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Ronan student wins 2nd in state geography bee

RONAN — Eighth-grader Erich Trickel has been a lot of places, a fact that may have contributed to his second-place finish at the state geography bee earlier this month. Erich’s first overseas trip was at age 2, when parents Thomas Trickel and Stacey Sherwin took him along on a bicycle tour of Scotland. And when Erich was in sixth grade, the family bicycled around Europe for 10 months, toting Erich’s schoolbooks along so he could study. While his travels may have given him a leg up on the competition, Erich said most of the questions at the state bee were about Montana. “There were only one or two questions about world geography,” Erich said. To be e...


Charlo dissolves non-tenured teacher contracts

CHARLO — The Charlo School Board terminated the contracts of the six non-tenured teachers last Tuesday at a school board meeting. The decision came after the district was faced with budget cuts due to decreasing enrollment. The district is also struggling with increasing insurance premiums. Curre...


Second-graders learn lessons in autism

POLSON — Wearing headbands with paper brains attached, Kris Nordberg’s 24 second-graders were attentive when she talked to them about autism. According to the medical encyclopedia on Answers.com, “Autism is a lifelong disorder that interferes with the ability to understand what is seen, ...


Cherry Valley students study recycling

POLSON — “What does recycle mean?” Joyce Crosby asked her class of first-graders at Cherry Valley School. One young lady said recycling means taking garbage and making compost.  “That’s right,” Crosby said, "You take your egg shells, banana peels … basica...


Living and learning

ST. IGNATIUS — From making a film to restoring a Harley Davidson to researching family ancestry, St. Ignatius students studied a lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic this school year. And they had a chance to show off their new skills and completed projects at the school’s annual communi...


Charlo students cook cultural cuisine for community

CHARLO — The Charlo High School Cultural Awareness Club whet their appetite with some of the world’s finest — and most interesting foods — at the International Food Fair last Tuesday.  The high school students cooked dishes from countries such as Germany, Malaysia and France a...


School board hears library info, plans negotiation

POLSON —Marilyn Trosper and Jake Block presented information on a proposed library district to the Polson school board of trustees at their meeting on April 19 at 5 p.m. Trosper, Polson City Librarian, and Block, Chair of the Library Steering Committee, stumped for the North Lake County Public Libra...


Exploring the sciences

A diverse spectrum of sciences were represented at the second annual K. William Harvey Elementary School Science night last Tuesday. From astronomy to ornithology — elementary students chose from an array of science stations and participated in experiments with their parents and families.  &...


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 fo...


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...


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