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When John Fay was in high school, he decided college was not for him. He also wanted to see more of the world besides Ronan, so he was interested when the military recruiter came to his high school. His dad and other relatives had been in the Navy. His dad said, in the Navy, you get three meals and a dry bed every day, but in the Army, you never know what you will get. In November of 1986, while still a senior in high school, John joined the Navy. John went to Orlando, Florida, in August of 1987 for boot camp. He remembers that the weather was “hot” for a Montana boy. For eight weeks, he learned “the Navy way.” It was an intimidating experience, including marching...


St. Ignatius seniors for Aug. 21, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — An Apple a day keeps anyone away … if you throw it hard enough. We will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 4, serving dinner at 5:30 p.m. Our nail clinic will take place at the center on Friday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. Pl...

Polson Seniors for Aug. 21, 2019

POLSON — Stuck between, “I need to save money,” and “You only live once.” The exercise group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Anyone is welcome to join.  Tuesdays and Fridays there is a bridge group that meets at 12:30 p.m. On Wednesdays there i...

Submarines probe depths of Flathead Lake Submarines probe depths of Flathead Lake

In a small two-man submarine, David Colombo took a 200-foot evening dive below the surface of Flathead Lake. “I saw millions of Mysis shrimp. It was like a blizzard in front of the lights,” he said. Colombo was part of a crew from Innerspace Science aiding researchers at the Flathead Lake Biol...

Lake County deputy comes home to recover from accident

RONAN – Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan White was hospitalized after receiving burns to his face and hands when a carburetor exploded in his face on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “He is home and under care, but it’s going to be a while before he is back to work,” Lake County Sheriff D...

City approves payment to wastewater plant engineers

POLSON – Members of the commission voted in favor of paying $67,446 to DOWL-HKM Engineering, which is the firm overseeing construction on the town’s new wastewater treatment plant.  Initial plans expected the project’s completion to be in October of 2018. DOWL has incurred extra exp...

St. Ignatius council member resigns

ST. IGNATIUS – One of the seats on the St. Ignatius City Council was empty during the Tuesday, Aug. 6, meeting. Annie Morigeau resigned from her position after she was charged with felony theft and forgery involving the St. Ignatius Fire Department’s auxiliary program. Annie sent a letter to M...

Art fills courthouse lawn during Sandpiper Art Festival Art fills courthouse lawn during Sandpiper Art Festival

POLSON – Last Saturday marked the 48th year the Sandpiper Art Festival transformed the quiet oasis of shade trees and open space of the Lake County Courthouse lawn into a one-day bustling marketplace for original fine art and hand-made crafts. Polson artisan Kristy Humble joined more than 40 artist ...

Local schools get infrastructure improvements Local schools get infrastructure improvements

LAKE COUNTY – While the kids are on summer vacation, local schools have been bustling with projects to improve school infrastructure. Ronan students can look forward to a freshly paved high school parking lot and a new floor in the Pablo Elementary School gym. Most of the lighting in the school dist...

Block party to stock Mission Valley food pantry

ST. IGNATIUS – There will be fun for the whole family and an opportunity to support the community at the second annual back to school block party. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Mission Valley Food Pantry.  “It brings everyone together. The kids got so excited to be able to ...

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