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Students help Red Cross collect blood Students help Red Cross collect blood

ARLEE – Blood drives often happen all over the valley to help hospitals in their efforts to save lives, and the Arlee High School’s National Honor Society hosted one on March 24. “You can’t manufacture blood,” said Julie Kieckbusch Jones of the American Red Cross. “We get it from generous donors. We need to collect 700 pints in a week in Montana. The blood only lasts for 42 days, and we can’t freeze it, so we have to continuously hold blood drives. Schools have been fabulous supporters to help organize these events.” This is the third year the Arlee NHS has hosted a blood drive. The group helped find donors to attend the event. Each dono...

Ronan takes top honors at health science competition

RONAN – A Ronan teacher and her students brought home serious hardware from the state Health Occupation Students of America – Future Health Professionals competition held March 20-22.  The competition pits students against each other in a number of contests that test health science knowle...

Local artists find support Local artists find support

ARLEE – Sometimes being an artist is too difficult.  “I gave it up,” Mark Matthews said during a spring show hosted by the Killdeer Artisan’s Guild in the Hangin Art Gallery on Saturday. Mark thought back to the day he gave up art 20 years ago. A winter storm with below-zer...

Donors replenish books lost to meth Donors  replenish books lost to meth

ARLEE – It isn’t yet known how methamphetamine residue made its way into the Arlee Head Start Center over a month ago, but the contamination caused the facility to lose their book collection. “We are doing everything we can to remediate the areas where a low level of residue was found,&r...


RONAN – We’re about people...come every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to the Ronan Senior Citizen’s Center and discover: good food, people and friends just for you. There are wonderful volunteers, (too many to name them all), working here at the center. We are blessed to have Marilyn Solo...


POLSON — In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. At least according to Alfred Lord Tennyson. Us old codgers may not be thinking so much about love but the weather does inspire us. It makes me want to shout, “Put the saddle on the stove mother, I’m riding t...

Pheasants Forever sponsors 5-year habitat improvement program Pheasants Forever sponsors 5-year habitat improvement program

CHARLO — The public lands that support wildlife in Mission Valley are fragmented into a patchwork owned by different entities engaged in varying management strategies, but when game such as pheasant make their nests here, they live irrespective of fenced boundaries and human plans.  The Mission...

SpectrUM exhibit entices kids to interact SpectrUM exhibit entices kids to interact

The honker was nearly as big as K. William Harvey Elementary School first grader Briella Brown, and the small girl was bright-eyed as she stuck her arm elbow-deep up into the giant plastic nose with a teensy weensy q-tip.  Her eyes widened and face formed into a giggle as she squished her arm and pul...

Public input sought in search for Arlee schools superintendent

ARLEE – The Arlee School Board looked at a list of applicants to try and find a new superintendent for the next school year during a recent special board meeting. Several teachers attended the meeting to give input into the process. “We want guidance and strong leadership,” elementary te...

Young cancer survivor leads Recess Relay at Linderman School Young cancer survivor leads Recess Relay at Linderman School

With the sun peeking through the clouds occasionally and a cold breeze blowing, Linderman kids gathered on the track to walk and run. Sounds like a normal kid activity, right? Well, yes, but Friday’s gathering of students was different — the kids were participating in a Recess Relay to rais...


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