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Community hay bale contest continues during pandemic Community hay bale contest continues during pandemic

RONAN — In an effort to keep morale up when most events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ronan Chamber of Commerce is still holding onto a bit of fun with the annual “Trail of Bales” hay bale decorating contest.   “Can’t wait to get to see what is in store this year,” one resident said. “Thanks in advance for all those who work to make a fun road trip.”  Heroes, pretend or real, was the selected theme of this year’s event, according to the chamber. Many of the bales are decorated to honor emergency responders, military personnel and teachers. Others are pandemic related - with many including a protecti...


COVID-19 reported in schools, no evidence of spread

News from the Lake County-CSKT Unified Command Center  FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Lake County/CSKT Tribal Health are currently following up on cases of COVID-19 in St. Ignatius Middle and High Schools, K. William Harvey Elementary and Ronan Middle School. Case investigations have been completed a...


Polson teachers share concerns over return to 4 or 5-day school week Polson teachers share concerns over return to 4 or 5-day school week

POLSON – Several Polson teachers expressed concern about returning to four- or five-day in-school education – a plan that may be launched as early as Oct. 5 – during the Polson School Board’s regular meeting Sept. 14.  The board met in the Polson High School auditorium. Curren...


Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs nab homecoming wins Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs nab homecoming wins

ST. IGNATIUS – The Mission Bulldog celebrated during last week’s homecoming festivities, and although some of the traditional homecoming activities were not feasible due to COVID-19 concerns, homecoming spirits were kept alive. On Friday evening, the Bulldogs were able to place a checkmark in ...


It’s not too late to be counted in the 2020 Census

News from the MT Dept. of Commerce  MONTANA – The Montana State Library, in partnership with the Montana Department of Commerce and State Complete Count Committee, is launching a week of activities at public libraries across the state to encourage Montana residents to be counted in the 2020 C...


Suicide Prevention Month offers Montanans new opportunities to ‘Be There’ for others who are struggling

News from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs  MONTANA — September is National Suicide Prevention Month and marks an opportunity for all Montanans to have a role in preventing suicide in our communities. Each year, more than 45,000 Americans — including more than 6,000 Veterans – d...


Expansion of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program began Sept. 21

WASHINGTON —It’s been announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) began on Sept. 21 and runs through Dec. 11, 2020.


Ronan’s Seniors for Sept. 23, 2020

RONAN — Hope everyone is surviving the smoke. The fires in California, Oregon, and Washington are really socking us in the smoke.  We are still serving meals-to-go and you need to call the Ronan Senior Center at 406-676-2371 to place your order. You need to pick up your meals before 11:30 a.m. ...


St. Ignatius seniors for Sept. 23, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — We are excited to have our soft opening on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizen’s Center. On the menu are Indian tacos, served by our staff. We will all need to observe social distancing and wear masks except when eating, of course. People will need to find a pla...


$550,000 program to support vet housing

News from the Montana Department of Commerce MONTANA — Montana Housing at the Department of Commerce announced Friday two new housing assistance programs that will provide at least $550,000 of federal CARES Act funding for deposit assistance and assistance for repairs and upgrades for renters and ...


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