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Area residents enjoy community Thanksgiving

POLSON — Thanksgiving is a day for counting blessings, spending time with family and friends and eating turkey dinner. Many Polson community members chose to dine at the Polson Senior Center on Thanksgiving Day. A few folks shared their blessings. “I’m thankful for the snow,” Scott Heinz said. Mary Kelley agreed, saying she was “thankful for this beautiful, beautiful, beautiful climate.”  Kelley wasn’t being sarcastic; she loves the snow. In keeping with the snow theme, Trish Tavenner said, “I’m thankful for lots of books to read on a snowy day.”  Nancy Gordon was thankful to be sitting across the table ...


Brueggeman resigns to focus on career

Polson’s John Brueggeman resigned from his Senate District 6 seat Monday, saying that after nearly 10 years in the state legislature, he now must focus on his career. Brueggeman works as a professional services manager for 3M’s west coast region. A Republican first elected to the State House a...


Spang charged in stabbing death

POLSON — Aaron Jess Spang was arraigned in Justice Court on Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. for the alleged stabbing death of 32-year-old Frank Martin He Does It on Nov. 27. Spang, 18, was charged with deliberate homicide in the matter. The Lake County assistant district attorney asked that no bail be granted ...


Political Practices Commissioner rejects 3 complaints in sheriff’s race

Commissioner of Political Practices Dennis Unsworth won’t be investigating three complaints against Jay Doyle for Sheriff filed just before Election Day. Unsworth rejected the complaints — which were identical, he said — because “the complaint wasn’t specific enough.” O...


Woman dies after swerving to avoid deer

ARLEE — A 27-year-old St. Ignatius woman died Monday night after swerving to avoid a deer on U.S. Highway 93 near North Valley Creek Road north of Arlee.   Amanda Jones was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Owens said. Her passenger, 20-year-old Aut...


Winter weather wreaks weekend woes

Heavy snowfall over Thanksgiving weekend made for hazardous travel conditions around Western Montana, and Lake County was no different.  The Montana Highway Patrol responded to 34 crashes over the weekend in the Polson detachment, which encompasses U.S. Highway 93 from mile marker 15 near Arlee north...


Cold, snow create stress for cattle

With winter snow and cold temperatures, people compensate with sweaters, coats, boots, hats and gloves. But Montana is home to approximately 2.5 million cows, at least 130,000 registered horses, and lots of grade horses as well as other domestic animals and wildlife. Most animals don’t buy a new win...


Ronan High School reintroduces family, consumer sciences

RONAN — High school students are serious when it comes to literature, calculus, chemistry and … well, sometimes, baking.  And don’t forget the espresso.  After a three-year absence, the Ronan School District has reinstituted a forgotten favorite, commonly referred to as fam...


A vote for fitness

With a budget of $300 dollars, Pablo physical education teacher Darci Nice makes do.  She replaces athletic equipment, buys a few new balls, and can purchase some clearance items. But in a single school year, $300 doesn’t stretch too far.  It’s not enough to purchase fun new progr...


Students spread holiday cheer through crafts

ST. IGNATIUS — Every year for the past seven, St. Ignatius Middle School teacher Valerie Umphrey’s classroom has been transformed into a small version of Santa’s workshop during November and December.  The elves are students, and they fashion crafts like holiday wreaths, Yule logs, ...


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