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The beat goes on

February is a month synonymous with red and pink hearts, candy conversation hearts and frilly valentine cards covered with hearts. It’s also designated American Heart Month. Healthy hearts that pump blood through bodies have been priorities at St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation program since it began in the mid 1980s. Lisa Bertoglio, R.N., is the nurse in charge of the cardiac rehab program on the third floor of the hospital. A nurse for 27 years, Bertoglio has been working in St. Joseph’s cardiac rehab for about four years. Bertoglio, exercise physiologist Julie Bauer, volunteer Dave Swayne and Pink Lady Donna Jacobs keep cardio rehab running...


Coming full circle

As the clock nears the 10 a.m. hour, the last members of an intimate gathering quietly enter the sanctuary, finding themselves a cozy spot on one of several sofas or easy chairs.  Warm rays of morning light shine through stained glass as worshippers greet each other with smiles and welcome salutations. ...


Pure gasoline still top product at Jette Store

POLSON — “Real gasoline. No ethanol.” Proudly displayed on the reader board outside Jeff Schumaker’s Conoco station, known locally as the Jette Store, that slogan raises many questions about what motorists are putting in their fuel tanks these days. And according to Schumaker, who ...


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...


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 ...


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