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SKC celebrates 167 graduates during year of COVID SKC celebrates 167 graduates during year of COVID

PABLO — Salish Kootenai College marked the end of a difficult school year with an in-person graduation ceremony to honor the 167 graduates who persevered and made it to the finish line despite a global pandemic.  The 41st Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, June 5, outside the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center to allow for social distancing. Many watched the celebration from their cars while others brought chairs to set up in front of the stage. In years past, the graduation ceremony was held inside the gym. Teachers of the year Amie Tryon and Michael Munson were honored.  SKC Student of the Year Michelle La Roque addressed graduates. “Life is hard e...

Museum barn burns to ground Museum barn burns to ground

POLSON — A massive fire tore through a large old wooden barn on Friday morning at a popular family museum just south of Polson, sending smoke over the area. Firefighters from multiple agencies, including Polson Rural Fire, Polson City Fire and Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department, responded shortly...

Artists share skills by the lake, group advocates Artists share skills by the lake, group advocates

By Kristi Niemeyer  for the Valley Journal During last week’s warm First Friday in Polson, kids plunged into the still icy lake below the Flathead Lakers office in the Salish Building. Artist Jess Bouchee displayed her aqua-tinged paintings while visitors mingled with board members on the pl...

St. Ignatius City Council hears about federal, state funding opportunities

ST. IGNATIUS — St. Ignatius City Council heard a presentation June 1 from nonprofit Mission West Community Development Partners about the possibilities of using federal stimulus monies to tackle long-term town projects.  “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do some of the things t...

Glacier announces 2021 Artists-in-Residence, calls for artists  

News from Glacier National Park Glacier National Park’s 2021 Artist-in-Residence program will host Brad Einstein, Kyle Niemer, and Imma Barrera. Brad Einstein and Kyle Niemer (June 1– June 29)   Brad Einstein and Kyle Niemer are self-described “natural comedians.” The...

Summer Reading Program begins Summer Reading Program begins

News from North Lake County Public Library POLSON — There will be no Mother Goose on Monday, June 14, due to the Summer Reading Program kickoff and the Usborne book sale. Mother Goose Story Time, for babies, toddlers normally takes place at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays at the North Lake County Library. ...

View from the Library

Our annual Summer Reading Program returns Monday, June 14, with the theme “Tails & Tales.” Visit our website at: for registration and information. Also on June 14 is our annual Usborne Book Fair. Stop in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to shop for new books and educat...

PHS celebrates graduates with in-person ceremony PHS celebrates graduates with in-person ceremony

POLSON — Polson High School graduated 119 student this year who walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during a Saturday afternoon ceremony. Pomp and Circumstance was played by the PHS symphonic band to kick off the celebration. PHS concert choir performed the national anthem and Badgerta...

Mission graduates celebrate success Mission graduates celebrate success

ST. IGNATIUS — Mission High School released 26 graduates into the world on Saturday afternoon while the popular song “Who Let the Dogs Out” played over the loud speaker during the outdoor ceremony. The community came out in droves to support these students with an in-person ceremony on t...

Fallen heroes saluted Fallen heroes saluted

POLSON — Over the recent Memorial Day holiday weekend, parade-goers gathered along Main Street in downtown Polson to pay tribute to those men and women who lost their lives in service to our country. The local National Honor Guard also held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Polson Cemetery which inclu...

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