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Coco's Bike Shop Coco's Bike Shop

ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Mountains prove a perfect backdrop for Coco’s Bicycle Shop, located just outside city limits of St. Ignatius. Thousands of bikes, bike parts, and other odds and ends are orderly littered as far as the eye can see. Coco Blood, owner of the shop, is quite handy and has been repurposing and fixing bikes for more than 32 years.  A self-taught repairwoman, Coco became interested in bikes because her father had helped to build wheelchairs for Easter Seals in Boulder, Montana. She had to learn to fix bikes because she came from a family of seven brothers and four sisters. One was always taking her bike and bringing it back in need of repair, accord...

New tellers join Whitefish Credit Union New tellers join Whitefish Credit Union

News from Whitefish Credit Union POLSON — Whitefish Credit Union, Montana’s largest credit union, would like to welcome three new employees to their Polson location. The Credit Union recently hired Carol Burt, Caitlin Kurzenbaum, and Cameron Rodriguez as branch tellers. These additions will...

Businesses get energy help from government program Businesses get energy help from government program

RONAN – Energy costs can be a major expense for agriculture productions and small rural business, but the government wants to help with a grant program in an effort to increase American energy independence and lower energy bills.  “We want to increase economic opportunity,” said USD...

Permanent pediatrician joins medical center staff Permanent pediatrician joins medical center staff

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson announces the arrival of pediatrician Emily Hall, D.O., who joined the family medicine staff at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center on Jan. 11. Dr. Hall’s arrival marks the first permanent p...

Fees for dairy businesses still up in air Fees for dairy businesses still up in air

HELENA — Montana dairy businesses were left on edge as an Economic Interim Committee hearing drew to a close. Without a solution or timeline to proposed fee increases, no clear answers emerged from the meeting of invested stakeholders. The fees would support the Department of Livestock’s $130,000...

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 tr...

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...

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