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Carroll College receives $100K for scholarships for future teachers

Gift funds five $20K scholarships for first-year students entering teacher education program News from Carroll College

HELENA — A $100,000 gift from the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust will provide need-based $20,000 scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per year for four years) for five first-year students matriculating to the teacher education program at Carroll College beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.

Alice Lee Lund Education Scholarships will be presented to future K-12 teachers in Carroll’s financial aid notification packets this winter.

For information on how to support student scholarships at Carroll College, contact the Major Gifts Officer, at: or 406-447-4445.

Polson City Court accepts food for fines during month of February News from the City of Polson

POLSON — Polson City Court, (106 First Street, E), will hold their annual “Food for Fines” drive from Feb. 4 -28, Mondays-Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4: p.m. Defendants with existing fines may reduce the amount owed by donating non-perishable, non-expired food. Five cans of food and $5 are worth $25. Ten cans of food and $10 are worth $50. Fifteen cans of food and $15 are worth $ Twenty cans and $20 are worth $100. This is one-time only and a maximum of $100 per person is allowed. This program may not be used for restitution, jury costs or public defender’s fees.

Grant gives children opportunity to learn swimming skills

News from the Boys and Girls Club

RONAN – The Ronan Swimming Association continues to ensure Ronan children learn to swim. In 2018, the association made a final gift of its remaining funds, $16,609.71, to the Boys and Girls Club to continue providing opportunities for as many Ronan children as possible to learn and improve their swimming abilities.

Kathy Gallagher, one of the association’s founders, shared that the original intent was to provide a pool for the community. Although that did not come to fruition in Ronan, through this partnership more than 500 children have received swim lessons over the past eight years.

“This gift will ensure that children, for years to come, will have a chance to develop this essential skill for the place we live. We are so grateful to the association for their generosity and vision,” said Aric Cooksley, Boys and Girls Club executive director.

Swimming lessons are just one of the activities offered to the youth of this community at the club. The Boys and Girls Club continues to encourage youth to become the best versions of themselves through programs that promote academic success, character and leadership building, and healthy lifestyles. The clubs are accepting new members and encourage community involvement. For more information, visit one of our club locations in Polson and Ronan or

Winter hiking trip features birds, tracks with Denny Olson

News from the Flathead Audubon Society

Join the Flathead Audubon Society conservation educator and long-time teaching naturalist Denny Olson for a winter hike on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in Kalispell. Winter birds, bird songs, tracking, botanizing and seat-of-the-pants interpretation will be the unstructured itinerary. This is one of the best spots in the area to see pileated and other woodpeckers, many kinds of chickadees, thousands of Bohemian and cedar waxwings, pine grosbeaks, Townsend’s solitaires — and there’s always an unexpected bird. The field trip will not just identify birds but lots of natural history lore will be included. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and snow boots, and check with Flathead Audubon if show shoes are needed. Binoculars and field guides are available if you need them. Call Denny at 406-249- 3987 or at auduboneducator@ to register and get directions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website at

Sign-up for girls’ softball

RONAN/PABLO — Ronan-Pablo Youth Softball Association will conduct girls’ softball signups at Ronan Middle School on Feb. 6 and Feb. 20, from 5-7 p.m. Signups will also be held on Feb. 13 at K. William Harvey Elementary School and Pablo Elementary, from 5-7 p.m. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering, or have any questions, please contact Sandra Wirz at 406-203-2850 or Jennie Youngren at 406-360-8051.

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