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Mission breaks ground on school building project

ST. IGNATIUS — Dump trucks, backhoes and construction workers began a transformation at the St. Ignatius School last Monday as they broke ground on a $2.5 million building project that will “help us serve kids better in a number of ways,” Superintendent Gerry Nolan said. Planning for the project began in August, Nolan said, and includes a number of much-needed improvements and new facilities. And some of the best news for the community is that no local taxes will be affected. Most of the funding is coming from federal Impact Aid — money the district receives in lieu of property taxes because of the federal land within the school district — that the district ...


Ronan plans for new storm water system

RONAN — In the second storm water meeting in March, city council members, and engineers Shari Johnson and Collette Anderson agreed to apply for a Treasure State Endowment Program Grant for $500,000 in order to improve the city’s storm water system. Johnson reviewed the existing storm water inf...


Kinds jump through hoops for heart fund-raiser

POLSON — “Bubble gum, bubble gum in the dish, How many pieces do you wish?” That is second-grader Cali Cannon’s favorite jump rope rhyme.  As many times as Cali can jump equaled the number of pieces of (pretend) bubble gum. Cali and her two classmates counted the jumps. ...


Vandal apologizes to Charlo School Board

CHARLO — The Charlo School Board listened intently to the apology of a young man named Jacob Seibert at a school board meeting last Tuesday. The young man asked the school board for forgiveness two years after “destroying” school property. Seibert, who has never been a student at Charlo,...


Ronan goes green for St. Patrick’s Day parade

Ronan was out to paint the town green on Wednesday at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The crowd, sprinkled with the luck of the Irish and armed with shamrocks waited anxiously for the St. Patrick’s Day parade to start at 5:30 p.m. Whispering in anticipation, the parade’s audience sp...


New sewage lift station fails after 1 week

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday, city officials announced that only one week after its completion, the Spring Creek Lift Station experienced major mechanical problems.  “The sewage continued to come in, but the (pump) did not turn on,” Public Works Director Kevin T...


Ghastly Ghost Out haunts kids to drive sober

RONAN — A gruesome scene horrified the Ronan student body into an eerie silence on Thursday. A body on the ground, teenagers mangled and unconscious, slumped over steering wheels and seats, and the Grim Reaper lurking about, taking his time to select his two victims. The drunk driver, dazed but unharme...


Exceptional students honored

PABLO — Students and their families packed the cafeteria of the Joe McDonald building on the Salish and Kootenai College campus for the Upward Bound and Gear Up reception last Wednesday. The reception honored those students involved in the college preparatory programs and those who have achieved aca...


Medical pot pushed to back burner

POLSON — Opponents and proponents of an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana spoke at the Polson City Commission meeting on March 15. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and discussion began as soon as the proposed agenda was approved. Polson City Todd Crossett said the recommendation from staff was to...


Fairgrounds Fire Station officially opens

POLSON — A giant American flag fluttered and rolled over the new Fairgrounds Fire Station on Regatta Road on Saturday, March 13, drawing attention to the building.  The Polson Rural Fire District hosted an open house at the station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  PRFD Chair Alison Meslin cut th...


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