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Foster families needed in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY – In many ways, Joel McClanahan of Lolo is a typical proud parent.  “We have an amazing kid,” he said as he introduced himself.  While this affection is characteristic of many families, the situation by which McClanahan’s family came together is fairly unique. McClanahan is a foster parent. His foster son was 16 when they met in April. McClanahan became a foster parent through Youth Dynamics, a nonprofit child-placing agency that matches foster children to foster families and provides mental health support for families in the foster system in Montana. Over 4,000 children receive care through the state’s foster system, according...

9/11 anniversary: St. Ignatius community honors heroes 9/11 anniversary: St. Ignatius community honors heroes

ST. IGNATIUS – Local police, firefighters, emergency responders, and a soldier followed the Mission Valley Honor Guard onto the football field to honor the heroes of Sept. 11 during a ceremony before the Friday evening game.   The Mission Valley Honor Guard brings people together almost every y...

Puppy Party supports local pets Puppy Party supports local pets

POLSON — Food, auctions, and even a fluffy puppy aptly named Cash entertained guests at the lively Mission Valley Animal Shelter fundraiser.  Tickets for all 200 seats were sold for the second annual event held at the Red Lion Inn in Polson. “People had a lovely time,” said Filip...

Harvest Fest starts Saturday morning Harvest Fest starts Saturday morning

RONAN – Judging for the Trail of Bales will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the 10th Annual Harvest Fest. Event festivities will take place behind the Visitors' Center.  Ninety hay bales were decorated for the contest this year by local business owners, organizations...

New Medicare cards will be mailing soon

MONTANTA – Starting in September 2018, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to people with Medicare in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, to help protect you from identity fraud. The new Medicare cards no longer contain your Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare ...

Bullock reports on Montana labor

HELENA — The 2018 Montana Labor Day Report to Montanans:  Unemployment remains low, wages are growing, Montana entrepreneurs are more likely to be successful than businesses nationally, our workforce development initiatives are providing a pipeline of talented workers to Montana businesses, and...

New fire burns near Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS – The 1,374-acre Rattlesnake Fire was 55 percent contained as of Monday, Sept. 3. The fire is located ten miles northeast of Hot Springs, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The human-caused fire was reported on Thursday, August 30, and is currently under investigation. The fire was burn...

Trail of Bales decorates Ronan, surrounding areas Trail of Bales decorates Ronan, surrounding areas

RONAN – Ninety hay bales are being transformed into magical creations of all kinds along U.S. Highway 93 and surrounding areas for the annual Trail of Bales contest, which involves turning a round bale into something grand. Last year, the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority took first place in the con...

Tester secures grant for Lake County domestic violence initiative

News from the office of U.S. Senator for Montana, Jon Tester BILLINGS – U.S. Senator Jon Tester has secured nearly half a million dollars to bolster domestic and sexual violence response efforts in Lake County.  The $437,872 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence A...

Tester calls for Senate hearing

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester U.S. Senate — U.S. Senator Jon Tester is calling on the Senate to hold a hearing on missing and murdered Native American women. In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester is demanding the committee bring together law e...


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