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Vandal apologizes to Charlo School Board

CHARLO — The Charlo School Board listened intently to the apology of a young man named Jacob Seibert at a school board meeting last Tuesday. The young man asked the school board for forgiveness two years after “destroying” school property. Seibert, who has never been a student at Charlo, and another minor caused $80,000 worth of damage to school property, setting off fire extinguishers, which in turn knocked out the school’s electronics. “I came to humbly ask for your guys’ forgiveness,” Seibert said, nervously. “I learned a couple things along the way and I have grown.” “I realize what I did was wrong,” Seibert adde...


Ronan goes green for St. Patrick’s Day parade

Ronan was out to paint the town green on Wednesday at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The crowd, sprinkled with the luck of the Irish and armed with shamrocks waited anxiously for the St. Patrick’s Day parade to start at 5:30 p.m. Whispering in anticipation, the parade’s audience sp...


New sewage lift station fails after 1 week

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday, city officials announced that only one week after its completion, the Spring Creek Lift Station experienced major mechanical problems.  “The sewage continued to come in, but the (pump) did not turn on,” Public Works Director Kevin T...


Ghastly Ghost Out haunts kids to drive sober

RONAN — A gruesome scene horrified the Ronan student body into an eerie silence on Thursday. A body on the ground, teenagers mangled and unconscious, slumped over steering wheels and seats, and the Grim Reaper lurking about, taking his time to select his two victims. The drunk driver, dazed but unharme...


Exceptional students honored

PABLO — Students and their families packed the cafeteria of the Joe McDonald building on the Salish and Kootenai College campus for the Upward Bound and Gear Up reception last Wednesday. The reception honored those students involved in the college preparatory programs and those who have achieved aca...


Medical pot pushed to back burner

POLSON — Opponents and proponents of an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana spoke at the Polson City Commission meeting on March 15. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and discussion began as soon as the proposed agenda was approved. Polson City Todd Crossett said the recommendation from staff was to...


Fairgrounds Fire Station officially opens

POLSON — A giant American flag fluttered and rolled over the new Fairgrounds Fire Station on Regatta Road on Saturday, March 13, drawing attention to the building.  The Polson Rural Fire District hosted an open house at the station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  PRFD Chair Alison Meslin cut th...


Run helps Arlee’s ‘Friends’ give back to school

ARLEE — It’s almost time for the first run of the spring in Arlee, and there are more than a few good reasons to participate, no matter your stance on exercise. The annual Buttercup Run, a fundraiser for the Friends of Arlee School, Inc., is March 27, and every entrance fee goes directly to impro...


Police investigate stabbing in Wal-Mart parking lot

POLSON — Two women were involved in a stabbing incident in the Polson Wal-Mart parking lot at about 6 p.m. on Saturday.  According to Polson Police Department Assistant Chief John Stevens, a 20 year-old female allegedly stabbed a 22 year-old female. The victim drove herself to St. Joseph&rsq...


Rural Fire Board discusses personnel, consultant

BIG ARM — At the monthly meeting on March 10, the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees voted to hire an individual consultant, Scott Waldron, the Fire Chief at Hebgen Lake and West Yellowstone, to advise the board on the most efficient use of the new station (the Fairgrounds Fire Station) subject to the...


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