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Cherry guru speaks to Flathead growers Cherry guru speaks to Flathead growers

Flathead cherry trees are mostly pruned by now, allowing growers time to attend the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers 79th annual meeting held Saturday at the Yellow Bay Club House.  Keynote speaker Norm Guitzwiler, a respected Washington cherry grower and crop management consultant, gave the audience of cherry growers a glimpse into “what we see, what we hear from California, Oregon and Washington” regarding the 2015 cherry crop. Guitzwiler, a third generation orchardist and life-long resident of the Wenatchee Valley, said California didn’t get the “chilling hours” necessary for cherry growth, “so they’ll have problems setting a crop.”&nbs...

Western Bee turns 50

POLSON — Western Bee in Polson is celebrating 50 years serving customers with beehives this year. They are the third-longest running beekeeper business in the United States, employing up to 70 people from the local area, according to their website. Western Bee’s products are made from Ponderos...

Nurse practitioner joins walk-in clinic Nurse practitioner joins walk-in clinic

News from Providence  St. Joseph  Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center welcomes Penny Charrance, Nurse Practitioner to Polson. Penny is a provider in the walk-in clinic. She has a both a bachelor’s and master’s of science in nursing from the Univer...

Unemployment rate down to 4.3 percent

News from the State of Montana HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate continued its decline in February, down 0.1 percentage points to 4.3 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.5 percent in February. Montana’s total employment levels increased by 2,...

Safeway store acquired by Albertsons

POLSON — The Safeway store in Polson will keep its banner name, although a merger with Albertsons became effective Jan. 30.  The merger created a diversified network that includes 2,230 stores, 27 distribution facilities and 19 manufacturing plants with more than 250,000 employees across 34 sta...

New management keeping green ‘green’ New management keeping green ‘green’

RONAN – After nearly a quarter-century of being owned by an original group of investors who built it from the ground up, the Mission Mountain Golf Club has come under new ownership that hopes to restore the course so it can continue to serve loyal locals and create a more of a draw for southern traveli...

Native artists featured  Native artists featured

POLSON — A woven birchbark bag, paintings and collage pieces drew people into the Sandpiper Gallery for the “North, South, East and Wood,” a Native American invitational show. Local wood artist Dion Albert brought his birchbark work, from baskets to bags to room divider panels. One sc...

Valley, Lake County Bank agree to merge Valley, Lake County Bank agree to merge

LAKE COUNTY — Two local community-owned banks plan to merge this year in an effort to offer better services for their customers.  Valley Bank of Ronan and Lake County Bank of St. Ignatius have agreed to terms of a merger and the deal is currently under review of federal regulators.  The...

Local artists bead panels for hospital Local artists bead panels for hospital

POLSON — Sounding like unspoken family vows, “know me, care for me, ease my way” is the vision statement of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.  And it’s more than just words. The saying has been beaded into three panels on display in the entryway to make the hospital mor...

Ridgewater Development explained

POLSON — Introducing local developer Mike Maddy as the “kingpin of Ridgewater,” Polson Pachyderm president Freeman Robinson kicked off an hour of information at the Feb. 27 meeting about what’s happening in the Ridgewater subdivision south of Polson.  “No Applebee’...

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