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New staff hired as LCCDC changes name to Mission West New staff hired as LCCDC changes name to Mission West

RONAN — The past year has brought a slew of new faces to Mission West Community Development Partners. The recruitment of new talent, fueled by passion for community development, is intentional, says Executive Director Jim Thaden.  “It’s a fact that the populations of the counties we serve are aging. It’s also a fact that young people aren’t coming back after school and we aren’t retaining young people at a rate that will sustain the population,” he notes. “It’s our objective to invigorate, to create an organization in which people have a career path that will lead them into community service.” Ingredients in attracting a...


LCCDC changes name to reflect wider service area LCCDC changes name to reflect wider service area

RONAN — The hub of economic development in the Mission Valley starts the New Year with a new name, new faces and more lending muscle. Mission West Community Development Partners (formerly Lake County Community Development Corporation) is a burgeoning non-profit, headquartered in Ronan, with four major ...


Local bank welcomes new employees Local bank welcomes new employees

News from Unity Bank POLSON — Unity Bank, a local community bank with 16 locations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana is pleased to announce the hiring of Katherine “K-Ann” DeLong as a personal banker and Isaiah Dentler as a teller, both in the Polson location.  DeLong mo...


Unity Bank hires new branch manager Unity Bank hires new  branch manager

News from Unity Bank POLSON – Unity Bank, a local community bank with 16 locations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana, is pleased to announce the hiring of Megan Pope as their branch manager in the Polson location.  Pope has been a resident of the Polson area for nearly 10 years. She...


Gianforte supports Liability Protections Bill

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte announced his support for SB 65, legislation designed to offer liability protections to businesses, health care providers, places of worship, and nonprofit organizations that follow public health guidelines to combat the s...


LCCDC offers free workshops

News from Karen Kallestad, LCCDC RONAN — Lake County Community Development Corporation has free workshops coming up.  On Jan. 20, Digital Strategies for Small Businesses: learn how to develop a digital strategy to reach your target markets from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls ...


Business owners, entrepreneurs to share $350,000

News from the office of the Governor MONTANA – The Governor’s office announced $350,000 in funding to support the growth of 34 Native American-owned small businesses in each of the eight Tribal Nations in Montana through the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant program at the Montana Depa...


Unmatched resolve: reflections on a 56-county small business road trip

MONTANA — As director for the U.S. Small Business Administration Montana District, I have the unique opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and small business owners across Montana to help provide capital and connections that support growth for our state’s businesses. This year has kept my team b...


Polson Shop Talk Polson Shop Talk

While 2020 may not seem like an auspicious year to launch a new business, five intrepid women have opened retail shops in downtown Polson since June 15.  River Rock Mercantile at 7 3rd Ave. E. opened June 15, just two days after the Hallmark store closed at the same location. The new owner, Megan Com...


Iconic Polson theater expands with 70 years of history Iconic Polson theater expands with 70 years of history

POLSON — Remember what if feels like to settle into a comfy theater seat, minus all the distractions of home (dogs, kids, the drone of a dryer) and – popcorn in hand – sink into a story on the big screen?  Even now, amid a pandemic, audiences can indulge in that experience at the ne...


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