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Local non-essential businesses start reopening with guidelines Local non-essential businesses start reopening with guidelines

LAKE COUNTY – Open signs went up in businesses in Lake County earlier this month after being closed for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We have done pretty well,” said Joanne Simpson of the Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery, located on Main Street in downtown Polson. “Everyone who has come into the shop seems to be on a mission and bought something. Our anticipated restart expectations have been exceeded.” Only businesses considered essential were permitted to remain open during the stay-at-home order. The recent phase-one reopening allowed businesses an opportunity to open their doors. Reopening requires a few changes to how things...


Unity Bank purchases 1st Citizens Bank in Polson

News from Unity Bank POLSON – Unity Bank, a community bank with 15 locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin, is pleased to announce the purchase of First Citizens Bank in Polson. First Citizens Bank opened as Unity Bank on Monday, May 18.  We are excited to welcome current First Citizens B...


Small Business Administration reopens disaster loan program

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester     MONTANA – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced another win for Montana agriculture producers and businesses as the Small Business Administration announced it was reopening the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and EIDL Advance programs to applicatio...


Pandemic prices could shutter Montana ranches Pandemic prices could shutter Montana ranches

MONTANA – Some Montana ranchers will likely go out of business due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Livestock told state legislators last week.  Montana cattle producers are facing enormous uncertainty after restaurant closures and COVID-19 outbreaks at meat p...


New owner brings continuity, energy to physical therapy practice New owner brings continuity, energy to physical therapy practice

POLSON – Lindsy Campbell returned to her hometown to fulfill her dream of owning a physical therapy practice, and she’s been at the helm of Mission Valley Physical Therapy for a few months now.  Campbell purchased the practice from physical therapist Shannon Nunlist and took over on Feb. ...


Local internet providers support community during pandemic Local internet providers support community during pandemic

LAKE COUNTY – With schools and many businesses closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Mission Valley residents are turning to the internet to continue essential activities.  People are using video calls and email to keep up with their work, students are using the internet to receive i...


Coffee sleeves used to spread health message

HELENA – Public health officials and numerous Montana coffee shops have announced a new effort today to promote the importance of colorectal cancer screening among individuals ages 50 to 75. As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the Department of Public Health and Human Services is ...


Database connects rural communities with funding resources

News from the Office of the Governor   MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney launched a comprehensive database that will host state and federal grant and loan opportunities that rural Montana communities can leverage to fund community and economic development projects ...


New ‘First Friday’ event kicks off in Polson

News from HandMADE Montana POLSON — Polson is happy to announce the introduction of First Friday events in downtown Polson beginning Friday, March 6. Participating stores and businesses welcome the community to shop local, score hot deals and visit with community artists and makers.  HandM...


Museum Consortium shares upcoming dates, events

News from Mission Valley Museum Consortium   ARLEE Arlee Jocko Valley Museum Our historic site is closed until July 4, 2020. View our beautiful war memorial, which is outside of our site located at the corner of Bouch and Fyant (by the grade school). Volunteers needed. For more infor...


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