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Art Walk, Parade of Lights brighten downtown Polson

Temperatures in the 20s didn’t dissuade shoppers from coming downtown to take in the 6th Annual Art Walk on Dec. 3, but the cold may have cut down on strolling. People quickly walked from store to store, releasing snippets of Christmas carols as doors opened and closed. Inside stores, artists and musicians painted, drew and played their instruments or displayed examples of their work. Sparkling lights, refreshments, gift items and neighbors and friends to visit with combined to kick off the Christmas season.  Santa and Mrs. Clause were ensconced at The Cove, discussing Christmas wishes with children and handing out candy canes. Owen Daniel, 4, explained to Santa that he wou...


Students present ‘Wizard of Oz’

RONAN — They’ve been sewing, painting, designing and rehearsing for months, and now Ronan Middle School students are finally ready to present their first musical to the community. “The Wizard of Oz” plays Dec. 10 and 11 at the Ronan Performing Arts Center, and director Rita Tingey cou...


Commissioners approve C.O.P.S. grant, library interlocal

POLSON —  At the Dec. 6 Polson City Commission meeting, one of the first agenda items was a COPS grant received by the Polson Police Department. The grant would provide a salary for a 13th officer for three years. Then the city would need to pay the officer’s salary for the fourth year. ...


Officials waiting on DNA results of suspicious lake samples

Flathead Lake soon could face its greatest enemy if scientists confirm the presence of invasive mussels in its waters. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced that four routine plankton samples taken in July from the northern end of Flathead Lake near Woods Bay contained microscopic larvae suspected to be...


MVA explores options for aquatic center

POLSON — To explore all possibilities for its planned aquatic center, the Mission Valley Aquatics Board met with the Polson City Commissioners on Nov. 30 to discuss the possibility of an alternative site.  “Mission Valley Aquatics is asking if the city would like to partner in the vision ...


Mission celebrates season with carnival, caroling

Santa came early to St. Ignatius Saturday, leaving loot from new bicycles to an Xbox 360 for local kids at the annual community Christmas carnival. “I think almost every kid here got a raffle prize,” Chamber of Commerce member Darren Orr said as the kids hauled away their toys. Local busine...


Thanksgiving brings community together

Ronan’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner became more of a community affair than ever this year, volunteer coordinator Adina Fuchs said. Not only did Fuchs have so many people volunteer that she ran out of jobs and had to turn some away, but musical entertainment and better organization made the seventh...


Students shine in lip sync show

On the day before Thanksgiving, Ronan Middle School sounded like a jukebox. And while students in the “R” Gobbler Lip Sync Dance Show weren’t making the music, they managed to entertain the whole school with their creative and often hilarious performances. The show was purely for fun, ph...


RHS sends speech, drama teams to Kalispell

KALISPELL — The Ronan High School Speech, Debate and Drama team competed in the Kalispell Invitation/David M. Hashley Drama Tournament on Nov. 19 and 20. Thirty-three other teams from across Montana brought their speech squads, also.  Pantomime was a good event for RHS with Elise Bold placing s...


Polson speech teams grab 4th in drama, speech sweeps

KALISPELL — The Kalispell Invitational/David M. Hashley Drama Tournament drew 34 speech, debate and drama teams from across Montana encompassing Class AA, A, B and C schools.  The two-day tournament took place on Nov. 19 and 20. The Polson High School drama competitors placed fourth in overall ...


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