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Flathead Lake stars in new 1970s novel Flathead Lake stars in new 1970s novel

POLSON – Local author Maggie Plummer has published a new novel entitled “Bell-Bottom Gypsy: A Jessie Morgan Novel.” The first in a four-book series, the novel is a departure from the author’s two works of historical fiction, “Spirited Away” and “Daring Passage.”  “Bell-Bottom Gypsy” takes the reader on a wild 1970s ride — an adventurous coming of age journey along America’s back roads. Playing a major role in the main character’s voyage of self-discovery is Flathead Lake, Montana in 1972.  The novel follows 20-year-old Jessie Morgan, who is fed up with pretty much everything. It’s September 1...

‘Lamb of God’ musical returns, donations benefit historic church restoration ‘Lamb of God’ musical returns, donations benefit historic church restoration

News from "Lamb of God" organizers An incredible, unbelievable interfaith cast of talented soloists, narrators, choir and symphony orchestra are bringing this powerful and stirring biblical masterpiece to the Mission Valley for one more Easter season. Performances will be held on April 3, 5, and 7 at th...

Watercraft inspection stations to open in Montana

News from FWP The first watercraft inspection stations of 2019 will open this month in Kalispell, Ravalli and Browning. Watercraft inspection stations are Montana’s first line of defense to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species.   The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1 office i...

MHP Trooper in critical condition after shooting MHP Trooper in critical  condition after shooting

News from Montana Attorney General Tim Fox MONTANA – Early in the morning of March 15, near the Evaro Bar and Casino, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer located a suspected vehicle matching the description of one involved in a Missoula shooting before midnight. Trooper Alex Hiday was th...

Mission Valley flexes talent muscles in local contest Mission Valley flexes talent muscles in local contest

POLSON – Team Xtreme members Tile Falkner and Tua Meafua used brute strength to muscle their way past the competition on Friday evening to win the top spot in the adult division during the 2019 Mission Valley Has Talent competition. Meafua and Falkner wowed the crowd in the Polson High School audito...

St. Patrick’s Day Parade winners announced St. Patrick’s Day Parade winners announced

News from The Ronan Irish Community RONAN – The Ronan Irish Community once again would like to thank the St. Patrick’s Day Parade participants, judges and spectators for the 30th year of the event. The winners in this year’s parade were awarded after the parade. The Pheasant Bar was...

School meal participation rises statewide, locally

ST. IGNATIUS – It’s easy for St. Ignatius students to be fueled up and ready to learn thanks to the two hot meals they’re offered at school each day — free of charge. “Not being hungry is one of our most important considerations for students as far as academic achievement,&rd...


RONAN – The “Ballers” dodgeball team ducked, dived and dove their way through 24-team brackets to win the third annual Ronan Spring Sports Dodgeball Tournament Championship at the Ronan Event Center on Friday evening. The event is billed as the “Largest Dodgeball Tournament in West...

Millions awarded to improve rural student outcomes

News from the University of Montana  MONTANA – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $10 million to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health. Dr. Ryan Tolleson Knee, a University of Montana social work professor, will co-direct the new center. Researchers an...

Montana’s unemployment rate at 3.8%

News from the Governor’s office  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s unemployment rate ticked up to 3.8 percent for the month of January, up 0.1 percentage points from December, likely reflecting impacts from the federal government shutdown. The national unem...

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