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District employees support negotiators

POLSON — About 40 Polson School District #23 employees, both certified and classified staff, assembled in the Linderman School parking lot from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 7. Teachers and classified staff were there to support the Polson Classified Employees Association.  The PCEA is negotiating with the Polson School Board of Trustees to settle their contract for the 2009-2010 school year. The last PCEA contract ran out on July 9, 2009. The PCEA and School District #23 teams have met 22 times; this is their second mediation meeting. They meet again on May 27.

Ranch Education Days draw new crop of fourth-graders

IRVINE FLATS —  “Does branding hurt?”  “What kind of cow are those red ones?”  “What’s the hawk’s name?”  “Why is that baby cow getting a shot?” These questions are just a sampling of the hundreds of questions s...

Cold weather means hot hooks at Kids Fishing Day

NINEPIPE — Bad weather meant good fishing for the annual Kids Fishing Day held Saturday at Ninepipe Pond. Last year, young anglers enjoyed blue skies and warmth, but only hooked one fish. But Saturday morning, youngsters caught more than 100 fish, although most of the 70 young fishermen and women heade...

Charlo multi-purpose facility completed

After three years of planning, compromise and construction, Charlo School’s multi-purpose facility is finally finished.  Plans for the $1.5 million project began after a fire destroyed the previous gymnasium that was over 50 years old.  Superintendent Paul Jenkins, who wasn’t empl...

Class learns construction hands-on

POLSON — The house at 1502 15th Ave. E. has workers all around the outside, some staining pickets for the fence, some installing the pickets, some raking the dirt around the foundation and some caulking and touching up paint. Although it looks like an ordinary construction scene, it’s really the ...

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 ...

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, “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...

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