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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 with anesthesia so that I won’t feel the pain? Will the surgery be a success? These are everyday questions asked by everyday people who undergo everything from minor surgery to the most complex procedures. There’s no denying that it’s the operation that is on the minds of those who go under the knife. But if you talk to artists whose livelihoods depend on the abi...

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...

In this 'camp,' it's the teachers who learn science

BLUE BAY — Making hand drums from deer hide, playing stick game and coaxing a fire out of tinder without matches all sound like fun skills to learn at camp.  But there’s a twist. The campers were adults, K-8 teachers actually. Their camp was a three-day Culture Camp put on by Big Sky Scie...

Weaver’s work to benefit Buddha garden

Bonnie Tarses knew from the minute she first heard about the Dalai Lama’s planned visit to Arlee that she had to do something to help prepare for such a momentous occasion. “For some reason, it just resonated so strongly with me,” Tarses said of the phone call she received from a friend ...

Horse show tests 4-Hers’ skills, knowledge

RONAN — After a week of spotlighting sheep, goats, cattle and other farm animals at the Lake County Fair, the horses got their turn Saturday morning. The 4-H Horse Show, held at the fairgrounds in Ronan this year, featured around 20 local competitors. “It went really well,” 4-H horse sup...

4-H a family affair for local youth

RONAN — The Lake County Fair means plenty of hard work and good fun for 4-H participants, but for many, the fair is also synonymous with family. Most local 4-Hers have siblings, parents, aunts and uncles and even grandparents who were involved with 4-H as kids, and some are lucky enough to have olde...

Model T tour visits Miracle of America Museum

POLSON — Nearly one hundred Model T Fords of many vintages wheeled into the Miracle of America Museum last Thursday in Polson on Aug. 5. The Model T’s were part of the Montana Majestic Mountain T Tour, of the Model T Ford Club of America.  Between noon to 1 p.m., Harry Fritsch, who was...

Fair teaches Bick kids life lessons

RONAN — For Claire and Cole Bick, the end of school signifies summer fun, a few chores and the Lake County Fair.  Like many 4-H families, when school gets out in May, it’s non-stop activity for the Bick kids.  There’s a garden to tend to, pigs to feed and rabbits to breed &m...

Fast flyer

When one thinks of the Air Force, one naturally thinks of flying and the skies. The last name of Bird only enhances these images, but Polson native Clay Bird, a Captain in the Montana Air National Guard, has been making a name for himself on the ground. Bird, 33, was recently selected to the All-Guard Mar...

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