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Inspired by childhood in Polson, Fugleberg launches music project Inspired by childhood in Polson, Fugleberg launches music project

POLSON — A man from Polson recently launched his new music project that’s bringing together big-name artists from throughout the nation to create messages of hope.  The project “Seeking Permission: Songs in the Key of Hope” started back in 2020, when Polson’s Tom Fugleberg, now residing in Minnesota, found himself in a challenging position as a father of three young kids.  “Covid hit, then a whole lot of other things hit. We were in a very unique position here in Minneapolis, because we were right at the center of everybody’s eye globally because of all the protests in the wake of the George Floyd travesty,” Fugleberg recalled....


Long waits for Montana State Hospital leave psychiatric patients in jail

News from Katheryn Houghton Kaiser Health News MONTANA — A woman experiencing delusions sat in Montana’s Cascade County jail for 125 days while waiting for a bed at the state psychiatric hospital. A man with schizophrenia spent 100 days last year in the Flathead County jail on the hospital&r...


Vietnam veteran reflects on service, bronze star 40 years later Vietnam veteran reflects on service, bronze star 40 years later

POLSON — Forty years ago last month, local marine veteran Denny Ray Newby received a Bronze Star and Combat “V” for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, one of the military’s highest honors. Newby served from 1966 to 1969 and was a member of the first all-Montanan platoon. Pe...


Swimming, exercise classes, more offered at aquatics center Swimming, exercise classes, more offered at aquatics center

“I swim every day the pool is open,” says Mike Case as he takes a breather between laps at the Mission Valley Aquatics and Fitness Center in Polson.  A retiree who recently moved to Polson, Case says swimming is a lifelong passion of his. He became a certified lifeguard at 12 and took swi...


Vaping education lowers teen usage Vaping education lowers teen usage

As e-cigarette use, or vaping, has grown in popularity among Montana’s young, a stream of misinformation has caused some to deviate more than they might have realized.  According to Lake County Public Health, an increase in public awareness, especially in schools, is what’s needed to comb...


Resiliency key to improved mental health Resiliency key to improved mental health

For Sam Ore, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), mental health and physical health “are part of the same continuum. When our mental health goes, a lot of the time it’s a sign that something’s up physically, that we’re not tending to our whole system.”  Ore, a fifth...


Local woman’s book turned into award winning screenplay Local woman’s book turned into award winning screenplay

KALISPELL — The book “Once in a Lifetime Comes a Man” by local author Grace Larson has won a screenplay award from the LA Independent Women Film Festival and was chosen for the Chicago Indie Film Festival. “I’m so proud of this,” Larson said. “I never expected any...


MT Historical Society offers free admission MT Historical Society offers free admission

News from the Montana Historical Society HELENA — In recognition of American Indian Heritage Day, the Montana Historical Society is offering free admission on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. In 1997, the Montana Legislature passed into law MCA 20-1-306, designating the fourth Friday in September as Americ...


Bears seek food sources with arrival of fall Bears seek food sources with arrival of fall

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — With the arrival of fall, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff are busy responding to bear conflicts and working with the public to prevent conflicts. To date, most of the reported conflicts in northwest Montana have involved bears ge...


Phil Jackson supports preservation of Flathead Lake Phil Jackson supports preservation of Flathead Lake

Unceasing change was the theme of basketball giant Phil Jackson’s talk to the Flathead Lakers last Friday in Polson. The Montana native, who played as a power forward with the New York Knicks before leading the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to a combined 11 NBA titles, recounted his long history...


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