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Windfall helps Mission Valley Animal Shelter survive

POLSON — The south side of the old building at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter was sinking, apparently since the cinder block structure was built on a landfill. Cracks in the foundation and instability had the Mission Valley Animal Shelter staff and board checking their shrinking donations and modest budget for a way to pay for building repairs.  Then a miracle came in the form of a generous bequest from a MVAS supporter. The bequest was enough to finance a significant portion of the repairs as well as a much-needed 900-foot expansion. An additional $12,000 came through MVAS’ partnership with National Relief Charities to cover the repair of the flooring in the sinking ...


Baertsch, Montgomery share stories at museum

POLSON – “Dad came out in 1905 to Proctor to help build the hotel,” Oscar Baertsch said, starting his narrative about his dad, also named Oscar. Oscar himself was born in 1915.  Ethel McAlear Montgomery said her grandparents, her dad and aunts and uncles came to the Mission Valley i...


4-H youth win in shooting contests

RONAN — Mission Valley youth took aim at ribbons in several air rifle, archery and shotgun contests during the Lake County Fair shooting sports competition Saturday. The air was quiet at the fairgrounds in Ronan as young sharpshooters sighted in their rifles and bows, and it wasn’t long before...


Honoring and remembering

Teepee poles 65 feet high and flying multicolored ribbons jut into the sky enclosing the new veterans' memorial in the Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribal Complex. Salish Kootenai College Art Department Head Corwin “Corky” Clairmont was one of the masterminds of the Eagle Circle project, f...


Youthful 95-year-olds show no signs of slowing

It’s not everyday you meet a 95 year-old who still dances, much less one who insists on wearing heels while doing so.  But a classy Ruby Moccabee is intent on wearing heels, even while she gardens at home. She’s almost a century old, has a lifetime of memories and advice and is eager to s...


Auction for academics

ST. IGNATIUS — Horse halters, furniture, homemade ice cream, log buildings, bunny rabbits and pretty much everything in between were for sale at the Mission Valley Auction held on Saturday. Usually the auction is held on the second Saturday of July at 13137 Foothills Road. The St. Ignatius Volunteer...


Live History Days slated for July 17, 18

POLSON — Step back in time and visit an authentic soda fountain, take a drive in a Rat Patrol Jeep, ride the train, watch tennis ball cannon and see an ice-cream maker powered by a one-cylinder engine make ice-cream right before your eyes.  All these activities and many more are available at th...


Earmarks, spending targeted in Rehberg’s visit

POLSON — In a 90-minute meeting billed as a listening session at the Lake County Court House, Montana’s only Congressman Denny Rehberg’s main message was accountability.  “If you don’t like the health care plan, blame the people who voted for it,” Rehberg said. ...


Book stitches stories of churchgoers together

POLSON — Miles Finch wrote “Somewhere by Chicago” to have the look and feel of a novel, but every separate story is true. “‘Somewhere’ is Polson,” Finch said. “The ‘Chicago’ part of the title is explained in the first chapter.” The book ...


St. Ignatius fire auction draws hundreds

ST. IGNATIUS — With 640 plates of barbecue served, the 16th annual St. Ignatius Volunteer Firemen’s Picnic and Auction on June 26 may have been the department’s best-attended event yet, fire department treasurer Fred Gariepy said. “I think we served more meals than we ever had,&rdq...


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