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Local family strengthens Haitian connection

POLSON — “Pr rile” or suckers are the perfect treat for Peterson and Adlerson Watkins, but they also like “fromage” or string cheese sticks.  Since Peterson, 5, and Adlerson, 3, are from Haiti, they speak Haitian Creole, which is where the words “pr rile” and ”fromage” come from. Haitian Creole is a mix of French, African dialects and Spanish.  Tifanni and Mike Watkins want to keep the two boys bilingual, so the Watkins speak Haitian Creole at home, although the boys are fluent in English. The Watkins welcomed the two boys into their family when Adlerson and Peterson were adopted on June 26, 2009. Montana is far from H...


The cheese stands alone

Supposedly the moon is made of green cheese, but the Flathead Lake Cheese Company doesn’t plan on making any green cheese. The Flathead Lake Cheese Company will produce lots of feta, a brine-washed cheese and some “boutique cheeses,” different types all the time.  Located behind Gro...


Barry Webb makes life better in Polson

POLSON — Barry Webb is a familiar sight on the streets of downtown Polson, waving to motorists, acting as a crossing guard, saying "Hi" to everyone he meets and stopping in at Jackie M’s or Beacon Tire or Pier 93 or the Polson City Library or the barbershop on his appointed rounds. Barry no longe...


Weekly dinners foster community spirit in Mission

ST. IGNATIUS — Free community dinners are no strangers to the Mission Valley during the holiday season, but one group in St. Ignatius has continued to serve free, hot meals every Monday evening since November. And they plan to keep going as long as they have funds and volunteers. It all started when...


Wedding expo unveiled at KwaTaqNuk Resort

POLSON — For anyone with questions about planning a wedding, the 2010 Mission Valley Bridal Fair was the place to find answers on Jan. 17. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino in Polson, which co-sponsored the event with the Valley Journal, the second annual wedding expo offer...


Seniors enjoy virtual bowling in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — You’d think a junior high girls’ group was having a party, with all the squeals and giggles coming from inside the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center Monday morning. But it was just a bunch of senior ladies enjoying their weekly Wii bowling session, a tradition that started ...


Native artist uses art, stories to encourage kids

POLSON — “Jump over the enemy,” Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., said, quoting his uncle. The “enemy” is someone who tells you you can’t achieve or become whoever you would like to be, Monte told a group of fourth graders. Monte, an internationally renowned artist, and his wife ...


Fugleberg to sign new book, “Among Other Things,” at Polson Library

Paul Fugleberg started pounding out stories for newspapers on an old manual typewriter 57 years ago, although now he writes on his computer. Fugleberg selected columns and stories he’d written on either his typewriter or his computer over his long career, selected photographs to accompany them and publ...


Tribes’ Christmas card features Richey’s drawing

VALLEY VIEW — “I was really surprised I won,” Jarrett Richey said. “I was thinking that the sixth grade student would win cause she’s older. Richey, an exuberant fourth-grader from Valley View School, drew a tepee, a campfire, trees, the horizon, skins drying and an eagle fly...


Miniature stock, maximum heart

VALLEY VIEW — A ranch kid, Payton Fitzpatrick cleans stalls at his parents’ barn, deftly forking horse manure into a wheelbarrow while simultaneously talking about his interest in bull riding. He’s a talented bull rider, too. In November, Fitzpatrick placed second in the third annual Nor...


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