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Newly acquired ivory artwork displayed

CHARLO —  It must be getting near springtime – Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana has opened its doors for the 2019 season. Be sure to stop by for a sneak preview of a new ivory artwork exhibit that will be installed in its entirety later this spring.  Start your St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations by stopping by the museum and gift shop on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and enjoy some hot coffee and a bite or two of something sweet and green.  The museum recently acquired a substantial collection of Alaskan ivory artwork of various artists acquired over a lifetime by Hugh Magnussen and his wife, Jutta. The artwork is carved meticulously from wal...


46 employees to lose jobs at Kicking Horse Job Corps

By Karen Peterson   Valley Journal  RONAN – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes informed the employees at Kicking Horse Job Corps that the center will be completely closed as of Feb. 28.  CSKT Communications Director Rob McDonald said the tribe was working with the Depar...


Annual Small Business Summit opens in February

News from the director’s office of the
 Montana Department of Transportation
 MONTANA – The Montana Department of Transportation will host the fourth annual Small Business Summit, Takin’ Care of Business, on Feb. 12 to the 14th in Helena. This year, the summit kicks off with a recep...


Downtown bar gets new name, new owners  Downtown bar gets new name, new owners

POLSON – The bar at 18 Main Street in downtown Polson, which for several decades was known as the Wolf Den and more recently was the Vine and Tap, now has a new name and owners. Dusty and Mandy Kisler purchased the bar in August, and named it Perfect Shot Tavern. The couple’s goal is t...


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 Boa...


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. ...


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