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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.  “I started when I was a kid and I’ve never grown up,” he says.  Avison estimates his introduction to magic was sometime between 10 and 12 years old, while watching the Ed Sullivan show. After that, he spent hours in the public library researching magic. For his first trick, he produced a silk scarf from a toilet paper tube.  It wasn’t long ...


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 ...


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 H...


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...


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