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Social services help people survive the income gap Social services help people survive the income gap

Caroline Roesch is a single mother with three children living near the Mission Mountain Range in Lake County, and for her, social service programs were there to help keep food on the table when she needed the assistance.   Roesch was a teacher in Utah’s public school system for about a decade when health issues caused her to move closer to family in Montana.  “It was my dream to be a teacher and I couldn’t do it,” she said. Her father helped her get a used mobile home, and she signed up for several social service programs. Something is always going wrong though, like her car breaking down and the water pipes freezing up under her home.  She...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

If you were a recent high school graduate and you wanted to go to a mechanical school but were a little short of finances, what would you do? That was Neal Bocksnick in 1969 and he opted for his second choice, to get mechanical training through the military. He avoided the draft with a delayed enlistment in ...


Cooperative craft breweries: a new approach to revitalizing small towns Cooperative craft breweries: a new approach to revitalizing small towns

Small. Independent. Traditional. These are the words used to define a craft brewery. They could also be used to describe many rural towns across Montana and the Northwest. As small towns contend with big problems in the wake of ever-increasing urban sprawl, they’re getting creative in their search for...


Greater Polson Community Foundation celebrates 10 years of ‘making a difference’ Greater Polson Community Foundation celebrates 10 years of ‘making a difference’

POLSON — Last week, Penny Jarecki related how the Greater Polson Community Foundation came to be.  It all started by reading a story about a Bigfork couple who donated to create the Bigfork Community Foundation Trust.  “I got the idea, but it wasn’t original,” she said...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

  Joining the Army seemed like a good idea to Penrod in November, 1984. He had family obligations, was making low pay in Ronan, and wanted to go to Germany. The increase in pay and getting insurance worked out, but he never made it to Germany even though the recruiter said it would be so. Penrod s...


Montanans light Capitol Christmas Tree Montanans light Capitol Christmas Tree

News from Office of Senator Jon Tester  WEST LAWN, U.S. CAPITOL – U.S. Senator Jon Tester kicked off the holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 7, alongside Bozeman sixth-grader Ridley Brandmayr as they lit the Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. As the senior S...


Veterans Spotlight Veterans Spotlight

Louie Polinsky has the distinction of being drafted – twice! When he reported to Butte in 1959, the quota was full and he was told to go home and they would call back when they needed him. Two years later in August of 1961 he got the call. A bus picked him up and took him to Butte and then, bam! He was...


From Apple Hill to Iwo Jima: Mission resident shares service story From Apple Hill to Iwo Jima: Mission resident shares  service story

St. Ignatius resident Charlie Jacquier, pronounced (jock keer), was born of French-American extraction in 1925, in the farming area of Smith Flat, California, a neighboring town of the famous “Gold Country” settlement of Placerville. Drafted right out of high school in 1943 at the age of 18, C...


Horse retreat helps people dig into subconscious thoughts Horse retreat helps people dig into subconscious thoughts

PABLO – Sharline Bluemel never expected to get emotional help from a horse, but she was willing to try anything. She was feeling really low and didn’t want to get out of bed anymore. But Bluemel had kids to take care of, so when she was invited to try equine therapy, although skeptical, she went ...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Larry Raffatto got his draft notice, he had about 10-14 days to exercise an option to enlist rather than be drafted. He didn’t want to go to the Army. He went to see the Navy recruiter in Missoula, but their quota was full. He went down the hall to the Air Force recruiter and got the same story. &...


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