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Willard’s comes under new ownership Willard’s comes under new ownership

RONAN – After three and a half decades, 9,017 free six packs, and building a fortress for family, friends, and community to gather, Julie and Willard Moore handed over the keys of their business to new ownership at the end of November.  When the bright-eyed young couple decided to move to Ronan 35 years ago from Missoula, they had no idea they would stay so long. Willard was a card dealer at the time and Julie, his then-girlfriend, was working at a local store when he bought the bar.  The 19-year-old gave her two weeks notice and started working with Willard not long after the initial purchase. The pair got married soon after and the rest is history.  “Th...


Ford supports Boys, Girls Club Ford supports Boys, Girls Club

News from Don Aadsen Ford RONAN — Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $77,500 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska, in keeping with its commitment that no child should go hungry — especially as the holidays approach.     Sixty-four ...


New downtown retailer repurposes aging items New downtown retailer repurposes aging items

POLSON — Savvy power tool skills can help repurpose aging pieces into useful items — just ask Tasha Avison. “Shop was my favorite class in high school,” she said. Avison’s new store in Polson, called Perfectly Imperfect and located at 305 Main Street, speaks to her passion...


Martial arts center to open soon Martial arts center to open soon

For those not in martial arts, the idea of jiu-jitsu might bring to mind the image of broken boards and karate style hand chops – that’s not it.  “It’s more like wrestling,” said Justin DuMontier, jiu-jitsu instructor and owner of the Cross Collar Academy. “It&rsqu...


Public TV fund drive begins Dec. 10

PABLO — KSKC-TV, a public television station owned and operated by Salish Kootenai College, is scheduled to hold their on-air fundraiser Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10 and 11, beginning at 6 p.m. each evening. Viewers can call in bids and people are welcome to come to the campus at SKC in Pablo to par...


‘Doughnut central’ at Windmill Village offers pies, other goodies for holidays ‘Doughnut central’ at Windmill Village offers pies, other goodies for holidays

People regularly stop in at the Windmill Village Bakery for a warm glazed doughnut. Each one looks slightly different and is made from an old family recipe the owners keep secret, but are willing to say mashed potatoes are in the dough. “They are so soft and chewy,” said Staci Beaver from Miss...


Cozy Vintage Vida offers sentimental gifts Cozy Vintage Vida offers sentimental gifts

POLSON — The building housing Vintage Vida Antiques and Gifts, 3 Fourth Ave. E, was constructed in 1890 on railroad ties, according to LaNita Fitzpatrick, owner. It was Polson’s first boot and saddle shop, but now it’s full of “pieces of everybody’s past,” Fitzpatrick said...


Local woman writes historical novel Local woman writes historical novel

POLSON — Delivering rambunctious children safely to school requires patience and skill, yet Polson bus driver Cynthia Doll has additional talents driving her in a different direction. She recently finished her first novel, “The Sparrow’s Choice,” a historical fiction novel set in 1...


Black Mountain Software grows hair, awareness Black Mountain Software grows hair, awareness

News from Black Mountain Software POLSON — The arrival of winter weather and the proliferation of men’s facial hair growth have long been correlated. But in recent years moustache and beard growth during the month of November has taken on a meaning beyond warmth. The cultural phenomena known a...


Polson Health Clinic nears completion Polson Health Clinic nears completion

POLSON — Polson residents have been watching construction on the Polson Health Clinic and its Outreach Clinic near the Mission Valley Aquatic Center for months.  Questions abound about the new clinic: Is it going to be another hospital? Will there be a surgical clinic? Are they going to be hiri...


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