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Payday loan initiative stays on ballot

POLSON — A decision by District Judge C.B. McNeil last Thursday will keep an initiative to cap interest rates on payday loans on the Nov. 2 ballot for all Montanans. Several opponents of the bill, including two business owners registered to vote in Lake County, challenged CI-164 on the grounds that signatures were improperly gathered for a petition to get the initiative on the ballot. Plaintiffs argued that M&R Strategic Services, a company hired to gather signatures by CI-164’s primary supporters — a group called “400 percent is Too High — Cap the Rate” — failed to attach the full text of I-164 to each of the petitions, that there were false...

Task force spearheads street renovation

The Streetscape Task Force has been the engine pushing the Streetscape project and serves at the pleasure of the Polson City Commissioners. The task force’s directives were to complete a design for Streetscape and move the project to construction, so its job is about done.  STF has been very ac...

Streetscape project continues on Main Street

POLSON — Excavators, dump trucks, Bobcats and workmen in bright orange vests are busy on Polson’s Streetscape project. The project broke ground on Main Street Aug.16 and extends from 7th Avenue to Highway 93 and has now progressed to week nine.  It was announced at the July 19 Polson City...

Three candidates vie for Lake County Sheriff’s position

Lake County’s never seen anything like this. It’s been 16 years since three candidates competed in the sheriff’s race, Election Administrator Kathie Newgard said, and it’s the first time an Independent has been in the mix. Add to those facts several months of heated — even bitte...

Polson celebrates homecoming all week long

Weather was great for Polson High School’s homecoming week held Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. Students kept school spirit up around PHS with different dress-up days, such as pajama day on Monday, twin day/celebrity day on Tuesday, gender bender/80’s day on Wednesday, color wars on Thursday and purple and g...

Polson man grows big pumpkins

POLSON — A Polson children’s book could be titled “Emmett and the Giant Pumpkin” instead of “James and the Giant Peach” since Emmett May raised over 1,700 pounds of pumpkin this year. That’s just three big Atlantic Giant pumpkins. May placed second with a 601-pounder...

City considers new finance officer position

RONAN — Ronan is growing rapidly. Federally mandated improvements to the water and sewer systems have furthered present grants and loans. And with more financial responsibilities given to the city clerk, the Ronan City Council moved to advertise for a fiscal officer in a council meeting on Sept. 27.&nb...

Ronan library celebrates banned books

RONAN — It’s hard to imagine a public library without great works of literary fiction such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Clockwork Orange.” But for a few American citizens, a library bereft of such masterpieces would be the ideal. Last week, Ronan Public Library along ...

Town hall addresses drinking problems

PABLO — Weeding out a deeply rooted social problem like underage drinking is no easy task, so at a town hall meeting on the subject Monday evening in Pablo, organizers first went to those who are most affected by the issue: youth.  Several high school students joined a panel of educators, law e...

Fleming, Salomon vie for House District 12 seat

In the race for House District 12, both incumbent John Fleming (D) and his Republican opponent Dan Salomon agree that energy, small business development and keeping Montana’s state budget in the black are crucial issues in the next legislative term.  “We are very happy to be in the black ...

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