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Townsend woman judges Lake County Fair Townsend woman judges Lake County Fair

RONAN — Checking back fat on a market steer or quizzing a 4-H kid about the beef industry might not sound fun, but Virginia Knerr enjoys the activities. Knerr, the petite, redheaded Montana State University Extension Agent in Townsend, drove to Ronan and judged showmanship and market beef, hogs, lambs, goats and dairy for the Lake County Fair.  Knerr is a native Montanan, who grew up in south central Montana. A 4-H kid herself, Knerr raised and showed horses, beef, sheep and dairy. She was on the livestock judging team in college at Montana State University and became a MSU County Extension Agent. Now 25 years into the job, she still likes it. Knerr raises cattle and said h...

Even champions need a bath

RONAN — Big Red stood in the wash rack, enjoying the cool water of a late afternoon bath. Tyler Delaney washed the good-natured steer, who didn’t know or probably care that he was 4-H grand champion market beef.  “He’s a really good steer,” Delaney said, soaping the s...

City commission opens comment period on water, sewer

POLSON — On July 28 Polson City Commissioners passed a new resolution of intent to restructure and change rates for users of the City of Polson municipal water and sewer systems.  The resolution removed section 24, regarding charging snowbirds water and sewer fees, which was a hotly argued poin...

Local girl has her own Harley Local girl has her own Harley

RONAN — “He was kind of rowdy in the steer show,” Megan Evelo said.  Megan, 10, was talking about Harley, her 4-H market beef project.  A mini Hereford steer, Harley and Megan have been buds since November of 2013. Megan is 10, and she’s barely taller than Harley, her ...

Summerfest combines car show, art, more

POLSON — Anderson Radio Broadcasting organized a new summer event called Summerfest that will embrace the previous car show and other events during the Sandpiper Art Festival weekend, Aug. 8 and 9. The community-wide celebration of summer will offer several activities, events and opportunities, and ...

Man appeals DUI sentence to Montana Supreme Court

HELENA – A habitual drinking and driving offender from Lake County appealed to the Montana Supreme Court on Aug. 1 claiming 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 conviction of DU...

Best blooming residence, business winners chosen Best blooming residence, business winners chosen

POLSON — Lipstick-colored roses, blooming annuals, mounds of perennials and ornamental trees are only a few of the flowering plants and trees that judges for the Polson in Bloom contest had to compare. Then they had to pick winners and two runners-up. The Beautification Committee of Envision Polson,...

Bucket biology causing problems in local water bodies

POLSON — State and tribal wildlife officials have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and coordinated extensive education efforts to try to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species, but new human-introduced species are still making their way into local water bodies. Authorities say the new sp...

Auto enthusiasts showcase beauties Auto enthusiasts showcase beauties

RONAN — More than 30 cars faced off Saturday on the Community Bank lawn for the Ronan Pioneer Days annual car show.  A red and white mini-me toy car held its own against a matching 1955 Crown Victoria owned by Marvin and Marie Taber of Whitefish. A similar-colored cherry red ’57 Thunde...

Two maids a-milking, seven girls a-sewing Two maids a-milking, seven girls a-sewing

RONAN – The beef cattle, sheep, goats and swine formed long, twisting lines that took hours to judge last week at the Lake County fair, but tucked into the schedule were some events that are holding on to existence with only a few competitors.  Sierra Hutchin of Charlo competed with her diary c...


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