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Library gives fourth graders a Valentine’s Day surprise Library gives fourth graders a Valentine’s Day surprise

PABLO – Cookies and heart-shaped candies are the predictable gifts elementary students receive on Valentine’s Day. The fourth-grade classes of both Mrs. Buck and Ms. Fisher at Pablo Elementary School received something more than the normal Valentine’s Day fanfare on Thursday.   Each of the more than two dozen students received a book from the program called “Book A Valentine” created by the Ronan Public Library. “When I was a child, I remember how cool it was to have flowers or a box of candy delivered to me on Valentine’s Day.  It really made me feel special,” said Ronan library director Michelle Fenger. “That fe...


Chocolate auction supports youth programs Chocolate auction supports youth programs

ARLEE – Auctioneer JR Strand had never seen a three-way tie for the top honor at the Arlee Chocolate Lover’s Festival, but he did this year after attendees tasted 10 dishes and voted to select the crowd favorite on Feb. 13. This was 15th time the annual event was held by the Arlee Community De...

High school musician attends elite music festival High school musician attends elite music festival

POLSON – Joe Martinez is a freshman from Polson, and his talent as a trumpet player has earned him the opportunity to perform among the best high school musicians in the northwest region of the country.  Based on audition tapes, Martinez was selected to be part of the National Association for M...

Pink Dress photography exhibit features work of student artists Pink Dress photography exhibit features work of student artists

PABLO – A new photography exhibit adds a splash of pink tulle to the offerings at the People’s Center. The Pink Dress photography project will be on display at the center for at least two months. Two Eagle River School photographers and other photography students from four cities around North ...

St. Ignatius seniors for Feb. 20, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — On the planet Mercury a day lasts 1,408 hours … just like every Monday on Earth. An AARP tax aide will be at the Ronan Senior Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Call 676-2371 to make your appointment. The quilters are in the center on Mondays from 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m...

Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight

RONAN – Dr. Jim Ofstad’s career as an optometrist in Ronan changed drastically since he started seeing patients in 1972.  When he retired from Ronan Eye Clinic in December he was seeing patients in a large building that he designed himself, working with a broad team and seeing patients fr...

Polson seniors for Feb. 20, 2019

POLSON — If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is  stop diggin’. The second thing to do is get yourself in here to see one of our tax preparers who are here every Monday and Thursday. Call 406-883-4735 for an appointment Next year will bring even more changes to Medicar...

Valentines Day celebrated with books Valentines Day celebrated with books

The Ronan Library is trying something new on Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the library will host a “Book A Valentine” open house from 12 to 5 p.m. People can stop by, have a snack and purchase books to empower our youth through reading. The main goal is to raise enough money selli...

Bone-chillin' fun Bone-chillin' fun

HOT SPRINGS – Despite temperatures hovering just slightly above zero degrees, shivering spectators lined Main Street on Saturday to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a community parade. Organizers estimated a crowd of 200 chilled celebrators who turned out to welcome in the Year of the Pig. &ldquo...

Arlee Food Sovereignty Committee hires first part-time employee

ARLEE – Supporting a local food system and promoting healthy eating habits will be Jenny Fowler’s focus in her new position. She will serve as the Arlee Community Development Corporation’s new food sovereignty associate. The Arlee CDC facilitates projects “deemed to be beneficial s...

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