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Veteran Spotlight Veteran  Spotlight

Gary Hoffer’s grandfather was in the Army in WWI and his uncle was a Marine in WWII.  When Gary signed up for the Navy after high school, he represented the next generation in this family of veterans. Of course there was a draft, so that was also an incentive to join the military, but Gary says he probably would have joined anyway. “Recruit” Gary began his six-week boot camp in San Diego, California in March of 1969. He was assigned to Company 200 and, coincidentally, it was the 200th birthday of the city of San Diego. The Company found itself privileged, and among other benefits had pictures taken with Miss San Diego. Boot camp routines were less impressive &helli...

Strong family bonds bring five sisters home Strong family bonds bring five sisters home

ST. IGNATIUS – Ella Gilchrist, 89, sat in a rocking chair in her home and jokingly said most people would rather kill their siblings than ever have to live with them as adults.  She looked at her four sisters sitting around her in the living room last week, and they laughed together. The statem...

Fire-damaged homes repaired with auction proceeds Fire-damaged homes repaired with auction proceeds

ST. IGNATIUS – At the Amish School site on Allison Road, the children were more interested in the baby goats than the Saturday, April 14, benefit auction. The adults, however, busily bid on items bringing in about $28,000.  Toby Yoder helped organize the event. He said people in the community d...

50 years of bull 50 years of bull

Buddy Westphal hosted his 50th Charlolais Bull Sale on his Valley View Charolais ranch Northwest of Ronan. Sparkling wine was served and bidders came in from as far as Louisiana, Texas and California. Cyndi Champion from Northwest Farm Credit out of Missoual records sales.

Veteran Spotlight Veteran  Spotlight

Ted Decker, a 1958 high school graduate, was working at the mill in Pablo when he got his draft notice. Rather than wait around to be called up, he went to the Polson office to volunteer for the draft and started his two years of service in September, 1961.      Ted went to Ft. Ord, Califor...

Through boom or bust, Oregon small town rides theme to maintain identity Through boom or bust, Oregon small town rides theme to maintain identity

SISTERS, Ore. — The drive from Portland to Bend weaves through a few towns offering a chance to pause for food and gas on your way to somewhere else. Sisters is a good place to stop. Arriving in the small town is a moment that just feels cheesy: Green Oregon forests end to reveal mountains in the di...

‘Ruff’ competition at Milliron Arena ‘Ruff’ competition at Milliron Arena

Paws were put to the test, as canines of all shapes, sizes, colors and breeds zipped, zig-zagged and zoomed through and over various obstacles this past weekend during the Agility by the Lake Trials.  The North America Dog Agility Council (NADAC) sanctioned event, sponsored by the Missoula-based club...

Town mourns loss of community champion Cal Lindburg Town mourns loss of community champion Cal Lindburg

RONAN – A beloved community member who volunteered so often he was honored with the title of “Grand Marshal” in several local parades, passed away recently. Community members describe him as someone who helped develop the town of Ronan.  Calvin Lindburg, 91, better known as “C...

Tourism has given Philipsburg new life — but brought few families Tourism has given Philipsburg new life — but brought few families

PHILIPSBURG — As the holiday season got its start on a clear morning in late November, Phillipsburg’s Main Street looked like something out of a Hallmark movie. A window washer cleaned downtown storefronts along blocks of historic brick buildings — a candy store, a microbrewery, coffee s...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Dan was attending the University of Minnesota in 1965, but he dropped out for one quarter and immediately got a draft notice. He decided to enlist ahead of the draft. He could enlist for two years but then be obligated for four summers of duty, or enlist for three years. Dan took the three-year option, but i...

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