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Nonresident visitor numbers up, total spending down

News from the University of Montana MISSOULA – Preliminary estimates by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana show that approximately 11.7 million nonresidents visited Montana in 2015 and spent almost $3.6 billion in the Treasure State. While the number of travelers visiting the state in 2015 increased by almost 8 percent compared to 2014 numbers, the total amount spent by those travelers decreased nearly 8 percent. Though spending did not reach the record levels of 2014, the benefits of travel-related spending coming into the state still ripple throughout the economy, supporting more than 37,000 jobs directly and 52,750 jobs in total. No...


Feature Presentation Feature Presentation

  “And the award goes to …” Dramatic pause. Before we get to that, lets look at the people that attended the three-day Flathead Lake International Cinemafest starting on Friday, Jan 22.  The crowds weren’t quite as big as last year, some said, but they were from al...


Country store in Polson supports local charities Country store in Polson supports local charities

POLSON — Cleaning out a cluttered closet might be worth more in the grand scheme of things than one might think. In the past six years, the Country Store, a small church run thrift shop on Main Street, has donated more than $106,000 to local charities and non-profit organizations. The store has also do...


Celebrate two Kings at museum

POLSON — The free “Night At The Museum” at the Miracle of America Museum, 36094 Memory Lane, Polson, has been moved to the fourth Thursday evening of each month.  The Jan. 28 program, “A Pair Of Kings,” will celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King by examining colle...


Workplace safety rewarded Workplace safety rewarded

POLSON — Montana State Fund, the largest workers’ compensation insurance carrier in Montana, declared a record $35 million dividend in November. The checks will be distributed to policyholders across Montana this month. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Montana State Fund President/CEO Laurence A. Hubbard...


Port Polson Inn receives excellence award Port Polson Inn receives excellence award

Port Polson Inn, an Americas Best Value Inn in Polson, received a prestigious “500 Club” award recently at Vantage Hospitality Group’s 16th annual International Educational Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The “500 Club” award is presented each year to Americas Best Va...


Students experience locally-grown, healthy foods Students experience locally-grown, healthy foods

Six years ago six young leaders in the food industry came together with the common goal of promoting healthy living. The result of their collaboration is known as FoodCorps, which is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food that will help them grow up healthy.  The nation...


Students experience boxing Students experience boxing

News from Montana Kids Co-op POLSON – Retired professional boxer Ken Camel instructed about two-dozen people to step forward and thrust out a left jab. He and his pupils at the Montana Kids Co-Op did so in unison. Camel teaches boxing regularly at Co-op’s Hub youth center but there were two...


Proposed fee increases may affect dairies, small businesses Proposed fee increases may affect dairies, small businesses

MISSION VALLEY—The Montana Department of Livestock has proposed significant fee increases to dairies and other small processors, which could potentially affect many businesses in the Mission Valley and throughout the state.  The fees would specifically affect those businesses that are licensed ...


Proposed fee increases may affect dairies, small businesses

MISSION VALLEY—The Montana Department of Livestock has proposed significant fee increases to dairies and other small processors, which could potentially affect many businesses in the Mission Valley and throughout the state.  The fees would specifically affect those businesses that are licensed ...


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