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Benefit ‘Lamb of God’ performance draws thousands of people Benefit ‘Lamb of God’ performance draws thousands of people

ST. IGNATIUS – Audience members packed into the historic Mission Catholic Church on Friday night to experience the musical “Lamb of God” performance. Volunteers started setting out chairs in the central walking aisle after the 42 pews were filled. A few people stood next to the door while others stood outside the door. After everyone was settled, the music began. People of all faiths volunteered for different parts in the performance, about 70 performed in the choir, the orchestra included a violin, cello, viola, bass, flute, trombone, French horn, trumpet, tuba, keyboard, piano, and even a harp. The musical was a fundraising event to raise money to repair crackin...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Today in 2017 Ray spends a lot of time on duty at the Ronan VFW, but it didn’t take long to get him remembering back to January 1966, when he was a senior in high school in Arkansas. He got a service deferment until after graduation by taking what he calls “Kiddie Cruise Enlistment.” This p...


‘Miracle Worker’ continues in Polson ‘Miracle Worker’ continues in Polson

“The Miracle Worker” received a standing ovation opening night for an outstanding production of a remarkable story. See “The Miracle Worker” Friday, Saturday or Sunday March 23-25 at Polson’s beautiful theatre on the lake. Shellie Winebrenner as Viney and Kaycee Norman as Hellen...


Showcasing Skills Showcasing Skills

POLSON – “Mission Valley really has Talent,” entertaining emcee Brian Miskimins pointed out to the audience of more than 400 during the first inaugural Mission Valley Has Talent Show on Friday evening at the Polson High School Auditorium. Presented by the Mission Valley Ministerial Assoc...


Small communities outside Missoula grapple with growth, change Small communities outside Missoula grapple with growth, change

Devin Jackson wants to see his small community of Lolo get a new school. The current one is an aging jumble of buildings built into a steep hillside a few steps away from the busy five-lane highway that cuts through the middle of town. As chairman of the Lolo Community Council, he echoes the sentiments of ma...


From stopping point to destination From stopping point to destination

CHALLIS, IDAHO – Mining and ranching is the main economy of Challis, Idaho. When the Thompson Creek Mining Company, a molybdenum mine west of Challis, ended their mining operations in 2014 the bust in the economy rattled the community. At its peak, the molybdenum mine employed around 400 people account...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Like many other young men in 1967, Dale’s draft number came up when he was a senior in high school. Instead of waiting for the notice, and because of his situation at home, he decided to enlist. He left school but promised his mother he would get his diploma. In January 1967, like many others, Dale ...


Local bronc rider's photo appears in national magazine Local bronc rider's photo appears in national magazine

RONAN – Chris Mutchler recently found himself in an unexpected place, and his first thought was: “Holy cow! Look at that!” During the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 11, he ran into Ronan Harvest Foods with his father, Les, and quickly went past the cash registers toward the back of ...


Polson pastors visit Holy Land Polson pastors visit Holy Land

For many, visiting the Holy Land is a dream come true. For one local Pastor it was the fulfillment of a lifelong journey.  Pastor Jason Burrough, the Restoring Hope and Student Ministry Pastor at New Life Church in Polson, was able to visit the Holy Land this past January on a pilgrimage with his Lea...


Montana artist focuses on unique elements from local towns Montana artist focuses on unique elements from local towns

LAKE COUNTY – Three towns in Lake County have been checked off an artist’s list of places to paint in Montana. Laura Blaker is determined to paint scenes from about 200 towns in the state in the next few years. She has finished the scenes for Polson, Ronan, St. Ignatius, and several more. ...


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