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Tourism has given Philipsburg new life — but brought few families Tourism has given Philipsburg new life — but brought few families

PHILIPSBURG — As the holiday season got its start on a clear morning in late November, Phillipsburg’s Main Street looked like something out of a Hallmark movie. A window washer cleaned downtown storefronts along blocks of historic brick buildings — a candy store, a microbrewery, coffee shops, restaurants, antique stores. Wreaths were hanging off ornate light posts. The surrounding hills were scattered with snow. Banners hung from windows and balconies celebrated the high school football team, the Titans, which won a state eight-man class championship the previous weekend. This was a much different scene a quarter century ago. By the early '90s, the mining, timber ...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Dan was attending the University of Minnesota in 1965, but he dropped out for one quarter and immediately got a draft notice. He decided to enlist ahead of the draft. He could enlist for two years but then be obligated for four summers of duty, or enlist for three years. Dan took the three-year option, but i...


Benefit ‘Lamb of God’ performance draws thousands of people Benefit ‘Lamb of God’ performance draws thousands of people

ST. IGNATIUS – Audience members packed into the historic Mission Catholic Church on Friday night to experience the musical “Lamb of God” performance. Volunteers started setting out chairs in the central walking aisle after the 42 pews were filled. A few people stood next to the door whil...


Benefit ‘Lamb of God’ performance draws thousands of people Benefit ‘Lamb of God’ performance draws thousands of people

ST. IGNATIUS – Audience members packed into the historic Mission Catholic Church on Friday night to experience the musical “Lamb of God” performance. Volunteers started setting out chairs in the central walking aisle after the 42 pews were filled. A few people stood next to the door whil...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Today in 2017 Ray spends a lot of time on duty at the Ronan VFW, but it didn’t take long to get him remembering back to January 1966, when he was a senior in high school in Arkansas. He got a service deferment until after graduation by taking what he calls “Kiddie Cruise Enlistment.” This p...


‘Miracle Worker’ continues in Polson ‘Miracle Worker’ continues in Polson

“The Miracle Worker” received a standing ovation opening night for an outstanding production of a remarkable story. See “The Miracle Worker” Friday, Saturday or Sunday March 23-25 at Polson’s beautiful theatre on the lake. Shellie Winebrenner as Viney and Kaycee Norman as Hellen...


Showcasing Skills Showcasing Skills

POLSON – “Mission Valley really has Talent,” entertaining emcee Brian Miskimins pointed out to the audience of more than 400 during the first inaugural Mission Valley Has Talent Show on Friday evening at the Polson High School Auditorium. Presented by the Mission Valley Ministerial Assoc...


Small communities outside Missoula grapple with growth, change Small communities outside Missoula grapple with growth, change

Devin Jackson wants to see his small community of Lolo get a new school. The current one is an aging jumble of buildings built into a steep hillside a few steps away from the busy five-lane highway that cuts through the middle of town. As chairman of the Lolo Community Council, he echoes the sentiments of ma...


From stopping point to destination From stopping point to destination

CHALLIS, IDAHO – Mining and ranching is the main economy of Challis, Idaho. When the Thompson Creek Mining Company, a molybdenum mine west of Challis, ended their mining operations in 2014 the bust in the economy rattled the community. At its peak, the molybdenum mine employed around 400 people account...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Like many other young men in 1967, Dale’s draft number came up when he was a senior in high school. Instead of waiting for the notice, and because of his situation at home, he decided to enlist. He left school but promised his mother he would get his diploma. In January 1967, like many others, Dale ...


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