Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Small parade of lights travel through Arlee for eighth year in a row Small parade of lights travel through Arlee for eighth year in a row

ARLEE – Sally Cordier decided that the theme for the Arlee Parade of Lights would be about peace this year. “Because of all that is going on in the world with violence, I thought it should be ‘Let your light shine for world peace,’” she said. “Every year I come up with ...

Businesses put on holiday wonderland for community Businesses put on holiday wonderland for community

ST. IGNATIUS – Aodhan Umphrey, 6, held very still while he transformed into Santa Clause at the St. Ignatius Christmas Carnival on Saturday at the Community Center. With a painted white beard and a cherry red nose, Aodhan hopped down from the face painting station to move about the carnival. Glenda ...

Understanding crime statistics, comparisons Understanding crime statistics, comparisons

LAKE COUNTY — Two of the most dangerous places in Montana are reported to be right here in Lake County. On Nov. 22, RoadSnacks released their list of “The Ten Most Dangerous Cities in Montana.” Polson was number two on the list, and Ronan was number five.  RoadSnacks’ report i...

Craft show collects cans for those in need Craft show collects cans for those in need

POLSON – The holiday season was in full swing on Saturday as folks displayed their wares at the craft fair and donated cash and food items to the Polson Food Pantry. “We added the food drive to benefit people in need,” said Cammy Maughan, fair coordinator. “There are a lot of famil...

Kids get creative during community talent show Kids get creative during community talent show

Folks got together to watch a few people share their musical talents at the Arlee Community Center Saturday evening on Pow Wow Road, and Club Unity hosted the event.  “We wanted to put positive community events on to support the arts and give people something to do,” said Rose Ardelle, ma...

Local athlete breaks world record, again Local athlete breaks world record, again

RONAN – Rachelle Meidinger, 21, broke her own world record by lifting 265 pounds during a bench press lift at the World Bench Press and Deadlifters Championship in Las Vegas on Nov. 22.  “She already owned the world record, but she chipped it,” Meidinger’s trainer James Greene...

Needing to be saved Needing to be saved

The sky is literally falling, and folks at the historic Mission Catholic Church are trying hard to keep it together. “We just let the Lord know that we are in trouble,” Father Andrew L. Maddock said, adding that he hopes for some divine intervention to help fix the problem. The murals insid...

Man can fly Man can fly

POLSON – Without wings, a man flew over the Flathead Lake on Saturday wearing a red suit. He leaned forward like Super Man, paused for a moment, and flipped around into a roll of floating somersaults. His body twisted around and around down towards the lake. He straightened out, pointed his arms down a...

Two shows, two towns, one script Two shows, two towns,  one script

Every week dozens of actors in pairs of two go into schools across the country as directors to help children experience theater for one week with the Missoula Children’s Theater. Last week two different sets of directors went into Arlee and St. Ignatius. Both schools performed “Aladdin” ...

So Close So Close

CHINOOK – Arlee ends the football season as one of the top two teams in the state after their only loss to Chinook on Saturday at the State Championship. Considering Montana is the fourth largest state in the nation, boasting 38 Class C 8-man football teams, that’s quite an accomplishment. And...


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