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American Legion Post #138 shares highlights

News from American Legion Post #138 This is an annual summary of Ronan Post #138 to inform our membership and the community of our progress as an American Legion Post. Our Legion year was July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Our membership ended at 123.64 percent of the goal for 2018 with 68 members paid. In that time our members have committed as best able to the Four Pillars of the American Legion. The following is a list of our accomplishments: Over 175 hours were provided in more than 25 funerals giving our fallen comrades their final honors as members of the Veterans Honor Guard. Several members have donated hundreds of hours giving veterans rides to the VA Medical Centers, as wel...


School infrastructure updates detailed School infrastructure updates detailed

Polson Administrators have been working diligently with their insurance company and engineers to develop a plan to fix the unusable Linderman Elementary gymnasium, according to Polson Superintendent Rex Weltz. A parapet wall on the gym’s roof collapsed in January due to heavy snowfall, resultin...


Head on collision kills one, seriously injures two

POLSON – One man was killed and two passengers were seriously injured in a crash about two miles outside of town around 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.  Patrick Allen Pierre lll, 38, of Ronan and Pablo, was driving a Ford Mustang in the south bound lane on Kerr Dam Road near Back Road and mile maker...


Summerfest car show turns heads Summerfest car show turns heads

POLSON – The blazing heat was no match for the more than 100 antique and classic cars, trucks, sports cars and street rods that lined up and down Main Street downtown Polson on Saturday. “We had an excellent turnout,” Mission Valley Cruisers president Ron Millstead said. The one-day c...


Polson City Commission swears in new police officer

POLSON—The police department added a new officer to its ranks last week. Police officer Dylan Moll was sworn in at the Aug. 6 commission meeting. Moll attended Polson High School and earned a degree in criminal justice from Flathead Valley Community College, where he was student body president.  ...


Chili cook off fires up the taste buds Chili cook off fires  up the taste buds

POLSON – Despite soaring temperatures, chili lovers united Saturday at Riverside Park for the 12th annual Rotary Chili Cook-off. The event, hosted by the Polson Rotary Club, featured 10 talented chili teams battling for top chili honors. The chili cook-off is the premier fundraising event for the...


Work underway to save historic paintings Work underway to save historic paintings

By Karen Peterson             Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – Repairs to save historic murals in the St. Ignatius Mission have begun – just when it started to look like they couldn’t wait much longer.  The walls seem grand when you first step through t...


Closed cones sought for purchase

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Tribal Forestry in Ronan is now buying closed cones for seed of the following species on the Flathead Indian Reservation: western larch - $40 a bushel; ponderosa pine - $20 a bushel; and Douglas fir - $25 a bushel. (A bushel is eight U.S. gallons.) ...


Safety Days Safety Days

POLSON – Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children 12 years and younger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the NHTSA finds that half of all child safety seats are not properly fitted to the child or installed correctly in a vehicle. ...


Back to school dates, open houses announced

Polson Cherry Valley Elementary School starts: Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m. The first day of school is an early release day. School will end at 2:40 p.m. Staggered start for kindergarten: Sept. 4 for students with last names A-L. Sept. 5 for students with last names M-Z.  The fir...


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