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Country Jam, dances cancelled

POLSON — Our Classic Country Jammin’ scheduled for April 5, at the Elks Ballroom in Polson is cancelled until further notice. Wednesday night dances at the Elks’ ballroom in Polson are also cancelled until further notice. We pray that everyone is staying home and being safe. We do have to go out for essentials and that is okay. Lake City Bakery, McDonalds and Burgerville are open in Polson for take outs. We are all in this together and need to help each other wherever we can, physically or financially. Please encourage one another and we will all get through this. Don’t be prideful and not ask for help, if you really need it. This hardship we are going through may take a little time but if we all work together and for each other, it will pass. We hope to see you all again very soon.

Horsemen stay home for April

RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will not be holding their next monthly meeting in April due to the Covid-19 and CDC guidelines for social distancing and gatherings. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Stay safe.

Library begins monthly movie night

POLSON — Enjoy “Friday Night at the Library” on the fourth Friday of each month. North Lake County Library will show movies rated PG or PG-13 ( posted on our website) and make fresh popcorn. This program debuts Friday, Jan. 25. Be in the library before 6 p.m. to be included. Feel free to bring your own nonalcoholic beverage and snacks.

Spring Mack Days event postponed News from CSKT

FLATHEAD LAKE — Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Spring Mack Days event has been postponed until further notice. This decision was made by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council in support of Governor Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home order. The governor’s order went into effect on Saturday, March 28. The CSKT Tribal Fisheries Program and CSKT’s Tribal Council will evaluate the situation by April 10 when the governor could lift the order. Anglers who have signed up for the program are asked to check their emails frequently. For further information and updates, please visit the Mack Days website at

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Celebrate Recovery ministers to anyone

POLSON — Celebrate Recovery Ministry takes place at Polson Foursquare on Sundays between 5-8 p.m.

All are welcome to join us each Sunday evening. CR is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery ministry for anyone with hurts, habits or hang-ups. The evening starts off with dinner followed by a teaching and discussion groups with coffee/dessert. Childcare is available. Call (406) 883-9347 or go to:, for more information.

Join ‘Barefoot Church’ service

POLSON — Weekly Sunday “Barefoot Church” services are at 1 p.m. at the Montana Co-op. Come as you are. Bask in the Spirit, no judgment, just love and worship, forgiveness and healing.


NAMI meetings held

POLSON — NAMI Mission Valley/LAC meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Journey Be Church/Soups On, 101 Seventh Ave., W. For more information, call 406-883-1086.


Gather for prayers, readings, meal

POLSON -- Soul-food Saturday is a community gathering at the Co-op HUB to share prayers, readings and discussion on the topic of unity, followed by a light meal. Kids of all ages are welcome; supervision is provided.


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Discussion forum meets last Thursday of month

POLSON — Join our ongoing “last Thursday of the month” meetings held from 4-5 p.m. (or beyond) at The Good Coffee Roasting Company, 201 Third Ave., right behind Stutzman’s Furniture on U.S. Highway 93. “Polson Gather Round - Walk With the World” is a community discussion forum, where we discuss what is on our minds. We also discuss possible solutions, and specifically how they are related to climate change solutions. Thinking must be elevated past the political parties, and solutions should be fostered by community collaboration, as it relates specifically to the climate topic. For more information call Kim Schmidt at: 406- 214-2020.

 Montecahto Club invites new members

 POLSON — The Montecahto Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. We are a social and service organization and sponsor a scholarship for a graduating senior, cook and serve lunch at “Soup’s On,” collect for the Food Bank, send Care packages to the overseas troops and help out wherever we can. We welcome new members. Come to a meeting and get to know us. 
AA Women’s Wing and a Prayer Group meets
ST. IGNATIUS — AA Women’s Wing and a Prayer Group meets on Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Post Creek Hill. Call 1-888-607-2000 or go to, for more information.
Story Time held in Ronan
RONAN — Ronan Library hosts a weekly story time for young children and their caregivers each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, crafts and more. For more information, call 406-676-3682.

Area-wide AlAnon meetings available 

LAKE COUNTY — Are you affected by someone else’s drinking? AlAnon can help. Area meetings are anonymous, non-smoking, 12-step recovery for family and friends of alcoholics. Come join us. There are no membership dues. Meetings are held: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. at Lutheran Church on Wall Street in Hot Springs; Wednesdays at noon in Polson at the Alano Club on Third Ave. W ; Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the CMA Church on Third Ave. in St. Ignatius; Fridays at 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Fourth Ave. E in Polson.

Join library’s story time 

POLSON — North Lake County Public Library will host a one-hour kindergarten readiness program for children and their caregivers. Join us for stories, songs, movement, crafts and more. This will be held every Thursday during the school year at 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. For more information, call (406) 883-8225.
Join St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch 
ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch chapter meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens’ Center on north Main Street.
Dance in Elks' air-conditioned ballroom
POLSON - The Elks Club holds a community dance in their air-conditioned ballroom, the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7-10 p.m. Come and listen or dance. Snacks are at 8:30 p.m.
Sexual assault support group meets Wednesdays
PABLO - An adult sexual assault support group meets at SKC's Agnes Vanderburg Building in room 101, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Gather on Wednesdays for support and healing. Call 406-745-3525 for more information.
Marines gather at VFW
POLSON - The Marine Corps League Hellroaring Detachment #1041 meets every second Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Polson. For more information call John Miller at 406-890-0964 or email:
Journey Be hosts NAMI meeting
POLSON - NAMI Mission Valley/LAC meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Journey Be Church/Soup's On, 101 Seventh Ave., W. For more information, call 406-883-1086.
Harm reduction saves lives
POLSON — Every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lake County Health Department, Open Aid Alliance is now providing syringe services, overdose awareness, testing and support. Call or text 406-304-7352 for more information or email: 
Recovery support available

RONAN —Recovery support is available for those struggling with addiction at The Never Alone Recovery Hall (Hwy. 93, old Boys and Girls Club), every day of the week. The Never Alone Recovery Hall is a peer support dropin center. We are simply recovering people offering our experience, strength, and hope to our community members who are struggling with addiction issues. All groups and services are free. Please feel welcome to drop in and check us out.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays a noon meditation group is held and from 1-5 p.m. individual peer support is available.

Mondays a women’s support group takes place from 6-8 p.m.

Tuesdays there are recovery stories and videos heard from 6-8 p.m.

Wednesdays Narcotics Anonymous meets from 6-8 p.m.

Thursdays an early recovery skills groups meets from 6-8 p.m.

Fridays from 8-9 p.m. The Red Road to Recovery group meets.

Saturdays a co-dependent support group meets at 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. special events take place (events change).

Family movie night happens from 6-8 p.m. on Sundays.

Rotary meets Tuesdays

POLSON — The Polson Rotary’s regular meeting are on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk.



Saturday, February 2

Learn helpful health-related information at Wellness Fair


POLSON — The Polson Winter Wellness Fair will take place at the Red Lion Inn on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee and proceeds benefit Life Savers Animal Rescue. For more information, look up “Polson Winter Wellness Fair” on Facebook, or call 406-883-4216.

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Monday, February 4

FRHRC talks immigration


ST. IGNATIUS — The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition will hold a potluck and conversation on immigration policies and procedures at 6:30 p.m. at Mission Valley United Methodist Church, (70715 Hwy 93, top of Post Creek Hill). There will be a presentation with immigration attorneys Robert Gentry and Randall Caudle and activist Neyreda Calero. Questions and answers and discussion will take place after the program. SKC and OPI credits will be available. For more information please call 406-745-4259.

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Give food for fines at city court

2/4/2019 - 2/28/2019

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.-4:30 p.m. Defendants with existing fines may reduce the amount owed by donating non-perishable, non-expired food.

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Tuesday, February 5

Deputy, canine to present to horsemen


RONAN — Mission Valley Back Country Horsemen will hold their next monthly meeting on Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ronan VFW. Our program this month will be with Deputy Scott Sciaretta and his new canine partner. MVBCH members - you won’t want to miss this presentation.

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Quilters encourage ‘Show and Tell’


RONAN — The Mission Mountain Quilt Guild will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Terrace Lake Community Church. Enjoy refreshments at 6 p.m. and join the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Inspire someone with a show and tell.

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Wednesday, February 6

Date announced for dropping off quilts


POLSON — Drop-off your quilts by Feb. 6 to share your quilts with All In Stitches’ annual quilt show, “Quilt Walk Around Polson.” The show begins on Saturday, Feb. 9. Please drop quilts off at All In Stitches on Main Street.

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Griz fans invited to visit, discuss new season


POLSON — Hey Griz Fans save the date. Come join us for a Griz Street and Gab on Feb. 6 at Glacier Brewing. Head Coach Bobby Hauck, along with his assistants and athletic department representatives, will join us for a brief signing day-visit on their way north. They will discuss the new signees and future expectations for the 2019 football season. Light refreshments will be served and it will be a fun fan event. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and the coaches and others should arrive about 3:30 p.m. Let’s show our support for the program and let these guys know how much we appreciate all their hard work. Go Griz!

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Introductory Zen meditation class offered


POLSON — An introductory Zen meditation class is being offered at the YogaHeart Studio, 314 Main Street, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. The class will be presented by Zen Priest Zenku, Jerry Smyers. We are encouraging newcomers to attend to help them begin to establish a regular meditation practice. There is no charge for the class. Everyone is welcome. For more details call 847-721-0665.

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Softball signups scheduled


RONAN – The Ronan-Pablo Youth Softball Association will conduct girls’ softball signups at Ronan Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Signups will also be held on Feb. 13 at K. William Harvey Elementary School and Pablo Elementary from 5 to 7 p.m. Those interested in coaching or volunteering or who have questions should call Sandra Wirz at 406- 203-2850 or Jennie Youngren at 406-360-8051.

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Valentine’s Day celebrated at Polson’s community dance


POLSON — On Wednesday, Feb. 6, please join us for the Valentine’s Dance in the ballroom at the Elks on Main St. From 7-10 p.m. Ken’s Country Combo will provide a variety of country and vintage rock and roll music. Our theme will be Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day colors, so wear them if you have them. Jeans and boots? Oh, yes. The important thing is you getting out, enjoying the music and having fun with everyone. We would love to have you and your friends join us. No Elks membership required. The cover charge is $5. Hope to see you there.

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Thursday, February 7

Color away mid-winter grays


POLSON — “Pop of Color,” an adult coloring program, will be in the large meeting room from 2-4 p.m. Are mid-winter gray days starting to take a toll? A pop of color is what we need. We provide snacks and all coloring projects and supplies (or you may also bring your own.) Please join us for this popular library program, full of relaxed fun, a little lifelong learning and good conversation. See you there.

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Judge Christopher to speak on drug-endangered children at Kiwanis Club meeting


POLSON — The Polson Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the KwaTakNuk, in the Koostahtah room from noon-1 p.m. On Feb. 7 our guest speaker will be the Honorable Deborah Kim Christopher who will speak on drug-endangered children in Lake County. Everyone is welcome.

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Friday, February 8

Free Friendship Table dinner served


POLSON — A free dinner will be served at Polson Presbyterian Church, located across from the Linderman School, on Friday, Feb. 8. The February Friendship Table is free and open to all. Come join us.

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Saturday, February 9

Enjoy annual 'Quilt Walk Around Polson'


POLSON – Join us for All In Stitches’ annual quilt show “Quilt Walk Around Polson.” Quilts will hang in businesses on Main Street from Saturday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 23. Plan to take some time to pick up a ballot at All In Stitches and walk around Polson to vote on your favorite quilts by Feb. 20. Winning ribbons will be hung Feb. 21. Feel free to call All In Stitches at 406-883-3643 to talk with any of us if you have any questions.

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Swing dance at Valentine party


CHARLO — Ninepipe Arts Group is holding its annual Valentine party at Leon Hall on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 pm. Leon Hall is on Leon Road off Highway 93 south of Ronan. Enjoy a silent auction of unique arts and crafts, gift baskets and lovely desserts. KC and the Valley Cats are providing the swing-era music. Please join us for “Wild About Art.” Tickets are $10 each. For more information, call 406-644-2311.

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Monday, February 11

Final day to apply to library board of trustees


POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library District election for two seats on the Board of Trustees will be held May 7, 2019. If you are interested in running for the library board, pick up a Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy form at the library or at the County Election Office. Filing closes at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11. There is no filing fee or petition needed.

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Wednesday, February 13

Arlee CDC hosts chocolate lover’s event


ARLEE — The Arlee CDC will host their 15th annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., tasting starts at 6 p.m. The auction takes place beginning at 7 p.m. and the cost is $2 per person or $5 per family. If you wish to enter the contest, please bring two identical dishes, one for tasting and one to be auctioned. Proceeds support youth programs and the Jocko Valley Library. For more information, call 406-726-5550.

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Auxiliary meets


RONAN — The Ronan VFW Auxiliary 5652 will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the VFW Hall. For more information call 406- 676-3380.

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Rural fire district board to meet


POLSON – The regular monthly meeting of the Polson rural fire district board of trustees will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Station number 1, 25B Regatta Rd. The agenda is available on the Monday prior to the meeting on the website:

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Softball signups scheduled


RONAN – The Ronan-Pablo Youth Softball Association will conduct girls’ softball signups on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at K. William Harvey Elementary School and Pablo Elementary from 5 to 7 p.m. Signups will also be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Ronan Middle School from 5 to 7 p.m. Those interested in coaching or volunteering or who have questions should call Sandra Wirz at 406-203-2850 or Jennie Youngren at 406-360- 8051.

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