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Charges filed in 2005 murder case

Almost five years after the alleged murder of 73-year-old Harold Mitchell, Jr., in St. Ignatius, police have arrested a Dixon man in connection with the case. Nathan Ross, 21, is charged with one count of deliberate homicide and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, both felonies. He appeared in Justice Court March 30 and remains in the Lake County Jail after Judge Chuck Wall did not grant him bond. According to charging documents, firefighters responded to a mobile home fire in the St. Ignatius area on July 7, 2005, and recovered Mitchell’s partially burned body from the home. The body was sent to the state crime lab in Missoula, where an autopsy determi...


Metzger changes plea in homicide case

POLSON — Allen Metzger changed his plea from not guilty to no contest after the deliberate homicide charges were reduced to negligent homicide charges. Metzger was charged with the stabbing of a Ronan man on Aug. 16, 2009, at the Valley Club in Ronan.  He was released on a $25,000 bond in De...


Easter egg-citement

The Easter bunny had lots of helpers around the Mission Valley on Saturday, April 3.  The ladies of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi cleaned, stuffed and hid close to 5,000 plastic Easter eggs on the beginning-to-green lawns at Boettcher Park. Businesses around Polson donated coupons, cand...


Deputy sheriff visits Daisy Girl Scouts

POLSON — Daisy Girl Scout Troop #3327 got a special treat at its March 25 meeting. The 10 first graders met in the Cherry Valley Library.  After a game of “Mother May I,” the Daisies, all wearing their blue aprons, met Deputy Ryan Funke from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. ...


School celebrates reading with assembly, bike giveaway

ST. IGNATIUS — Four lucky St. Ignatius Elementary students took brand new bicycles home from school Friday. Michael Kibler, Azia LaFrombois, Alexis LaChance and Danny Helmer each won a coveted drawing for a new bike through the Books for Bikes program. Every time a student reads a book, he can enter...


TERS students interview, photograph influential people

POLSON — Seventh grader Ida Couture was a little nervous as she asked Pablo “Chib” Espinoza questions. Espinoza is Chief of Fish and Game Department for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Couture started off asking Espinoza his name, how to spell his name and how many years he ...


Speedsters top 200 mph in Pinewood Derby races

Hot rods streaked through the normally quiet east side of town in Ronan last Wednesday night ... and a few of them were seen over in Plains on Saturday. Though they weren't pealing rubber or revving up loud engines, Ronan and Charlo Cub Scout Packs 40 and 56 put together their best racers for last Wednesd...


Firefighters flip pancakes for 1,025 diners

RONAN — A frenzy of firefighters cooked up a storm on Saturday and Sunday at the annual Pancake Feed. Feeding more than 1,000 people, the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department happily spent their weekend in the Ronan Community Center kitchen preparing a pancake breakfast that included sausages, eggs, waffles...


Census questionnaires won't be mailed to reservation residents

This is in response to a growing number of questions from Polson-area residents who wonder why they have not received 2010 Census questionnaires. Some years back, during planning of the 2010 Census, representatives of the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, visited the headquarters...


Horse owner charged with animal neglect

ARLEE — Two horses were seized from a ranch near Arlee last Thursday afternoon, and their owner charged with animal neglect. Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson said he and a state livestock inspector removed a mare and her foal from Ron Printz’s ranch on South Valley Creek Road north of Arlee. ...


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