families and community members gathered at the Ronan Senior Center Tuesday night, Dec. 11 for good food, good music and a difficult to explain sense of community and camaraderie. Considering that the event takes place every Tuesday night, the atmosphere at the Shepherd&rs...

Lanterns, luminarias light peaceful night Lanterns, luminarias light peaceful night

POLSON — Cherry Valley students and staff celebrated a night of peace in the season of giving on Dec. 13.  Principal Elaine Meeks said it was a new idea for a holiday program, and the students loved it. As well as making ornaments for the tree, students and their families fashioned luminarias w...

Polson forensic students compete at Corvallis Polson forensic students compete at Corvallis

POLSON — Polson High School speech, debate and drama competitors traveled to Corvallis for a two-day meet on Dec. 14 and 15.  Head speech coach Jon Petersen said the meet was large, with several AA schools and B schools attending as well as the Class A schools.  Four PHS students placed...

Community ensures Christmas for Julie Berry’s kids Community ensures Christmas for Julie Berry’s kids

POLSON — Several local residents awaited the Berry family inside Betty’s Diner in Polson last Saturday afternoon. Julie Berry is a cancer survivor, a single mother with four children and the former executive director of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County Coalition for Kids for 11 years.&nbs...

Scouts, volunteers collect a ton of food Scouts, volunteers collect a ton of food

POLSON — A mountain of canned goods and non-perishable items, more than a ton of food appeared at the Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, all thanks to the Boy Scout Troop 1945 from the Church of Latter Day Saints.  On Dec. 3, Scout Master Tara Carvey and scouts left plastic grocery bags wishin...

St. Ignatius students help others through craft, wreath sales St. Ignatius students help others through craft, wreath sales

Laughter and joy erupted in Walmart aisles Friday morning as dozens of St. Ignatius Middle School students sprinted through the store, snatching holiday gifts off of shelves and radiating holiday cheer. A common scene to the untrained eye, one might simply think the kids were shopping for themselves. In r...

Brief lockdown of Arlee schools ends safely

ARLEE — Arlee schools shut down briefly Monday morning while 37-year-old Arlee resident Peter Woken threatened suicide three blocks from the school. According to a press release, Lake County Dispatch received a call regarding a suicidal male with a gun in a private residence on McMurtrie St...

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