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Local kids bring home wins in essay contest

MISSOULA — Three local students were honored for their winning essays at the Daughters of the American Revolution Bitterroot Chapter’s awards tea Saturday. St. Ignatius homeschoolers Nathaniel and Patrick Larsson won the American History essay contest in their respective grade levels, and Charlo High School senior Kristi Lynn Fullerton took second in the Good Citizen essay contest, according to Bonnie Huber, Regent of the Bitterroot Chapter. “It was beautiful … I think it was the best (award ceremony) we’ve had,” Huber said of Saturday’s tea, held at First Christian Church in Missoula. “As many kids showed up as could … we had a rea...


Charlo, Dixon chosen for new math project

CHARLO — After establishing Reading First practices in the school, the Charlo elementary and Dixon School administrators are now focusing their attention on the improvement of mathematics scores. With the help of a multi-million dollar research grant, they may be able to do just that.  Dixon an...


Polson instructor earns national science teaching award

POLSON — Polson Middle School fifth grade teacher Charles Bertsch was one of two Montana teachers to win a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Bertsch received $10,000 to use as he desires and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. the week of Jan.4 through 8.&n...


Friends group fundraises for library

RONAN — After the Ronan City Library received a $13,000 anonymous donation, the Friends of the Ronan City Library are still fighting the good fight to keep the library open and fully funded.  Considering the budget cuts this year that have threatened the livelihood of the library, the patrons h...


Local church donates canned soup during Super Bowl

RONAN — In the spirit of the Super Bowl and friendly competition, members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Ronan raised over 600 cans of soup for the Bread Basket during a four week canned soup drive. The Bread Basket is a food pantry, organized by volunteers from the area. Sherri McDonald and...


Code Yellow training session at St. Joseph's puts emergency crews through their paces

POLSON — Bristling with rifles, pistols and communication equipment, the Mission Valley Special Response Team eased through the sliding glass doors at St. Joseph Medical Center. Luckily, the camouflage-clad team was at the St. Joseph emergency room for a Code Yellow training session instead of an incid...


Cancer survivor warns students about tobacco

 KICKING HORSE — Rick Bender is sometimes referred to as the “man without a face.” With only one third of his tongue remaining and only one half of his jaw, Bender is a living testimony to the life-altering affects of tobacco. On Friday at the Through with Chew seminar in the gymnas...


Barry Webb receives high school diploma

POLSON — Barry Webb got a special valentine on Friday, Feb. 12. — a high school diploma. At a gathering at Cherry Valley School at about 2:30 p.m., Polson High School Principal Bill Appleton presented Barry with a PHS diploma as well as a mortarboard and tassel. Barry’s tassel sported a ...


Fire meeting generates lively discussion

POLSON — Opinions were expressed and voices were raised at the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees meeting on Feb. 10.  Big Arm resident Paul Maurer gave his opinion when he spoke to the trustees before any business was conducted. Maurer’s concern was that the new fire station, a $230,000...


Concerned citizens pack Ronan Community Center

RONAN — For the second time this year, the Ronan Community Center was filled nearly to capacity on a Tuesday evening as local concerned citizens’ group Calling All Conservatives held its monthly meeting Feb. 9. “We’re just really pleased with what we’ve seen these first two e...


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