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Pablo trailer wreck blocks traffic

PABLO — Lake County residents sat in traffic for an hour and a half on Saturday when a mobile home that was being transported through Pablo fell off a truck. The truck transporting the trailer blocked the two southbound lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 93. Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary said the truck was moving the trailer from Columbia Falls through Pablo when the axles on the trailer shifted, turning the truck sideways. The trailer, which belongs to Ken Lozeau, pushed the truck onto the side of the road.  The Ronan Volunteer Fire Department responded to the emergency call and removed the trailer from the road safely, and traffic began moving again at 7:...


Ronan mourns the passing of a city council member

RONAN — Members of the community are grieving the loss of Ronan City Council member Richard W. Jungers. Jungers died of natural causes on Sunday at St. Luke’s Community Hospital in Ronan. A prominent member of the community, friends and fellow council members have noted that his presence wi...


Olson swears in new Polson mayor, city commissioners

POLSON — Polson City Judge A. Douglas Olson came to the Polson City Commissioners meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 to swear in the new mayor and commissioners. Mayor Pat DeVries and Polson City Commissioners Ron Boyce and John Campbell, Ward 1, and Judy Preston and Mike Lies, Ward 2, immediately jumped into...


County considers sale of Ronan Community Center

POLSON — Following an announcement from Lake County Commissioners that the county is considering the sale of the Ronan Community Center, concerned citizens crowded into the commissioners’ office for a public meeting Tuesday afternoon.  The community center sits on a county-owned five-acre...


Valley View students get taste of food processing

RONAN — Flathead cherries in December? Yes, and 21 students from Valley View School visited Mission Mountain Food Enterprises on Dec. 22 to turn the cherries into jam and tour the facilities.  Before the hands-on jam mixing and bottling, the kids gathered in a conference room and had a snack. K...


Ronan fire crews escort Santa on special delivery Ronan fire crews escort Santa on special delivery

RONAN — 'Twas three nights before Christmas and all through the town, so many creatures were stirring you'd think there was a fire somewhere, for crying out loud.  The Ronan Fire Department escorted a very special visitor to the valley to some very special homes last Tuesday and Wednesday eveni...


Ronan shop fire promptly extinguished Ronan shop fire promptly extinguished

RONAN — There were no injuries on Monday when a shop caught on fire northeast of Ronan on Old Highway 93. The former junkyard and maintenance shop caught fire due to undetermined causes, but fire officials suspect it was related to the shop's wood stove. Leroy Lake, owner of the property called 911 ...


Parade of Lights illuminates Ronan Parade of Lights illuminates Ronan

RONAN — The holiday season was on display in downtown Ronan Wednesday as members of the community put on a brief but brilliant display on Main Street.  Floats lit up Main Street from St. Luke’s Hospital to Bockman Park as part of the Parade of Lights Wednesday evening.  A trio of ...


Christmas dinner dished out to hundreds Christmas dinner dished out to hundreds

RONAN — By 3 p.m. Christmas Day, more than 300 residents of Lake County, Missoula and Kalispell were stuffed to the brim, thanks to a fantastic feast and loads of Christmas merriment and joy. There wasn’t one iota of food left over from the popular Traditional Christmas Day Dinner, save a bowl of...


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