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Ronan Harvest Fest Celebrated Ronan Harvest Fest Celebrated

RONAN–On a warm fall day, families and friends gathered at the Ronan Visitors’ Center to eat food, play games, and celebrate the start of the fall season. “The picnic tables are full, and people are visiting who haven’t seen each other all summer,” said Heather Gray, a member of the Ronan Chamber of Commerce board. Gray said this year’s turnout was the largest in the history of the festival. She said that the event successfully brought together businesses and community, capturing the character of the Ronan community.   The main event at the festival was the third annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off. Nine groups competed for the first place t-shirt pr...

Caregivers unite after mental health center closes in Lincoln County Caregivers unite after mental health center closes in Lincoln County

When someone suffering a mental health crisis arrived in the emergency room at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby, staff there often called Western Montana Mental Health Center, which would send a mental health professional to evaluate the case and determine a course of action. But that practice ended ...

International science educators share knowledge International science educators share knowledge

POLSON– Fifth-grader Sofia Leighton spooned water into a container that appears to contain blue sand. The result is unexpected: instead of sinking into the sand, the water forms beads atop the blue substance.  “Wow,” Leighton says softly. Leighton experimented with Nano sand at t...

Briefs for Sept. 19, 2018

POLSON — The Lake County Public Health Department will be offering flu shots to the public at the following locations: —  Friday, Sept. 21 – Polson Farmers’ Market – 9 a.m.–1 p.m. —  Friday, Sept. 21 – Ronan Cenex – 2–6 p.m. &mdas...

Organic farm builds 4,000-bale maze Organic farm builds 4,000-bale maze

News from Whitefish Stage Organic Farms KALISPELL – Whitefish Stage Organic Farms, at 2288 Whitefish Stage Rd., approximately one mile north of Reserve in Kalispell, completed a 4,000 bale straw bale maze estimated at approximately 20,000 square feet. It is shaped like a tractor and built entirely...

Walking path developed by school volunteers, donations Walking path developed by school volunteers, donations

News from Christian Bumgarner, Mission Valley Christian Academy director POLSON – The Mission Valley Christian Academy dedicated their walking path on Friday, May 25. In a ceremony at the school, two miles east of Polson on Highway 35, a number of key individuals and organizations were acknowledge...

World record bighorn ram event

News from Montana State Parks BIGFORK – Montana State Parks ( and Flathead Lake State Park invite you to celebrate public lands with a volunteer event and a viewing of the World Record Bighorn Ram Horns on Saturday, Sept. 22.  At 10 a.m., join park staff at Flathead Lake ...

State assessment results announced

News from Dylan Klapmeier, director of communications and federal relations for the Montana Office of Public Instruction HELENA— The Office of Public Instruction has released Montana’s 2017-2018 statewide assessment results, which show little variation over last year. Montana’s statewi...

Briefs for Sept. 19, 2018

Help offered to paint over graffiti  POLSON — Several local retailers have teamed up with the Code Compliance Division to help families in Polson that have been hit by graffiti vandalism over the past few months. Montana Ace Hardware and Western Building Center have graciously agreed to provi...

Briefs for Sept. 19, 2018

New Tribal Health walk-in hours announced for acute need  News from CSKT Tribal Health ST. IGNATIUS — Tribal Health announces new walk-in hours for the Polson, St. Ignatius and Arlee Health Centers.   Walk-in clinics are for acute medical needs for eligible Tribal Health recipien...

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