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Law enforcement suspects retaliation motive in stabbing

RONAN — The Ronan Police Department is investigating an altercation that resulted in a stabbing behind the Gardner Apartments on Main Street in Ronan on Saturday night.  John Allen, 18, of Ronan was involved in the altercation with suspect Jon Lozeau, 22, also of Ronan that ended with a knife wound to Allen’s chest. Police suspect the stabbing was in retaliation to a previous incident involving the two acquaintances.  Police responded to the call at approximately 11:23 p.m. at 312  Buchannan Street. Upon law enforcement’s arrival, Allen had already left for St. Luke Community Hospital for treatment. The wound on the right side of his chest punctured...


Community urges changes to Polson city budget

POLSON — “We have a more than full house,” Mayor Pat DeVries said as she opened the 6:30 p.m. public hearing on amendments to the 2010-2011 budget on Sept. 4. Interested people packed the city commission chambers and the adjoining hall.  All the uproar stemmed from the Sept. 8 meeti...


Teaching tradition

The scent of fry bread filled the Polson Middle School as seventh graders participated in Native American Awareness Week on Sept. 24. Groups of students rotated among five different activities — fry bread making, beading, stick game, watching “The Place of the Falling Waters,” a film about ...


Volunteers assist with fashion show

POLSON — The Country Store honored more than 90 volunteers with a luncheon held at the Polson Community Church beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 23.  After lunch, the mostly female crowd enjoyed a fashion show titled 100 Years of Fashion in honor of Polson’s centennial. All clothing and mo...


State continues to investigate sheriff’s office for poaching

KALISPELL — After a former Lake County Sheriff’s Office employee was charged earlier this month with two felonies related to poaching moose, state wildlife officials say they’re continuing to investigate members of the sheriff’s department on similar suspicions. Jesse Jacobs is cha...


Polson prepares for homecoming celebration

POLSON — “Kage the Kitties” is the theme of Polson High School’s homecoming this year as the school gears up for a weekend of fun and sports. PHS Lady Pirates soccer team takes on Columbia Falls Wildkats, Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m., and the Lady Pirates volleyball team also will be ...


Ronan honors Gold Star mothers

RONAN — A small, quiet gathering in Bockman Park Sunday marked a little-known national day of remembrance for mothers of men and women killed in service in the United States military. In 1936, Congress dedicated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day.  “It’s ju...


Wreck near Dayton results in fatality

DAYTON — A one-car crash north of Dayton killed passenger Leroy Carlson, 43, and sent the driver of the '92 Toyota Tacoma to the hospital early Sept. 23.  According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Andy Horton, the crash was discovered at about 7:20 a.m. at mile marker 83.7. However,  Dep...


Teen dead after rollover near Ronan

SLOAN’S BRIDGE — A 17-year-old boy is dead and his aunt in critical condition after a one-vehicle rollover Monday morning near Sloan’s Bridge on Little Bitterroot Road, a gravel road connecting Ronan with Hot Springs. The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. just inside Sanders County abou...


Arlee to celebrate community, harvest

ARLEE — The harvest is in, and it’s time to celebrate at the final Jocko Valley Farmers' Market of the year. A bluegrass festival, Indian taco dinner, pie-baking contest and cider press demonstration are just a few of the events planned for Friday’s community harvest party in Arlee. It&rsqu...


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