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Secure in the Saddle Secure in the Saddle

In some ways Mission Valley’s new horse trainer is a young man just trying to get his start in the business. In other ways he’s been preparing for the job for his entire life.  “I could ride before I could walk,” 20-year-old cowboy Dusty Morigeau said. “There’s just something great about being able to say that.”  Morigeau grew up in Dixon and watched his grandfather and father work with horses. It is a family affair. His great-grandfather and great-great grandfather were both horse trainers, and as far back as Morigeau can remember, he wanted to follow in their footsteps. He participated in the kiddie rodeos around Dixon and Mission ...


Run, swim, bike Run, swim, bike

POLSON – Athletes from far and wide poured into Polson Aug. 16 to compete in Polson’s third annual triathlon. In the three-sport event, participants competed in teams or in the men’s and women’s divisions combining a 1.5k swim, 40k bike ride, and a 10k run with the race start, swim, a...

Seepay Fire expected to burn for weeks

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Fire officials on Tuesday presented a long-term fire plan to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council for management of the lightning-caused Seepay Fire which had grown to 1,050 acres. The plan anticipated the fire burning until a major weather event ends fire seaso...

Sidelined Ronan officer status off table for discussion

RONAN – Mayor Kim Aipperspach and Ronan City Council members said last week that they could not publicly discuss the work status of Ronan Police Officer John Mitchell, who has not returned to work since he was cleared by a doctor to perform light duties.  Community members and city staff have a...

Drunken driver will remain imprisoned Drunken driver will remain imprisoned

HELENA – The Montana Supreme Court on Aug. 13 denied the appeal of a habitual drinking and driving offender from Lake County who claimed he was illegally sentenced.  Dillard Cody Miller, 68, is currently serving a 10-year sentence in the Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby for a felony con...

Proposed Polson zoning changes need public input Proposed Polson zoning changes need public input

POLSON — Residents are encouraged to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in City Council Chambers to ask questions and offer suggestions regarding proposed development code changes for Polson and nearby county areas. The City-County Planning board has been reworking the current Polson Devel...

New athletic director takes Ronan reins

RONAN – As Ronan’s sports teams gear up for their first practices and students prepare for a new year in their high school careers, new Athletic Director Courtney Fisher is preparing for a new chapter as well, moving from teacher and coach to overseeing all. “I’m really excited,&rd...

Internet safety, network access new for 2014-15

by St. Ignatius Schools Superintendent Robert “Bob” Lewandowski  Technology offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and staff members of St. Ignatius School District No. 28. The district’s goal in providing this service to staff and students is to promote educati...

New principal to lead Pablo Elementary New principal to lead Pablo Elementary

RONAN — After 10 years under the direction of Frank Ciez, Pablo Elementary will have a new principal this school year.  Former Ronan High Vice School Principal Ryan Fisher will be at the helm in Pablo, 22 years after he graduated high school from the district.  “It’s a privi...

Ronan elementary, middle schools offer free meals

RONAN — School lunches will be free at three Ronan schools this year, as the district partners with a federal program meant to reduce hunger in low income communities.  Ronan Food Services Coordinator Marsha Wartick said she hopes the program will keep kids from going hungry, result in monetary...

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