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Crash victims experience fatal cardiac events, dog rescued Crash victims experience fatal cardiac events, dog rescued

POLSON – Two fatalities occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 8, involving a car that crashed into the back of Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply store on Heritage Lane at about 1:12 p.m., but the crash wasn’t the cause of death for either victim.  Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said the driver, Mervin Payne, 76, suffered a cardiac event that likely caused him to travel through a field, over an embankment and crash into the store, causing damage to the building.  Crystal Anderson, 57, of Polson was a passenger in the car who was also experiencing a heart-related issue.  “Neither Payne nor Anderson suffered injuries from the crash which would have caused their ...


City manager severance package awarded, developers agreement reached

POLSON – At the Jan. 7 commission meeting, all commission members present voted to provide former City Manager Mark Shrives six months of salary and benefits in the wake of his departure from the city.  The city will pay Shrives $45,176.82 in severance pay, $3,209.04 in health insurance benefit...


‘Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls’ return to Elks ‘Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls’ return to Elks

POLSON — Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls take the stage again at the Polson Elks Lodge on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.  The mission of this seven-piece band is to perform country-western and early rock and roll music (for dancing and listening) in the style of the original recording artists.  ...


Host exchange student in new year

News from ASSE International ASSE Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are alr...


Missed athletes recognized on Wall of Fame

RONAN – There are going to be some new names and pictures added to Ronan High School’s “Wall of Fame” this month. The “Wall of Fame” originated in the early 1970s with the intent of recognizing all Ronan High School athletes who achieved All-state status.  Requirem...


Friends support local woman battling cancer Friends support local woman battling cancer

POLSON – Mary Rensvold is facing a breast cancer diagnosis with a team at her side.  Rensvold’s friend, Shelley Croft, is organizing a fundraiser to offset medical costs. The Friday, Jan. 18 fundraiser will feature a spaghetti dinner, a live auction and a silent auction. The event will be...


GOP lawmakers considering new anti-abortion bills GOP lawmakers considering new anti-abortion bills

Anti-abortion legislation has failed consistently under Gov. Steve Bullock’s tenure, but three bills, and perhaps more, are in the works before the 2019 session begins. As he did in 2017, Sen. Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell, has requested a bill that would ban abortions after a fetus is considered &ldquo...


Nominations sought for ServeMontana Award

From The Governor’s Office of Community Service  HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service is accepting nominations for the ninth annual ServeMontana Awards, the office announced today. The ServeMontana Awards recognize and thank Montanans for their everyday contribut...


Glacier Lake School students perform in Ronan Glacier Lake School students perform in Ronan

News from Glacier Lake School On Dec. 21, Glacier Lake School students put on the musical “Annie Jr.” at the Silver Knot in Ronan. Almost the entire school was involved, whether on stage in one of the 38 roles or backstage running the props and set up, as well as organizing the lighting and ...


Downed power line startles family Downed power line startles family

POLSON — On Monday morning, New Year’s Eve, Dave Salomon’s boys heard a unusual noise and looked out the window of their home on Haystack Mountain Lane and saw a fire in the snow due to a broken power line. Dave called 911 and they told him to block off traffic both ways so no one would dri...


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