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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 decision will allow both banks’ customers to have more financial options, Valley Bank President Jamie Buhr, and Lake County Bank President Fred Gariepy said.  “With this economy the way it is right now, things have been tough on the small banks,” Gariepy said. “I think it was a good fit for my customers. They can be served a little better, with higher len...


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’...


City sells liquor license

POLSON — The City of Polson’s public auction for its liquor license on Feb. 20 resulted in Rainbow Point Polson LLLP purchasing the license for $55,000, which was the reserve price, according to Mark Shrives, Polson City Manager.  Shrives said two other people registered but did not bid a...


Co-op receives funding

ARLEE — Western Montana Growers Cooperative in Arlee on Monday was awarded a loan and a grant totaling $73,700 to assist with the development and expansion of a distribution and warehouse facility in Missoula that will support over 40 farms in Western Montana and provide distribution to a wide-range of...


Taverns, brewers develop legislation

News from Montana Tavern Association and Montana Brewers Association HELENA — The Montana Tavern Association, the Montana Brewers Association and several other industry groups have come together to develop legislation to be introduced in the Montana Legislature to allow Montana’s craft brewing...


Media arts grad uses video to inspire athletes Media arts grad uses video to inspire  athletes

ARLEE – Jordan Lefler, 24, stands on the sidelines with video camera in hand at just about every Arlee boys football and basketball game for the past few years, hoping to capture phenomenal moments — and avoid being hit by the ball. “I’m trying to get the emotion of the game,&rdquo...


St. Ignatius ice cream store to open

ST. IGNATIUS – A pair of young St. Ignatius dairy farmers intend open a locally-sourced, Montana-made ice cream store by summer.  “Hopefully by Memorial Day there will be freshly churned, small-batch, locally-flavored ice creams in St. Ignatius,” owner Laura Ginsberg said. “Ou...


Forbis brings community experience to hospital Forbis brings community experience to hospital

POLSON — After 29 years with Andersen Broadcasting, Rich Forbis was ready for a new challenge.  “Change is always with us and I felt it was time to take on a new adventure,” Forbis said.  That desire for a step into unchartered territory led Forbis to his new position as Com...


Space to roll: Jiu-jitsu studio expands in St. Ignatius Space to roll: Jiu-jitsu studio expands in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – Jiu-jitsu students in the Cross Collar Academy can now practice their skills without competing for space with basketballs.  “We’ve got a much bigger space,” instructor Justin Dumontier said. Dumontier moved his jiu-jitsu studio from behind the basketball cour...


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