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Polson welcomes exchange student's family

POLSON —  Pirjo and her husband Veli-Pekka Pihlainen both said their favorite thing about Polson was “the people, I think” with a smile. Visitors from Finland, the Pihlainens and their daughter Kaisu, 12, have been staying near Polson for about 10 days.  Why would Finnish folks visit our area? Well, the answer is their daughter Katja, 15, is an exchange student and a junior at Polson High School. During her year of school in the United States of America,  Katja lives with Chellie and Brent Matson. Katja agreed with her parents that people are “really nice” here, a big difference from big cities.  Veli had visited Washington, D.C., a...


Superintendent announces OPI plan

RONAN — In a Ronan-Pablo School Board meeting on Monday, superintendent Andy Holmlund announced that the Montana Office of Public Instruction plans to apply for Race to the Top funds.  Tennessee and Delaware have both applied and were awarded with funds that would enable the districts within th...


Missoula, Charlo school bands swap songs

CHARLO — The silky, smooth sound of live jazz filled Charlo School’s gymnasium last Wednesday as Jazz III showed the Charlo Middle School Band a thing or two about performing music. Jazz III is a lively jazz band filled with community members and musicians from the University of Montana. Charl...


Students celebrate Native American culture

ST. IGNATIUS — Friday afternoon was a special time at the St. Ignatius School, especially for high school Salish and Native American studies teacher Geraldine Felix.  For the past few years, Felix and Aileen Plant, the elementary Native American studies teacher, have organized a social powwow e...


Attitude determines altitude

Polson Tower, this is Delta 7, five miles southwest of the airport, requesting to land,” said the crackly voice of a student pilot. “Delta 7, this is Polson Tower. Fly into the pattern, then report to base,” said Lee Lytton from Polson Tower. “Polson Tower, this is Delta 7 on ba...


Ronan Board expands activities director position

RONAN — In a Ronan School Board meeting last Wednesday, superintendent Andy Holmlund approached the board with plans to make the activities director a full-time position. Currently, there are no Class A activities directors in the state of Montana, but Holmlund insisted that an activity director is ...


School celebrates reading with assembly, bike giveaway

ST. IGNATIUS — Four lucky St. Ignatius Elementary students took brand new bicycles home from school Friday. Michael Kibler, Azia LaFrombois, Alexis LaChance and Danny Helmer each won a coveted drawing for a new bike through the Books for Bikes program. Every time a student reads a book, he can enter...


TERS students interview, photograph influential people

POLSON — Seventh grader Ida Couture was a little nervous as she asked Pablo “Chib” Espinoza questions. Espinoza is Chief of Fish and Game Department for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Couture started off asking Espinoza his name, how to spell his name and how many years he ...


Mission breaks ground on school building project

ST. IGNATIUS — Dump trucks, backhoes and construction workers began a transformation at the St. Ignatius School last Monday as they broke ground on a $2.5 million building project that will “help us serve kids better in a number of ways,” Superintendent Gerry Nolan said. Planning for the...


Kinds jump through hoops for heart fund-raiser

POLSON — “Bubble gum, bubble gum in the dish, How many pieces do you wish?” That is second-grader Cali Cannon’s favorite jump rope rhyme.  As many times as Cali can jump equaled the number of pieces of (pretend) bubble gum. Cali and her two classmates counted the jumps. ...


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