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Diverse planes show up for Polson Airport Fly-In

POLSON – Even with storm clouds looming over the Polson Airport on Saturday, Sept. 7, the 21st annual Polson Fly-In still saw a strong turnout of visiting aviators and their aircraft. The local Chapter 1122 of the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsored the fly-in and welcomed hundreds of visitors of all ages as they came out to the airport to view a diverse variety of aircraft, including home-built planes, vintage warbirds, float planes, helicopters and general aviation aircraft. A yellow Royal Canadian Air Force World War II- era AT-6C trainer made a couple loud low-level high-speed flyovers above the runway. It was a lavender Cessna with a light-blue stripe that caught th...


Mission Valley Children’s Choir starts season

News from Mission Valley Children's Choir RONAN — The Mission Valley Children’s Choir will begin its fifth year on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Faith Lutheran Church, 406 Fifth Ave. SW. Refreshments, “together time” and rehearsals will be held from 3:45-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.&nb...


Public invited to community, economic development presentation

News from Lake County Community Development Executive Director, Billie Lee RONAN — Lake County Community Development is presenting a public seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Grey Leaf Gallery, 400 Main St. SW, at 6 p.m. on using locally derived investment funds as models for development in rura...


Management plan for National Bison Range announced Management plan for National Bison Range announced

News from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service DENVER – Since 1908, when the National Bison Range in western Montana was established by President Theodore Roosevelt, this 18,800-acre national wildlife refuge has continued to play an important role in the conservation and recovery of American bison. Seve...


City passes $13.5 million budget

POLSON – All four members of the commission who attended the regular meeting voted to approve the budget for the next fiscal year.  The budget estimates the city will bring in $12.5 million and spend $13.5 million in fiscal year 2020. According to the document, the city will make up the differe...


Governor Bullock announces funding for health information exchange

News from the office of Governor Bullock  MONTANA – On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Governor Bullock will join providers and patients to announce funding to support a statewide health information exchange. The health information exchange will provide patient data in real time to improve care, and redu...


Three men killed in airplane crash

ST. IGNATIUS – A single-engine 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza airplane struck a power line and crashed in a hayfield near Pinehaven Lane at 4 p.m. on Aug. 29. Three occupants were killed in the crash. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell released the names of the victims as Timothy R. Arnold, 59; Grant O. Weythman...


Construction of new Linderman gym underway

POLSON – The second phase of the three-phase Linderman Gymnasium construction project began last week as crews from Swank Enterprises moved equipment and building supplies onto the site.  “The project is right on track for a winter 2020 completion,” said Rex Weltz, Polson School Dis...


Commissioners consider putting new jail on ballot Commissioners consider putting new jail on ballot

POLSON – Lake County Commissioners are considering the development of a resolution to allow voters to decide whether a new jail should be built.   “We have gotten to a point where we have to do something, in my opinion,” said Commissioner Bill Barron. “We have reached a point ...


Bullock welcomes MT students, educators back to school

News from Governor Steve Bullock  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock released the following statement to welcome Montana students and educators back to school. “As Lisa and I send our three kids back to school, I know that Montanans all across the state share the same excitement for th...


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