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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 highlights Bud Smith, O’Hearn’s late father, who ignited the family’s love for rodeo. The family was honored at a banquet in Billings on January 26. Bud Smith passed away in 1998. His family accepted the award. Smith was born in McRae, Montana in 1917. He left home at 15, moved to Whitehall and began working on ranches and breaking horses. He met his wife, Gussie Ball...


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...


Where the jobs are: Mapping Montana’s economic landscape Where the jobs are: Mapping Montana’s economic landscape

Spread out Montana’s 676,000 jobs evenly, like sprouts in a Kansas cornfield, and each worker would have 140 acres to plow. But the state’s economy, like its topography, isn’t particularly flat. Just as the landscape directs where we can build homes and businesses, economic geography sha...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Jim Mathias was driving a truck after high school but decided he couldn’t keep doing that. He had always wanted to be in the Army and to jump out of airplanes. His mother discouraged his enlistment, but it wasn’t her decision to make, and he enlisted in the Army in December of 1969. His recruiter...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

For most people, being number one is a good thing, but not for Melvin Quakenbush. On New Year’s Eve, Melvin was driving around, celebrating and drinking a little beer when a friend pulled him over and asked if he had heard about President Nixon’s new draft plan – eligible men would be draft...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When asked how he came to join the Army, Slim says, “The judge sent me.”  In December of 1962 he was caught with “adult beverages,” but he was not an adult. In January 1963, he had a choice to make, and joining the Army seemed to be the best of the choices the judge gave him. ...


Polson NRA bull riding champ qualifies for unique upcoming event Polson NRA bull riding champ qualifies for unique upcoming event

POLSON – Payton Fitzpatrick was named to the four-man squad representing Montana in the Battle of the States bull riding event. The competition will be held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center in Reno, Nevada, on Nov. 10. According to the Rodeo USA website, “the Battle of the States is a...


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