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Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Sharline decided to join the military and spoke with the recruiter in Kalispell, she checked out all branches of service. Out of defiance, she didn’t want the Army, Coast Guard or Marines because her family had joined them. She wanted something different. At the time, the Navy offered benefits for female recruits in advancement and education, and for a small-town girl, that was important. She signed up for a commitment of four years and chose October of 1999 as the date she would go to boot camp.   Before reporting for boot camp, Sharline decided to cut her long hair. Some of her family members threatened not to speak to her if she cut it, but it made sense for what she w...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

(Editor’s note: This series of articles honors our Veterans of Foreign Wars as they share their military service experiences with the community. This 46th article is about John Moon.)   John Moon’s military career started in 1966 at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, where two y...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

While living his life, Geof adheres to several mottos. The most important is, “Take care of my family.” He came to the United States with his wife as a teacher. After several jobs in education and other occupations, he decided he really wanted to work in the medical field.  He wanted a good ...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran         Spotlight

In 1967, Allen Corneliusen left home to go to Butte, Montana, which is where he ended up enlisting in the Army for three years. He called home and told his parents what he had done.   As he recalls, he went by train to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he attended about six weeks of basic training. He&rs...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

What could a young man do between his junior and senior years in high school? In Russ’s case, he talked his parents into signing permission for him to join the National Guard. They were not horribly thrilled, but joining the military was all he ever wanted to do, so they agreed. Russ told the recruiter...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran  Spotlight

After graduating from high school in Oklahoma, Charles “Chuck” Whitson went to college on a basketball scholarship. But at that time, lots of guys were being drafted. Joining the military seemed like the thing to do. So on Jan. 15, 1953, he enlisted in the Army for three years. Chuck got his f...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Joseph comes from a military family with members serving in WWI and WWII.  It was expected that he would join, and he did. In 1963, Joseph enlisted in the Army and went to Fort Ord, California, for basic training. He was there as a private for about three hours and decided it wasn’t for him. So, h...


Boys and Girls Club celebrates success Boys and Girls Club celebrates success

RONAN – Creating a positive future for hundreds of children is such an important goal for the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County that they’ve named their annual celebration the Great Futures Breakfast. This is the fifth year for the event. About 200 adults and a fe...


Women 4 Wellness planning underway Women 4 Wellness planning underway

PABLO – Whether time constraints, fear or cost have prohibited you from pursuing healthcare, it’s time to schedule a day off from work to attend the annual Women 4 Wellness health fair. The event organizers have found ways to eliminate almost all barriers to women pursuing healthcare. This yea...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

In August 1966, HJ Pieper was told by the post mistress in Polson, who was on the draft board, that his name was on the draft list. Because it looked like he would be drafted into the infantry — and he didn’t want to be — instead he enlisted and let the Army make a mechanic out of him. P...


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