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Early birds get the ball Early birds get the ball

ST IGNATIUS – Before many children are out of bed, a group of elementary kids are putting time in at the gym.  “I’m always an early bird when this program is up,” said Erich Morigeau, 9. The three month program is directed by Marc Cutler, the school’s physical education teacher. Cutler opens the gym doors at 7:30 a.m. as third to fifth graders filter in for 30 minutes of activity before school starts. “They play organized games that they choose like dodge ball, soccer and basketball,” Cutler said. The program is part of a Billings-based club giving grants to schools to help get kids active.  “We are part of the Big Sky...


Farm to School video released Farm to School video released

News from Lake County Community Development Corporation RONAN – Lake County Community Development Corporation and Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center are happy to announce the release of a short documentary video about farm to school and its positive economic effects in western Montana. Through ...

‘Woodsong’ reading project connects readers with Iditarod ‘Woodsong’ reading  project  connects  readers with Iditarod

News from Polson Middle School POLSON — Polson Middle School’s reading time has gone to the dogs, literally. As part of the One Book, One Community program, students in grades five through eight are reading popular author Gary Paulsen’s Woodsong, a memoir about his experiences raising...

Science exhibit visits Ronan Science exhibit visits Ronan

RONAN – The hovercraft that scooted a few millimeters off the ground while carrying K. William Harvey Elementary students last Thursday wasn’t quite of the same caliber as Marty McFly’s famous on-screen flying skateboard, but that didn’t stop shouts of “my turn, my turn” f...

Emergency services collaborate in drunken driving reenactment Emergency services collaborate in drunken driving reenactment

The memorial slideshow for Ronan High School Principal Kevin Kenelty was short and poignant. The ending echo of a solemn Jason Aldean song blended with a chorus of sniffles and smattering of applause as the high school students sat rapt, staring at the coffin on the stage. Then Lake County Sheriff’s...

Charlo school board refuses to budge on bargaining agreements

CHARLO – Last week school board trustees held fast to collective bargaining agreements and refused to grant raises to two long-time Charlo bus drivers who have been paid entry level wages since August. The board also denied a request for a $25,000 retirement bonus made by a 70-year-old teacher because ...

Buddhist retreat developers pursue separate zoning district Buddhist retreat developers pursue separate zoning district

LAKE COUNTY — On March 12 the Lake County Planning Board tentatively approved the creation of a separate zoning district to accommodate the construction of a Buddhist retreat center along the western border of Lake County. The board suggested amendments to the developer’s proposed regulations ...

Arraignment delayed for hammer attacker Arraignment delayed for hammer attacker

POLSON — A case of mistaken identity erupted into violence March 5 as Polson resident Desmond Mackay, 35, allegedly attacked his father-in-law and brother-in-law with a framing hammer, according to court documents.  John Barrows, 67, the father-in-law, was critically injured, flown to Kalispell...

Man switches plea in police chief dog attack Man switches plea in police chief dog attack

ST. IGNATIUS – Last week, the owner of a pitbull that attacked the St. Ignatius police chief pled guilty to charges of having two unlicensed dogs and one dog at large, but withdrew a guilty plea for owning a vicious dog after he learned it meant euthanasia might be in order for the animal. The owner...

25th St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls through Ronan 25th St. Patrick’s Day Parade rolls through Ronan

RONAN – There wasn’t a pot of gold at the end of Ronan’s arch, but that didn’t stop leprechauns and green-clad citizens from coming out in full force to trot down Main Street in the 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “We’ve got a good line-up,” Jennifer R...

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