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Charlo accepts school handbook, activity fees

 CHARLO — At their board meeting on July 20, the Charlo School Board decided to leave the cell phone policy unchanged. School administrators originally decided to amend the cell phone policy to include specific punishments for students caught with their cell phone on the school’s premises.  But at the meeting on July 20, principals Steve Love and Clair Rasmussen explained the benefits of writing the policy to exclude punishments.  “Don’t worry so much about the fact that it’s a cell phone, worry about what the crime was,” Love said. The school board association advised the administrators to exclude specific punishments from the ...


Ronan welcomes new addition to police department

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday, the council approved the appointment of Patrick Nobles as the new part-time Ronan police officer. “Most of the (police) departments have only been hiring experienced people,” Ronan Assistant Police Chief Art Walgren said.  Nobles...


Fly-in feeds 700

ST. IGNATIUS — After a busy Saturday at Good Old Days, young and old took to the skies at the St. Ignatius Airport fly-in Sunday morning.  Around 40 small planes came for the event, which included a free breakfast of huckleberry pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits and gravy. Volunteer cooks served br...


Community Bank celebrates a century in business

Despite a century peppered with droughts, depressions, recessions, fires and even a bank robbery, Community Bank has survived and flourished.  “I would say it has always been run very conservatively,” Community Bank Board Member Debby Olsson McClenahan said.  McClenahan attributes...


St. Ignatius celebrates community

A jam-packed weekend in St. Ignatius meant fun for the whole family, with activities beginning Friday evening with a community barbecue, concert and fireworks show and lasting through Sunday with a fly-in at the airport and gospel sing later at the Good Old Days Park. “From everyone I’ve talke...


Live History Days a hit with locals, visitors

POLSON — The Rat Patrol Jeep buzzed almost nonstop around the grounds of the Miracle of America Museum on July 17 and 18, and the periodic boom of the tennis ball launcher could be heard as could chugging tractors, the hum of the can crushing machine and the train whistle.  Brock and Brody Stur...


Melon farmers press on after burglars stole seed money, dimmed sons' passion for farming

DIXON — Ten months ago, Harley and Joey Hettick were winding up their busiest season yet since they sowed the first seeds of Dixon Melons, Inc., 21 years before. The family’s melon venture had grown from a backyard garden plot that Harley tilled by hand to a booming business with faithful custome...


Good Old Days promises fun-filled weekend

ST. IGNATIUS — For the 28th year, Mission Valley residents will gather to celebrate community at Good Old Days — a three-day festival packed with family-friendly events.  Festival activities are headquartered at the Good Old Days Park just off Main Street in St. Ignatius from Friday throu...


Standing Arrow Powwow showcases tribal traditions

ELMO — The Standing Arrow Powwow broke in its new dance arbor, concession stands and vendor areas during the powwow on July 16, 17 and 18.  About 400 dancers and their families attended the powwow on the shores of Flathead Lake, always a good place to be on a hot July day. Grand entries were at...


Sammons’ whereabouts remain a mystery

Kathie Sammons, a suspect in a case involving the embezzlement of $675,000 from the Whitefish Credit Union in June, is not in custody, Polson Police Detective Alan Booth confirmed on Tuesday.  According to several Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Polson police officers, the investigation is n...


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