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Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Joseph comes from a military family with members serving in WWI and WWII.  It was expected that he would join, and he did. In 1963, Joseph enlisted in the Army and went to Fort Ord, California, for basic training. He was there as a private for about three hours and decided it wasn’t for him. So, he volunteered for Officer Candidate School, a prerequisite for flight school, which is what he really wanted. His test scores were good, and he was accepted. Because there was already a build up for Vietnam, basic training was extended to 10 weeks. In case flight school didn’t work out, Joseph needed a backup plan so he went to Fort Eustis, Virginia, for about a year to learn ai...


Boys and Girls Club celebrates success Boys and Girls Club celebrates success

RONAN – Creating a positive future for hundreds of children is such an important goal for the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County that they’ve named their annual celebration the Great Futures Breakfast. This is the fifth year for the event. About 200 adults and a fe...


Women 4 Wellness planning underway Women 4 Wellness planning underway

PABLO – Whether time constraints, fear or cost have prohibited you from pursuing healthcare, it’s time to schedule a day off from work to attend the annual Women 4 Wellness health fair. The event organizers have found ways to eliminate almost all barriers to women pursuing healthcare. This yea...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

In August 1966, HJ Pieper was told by the post mistress in Polson, who was on the draft board, that his name was on the draft list. Because it looked like he would be drafted into the infantry — and he didn’t want to be — instead he enlisted and let the Army make a mechanic out of him. P...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Charleen enlisted in the Army on February 12, 1980, in the “delayed entry program” and chose military intelligence as her field.  She actually reported on March 23, 1980, and received credit for that pre-duty time period as a benefit. During her 10 weeks of basic training at Fort Leonard ...


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...


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...


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