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Third auto parts store comes to Polson Third auto parts store comes to Polson

POLSON — As the walls go up on the O’Reilly Auto Parts store in the Ridgewater Subdivision, locals wonder if Polson can support another auto parts store.  With stores in 17 Montana towns and cities, O’Reilly’s has also expanded to Columbia Falls, Hamilton and currently is constructing a store in Polson with rumors of an opening date in October. The O’Reilly Auto Parts website touts customer service, saying, “Our focus continues to be on making customer connections.”     The two other auto parts businesses in Polson are Auto Zone, which opened in August of 2013, and NAPA Auto Parts, which has been in business in Polson since 1...


Partnership brings attention to small towns Partnership brings attention to small towns

News from the Montana Office of Tourism HELENA – The small community of Roy in Fergus County doesn’t have a traffic light, but it does have some of Montana’s best steak — and now travelers know, thanks to a Montana Office of Tourism partnership with National Geographic Travel. &...


Small businesses: be prepared for natural disasters

By Matt Varilek, Small Business Association regional administrator  HELENA – One of this region’s most expensive disasters unfolded the night of Sept. 9, 2013 when over 10 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, devastating Boulder, Colo., and several other communities with flash floods,...


Local business leaders to collaborate

RONAN — Jay Wilson Preston of Community Tel, Inc. in Ronan and Judy Preston of Access Montana will join 42 other community, business, education, healthcare, and government leaders from across the state in Big Sky this September for Leadership Montana, a premier leadership development program. These inf...


Dr. Terry Smith joins medical clinic Dr. Terry Smith joins medical clinic

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is proud to announce that Dr. Terry Smith has joined the Providence St. Joseph Clinic as the new Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician. “Dr. Terry Smith will be an incredible addition to our s...


The Magic Man The Magic Man

What do a flaming phone, a rope and a bunny have in common? Magic, that’s what. And the undivided attention of an eager, young audience.  Local businessman and magician Ken Avison, owner of the Cove Deli and Pizza, has entertained folks of all ages with his magic shows for more than 50 years.&n...


McCulloch honors CSKT member-owned business

 News from Montana Secretary of State  Linda McCulloch PABLO, MT – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch presented Ron Couture, CSKT enrolled tribal member and owner of Jitterbug Weed and Pest Control, with a Secretary of State’s “Certificate of Good Standing” during the ...


Local business renovates, focuses on rehab Local  business renovates, focuses on rehab

POLSON — Focusing on short-stay rehabilitation for the community, Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center is renovating to the tune of $700,000. The facility is west of Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center, at 9 14th Avenue West.  It’s not the same old place; they’re doing a...


Pampered pooches Pampered pooches

ST. IGNATIUS – Angie Chrisman started cutting hair as a licensed stylist for humans but eventually found dogs easier to deal with — even after being growled at, bit and defecated on. “Dogs are much easier to work with than people,” said Chrisman, owner of Waggin’ Tails Dog Gr...


Fruits thrive, Dixon Days die Fruits thrive,  Dixon Days die

DIXON – The hills of Dixon don’t flow with milk and honey, but the famous melons grown there have some people wondering if they might.  The sugary-sweet fruits have amassed a huge following over the past 24 years, as Dixon Melons, Inc. grew from a small hand-tilled backyard plot into one ...


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