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Local organizations sponsor training against sex trafficking

PABLO – Local law enforcement professionals and members of the public learned how to prevent and investigate instances of sex trafficking at a training sponsored by Salish Kootenai College and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The Feb. 11 event featured five hours of training exclusively for law enforcement and members of the justice system. The second part of the session was opened up to the public. According to SKC’s description, the event was intended to “provide the attendee with a better understanding and awareness regarding sex trafficking, learn indicators to identify victims and discuss investigative strategies.” Missoula Human Trafficking Task Fo...

Soup competition helps food pantries

RONAN – Glacier View Seventh-day Adventist Church broke all records when they raised 7,951 cans of soup during their 10th annual Souper Bowl. The soup was divided equally between the Ronan Bread Basket and the Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry.  Quoting a letter of appreciation from the Bread ...

GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt GOP lawmakers detail ‘IDEA Act’ infrastructure plan with cap on state debt

HELENA — A Republican plan to give Montana a more reliable process for funding state buildings, rural water systems, and other infrastructure projects took a step forward last week as a legislative committee reviewed a proposal designed to guide infrastructure policy in the future. House Bill 553, k...

Children share work

From the Missoula Writing Collaborative  Children in schools on the Flathead Indian Reservation are working with professional writers to create poems during a weekly workshop developed by the Missoula Writing Collaborative. This is a poem by Sadler, a fifth grader from Ronan, who was working with p...

MSU develops unique set of resources for Montana parents MSU develops unique set of resources for Montana parents

 from MSU News Service MONTANA  — When Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services staff members wanted to advance their efforts to curb underage drinking, they knew that parents are the No. 1 influence on whether youth engage in risky behaviors. And they knew they wanted to b...

Hunter ed courses offered, instructors needed

MONTANA – Hunter and bowhunter education courses are open to registration across northwest Montana.  Registration is available online at  Classes are typically held in late winter and early spring and fall. Students are encouraged to take hunter education well ...

Join musicians, singers, dancers for Sunday fun

POLSON — Polson’s NWAA jam/dance is on Sunday, March 3, from 2-5 p.m.  Guys and gals, it is time to add some new exercise to your routine. A new year brings new adventures. Please come and join us for some playing and dancing. Get those accordions out and get practicing.  We are alwa...

Local student named to Maine Maritime Academy dean’s list

 CASTINE, MAINE – Maine Maritime Academy recently named 399 students to the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement in the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year. Students named to the Dean’s List earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale.  Conno...

Tribal Health shares influenza information

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health...

Winners announced Winners announced

The District No. 4 American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship contest was held in Polson at the Masonic Hall on Feb. 23. Contestants were judged on their knowledge of the Constitution and how they presented their Oration. Sierra Dilworth, a senior from Flathead High School in Kalispell, received a...

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