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Ronan hangs hearts, honors loved ones

RONAN — This February and March, the Ronan Downtown Main Street Beautification Project is sprucing up Main Street one heart at a time. Patrons of the Ronan Flower Mill can purchase a pink heart for a deceased loved one any time between now and St. Patrick’s Day. The name of the individual is written on a heart with or without glitter and then hung on trees along Main Street. The beautification project is also creating a display of patriotism this Valentine’s season, by hanging hearts on four trees along Main Street for each individual serving in the military from this area.  Though you can purchase a heart for a deceased friend or family member for $2, the mi...

Ninepipes Museum struggling for survival

NINEPIPE — Your next visit to the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana may be your last, as the economy takes its toll on another local entity. The notice on the Ninepipes Lodge’s reader board now reads “For sale” instead of the more hopeful “Closed ‘til spring” —...

Pablo science session adds problem solving skills, fun to after school program

PABLO — For Pablo elementary students in the after school program, science is more than just fact gathering and data computing. For these lucky third and fourth graders, science is a concrete, hands-on activity that is actually ... fun.  Along with 60 other schools across the United States, Pab...

Students rally to aid Haiti relief efforts

ST. IGNATIUS — Little more than week after a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the city at the heart of one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, St. Ignatius Elementary students have joined what the Red Cross says may be the largest relief effort in the organiza...

Charlo still negotiating with classified staff

CHARLO — At a Charlo School Board meeting last Tuesday, school bus driver Jack Willet addressed the board on behalf of the Charlo Classified Association. Negotiations between the union and the Charlo Negotiations Committee have been ongoing since last spring when Charlo Classified Association formed.&n...

Ronan Volunteer Fire Department purchases new rescue vehicle

RONAN — Last Thursday night emergency lights flashed at the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department as the firefighters buzzed around, playing with the newest addition to their fleet: a brand new Jaws of Life Rescue Vehicle.  The purchase of the $150,000 vehicle was a joint effort between the Ronan Rur...

Commission considers site for sewer treatment

POLSON — Fred Phillips from Great West Engineering in Helena attended the Polson City Commissioners meeting on Jan. 20 to provide more information on the proposed sites for the headworks/sewer treatment location.  The sites under consideration are the old Tamsco building on the east side of Ker...

Ronan City Council authorizes 10-mill tax levy

RONAN — In a Ronan City Council Meeting on Monday, the council  authorized a tax levy of 10 mills for the Ronan Fire Relief Association, a fund set up for retired firefighters and distributed by the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees. The city authorized the full 10 mills after h...

Property owners bend representatives' ears on property taxes, appraisals

POLSON — People concerned and angry about their property appraisals and the resulting rise in their property taxes filled the large meeting room at the Lake County Courthouse. Approximately 108 property owners, realtors and legislators and other interested parties showed up at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 for ...

Polson firefighters compare favorably with other local departments

POLSON — Craig Jeppeson, an instructor from the Montana Fire School, came to the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees monthly meeting on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the request of Fire Chief John Fairchild. Jeppeson had spent a significant amount of time compiling a comparison of five area fire departments, in...

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