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Ronan Telephone Company celebrates 50 years

RONAN —The Ronan Telephone Company commemorated 50 years in business on Thursday — not a small feat for a small company in Ronan. In the half-century that RTC has been in business, there have been many changes in the community and the communications business. Jay Preston Jr., the president of the business will be the first to tell you that.  When his father bought the company in 1960, operators filled the front room on Main Street that now houses the main office. Lines would light up on the switchboard, and operators would connect lines manually. In the early days of the 1960s, the company served about 500 customers and calling Pablo from Ronan was long distance. In t...

Farmers introduced to mobile poultry processing unit

RONAN — Over the last few decades, much of the meat processing industry has been taken out of the hands of the local farmer and become a corporate industry, comprised of feedlots and factory farms.  But this April, local organizations introduced a new tool to give farmers and local poultry rais...

Encampment passes on appreciation for traditional skills

Last week’s Agnes Vanderburg Camp on North Valley Creek Road could have been transplanted from the 19th century except for the cars and pickups. Smoke from campfires veiled the pine trees, and the creek overfilled its banks. A deer carcass hung from a tree limb, and people knapped arrowheads, tanned...

Fight night

The sweet science? The 38 fighters in the Mission Valley Rumble “Smoker” Thursday night didn’t bother to bring any science into the ring with them. There was no feigning, no precise footwork, no bobbing-and-weaving, and the high school fighters certainly didn’t bother to take a rou...

AmeriCorps workers impact Camp Marshall

It isn't unusual for Camp Marshall, located along the east shore of Flathead Lake on Melita Island Road north of Polson, to be bustling with activity during the summer. But, instead of campers hiking, attending chapel and singing around the campfire, Camp Marshall has been home to a group of AmeriCorps Natio...

Mills flies high, fast in U.S. Air Force

POLSON – Memorial Day was celebrated across America on May 31. Originally called Decoration Day, it started around the end of the Civil War and was a day for commemorating the men and women who died while serving in our nation’s service. But Memorial Day may have lost its meaning to some resident...

Veteran remembers Japanese surrender

POLSON — As he was watching the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, young sailor Jim Sivelle “pecked it out on a typewriter” and sent the letter to his parents in Los Angeles.  Sivelle’s mom recognized the significance of her son’s l...

Can’t bead ‘em? Join ‘em.

Although it’s always a treat to visit the People’s Center, Thursdays are special at the museum. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. interested folks are invited to come to the museum and learn to make moccasins, bead, make cloth dolls or dance outfits.  During most of these Thursdays, a core group of ...

Finley remembers Army, Air Force career

Octave Finley led the grand entry at the Two Eagle River Elders Week Powwow on May 27. But before Finley became War Dance Chief and before he was chaplain for the Veteran Warrior’s Society, he spent 20 years in the service. Finley was in the army from 1951-1952 serving in Seoul, Korea, and Japan. After...

Silent Sal

Ever wonder what it would be like to run a marathon every day? Mike Ehredt can tell you. But he’d rather tell you why he runs.  Since May 1, the 49-year-old Army veteran has run more than 800 miles across the Northwest, alone and unsupported. His journey won’t be complete for another 3...

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