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Lake County gears up for a fair to remember

RONAN — For the 71st year, Lake County is preparing for a fun-filled, action-packed county fair. Starting Tuesday, festivities will continue until Aug. 8.  This year’s fair has it all, from the usual animal judging to a concert by Rob Quist and Great Northern, featuring Nashville’s very own Tim Ryan.  “We’re hoping to see some of Lake County’s brightest young stars, but we’ll see,” Lake County Fair Manager Tim Merchant said of the talent show. This year marks the first year for the Lake County Fair talent show, and Merchant hopes to draw from the younger crowd who are eager to entertain and win a $100 prize.  With ne...

Big Arm holds centennial bash

BIG ARM — There was something for everybody at the Big Arm Bash on July 24 — water fights for the young-at-heart, games for the kids, antique vehicles and wagons for car nuts, a presentation on the Big Arm Schoolhouse for history buffs, a barbecue lunch for the hungry and T-shirts commemorating t...

Polson Police have busy weekend

POLSON — A full moon and beautiful weather made July 23-26 an interesting weekend, according to PPD Chief Doug Chase. Chase said law enforcement responded to 109 incidents. However, Chase stressed the numbers did not reflect on the Flathead Lake 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Most of the incidents oc...

Ayleen’s Thursday Quilters hold outdoor quilt show

ST. IGNATIUS — A saddle quilt, baby quilts, Christmas quilts, batik quilts, all sorts of quilts hung on racks at Kay and Kenneth Krantz’s place about a half-a-mile south of St. Ignatius. Kay is a member of Ayleen’s Thursday Quilters, and the group sponsored the outdoor quilt show from 9 ...

MVP proposes rate hike

PABLO — All Mission Valley Power customers — seniors, citizens, families, businesses — will see a $2.50 hike in their basic charge if a rate increase proposed by MVP is approved. For instance, residential user rates would go from $7.50 to $10 per month with the minimum monthly charge goi...

New superintendent takes reins in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — On a peaceful summer morning in St. Ignatius, the school grounds are largely deserted. No students roam the halls; no bells signal the start of classes. Only a few staff members are at their desks, but the peaceful atmosphere does anything but quiet Bob Lewandowski’s enthusiasm for...

Taking it to the streets

A lot of local hoopsters played a major role in the youth movement at the Flathead 3-on-3 Tournament in Polson last weekend. The majority of the 255 teams that played on the 21 courts in downtown Polson Friday through Sunday were in the youth divisions and most of those divisions had a local team playing ...

Ronan Pioneer Days kicks off Friday with bait, bulls and broncs

RONAN —From rodeos to street dances, the Ronan Pioneer Days’ festivities will charm delighted audiences of all ages.   Instead of cramming the Lake County Fair and the Ronan Pioneer Days into just a few fun days, the Pioneer Days Company and the Lake County Fair Board opted to separate th...

Plane crash investigation ongoing

Four people killed in the crash of a small airplane June 27 near Dixon died of blunt force injuries, according to Lake County Deputy Coroner Dan Yonkin. Yonkin couldn’t determine for sure if the victims died instantly, but said the cause of death for all four was injuries sustained in the impact of ...

Cherry harvest begins on Flathead Lake

FINLEY POINT — Summer is finally here; cherry trees up and down the east shore, south shore and even some on the west shore of Flathead Lake are laden with dark red Flathead cherries. The Finley Point Cherry Warehouse was up and running on July 26 to handle all the fruit. Pickups and SUVs towing traile...

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