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Ronan robotics teams to compete in state tournament

RONAN — The crowd will roar after every move on the field, and teenage emotions will soar in anticipation this weekend in Shroyer Gymnasium on the campus of Montana State University. But it’s not your typical high school competition.  This Friday and Saturday, the Ronan High School and Middle School Robotics teams will compete for first place against other robotics teams from all over the state.  And in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge for high schools and Lego League for the middle schools, both teams are going for the gold.  For the robotics teams, who have been preparing for the state competition s...


Full service gas station serves as transportation hub for reservation

PABLO — Exxon Quicksilver Express in Pablo is not your ordinary gas station. It’s a full service, super center and social hub station, which also provides its patrons with gas and maybe some clean windows. With a built-in deli, café, free Internet, laundromat, car wash and excellent custom...


Polson Middle School students raise money for Haiti aid

POLSON — Nanook of the north hats, stocking hats, baseball caps, cowboy hats, gardening hats — all sorts of hats were bobbing down the Polson Middle School halls on Thursday, Jan. 28.  It’s unusual for hats to be worn at PMS because it’s against the rules. But the PMS Student ...


Western Montana Stockmen discuss property reappraisal, wolves at winter meeting

POLSON — “Got much snow out your way?” and “When do you start calving?” were some of the questions heard at the Western Montana Stockmen’s Association (WMSA) winter meeting and social. Ranchers gathered at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino on Jan. 23 for a business meeting a...


Dance workshop gets feet moving in Arlee

ARLEE — On Friday morning, the rhythmic pounding of African drums and squeals of glee from young dancers echoed across the Arlee Elementary School gymnasium during a visit from African dance teachers Tarn Ream and Michael Meyer. The African dance and culture workshop was one of the school’s Fr...


Fort Connah supporters await grant announcement

ST. IGNATIUS — If all goes according to plan, the Fort Connah Restoration Society will soon get a much-needed boost in the form of a government grant. Since the group applied for $79,000 in funding from the Montana Department of Commerce’s Historical Preservation Grant Program in November, board ...


Crossett recommends city take over golf course restaurant

POLSON — After a steady diet of discussion on the sewage treatment site for the last two meetings, Mayor Pat DeVries and the Polson City Commissioners changed topics and discussed the golf restaurant management options at the meeting on Feb. 1.  Polson City Manager Todd Crossett said the city&r...


Ronan hangs hearts, honors loved ones

RONAN — This February and March, the Ronan Downtown Main Street Beautification Project is sprucing up Main Street one heart at a time. Patrons of the Ronan Flower Mill can purchase a pink heart for a deceased loved one any time between now and St. Patrick’s Day. The name of the individual is w...


Ninepipes Museum struggling for survival

NINEPIPE — Your next visit to the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana may be your last, as the economy takes its toll on another local entity. The notice on the Ninepipes Lodge’s reader board now reads “For sale” instead of the more hopeful “Closed ‘til spring” —...


Pablo science session adds problem solving skills, fun to after school program

PABLO — For Pablo elementary students in the after school program, science is more than just fact gathering and data computing. For these lucky third and fourth graders, science is a concrete, hands-on activity that is actually ... fun.  Along with 60 other schools across the United States, Pab...


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