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Quilters raffle quilt for canine officer’s vest

POLSON — Brody, Polson Police Department’s new canine officer, has a new safety vest, bulletproof and stab proof; and Rich Rimley has a beautiful new quilt.  A Stitch in Time, a Mission Bay quilting group, sewed a quilt made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics to raffle off for a vest for Brody, a 4-year-old yellow lab. Rimley’s name was drawn on New Year’s Eve at the sky lantern event below Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  Claudette Beckendorf, member of the quilters, said the raffle raised enough to pay for the vest, plus an extra $200 for training or other expenses for Brody. She said the community really got behind the effort for a vest, and ...

Local men die in snowmobile accident

 SEELEY LAKE — Two local men died in a snowmobiling trip gone awry over the weekend.  Derek Flesch, 25 of Pablo and Kurt Starkel, 28 of Belgrade left a Seeley Lake restaurant Friday night on snowmobiles with three others and headed south on the frozen lake in a linear pattern, according to...

Residents perform original play Residents perform original play

Pageants aren’t just for schoolchildren. The day before Christmas Eve, residents of Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center performed a musical play written just for them by physical therapist Kathleen Sweeney. “I like to have a creative outlet, and this seemed the perfect activity for the ...

Irrigation commissioners delay compact resolution vote Irrigation commissioners delay compact resolution vote

ST. IGNATIUS — Flathead Joint Board of Control members tabled a resolution of non-support for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact on Dec. 23, because commissioners could not agree on final language for the document.  The board agreed to finalize the language later in the week. Co...

Longtime swim coach trains for winter open water events Longtime swim coach trains for winter open water events

Take a cold shower. The benefits go far beyond the cliché — improved circulation, learning not to hyperventilate, but most importantly training the brain to accept discomfort as a necessary tool for improvement. It’s also solid advice for those wanting to train for open water winter ...

Should I bundle my child up or not? Should I bundle my child up or not?

News from the Lake County Health Department   POLSON — We see it all the time, especially lately when it’s very cold outside. Children are bundled up in bulky clothing and then buckled into their car seat. It makes sense, and it’s natural to want to keep them as warm as possible,...

Long-eared owl numbers down Long-eared owl numbers down

POLSON — Owl expert Denver Holt entertained and informed Mission Valley Audubon Club members at their meeting on Dec. 11, sharing with audience members various observations he and his team have made about the creatures over the years. Holt, who started the Owl Research Institute in the Ninepipe area...

Students of the month Students of the month


ARLEE — The Arlee Senior Citizens Center will hold their general annual meeting on Jan. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m. during the Second Saturday Evening Dinner. There will be reports to the membership by officers and members of the Board of Directors, including a financial report for the year and discussion abou...


POLSON — I just had all four wisdom teeth removed two weeks ago and at this writing everything went well. The worst part was filling out three pages of medical information. I was not a happy camper. Of course, contributing greatly to that was the fasting. Not to mention the withdrawal from chewing toba...

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