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Candidates file for state, local offices

With the filing deadline in the rearview mirror for county, state and federal elections, it’s clear the most action in the primary on June 7 will occur in newly minted U.S. House District 1, which covers 15 counties in western Montana, including Lake. Five Republicans, three Democrats and one Libertari...

Zeiler spared prison time for good behavior

POLSON — A St. Ignatius man’s pre-trial turnaround of behavior may have spared him prison time. Charles Henry “Pete” Zeiler, 45, was sentenced at District Court in Polson March 16 to the Lake County jail for six months, each of two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of violation of an...

Investment in the future

Editor,  In response to Republican talking points about the partisanship and lack of accomplishments of the Biden administration, I wrote earlier about the progress made in the areas of jobs and children…but that is only part of the picture. Another accomplishment has been the bipartisan Infra...

Character counts

Editor, Hats off to Marc Racicot for his recent opinion piece “Donald Trump is Wasting Our Time.” The former Republican governor and RNC chair focuses on human character, including, “decency, honesty, humility, honor and faithfulness.” He urges all Americans to vindicate the truth....

Food Choice Bill allows for return of raw milk operations Food Choice Bill allows for return of raw milk operations

For most of the history of mankind, consuming animals and animal products required a much closer relationship with harvest and production than the methods of the 21st century.  If you wanted beef, you’d have to raise and kill it yourself, or at the very least, be in contact with someone local w...

Crow Dam spillway project wraps up Crow Dam spillway project wraps up

Weather cooperating, on April 1 detour signs come down, the road traversing Crow Dam southwest of Ronan opens after a two-year closure, and Crow Reservoir will gradually begin to fill again after 16 years of limited storage.  Farmers in the area will no doubt be relieved. Downstream, the reservoir wa...

Polson senior news for March 23, 2022

POLSON — I am madder than a March hare, according to my grandmother. March Madness is what they call this time of year when 64 college basketball teams vie for the National Championship. All that a team has to do is win six games in a row. That team and their fans will be very happy. The other 63 teams...

St. Ignatius senior news for March 23, 2022

  ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Senior Center is ready for spring! After a fun St. Patrick’s Day dinner, we are ready for more green. Bulbs are pushing their way through the soil and dried  leaves at my house and brightening up our days. Menu for the following week:   ...

Dixon senior news for March 23, 2022

  DIXON — The Dixon Senior Center continues to serve our community and hopes everyone is staying happy and healthy. All are invited to come enjoy dinner. Meals will be served Monday and Thursday evenings, at 5 p.m. Meals are $4 per serving and are deliverable to Dixon residents upon request. We...

Fertilizer prices double in 1 year

Farmers and ranchers have always been at the mercy of market volatility and weather, but 2022 could be one for the record books.  While the annual inflation rate hit 7.9% across the board for American families in February, some costs for farms and ranches have skyrocketed far beyond that.  &l...


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