Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Rob Zolman

Virtual polar plungers raise money for Special Olympics

POLSON — A handful of cold-water enthusiasts received an icy shower from the Polson Fire Department in response to the Special Olympics of Montana virtual polar plunge fund raising challenge.  “It was cold, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought,” said Bethany Butler. Her sibling ...

Polson Polar Plunge tradition continues amid pandemic Polson Polar Plunge tradition continues amid pandemic

POLSON — This year’s bone-chilling annual Polson Polar Plunge was officially put on ice, but on Friday afternoon, several dozen swimmers unofficially gathered along the boat launch ramp and frosty shoreline of Riverside Park to celebrate New Year’s Day with a plunge into the frigid waters o...

Ronan, Mission split season openers Ronan, Mission split season openers

RONAN — Almost 10 months after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the all class basketball state tournament in the opening rounds, the Ronan and Mission High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams returned to the hardwood courts in a rivalry match up. The Class A Ronan Chiefs opened th...

Polar plungers go virtual for a good cause Polar plungers go virtual for a good cause

POLSON ­— In response to the surging spike of COVID-19 cases, Special Olympics Montana has decided to move its annual Polar Plunge fund-raising activities to an all-virtual online event for the 2021 season. “The virtual polar plunge offers plunging participants the opportunity to show the ...

Ronan brings light parade to high risk residents Ronan brings light parade to high risk residents

RONAN — With COVID-19 hindering many Christmas gathering plans, the Ronan Chamber of Commerce hosted a Caravan of Lights parade on Friday evening. The Caravan of Lights, which started at 6 p.m., differed slightly from the city’s traditional parade of lights. This year’s caravan was desig...

Early morning fire destroys multiple mobile homes Early morning fire destroys multiple mobile homes

PABLO — Charred wood and crumpled metal are all that remain of two uninhabited mobile homes destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. At about 1:45 a.m., the Ronan Fire Department received a call concerning a report that multiple structures were on fire at the corner of Division Street and Old U.S. Hi...

Polson, Ronan athletes sign up for next level Polson, Ronan athletes sign up for next level

RONAN — Four Mission Valley high school athletes ceremoniously inked their national letters of intent to play at regional colleges. Ronan High School seniors Brant Heiner and Madeline McCrea celebrated their signings in front of family, coaches, friends and fellow teammates late Wednesday afternoon ...

Local cartoonist designs Montana themed COVID-19 poster Local cartoonist designs Montana themed COVID-19 poster

POLSON — Polson cartoonist Sarah Walt Weaver recently designed a witty and colorful Montana-themed poster to help people gauge the appropriate social distance during the pandemic. “I wanted to create something educational and fun for our communities,” said Weaver. People viewing the p...

Students deliver spirit of giving to new moms Students deliver spirit of giving to new moms

POLSON — Over the last couple of weeks, student athletes from the Mission Valley Christian Academy Lady Eagles volleyball team have been making baby blankets and bibs for a baby box donation project.  The group was joined by students participating in an afterschool sewing class, sponsored by th...

Legendary Griz broadcaster, Polson resident passes away Legendary Griz broadcaster, Polson resident passes away

POLSON — Mick Holien, legendary play-by-play announcer at the University of Montana, died Friday morning, Nov. 27, at age 76 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Holien, known as the “Voice of the Griz” to generations of fans provided the soundtrack to many U of M Grizzly athlet...


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