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New downtown retailer repurposes aging items New downtown retailer repurposes aging items

POLSON — Savvy power tool skills can help repurpose aging pieces into useful items — just ask Tasha Avison. “Shop was my favorite class in high school,” she said. Avison’s new store in Polson, called Perfectly Imperfect and located at 305 Main Street, speaks to her passion for fixing things. The store’s a mix of old refurbished furniture, custom signs, gift items and vintage things.  Avison does all her own sawing, drilling, sanding, painting and hammering in her workshop in the back of the store, where she fixes up furniture and builds new pieces out of weathered barn wood. She gathers her pieces from the curb for free, or at garage and ...


Martial arts center to open soon Martial arts center to open soon

For those not in martial arts, the idea of jiu-jitsu might bring to mind the image of broken boards and karate style hand chops – that’s not it.  “It’s more like wrestling,” said Justin DuMontier, jiu-jitsu instructor and owner of the Cross Collar Academy. “It&rsqu...


Public TV fund drive begins Dec. 10

PABLO — KSKC-TV, a public television station owned and operated by Salish Kootenai College, is scheduled to hold their on-air fundraiser Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10 and 11, beginning at 6 p.m. each evening. Viewers can call in bids and people are welcome to come to the campus at SKC in Pablo to par...


‘Doughnut central’ at Windmill Village offers pies, other goodies for holidays ‘Doughnut central’ at Windmill Village offers pies, other goodies for holidays

People regularly stop in at the Windmill Village Bakery for a warm glazed doughnut. Each one looks slightly different and is made from an old family recipe the owners keep secret, but are willing to say mashed potatoes are in the dough. “They are so soft and chewy,” said Staci Beaver from Miss...


Cozy Vintage Vida offers sentimental gifts Cozy Vintage Vida offers sentimental gifts

POLSON — The building housing Vintage Vida Antiques and Gifts, 3 Fourth Ave. E, was constructed in 1890 on railroad ties, according to LaNita Fitzpatrick, owner. It was Polson’s first boot and saddle shop, but now it’s full of “pieces of everybody’s past,” Fitzpatrick said...


Local woman writes historical novel Local woman writes historical novel

POLSON — Delivering rambunctious children safely to school requires patience and skill, yet Polson bus driver Cynthia Doll has additional talents driving her in a different direction. She recently finished her first novel, “The Sparrow’s Choice,” a historical fiction novel set in 1...


Black Mountain Software grows hair, awareness Black Mountain Software grows hair, awareness

News from Black Mountain Software POLSON — The arrival of winter weather and the proliferation of men’s facial hair growth have long been correlated. But in recent years moustache and beard growth during the month of November has taken on a meaning beyond warmth. The cultural phenomena known a...


Polson Health Clinic nears completion Polson Health Clinic nears completion

POLSON — Polson residents have been watching construction on the Polson Health Clinic and its Outreach Clinic near the Mission Valley Aquatic Center for months.  Questions abound about the new clinic: Is it going to be another hospital? Will there be a surgical clinic? Are they going to be hiri...


CenturyLink’s service quality to be investigated

News from the Public Service Commission HELENA — The Public Service Commission invites CenturyLink customers who are experiencing chronic problems with their landline telephone service to tell the PSC about them by submitting comments in a PSC investigation proceeding. After an informal investiga...


Grant funding supports local programs Grant funding supports local programs

News from Lake County Community Development Corporation RONAN — Lake County Community Development Corporation  announced Nov. 19 that they received USDA funding that will benefit Mission Mountain Food Enterprise, as well as rural business and cooperative development programs. Of the $962,...


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