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Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Phillip joined the Army in April 1971, he became the eighth generation of his family to serve in the military, dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War.  He knew if a young man wanted to go to college, there were three options: have his parents pay his way (not an option for Phillip’s parents), work his way through (not an option for Phillip to raise the amount needed) or join the military and use the G.I. Bill for education. This last option became “Plan A.” Phillip attended boot camp (basic training) at Fort Lewis, Washington. Since he was an “Air Force brat,” the routines didn’t surprise him. He was prepared to be yelled at a lot b...


Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight

RONAN – Dr. Jim Ofstad’s career as an optometrist in Ronan changed drastically since he started seeing patients in 1972.  When he retired from Ronan Eye Clinic in December he was seeing patients in a large building that he designed himself, working with a broad team and seeing patients fr...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Growing up on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, the sea was always part of Hugh Henderson’s life.  He belonged to the Sea Scouts, which is part of the Boy Scouts organization and includes a navy uniform. In October of 1960, Hugh became a “Kiddy Cruiser” in the Navy at the age of 18 and out at ...


Children exercise their imaginations during poetry workshop Children exercise their imaginations during poetry workshop

PABLO – The fourth-grade students looked pretty quiet sitting at their desks, writing with yellow pencils, but their work offered a look into a room wild with imagination.  The magic started when two classes at Pablo Elementary School came together for their weekly poetry-writing workshop hoste...


UM researchers find rivers retain more plastic debris than previously thought UM researchers find rivers retain more plastic debris than previously thought

FLATHEAD LAKE – Each year, scientists estimate up to four million tons of plastic debris are transported from rivers to oceans all across the globe. It was long thought that most microplastics found in river systems would eventually make their way into the oceans. However, new research by scientists at...


Local family receives Montana rodeo award Local family receives Montana rodeo award

“It’s just been our way of life for many, many years,” Penny O’Hearn said of her family’s relationship with rodeo. O’Hearn’s family has been recognized as the 2019 “Great Montana Rodeo Family” by the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame. The honor h...


Third brother earns high-ranking scout status Third brother earns high-ranking scout status

RONAN – Millions of young people participate in the Boy Scouts of America program each year but only about six percent of them earn the Eagle Scout rank, which makes 18-year-old Michael Koehler of Ronan one of the few. Michael recently finished all the requirements needed to attain the distinguished...


Veteran spotlight: Dwayne Hofschulte Veteran spotlight: Dwayne Hofschulte

(Editor’s note: This series of articles honors our Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as they share their military service experiences with the community. This 36th article is about Dwayne Hofschulte.) February 19, 1938 Cold War - Germany U.S. Army - Sp 4 NORCOM (Northern Area Command of the U.S. Army...


Local students to perform 'Babes On Broadway' Local students to perform 'Babes On Broadway'

POLSON — A grand total of 110 Mission Valley students in grades kindergarten to eighth grade are featured in two casts of the Port Polson Players production of “Babes On Broadway.” Each cast performs on the Polson High School stage this weekend, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26. Both ...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Bob Decker enlisted in the Navy in 1960, he was part of a special group – 80 Montana All-Staters were inducted together in Butte and went as the 587th to boot camp in San Diego, California.   Bob says when he started his 9 weeks he was lower than a tadpole, but he moved up in seniority as oth...


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