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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 Montana produced foods and products. The award came through the Montana Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Development Council, one of six recipients receiving a total of $208,700 in grant and loan awards for value-added agricultural related projects through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program. “I am continually impressed with level of applications we receiv...

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...

Energy prices could lead to boon in tourism, problems for others Energy prices could lead to boon in tourism, problems for others

MISSOULA – Lake County is one of 16 counties in Montana that does not produce conventional energy resources – coal, natural gas or oil — but that doesn’t mean plummeting gas prices won’t have some impact locally.  Economists and experts gathered at the University of Mont...

Business community holiday projects successful

POLSON — An effort to encourage local shopping at Christmastime resulted in more than 700 community members participating in the Polson Business Community holiday promotion, according to Jackie Cripe, co-owner of Jackie M’s Footwear.  The PBC asked shoppers to save their receipts from dow...

Stockgrowers donate hamburger Stockgrowers donate hamburger

When the Montana Foodbank Network backed up to the dock at White’s Wholesale Meats on Jan. 14, Kyle Middlemist, director of the Western Montana Stockgrowers Association, and Jack Stivers, secretary for the WMSA, were ready to help load hamburger.  To help stretch budgets and fill stomachs with ...

Flathead Lake International Cinemafest presents 3rd annual film festival in Polson Flathead Lake International Cinemafest presents 3rd annual film festival in Polson

News from Flathead Lake International Cinemafest Judging is complete and the schedule is set. Now, the public is invited to join emerging and veteran filmmakers at Polson’s third annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest film festival Friday through Sunday at the Showboat Cinema in Polson. Festi...

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