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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 Fire Department came out early to dampen the roads around the auction to keep the dust down according to Ed Beachy, one of the auction committee members.  The local Amish community sponsored the 8th annual auction to raise funds for its private school. The Amish school, a non-profit, receives 12 percent of the total proceeds from the auction. Anyone can consign items to the auct...

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...

Youngsters plant lasagna garden

POLSON — A lasagna garden brings thoughts of tomatoes, basil and garlic melding together.  While the lasagna garden being planted in the community garden behind the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church did have lots of cherry tomato plants, there were no layers of pasta oozing cheese.  ...

Blair paints Mission Valley landscape

RONAN — It was an idyllic setting — a weathered fence, falling down in places, an open meadow of yellow flowers ringed with pine trees, a slight breeze, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. The only noise was the occasional bee loading up on pollen and once in a while a vehicle crunching past ...

Arlee Celebration contests begin today

ARLEE — This year’s Arlee Celebration may be the biggest yet, if the number of inquiries about the event is any indication of how many dancers are planning to attend. “My powwow phone … has been going crazy,” powwow chairman Alec Quequesah said Friday. He’s heard fr...

Local artisan joins Montana Circle of American Masters

RONAN — Eva Boyd learned to make baskets when she was about 10 from her grandmother, Mary Louise Paul. Mrs. Paul lived in Camas Prairie, and Eva remembers her grandmother sitting out by the water making split cedar root baskets.  Now Boyd is a grandmother, even a great-grandmother, with 12 gran...

Museum celebrates Reservation’s history

ARLEE — Fourth of July weekend in Arlee is packed with outdoor activities like the powwow, rodeo, basketball tournament and parades, but the Jocko Valley Museum offers a break from the heat and a look at the area’s rich history. The museum opens July 4 with several exhibits commemorating vario...


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