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Spell bound

After seven rounds, only two spellers remained under the lights in the Ronan Performing Arts Center last Thursday night.  Charlo eighth-grader Timber Munson had just been eliminated when she misspelled “tragic,” and victory was close for Polson eighth-grader Cody Baer and Ronan seventh-grader Gabriel Azure, the two remaining contestants in the Lake County Spelling Bee. Surrounded by empty chairs left by their 41 fallen competitors, the boys stood quietly on stage, waiting for the next challenge from pronouncer Marilynn Tanner. Each student knew it would only take one slip of the tongue to end the standoff, and as the rounds wore on, the tension grew. Curriculum, bruin...


Quilt's new owner meets quiltmakers

POLSON — Xochitl Holdbrook brought the black, purple and turquoise Mardi Gras quilt back to the Polson Senior Center to meet the ladies who made the quilt.  Master quilters Mary Arden and Betty Gerrity hand quilted the top, which was pieced by local quilter Babs Brown. Arden and Gerrity started...


Math counts for Ronan Middle School math team

RONAN — Nine middle school mathematicians sit in a classroom during their lunch break, calculating. Their instructor, Shawn Harris, throws another problem on the screen from her computer, which incites a flurry of activity and scribbling on white boards until one student blurts out an answer. Another d...


School board gets update on grant proposals

POLSON — The Polson School Board of Trustees welcomed student representative Laura Hart from Polson High School to their meeting on March 8 at 5 p.m.  Then the trustees dived right into the agenda.  Drew Shealy from First Interstate Bank said School District #23 assets are being moved f...


School board gets robotics lesson

RONAN — The Ronan High School and Middle School robotics team presented their robots to a room full of interested school board members, administrators and teachers on Monday night at a Ronan-Pablo School Board Meeting. The teams, headed by teachers Jesse Gray and Jessica Johnson, were in attendance ...


Linderman celebrates reading with prize drawings

POLSON — Pajama pants with puppies or Spiderman, fuzzy bathrobes and slippers were the dress of the day on Cuddle Up with a Good Book day. Held on Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. at Linderman School. Cuddle Up with a Good Book day was the culmination of a week dedicated to reading and, coincidentally, Dr. Se...


Charlo students brighten stage with musical production

CHARLO — Hippies, swing dancing, the Backstreet Boys, the Spice Girls, the jitter bug and Aretha Franklin all graced Charlo’s stage on Tuesday night for the unforgettable performance “Entertainment that Stands the Test of Time.” Over 35 Charlo Middle School and High School students...


Mission gets new police car

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Town Council voted to add a new Dodge Charger to its police department fleet at last week’s council meeting. So far in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the town’s revenue is greater than anticipated, particularly due to revenue from court fines and police STEP g...


Council approves interim zoning for medical marijuana

RONAN — Following a lengthy discussion on the conditions of the sale and growth of medical marijuana, the Ronan City Council restricted the sale and growth of the substance to the highway commercial zone and excluding it from the line of sight from any schools in the area. Medical marijuana providers w...


Woman dead after motorcycle wreck

RAVALLI — A 46-year-old Missoula woman was killed in a crash on her motorcycle early Sunday afternoon on U.S. Highway 93 just south of Ravalli.  The wreck happened around 12:45 p.m. when a wheel popped off of a single axle trailer being pulled behind a northbound Ford Explorer, Montana Highway ...


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