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King receives diabetes educator certification King receives diabetes educator certification

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center POLSON – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center registered dietitian Wanda King recently received certification as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) by the National Certification Board of Educators.  According to the National Certification Board of Educators, a CDE is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, pre-diabetes and diabetes management.  As a CDE, Wanda will educate, support and advocate for people affected by diabetes, addressing the stages of diabetes throughout the lifespan. To earn the credential, Wanda showed she understood all of the differ...


New Ronan Motors owners dive into business New Ronan Motors owners dive into business

By Mary Auld  for the Valley Journal RONAN – Paul and Kelly van Hoek are veterans in the car business, but cars aren’t the reason they decided to buy Ronan Motors. It’s the beauty and community in the Mission Valley that attracted them to the business. “We knew it was go...


New deli serves healthy, community oriented fare New deli serves healthy, community oriented fare

ST. IGNATIUS – “Build your own sandwiches, soups from scratch, and a little bit of love of course, which makes it taste better,” is how Janis Heffern describes her new business.  Daybreak Deli and Floral has been open since July 2018, but it’s been a dream for much longer. Hef...


Economic development organization seeks director Economic development organization seeks director

RONAN – Lake County Community Development Corporation is accepting a second round of applications for their top leadership position. Gypsy Ray, current executive director, is leaving the organization after four years at the job. LCCDC is a local economic development organization in Ronan that sup...


Animal shelter director resigns Animal shelter director resigns

POLSON — Mission Valley Animal shelter is operating without the leadership of an executive director. Former director Filip Panusz’ last day at the shelter was Oct. 15. He started working as shelter director in April 2017. Operations manager Steve Reynolds said the team of kennel attendants and...


St. Luke pairs bingo with breast health education St. Luke pairs bingo with breast health education

News from St. Luke Community Healthcare  RONAN – On Oct. 24, a group of community members filled St. Luke Community Healthcare to eat dinner with friends, win prizes and learn about maintaining good breast health. The third annual Bingo for Breast Health attracted over 130 women and men. ...


Shoppers celebrate local retailers Shoppers celebrate local retailers

POLSON – The turkey and pumpkin pie had probably worn off by Saturday, so people were ready for a round of shopping on Small Business Saturday.   Bobbie Goldberg, owner of Second Nature Gifts and Goods in Polson, said business at her shop doubled on Saturday, compared to Black Friday. “I ...


Providence brings 3D mammography to Polson

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center   POLSON – Local donations and a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust are bringing 3D mammography to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. St. Joe’s began offering 3D mammography to the community in September as a direct r...


Tribal Health welcomes new healthcare provider

News from CSKT Tribal Health  ST. IGNATIUS —This fall, Tribal Health welcomes new healthcare provider Karyn Thornton, a certified physician assistant (PA-C).  Karyn joins Tribal Health in an effort to provide increased healthcare to recipients in the Pablo/SKC and Two Eagle River School ...


Cold brews benefit future ice arena Cold brews benefit future ice arena

POLSON – Guests were treated to tasty brews, food and a little lesson in Montana brewery history during the inaugural Oktoberfest celebration and fund-raising event hosted by the Mission Valley Ice Arena Association.  “We had a great turnout,” said hostess Megan Comings. The even...


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