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First Resort closing   First Resort closing

Berl Tiskus/Valley Journal Jim Duford opened the First Resort in downtown Polson in 1970, and it’s been an anchor in the community since then. The store closed briefly in 1991 and then reopened in 1992 when Jim and daughter Tali Duford-Barron started it up again. Jim retired in 2014.  Now the landmark store is holding a closing sale, and owner Tali said the sale will continue through February. 


Local brewery adds Montana grains to produce ‘love in a glass’ Local brewery adds Montana grains to produce ‘love in a glass’

A road trip on the endless highway across Wyoming helped spawn the idea for a brewery. It was near Rock Springs, Wyoming, when Dave Ayers started daydreaming about starting Glacier Brewing Company. He even thought of a couple of beer names, one of which was Golden Grizzy Ale. Chris Ayers, his wife, was as...


Ronan woman to serve on board

News from Montana Health CO-OP HELENA — Treasa Glinnwater of Ronan was recently elected to serve on the first member-wide board of directors for Montana Health CO-OP for the next two years. She joins seven other board members from across Montana. Glinnwater has owned a full-time, private pra...


Red Lion Inn set to open in June Red Lion Inn set to open in June

News from Red Lion Hotels Corporation POLSON — Construction of the Red Lion Ridgewater Inn & Suites in Polson is set to be completed in June, according to Red Lion Hotels Corporation.  The company signed a franchise agreement with Montana developer Management Consultants, Inc., who broke...


Pizza shop gives back to community Pizza shop gives back to community

ST. IGNATIUS – Free lunch was a reality at the Cornerstone Pizza shop on Christmas Eve where slices of pizza were going fast. “We did this as a way to wish our community a Merry Christmas and to give back to our community,” said Craig Waldron, manager. “The community really support...


Valley Cruisers share food for Christmas Valley Cruisers share food for Christmas

It all started with a front page story in the Oct. 29 Valley Journal, Sherlee Santorno said.  The article was about the Bread Basket food bank in Ronan struggling to keep groceries on their shelves.  Santorno had just been asked to coordinate the Mission Valley Cruisers Christmas party. So sh...


Holiday baskets offer prizes for a good cause Holiday baskets offer prizes for a good cause

RONAN — Winter is a tough time for local food banks, but kind-hearted local businesses and individuals come together to meld fun and charity in a Christmastime fundraiser meant to raise money for those who otherwise might go hungry.  Community Bank’s Spirit Basket program has raised betwe...


Cozy Nostalgia Cozy Nostalgia

Famous biscuits served alongside local history    On Thursday morning when slick roads slowed most people to 40 miles per hour on the highway and a fresh layer of snow was accumulating on already packed snow, Judy Morton was inside pouring coffee at the Biscuit for a few locals brave enough t...


Willard’s comes under new ownership Willard’s comes under new ownership

RONAN – After three and a half decades, 9,017 free six packs, and building a fortress for family, friends, and community to gather, Julie and Willard Moore handed over the keys of their business to new ownership at the end of November.  When the bright-eyed young couple decided to move to Ronan...


Ford supports Boys, Girls Club Ford supports Boys, Girls Club

News from Don Aadsen Ford RONAN — Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $77,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry — especially as the holidays approach.     Sixty-four ...


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