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Community gathers to support local parents, special-needs baby Community gathers to support local parents, special-needs baby

POLSON — Six-month-old Emmett Cross isn’t like regular babies, his mother said, but that hasn’t stopped her from loving him. Kara Cross, 26, gave birth to her son on May 8. He was delivered via Caesarean section. Emmett has been diagnosed with Walker Warburg syndrome, the most severe form of congenital muscular dystrophy. He has had two surgeries to have shunts installed to alleviate water on the brain. (The first shunt failed.) He is fed through a tube multiple times a day and during the night. He can’t kick and roll around, lift his arms or hold his head up. But he can cuddle, his mother said. And though he’s partially blind and partially deaf, he does ...


Veteran Spotlight - Eugene Leafty Veteran Spotlight - Eugene Leafty

Eugene Leafty February 25, 1934 Korea: Chief Radioman, E-7 U.S. Navy Even as a sophomore in high school, Eugene Leafty thought he needed to be part of what was going on in Korea. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 17, 1951. Eugene lived in Durango, Colorado at that time and was sent to 16 weeks of boot cam...


Polson’s library director to retire in Jan. from 30-year career Polson’s library director to retire in Jan. from 30-year career

POLSON — After 30 years, Marilyn Trosper is calling it quits, but not without a lot of fond memories. Trosper, who began working at Polson’s library in November 1987, has been its director for 28 ½ years. Her last day will be Jan. 5, 2018. An Idaho Falls native, Trosper recalled fond...


Marking the past Marking the past

POLSON — The Hershman Rock is an enigma to area history enthusiasts. The rock, which is located in the Jette area and supposedly designates the burial place for someone who died in 1717, has been known of by various locals since a story was written about it on July 6, 1970 in the now-defunct Flathea...


Glacier artist-in-residence applications available

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER – Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park.  The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural r...


holiday calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 8 ‘Sparkle On’ at the library   POLSON — “Sparkle On,” an adult coloring program, will be held at North Lake County Public Library in Polson on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 2:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. The theme of this pre-holiday program is “al...


Home for the Holidays

RONAN – After a year of planning, a new family-friendly winter event will soon kick off for the Mission Valley.  The inaugural “Lights Under the Big Sky” event will be held the first three weekends in December at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Ronan. Christmas lights displays, live ...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

For a man who always wanted to remain a farmer, being drafted was not a welcome thing.  George says it was like being ordered to volunteer. He had two or three farm deferments but somehow the local draft board official decided he should be drafted anyway. George was often seen driving a truck hauling mi...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Who would have thought a young man in 1945 would travel virtually around the world at age 18? Not Bill Browning, who was then in high school. Bill has a newspaper picture of himself helping with the “Buy a B-29 Bomber” Sixth War Loan Drive at Lincoln High School in Seattle, Washington.   ...


VeteranSpotlight VeteranSpotlight

Why did it take Worth Nelson 21 years to qualify for a 20-year military retirement? That’s one of the many stories he had to tell in a recent August interview. When younger, Worth lost partial use of his fingers in an episode with dynamite caps. When he went to enlist in various branches of the U.S....


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