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Local hospital designated ‘best practices’ facility

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center  POLSON — The National Rural Health Association has announced that Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has merited a Top 20 Best Practices in Quality designation across all critical access hospitals in the United States as determined by iVantage Health Analytics. The NRHA considers St. Joseph Medical Center to be an exemplar of best practices in all of rural healthcare.  The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on ten indices of strength including competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stabilit...

Businesses awarded for employee commitment Businesses awarded for employee commitment

News from Lake County Job Service POLSON — The Lake County Job Service Employer Committee recently recognized three local organizations as this year’s “Employers of Choice.” This award recognizes a small, medium, and large scale business that demonstrates a high level of commitment...

Local markets explore niches to coexist with supercenter Local markets explore niches to coexist with supercenter

Polson’s Walmart Supercenter opened its doors October 24, 2013, on 28 acres that were re-zoned to commercial property and annexed into the city the city of Polson. Polson’s Walmart Supercenter is now three times the size of the original Walmart, which opened in 1988 in the building now occupied b...

Early vegetable yield sells well at Jocko Valley Farmers Market Early vegetable yield sells well at Jocko Valley Farmers Market

David Wolverton quickly sold out of tomatoes at the Jocko Valley Farmers Market outside of Hanging Art Gallery last week. “People get crafty,” he said of the early vegetable yield at the market. “I can get tomatoes coming early in the season and keep them producing clear into November.&r...

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center receives award for environmental achievements

POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center was recently awarded the 2014 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award by Practice Greenhealth for continuously improving and expanding upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs.  At a minimum, facilities a...

Murdoch’s celebrates grand opening with honor Murdoch’s celebrates grand opening with honor

Murdoch’s grand opening Thursday, June 5 was heralded with a ribbon cutting, flag raising, posting of colors by local honor guards and the Veteran Warrior Society, an honor song sung by drum group Chief Cliff, the National Anthem sung by veteran Charlene Crenshaw, and an angel’s prayer and blessi...

Pierce dealership sold Pierce dealership sold

RONAN — After spending eight years integrating themselves into the community and weathering the worst financial crisis in a century, Jim and Debbie Pierce handed the keys of their Ronan auto dealership to new owners last week.  For the customers of Pierce Ronan Dodge Chrysler Jeep, the absence ...

Downtown shifts into summer mode

POLSON — It’s June, and time for the decorative goose in Jackie M’s Footwear’s window to put on her bikini and flip-flops. Jackie’s goose isn’t the only one sprucing up for summer. All downtown Polson businesses have begun gearing up for the multitude of visitors the we...

Ricciardi revs up Nook menu Ricciardi revs up Nook menu

POLSON — “I love to cook steaks, and I love to eat Italian food,” Nathan Ricciardi said, smiling. Newly hired as the new executive chef at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino, Ricciardi will be revamping the menus and turning The Nook, the KwaTaqNuk’s restaurant, into a steak house. He...

Service, customer satisfaction awarded Service, customer satisfaction awarded

RONAN — MaraLea McGill and Ken Strowbridge are among an elite group of dealership employees recognized with the 2013 Ford Employee Excellence Award. This prestigious award honors dealership employees that have excelled in sales and provided exceptional customer service and satisfaction. “This ...


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