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Individuals, businesses recognized at annual Polson Chamber banquet

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POLSON – Civic-minded individuals, businesses and organizations were recognized by the Polson Chamber of Commerce last Saturday during the chamber’s annual banquet at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino.

Extreme Pest and Weed was recognized as the Person/Business of the Year for marketing their business as well as the City of Polson. Lake County Community Development was named Agriculture Person/Business of the Year for being “good stewards of the land and using it to benefit Polson.”

Non-profit Organization of the Year went to Life Savers Animal Rescue while Angela Collins received the Randy Ingram Leadership Award for “taking initiative, jumping at the chance to get involved and never hesitating to take the lead.”

The John Tiskus Memorial Citizen of the Year Award, given to a person who “builds a sense of community, is a leader and who is respected and promotes those living here” went to Rich Forbis.

Sharon Sampson was named Volunteer/Ambassador of the Year for spending a great deal of time promoting Polson with unparalleled energy and inviting people she meets to visit the city.

The City of Polson recognized Forrest Niemeyer as employee of the Year while the Polson School District recognized Tami Morrison as Teacher of the Year and Margaret Arneson as Classified Employee of the Year. Polson Superintendent Rex Weltz congratulated both women and noted that they were selected by their peers for the honor.

Chamber members in attendance enjoyed dinner, several “Price is Right” style games and prizes organized by the chamber’s board of directors, music and a raffle.

The mission of the Polson Chamber of Commerce is “to serve, support and strengthen our members by enhancing our business climate, promoting our area, and fostering a sense of community.”

For more information about the Polson Chamber of Commerce, visit

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