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International fraud scams local woman for $4,200

Imagine getting a phone call and it’s a relative who needs help. Your loved one has been involved in a car accident in Peru and needs $4,200 to help pay for the damages. Sounds like the makings of a scam, right? But this person knows information that only this relative would know, and there is even a police officer on the other end that confirms everything is true. But nothing about this story is fact, and now someone in Peru is $4,200 richer. This story is exactly what happened to an 84-year-old woman from Polson. She wanted to remain unidentified, but she and her family hope by sharing their story it will save another individual from the same fate. “My sister has a so...


UM president to visit Ronan Chamber

It certainly never is easy to follow someone into a position who has been a fixture, and even more difficult when that person was the longest-tenured president in the fabled history of a university. But Royce Engstrom, who last year became the 17th president of the University of Montana when he replaced G...


City Commission debates 'Mansion' issue

POLSON — The “Mansion,” the 26,000 square foot office building on top of Polson hill, was on the agenda again at the Nov. 21 city commissioners meeting. City commissioner Judy Preston submitted an agenda item asking for answers to questions raised about the mansion and its owner at the Oct....


Holiday decorations go up downtown

RONAN — The large lighted Santas, bells and wreaths went up on Ronan’s Main Street and U.S. Highway 93 through town on Nov. 23. Under cloudy skies and with gusty winds that made Santa dance, Ronan Telephone Company crew Shawn Barber, Jeremy Holm and James English attached the large ornaments to l...


Country store: Churches work together to support community

POLSON — A warm winter coat, a spare set of sheets for the cabin, fun shoes, games or kitchen items — whatever is needed, the Country Store has a large selection of items. For more than 40 years, the Country Store’s all-volunteer staff has set it apart from other local thrift stores. Abo...


Pantry need increases during holidays

ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Valley Food Pantry has been busier than usual as the holiday season draws near. Director Heidi Riddle said she encourages more food and money donations to help local families and individuals as Thanksgiving and Christmas nears. “This is a holiday season and everyone ...


Holiday season brings big demand for Bread Basket

RONAN – A big demand compared to last year has left the Ronan Bread Basket’s shelves nearly bare as Thanksgiving nears. Vice President Gloria Kramer says the donations have been pretty good so far, but the demand far outweighs what’s coming in. “We’re up a little bit, but we ...


Ronan fills vacant trustee position, grapples with locker room renovations

It was a busy night Nov. 14 in the Ronan High School Library as a new board member for the District 30-2 position was named, but the board spent most of the evening discussing renovations to the high school locker rooms. The board recently chose Architects Northwest to draw up a plan for the remodel of the l...


Local barbecue sauce to be on TV

Keith Baker has been fascinated with barbecue sauce since he first reinvented his mother’s sauce when he was 17 years old in 1967. In 2003, Baker began selling and producing his paste, called Garlic Head, and has found a local following through selling the sauce at local grocers and farmers markets in ...


Annual baby fair continues to grow

RONAN — More than 500 parents and children came out to the seventh annual Baby Fair at the Ronan Event Center Nov. 12. Those who attended were able to visit 37 vendors, have their child screened for speech and pick up free books and information for parenting. According to childcare coordinator Doris Ga...


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