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Old potatoes tell vital story

News from Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana CHARLO — A recent acquisition now on display in the museum is a glass jar of potatoes canned in 1918. You may be asking if this has historic relevance. The answer is yes – on two counts. One, the sealing apparatus is one not commonly seen; and two, the story of the individuals associated with this jar of potatoes involves as many people in our valley as the number of spuds in a hill of potatoes. Let’s get the sealing apparatus out of the way first, so we can weave our story about the people. In an attempt to locate a name for the type of sealing apparatus on the jar, by searching the Internet, the fact that everything has a...

Cracking Up: Kids devise egg protection Cracking Up: Kids devise egg protection

POLSON — The subject: an egg. The task: decide how to protect the egg so when it’s dropped it won’t break. This fun activity for kids on July 3 was part of Fizz Boom Read, the summer reading program at the North Lake County Public Library.   Martel Memmer, youth services libra...

MVAC celebrates first anniversary MVAC celebrates first anniversary

POLSON — Soaking wet kids carried containers of water and manned the hose on the Mission Valley Aquatic Center’s lawn July 3, as adults visited in the shade of a myriad of colorful umbrellas. The MVAC was celebrating its one-year anniversary with an ice-cream social fundraiser. “This ...

Arlee tackles reading scores

ARLEE – Superintendent George Linthicum is looking for ways to increase the reading scores of students in the Arlee elementary school. “Last year we brought on a literacy coach to assist teachers to develop individual plans,” he said.  In the next school year, he wants to do more...

Quilts hot item at Amish school auction Quilts hot item at Amish school auction

ST. IGNATIUS – Quilts bring in hundreds of people to the Mission Valley Amish School Auction each year. Lorene Yoder watched auctioneers taking bids on the quilt she brought to the auction. “Can I get $1,000?” Auctioneer Orlie Troyer asked the crowd shaded under a tent facing her quilt. ...

Upward Bound kids improve middle school garden Upward Bound kids improve middle school garden

POLSON — New compost bins, a fruit and vegetable washing station, a reinforced fence and a refurbished greenhouse are a few of the improvements Upward Bound students have made at the Polson Middle School garden. Upward Bound is a federal program that provides opportunity for high school students to ...

Live History Days shows yesterday’s ways

POLSON — Bring the family for rides on trains, enjoy ice cream treats and chili dogs, catch a ride on one of at least three Army rigs — including a Jeep with a machine gun — then watch a sawmill in action. See the tennis ball cannon and many more vintage vehicles, motorcycles and museum exh...

Cherry Festival brings cherries, fun

POLSON — Dark red sweet cherries are ripening around Flathead Lake, just in time for the Flathead Cherry Festival held on July 18 and 19 in downtown Polson. On Saturday the festival goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Welcoming visitors and residents alike will be a new m...

Standing Arrow Powwow begins Thursday in Elmo

ELMO — For folks from out of the area and as a gentle reminder to locals, the third weekend in July the Kootenai nation hosts the Standing Arrow Powwow in Elmo. This year the powwow begins on July 17 with a new event called Strengthen My Nation Youth Day On July 17.  Pearl Yellowman, from Co...

Get crazy in Ronan with sales, golf, farmers market Get crazy in Ronan with sales, golf, farmers market

RONAN — There’s always a good reason to visit the ranching community of Ronan, whether it’s the Mission Mountain view, the scenic golf course, or the surprisingly great restaurants to choose from.  But this weekend, the town goes absolutely bonkers with the Crazy Days sales events o...


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