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Lee retires from Lake County Community Development Lee retires from Lake County Community Development

 RONAN – Billie Lee’s ability to dream is one of the qualities she and those who know her well say is one of her greatest assets. But the retiring executive director of Lake County Community Development Corporation could scarce have guessed two decades ago the dividends her ambitious nature would reap for Mission Valley.  “She’s had a huge impact,” LCCDC board member Jay Preston said. “I figure if you take the projects that she has been able to get funded and bring money in over a 25 year period then her impact has been about half a billion dollars (for the community).”  After spending 30 years away from her native Missoula, Lee...


Café serves fresh, homemade food and baked goods Café serves fresh, homemade food and baked goods

POLSON — Rounds of homemade rustic Italian bread, a tray of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven, smells of coffee brewing and soup simmering greet customers at Mrs. Wonderful’s Marmalade Café.  Owners Mary Frances and Gino Caselli opened the café, located at 325 Main Street, ...


Business community worries about Highway 93 access Business community worries about Highway 93 access

RONAN — Local business owners are concerned a proposed plan for the expansion of Highway 93 has the potential to gut accessibility to many of the stores that drive Ronan’s economy.  In a town meeting last week, designers for the KLJ Engineering explained the proposed access control plan f...


New cell phone business opens in Polson New cell phone business opens in Polson

POLSON — A new cell phone business described by an owner as “a one-stop shop for everything cell phone” opened in Polson this month.  MT Wireless, located at 223 Main Street between Navigator Travel and The First Resort is owned and run by Mack Mackwani and Eric Delphy, with help fr...


NLRB deals another blow to small business

President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board recently announced that due to complaints against a McDonald’s franchise, it will expand its definition of employer to make one company an employer of another company’s employees. The impact of the NLRB’s alarming decision to find &l...


Pasta maker wins Family Business Day award

POLSON — Located north of Polson, Country Pasta produces 2.5 million pounds of pasta per year. That’s a lot of semolina, fresh eggs, sea salt and water. Next year will be its 25th year in existence.  Started by Dean and Linda Knutson and their family, the business was purchased by Amy and...


Valley Journal looks forward to more anniversary celebrations Valley Journal looks forward to more anniversary celebrations

As we marked the Valley Journal’s 10th anniversary last Saturday, we were thrilled that so many of our friends, neighbors and readers from all over Lake County were able to attend the event at the Ronan Community Center. The group of people that mingled in and out truly represented the broad spectru...


Goode retires from Mission Valley Power Goode retires from Mission Valley Power

PABLO — Bad news:  Ralph Goode is retiring as general manager of Mission Valley Power. Good news: Jean Matt will be taking over the position. Matt said, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ralph since July 28. He’s showed me the ropes.” Goode joked, “It to...


Pre-register for pesticide disposal in Polson

News from Montana  State University BOZEMAN – Dates have been set for Montanans to dispose of pesticide wastes through the Montana Pesticide Waste Disposal Program. Pesticides may be disposed of Sept. 17 in Polson at the Lake County Transfer Station. Other dates and cities are Sept. 16...


Webinars help businesses prepare for natural disaster

HELENA – Each year small businesses in our region are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, or wildfires.  Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits. You can get help with your o...


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