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Construction nearly complete on new food pantry

Construction workers, concrete trucks, drywall installers and masons have been swarming over the old Folkshop building at 904 1 Street E. The building is being remodeled and updated under contractor Hu Beaver’s expert guidance and will serve as the new home for Loaves and Fish Food Pantry. Loaves and Fish Food Pantry board members Bryan River and Sid Rundel said the pantry hopes to be moved into its new digs by April 1. Rundel said first and foremost the new space would better serve folks in need with more space and additional storage facilities. As well as more storage room, the new food pantry will have offices where clients can meet with staff in private. Rundel hopes a...


Local woman honored for contributions to quarter horse breed

PABLO — At the age of 84, Fay Haynes can’t imagine a day when she can no longer ride. Horses have been her life since age 5, when her dad first led her around on an old gray mare named Dolly while he mended fences. “I felt pretty big,” Haynes said. “I rode from then on.&rdquo...


At age 82, ‘Grandma D’ is Mission’s biggest fan

ST. IGNATIUS — It’s a well-known fact among Mission High School athletes that whether or not their families can make it to a game, they’ll always have a supporter in the stands as long as Lois Dumont is around.  In 40 years of following Mission athletics, Dumont has earned the statu...


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 rehabi...


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...


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