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Herbs may help with sleeplessness

It’s 3 a.m. and you’re awake, mind clicking off a list of all the things you have to do tomorrow. You worry about paying the mortgage and retirement. You hope your kids are happy and can find mates and work they love. You think about your family, and your heart overflows with love. You worry about getting old. The thought of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia edges its way into your brain. You check the clock — 3:10 a.m. You fluff your pillow and try to quiet your mind. The neighbor’s dog barks, and coyotes howl. You think about all the stuff in your garage.  If this scenario bears a resemblance to nights at your house, don’t feel bad. A 2004 study ...


Lake County athletes find winter workout solutions despite chilly weather

It may be blue skies and warm weather now, but the onslaught of snow and cold is just around the corner.  And we all know what that means — excessive food consumption in conjunction with gloomy days and indoor activity could pack on the pounds.  New studies have also found that the lack...


Polson dance instructor encourages healthy minds, bodies

Even after a hip replacement surgery, Julia Roberts exudes health. She can’t help it.  It seeps out of her pores and into the life around her, and for Roberts, it’s as effortless as breathing. “For me being healthy is helping other people be happy,” Roberts said.  ...


Spice up summer with neighborhood block party

When Community Bank celebrated its centennial this year, it brought back a forgotten, but excellent tradition — the family-friendly, beloved block party.  Reminiscent of days filled with hide-and-seek, music, barbecue and baseball games lit by the fading summer sun, the summer block party is an...


Local man develops unique relationship with Ronan

RONAN — Most days Carl Lind’s cart is full of cans, as he pushes it around downtown Ronan. He stops here and there to talk to locals and to visit businesses, who save their cans for him. “He doesn’t ever know a stranger,” explains Teena Horshor. Horshor is the social servi...


Carcass show last step for 4-H market projects

Last week, 4-H club members washed and brushed and polished their steers, lambs and pigs so they’d look their best in market and showmanship classes and at the market sale.  This week it was time to view the animals in carcass form, since 4-H market animal projects go from the initial weigh-in ...


Putting for Paws provides food, litter for pets

POLSON — “Hopefully this will last a little while,” Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson said, patting a big sack of dog food. The sack was just one of the 3,601 pounds of dog food, cat food, cat litter, dog biscuits and two ounces of dog brownies donated to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter...


Salish and Kootenai exhibit explores the worlds of human health and healing

Chances are slim to none that a person who is being wheeled down the hospital hallway en route to surgery is thinking about anything other than the surgical equipment that is about to invade his or her body tissues. Is this going to hurt? Did my physician get a good night’s rest? Will I be put under...


Festival blends wine, auctions with scenic view

 POLSON — About 200 wine fanciers enjoyed the beautiful views from the Polson Motorcoach Resort for the 26th annual Soroptimist Wine Festival on Aug. 16.  From 7 to 10 p.m., guests could choose from 36 different wines, fill their plates at the buffet and enjoy KC and the Valley Cats and th...


Grants, donations provide upgrades for Arlee Fire Department

ARLEE — It’s been a good year for the Arlee Volunteer Fire Department. After moving out of a 50-year-old building that was once the town jail to a brand new facility in January, the department has recently added several pieces of new equipment that Chief Ken Light said will improve service to the...


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