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Ronan Farmers Market sees growth spurt Ronan Farmers Market sees growth spurt

RONAN — For many residents, small farmers markets are an integral part of their lives and livelihoods. The opportunity to sell produce and other goods directly to customers allows producers to eliminate a costly middleman grocery or department store and facilitates growth within the community.  With this in mind, Ronan’s Coffee Mill owner Sheina Sager helped take over Ronan’s weekly Farmers Market last year, and it’s done nothing but grow and prosper ever since.  “It just keeps growing and getting bigger and bigger,” she said. “We’re hoping it gets big enough that we’ll be able to move out onto main street as well.”...


Arlee Celebration Powwow retains cultural heritage Arlee Celebration Powwow retains cultural heritage

ARLEE — With the 115th annual Arlee Celebration just around the corner, Chairman of the Celebration Committee Salisha Old Bull said an entire year of planning is about to come to fruition.  “We spend the whole year preparing for the celebration, and everyone on the committee is a voluntee...

Polson author tells childhood story in ‘The Fair Sombrero’ Polson author tells childhood story in ‘The Fair Sombrero’

POLSON — With a scary chase, a Brahma bull, 9-year-old best friends and their horses, Kalispell and the Northwest Montana Fair in the 1950s, “The Fair Sombrero” by Polson author Joye Ann Albert is a great story.  “It’s a true story, too,” Albert said, at a book sig...

Horse Sense: Participants excited to learn old ways in a new light Horse Sense: Participants excited to learn old ways in a new light

ST. IGNATIUS — The idea for Horse Progress Days was born when Marvin Troyer, a long-time horseman and wagon restoration expert, saw an abundance of horses in the Mission Valley not being used to their full potential.  With this in mind, Troyer created Horse Progress Days: an educational driving...

New names, products and jobs come to Polson New names, products and jobs come to Polson

POLSON — New businesses are cropping up all around Polson, some in repurposed buildings and some in buildings constructed specifically for them. Progress on the new Walmart Supercenter structure provided conversation in Polson for months.  It’s been a rocky road for the Walmart Superce...

Farmers Market thriving in Polson Farmers Market thriving in Polson

POLSON — Bright red and pink geraniums, quilts, loaves of homemade bread, pastries filled with fruit, fresh made doughnuts, early vegetables, flower, herb and vegetable plants, jewelry, soap ... browsers, buyers, sellers and children, even a man selling advice for 50 cents — Polson’s Farmer...

PoArtry event gathers poets, artists PoArtry event gathers poets, artists

POLSON — It may have been the first ever community poetry reading at Riverside Park.  After a shower swept through Polson on May 31, the skies cleared for the PoArtry In the Park event planned by Annabelle Smith and Sophie Sisler. The eighth graders are in Tamara Fisher’s gifted and ta...

Swimmers, visitors welcome at Mission Valley Aquatic Center pool Swimmers, visitors welcome at Mission Valley Aquatic Center pool

POLSON — The Mission Valley Aquatic Center’s pool is full, open for swimmers and approximately 82 degrees, quite a bit warmer than Flathead Lake. MVA officially opened on May 20, according to Tana Seeley, MVA project director, but the staff is easing into things with open swim from noon to 6 p...

Ronan graduates 59 seniors in emotional ceremony Ronan graduates 59 seniors in emotional ceremony

RONAN — With high spirits and overflowing emotions, Ronan High School graduated 59 seniors Friday night to a chorus of cheers, applause and tears.  In all, the seniors earned approximately $433,840 in college scholarships. After a tearful speech from Salutatorian Sarah Anderson and a conversely...

Nkwusm Salish Language Institute students graduate Nkwusm Salish Language Institute students graduate

ARLEE — The Arlee community held a powwow in honor of two Nkwusm Salish Language Institute graduates last weekend, celebrating their achievement with prayer, song, dance, food and drums. Graduates Mars Sandoval and Nicole Perry will attend Arlee High School in the fall, and while both said they were...

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