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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. Pieper went to basic training in Fort Polk, Louisiana, in August and it was hot. He was there about eight weeks plus “zero week,” which was for getting shots, a haircut, uniforms, etc. At first he tried to be a real man/real soldier, then he learned to laugh about a lot of things. He had been working at Plum Creek and stacking hay bales, so he was already in good shape. In fac...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Charleen enlisted in the Army on February 12, 1980, in the “delayed entry program” and chose military intelligence as her field.  She actually reported on March 23, 1980, and received credit for that pre-duty time period as a benefit. During her 10 weeks of basic training at Fort Leonard ...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Phillip joined the Army in April 1971, he became the eighth generation of his family to serve in the military, dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War.  He knew if a young man wanted to go to college, there were three options: have his parents pay his way (not an option for Phillip’s...


Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight

RONAN – Dr. Jim Ofstad’s career as an optometrist in Ronan changed drastically since he started seeing patients in 1972.  When he retired from Ronan Eye Clinic in December he was seeing patients in a large building that he designed himself, working with a broad team and seeing patients fr...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Growing up on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, the sea was always part of Hugh Henderson’s life.  He belonged to the Sea Scouts, which is part of the Boy Scouts organization and includes a navy uniform. In October of 1960, Hugh became a “Kiddy Cruiser” in the Navy at the age of 18 and out at ...


Children exercise their imaginations during poetry workshop Children exercise their imaginations during poetry workshop

PABLO – The fourth-grade students looked pretty quiet sitting at their desks, writing with yellow pencils, but their work offered a look into a room wild with imagination.  The magic started when two classes at Pablo Elementary School came together for their weekly poetry-writing workshop hoste...


UM researchers find rivers retain more plastic debris than previously thought UM researchers find rivers retain more plastic debris than previously thought

FLATHEAD LAKE – Each year, scientists estimate up to four million tons of plastic debris are transported from rivers to oceans all across the globe. It was long thought that most microplastics found in river systems would eventually make their way into the oceans. However, new research by scientists at...


Local family receives Montana rodeo award Local family receives Montana rodeo award

“It’s just been our way of life for many, many years,” Penny O’Hearn said of her family’s relationship with rodeo. O’Hearn’s family has been recognized as the 2019 “Great Montana Rodeo Family” by the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame. The honor h...


Third brother earns high-ranking scout status Third brother earns high-ranking scout status

RONAN – Millions of young people participate in the Boy Scouts of America program each year but only about six percent of them earn the Eagle Scout rank, which makes 18-year-old Michael Koehler of Ronan one of the few. Michael recently finished all the requirements needed to attain the distinguished...


Veteran spotlight: Dwayne Hofschulte Veteran spotlight: Dwayne Hofschulte

(Editor’s note: This series of articles honors our Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as they share their military service experiences with the community. This 36th article is about Dwayne Hofschulte.) February 19, 1938 Cold War - Germany U.S. Army - Sp 4 NORCOM (Northern Area Command of the U.S. Army...


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