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Red Nose Day fundraiser supports local children Red Nose Day fundraiser supports local children

POLSON – Locals can show support for children’s programs by donating money and wearing a bright red nose on their face.  This is the fifth year that the Polson Walgreens has raised money to support underprivileged children through the national Red Nose Day fundraiser. This year, the fundraiser will continue through June 30. The official Red Nose Day was May 23. “We remind people there are kids out there that need our help, and we want to do something,” Walgreens manager Jen Ruggles said.  Cash donations are accepted at the store or online at rednoseday.org or walgreens.com. Those who donate can also elect to have a small part of their donation go t...


Class of 2019 crosses finish line Class of 2019 crosses finish line

ARLEE – Twenty-eight students received diplomas at this year’s Arlee High School graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 26, held at the old gym.  Noelle West was the valedictorian this year, and Ashley Potts was the salutatorian. Teacher Leslie Jackson gave the commencement address after Arle...


Two Eagle River School celebrates commencement Two Eagle River  School celebrates  commencement

PABLO – On Saturday afternoon, one of the smallest senior classes in decades walked across the stage during the 2019 graduation ceremony at Two Eagle River School. According to administrator Rodney Bird, the number of graduates may be small in total but the 2019 class had the distinct privilege of b...


Egg Drop Challenge a smashing success Egg Drop Challenge a smashing success

PABLO — Students from both Ms. Fishers and Mrs. Buck’s fourth-grade classes at Pablo Elementary School put their creativity, ingenuity and problem-solving skills to the test on Thursday afternoon during the second annual Egg Drop Challenge. Fisher explained that the challenge is an annual spri...


Friends raise ‘dough’ for baker fighting cancer Friends raise ‘dough’ for baker fighting cancer

RAVALLI – Every summer the Windmill Village Bakery provides the community with irresistible treats, but this year the community is supporting the baker.  According to a GoFundMe page, owner and baker Nancy Martin was diagnosed with cancer in November 2018. The shop closed early for the 2018 sea...


Museum consortium shares news

  News from the Mission Valley Museum Consortium ARLEE Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum Our historic site will open on the Fourth of July. View our beautiful war memorial by driving by. The memorial is outside of our site.     ST. IGNATIUS St. Ignatius Mission Church ...


Northwest Accordion Association disbands

News from the Northwest Accordion Association  The Northwest Accordion Association has been in existence for over 35 years in Kalispell and the Mission Valley. Dances were held at the Elks in Polson and at the Eagles in Kalispell on the first and third Sunday of each month.  It was a sad da...


Ninepipes Museum invites public to 'First Saturday' events Ninepipes Museum invites public to 'First Saturday' events

News from the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana CHARLO – Saturday, June 1, promises to be a splendid and fun-filled day at Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana. The June “First Saturday” event takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and offers one watercolorist, one jewelry maker, a DVD film show...


Valley Journal subscription drive underway

LAKE COUNTY – A subscription drive for the Valley Journal, your homegrown newspaper, is currently underway. The Journal will transition from a free to a paid newspaper on July 3. The July 3 issue will be the first to be mailed to new subscribers. The newspaper will cost $1.25 at newsstands but is avail...


Community bike ride encourages outdoor activity Community bike ride encourages outdoor activity

RONAN – Rainy weather and a few muddy puddles couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of more than 40 cyclists who attended a family-friendly bike ride around Ronan on Saturday during the Mission Mountain Family Pedal to Plate. “It was really wonderful to see people out biking in our community,&r...


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