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Firefighters flip pancakes for 1,025 diners

RONAN — A frenzy of firefighters cooked up a storm on Saturday and Sunday at the annual Pancake Feed. Feeding more than 1,000 people, the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department happily spent their weekend in the Ronan Community Center kitchen preparing a pancake breakfast that included sausages, eggs, waffles, biscuits and gravy, and of course the RFD’s legendary pancakes.  “It went really well,” Ronan firefighter Mike Bartel said. “It was actually pretty smooth for us. I think most of those guys who do the cooking have got it down to an art.” The motley crew of charming firefighters pitched in from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, not including all the se...


Census questionnaires won't be mailed to reservation residents

This is in response to a growing number of questions from Polson-area residents who wonder why they have not received 2010 Census questionnaires. Some years back, during planning of the 2010 Census, representatives of the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, visited the headquarters...


Horse owner charged with animal neglect

ARLEE — Two horses were seized from a ranch near Arlee last Thursday afternoon, and their owner charged with animal neglect. Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson said he and a state livestock inspector removed a mare and her foal from Ron Printz’s ranch on South Valley Creek Road north of Arlee. ...


Mission breaks ground on school building project

ST. IGNATIUS — Dump trucks, backhoes and construction workers began a transformation at the St. Ignatius School last Monday as they broke ground on a $2.5 million building project that will “help us serve kids better in a number of ways,” Superintendent Gerry Nolan said. Planning for the...


Ronan plans for new storm water system

RONAN — In the second storm water meeting in March, city council members, and engineers Shari Johnson and Collette Anderson agreed to apply for a Treasure State Endowment Program Grant for $500,000 in order to improve the city’s storm water system. Johnson reviewed the existing storm water inf...


Kinds jump through hoops for heart fund-raiser

POLSON — “Bubble gum, bubble gum in the dish, How many pieces do you wish?” That is second-grader Cali Cannon’s favorite jump rope rhyme.  As many times as Cali can jump equaled the number of pieces of (pretend) bubble gum. Cali and her two classmates counted the jumps. ...


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,...


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...


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