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Closer indeed Closer indeed

POLSON — The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association (MVIAA) recently announced a major development in the progress of creating a skating rink: the acquisition of a deed that will finally make the ice arena a reality.  The idea of a local ice arena got its start in 2013 when a community survey conducted by the Greater Polson Community Foundation revealed an ice rink as a top desire among residents. The city commission called community members together to discuss the likelihood of such a project. Following the meeting a few members of the public sat down and formed a non-profit board that would bring the goal to fruition. Four of those members have been on the diverse board of nin...

Three grizzly bears test positive for avian influenza 

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — Three juvenile grizzly bears tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus this fall. The three bears, one near Augusta, one near Dupuyer, and another near Kalispell, were observed to be in poor condition and exhibited disorient...

Out-of-state professionals are first step to solve Montana’s health worker shortage Out-of-state professionals are first step to solve Montana’s health worker shortage

MONTANA — Jenna Eisenhart spent nearly six years as a licensed therapist in Colorado before deciding to move to a place with a greater need for her services. She researched rural states facing a shortage of behavioral health providers and accepted a job as a lead clinical primary therapist at Shodair C...

Polson improves city-to-citizen communication

POLSON — The City of Polson website and digital communications announced at their Jan. 18 meeting they are getting some much-anticipated improvements.  Led by Special Projects Manager Tyler Baker and Commissioner Ruggless, Baker has begun work on to improve its existing structu...

Child welfare bills to watch this legislative session Child welfare bills to watch this legislative session

News from Mara Silvers Montana Free Press HELENA — Lawmakers, advocates and the state health department are poised to consider dozens of bills during the 68th Legislature to reform parts of the child protection and foster care systems. Stakeholders say the issue will likely be a defining policy pr...

Gallus named new political practices commissioner

News from Alex Sakariassen Montana Free Pres s MONTANA — For weeks, political wonks across Montana have awaited an announcement on who will replace Jeff Mangan as the state’s next commissioner of political practices. Gov. Greg Gianforte gave them their answer Thursday, naming Butte native and...

Zumba fundraiser to be held for Jessa Berdan Zumba fundraiser to be held for Jessa Berdan

MISSOULA — Jessa Berdan recently experienced second and third degree burns to her face, neck, and arms. She was cooking for bible study on Dec. 17, when grease overflowed and dripped down into the oven. When Jessa opened the oven, oxygen flowed into the oven and fire burst out, blasting her with flames...

Polson Schools at a glance

News from the Polson School District POLSON — The Polson School Improvement Committee (PSIC) is a community led committee that believes its greatest strength lies in the unity of our community. The committee was formed to provide long-term assistance in identifying and solving issues that Polson S...

MV Children’s Choir resumes rehearsals

News from Cathy Gillhouse RONAN — The Mission Valley Children’s Choir will resume rehearsals on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Faith Lutheran Church in Ronan at 3:45 p.m. New members are welcome to join.   The choir is composed of children from grades two through six from Polson and Ronan. It ...

Superintendent Arntzen seeks math standards review task force

News from OPI HELENA – Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is seeking Montanans to participate in the Mathematics Standards Review Task Force. The Montana Board of Public Education approved the opening of the decade-old Math Content Standards, housed in ARM 10.53.501 et seq., for review. The purpose of t...

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