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Growers’ co-op gears up for summer bounty

Throughout the past few years, demand for fresh, local food has grown among consumers in northwestern Montana. To help feed the need, the Western Montana Growers’ Cooperative jumpstarted Community Supported Agriculture to help interested people access the foods they desire in an easy, efficient way. The co-op was formed by local farmers in 2003 and has grown to include more than 30 diverse farm members who supply the wholesale market. After signing up with the CSA, members receive 20 weeks of produce delivered to various drop-off locations. Current local drop points are located in St. Ignatius, Ronan and Polson, and the co-op also serves Missoula, Helena and the Bitterroot Valley. ...


Ronan City Council stalls parks master plan

RONAN – Members of the Ronan Parks Board were on the verge of tears during a city council meeting March 12 at Ronan City Hall. Trustees voted 4-2 against the park’s master plan, which is the park’s tool to identify community needs and serves as a guide for the future development of Ronan&rs...


Birth announcements for Mar. 21, 2012

  Alex Patrick Eli Finley RONAN — Alex and Tara Finley of Ronan are proud to announce the arrival of their fourth child, Alex Patrick Eli Finley, who was born March 6, 2012, at St. Luke Community Hospital Ronan. Alex weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and joins sisters Destiny, Angel and Alexis. ...


Grim reality

ST. IGNATIUS — One by one, every 15 minutes, students at St. Ignatius High School were singled out by the Grim Reaper and taken from their classrooms. They would return, but only as remnants of their former selves — “ghosts” walking the hallways silently. Every year, 2 million drin...


Rehabilitated snowy owl released in Polson

POLSON — There’s a new girl in town: a female snowy owl. Becky Kean from the Montana Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman brought the owl to Polson to release her near other snowy owls in the Skyview subdivision. Found near Malta in December, the owl, believed to have hatched last summer, had...


Races full for June 5 primary election

POLSON — Monday, March 2 was the deadline for filing to run for election in 2012. Running for Denny Rehberg’s seat in Congress was popular, with 11 candidates vying for the position. Ten pairs of candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for governor and lieutenant governor. U.S. Sen...


Polson woman creates stained glass memorial

POLSON — The original fresco of “The Last Supper” was painted by Leonard DaVinci on a wall in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy. Now Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church has its version, an 8-by-3-foot stained glass piece. Designed and crafted by Verna Ivory and daughter Lisa ...


Exchange student brings 'egg-citement' to first-graders

POLSON — “Krava,” Veronika Novotna’ said, pointing to a picture of a cow on her Power Point presentation. “Krava,” the first-graders in Helen Siemers’ class repeated. Novotna’, an exchange student from the Czech Republic attending Polson High School, visi...


Superb spellers: Knoll, Cahoon advance to State spelling bee

RONAN – It took 11 rounds and 89 words to do it, but Ronan seventh-grader Elijah Cahoon emerged as the Lake County Spelling Bee champion after conquering his counterparts from the area’s public, private and home schools March 6 at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. “It was my first time (...


Education students practice profession by teaching Native traditions

PABLO – Elk hides, games, and economics were on the agenda March 9 at Salish Kootenai College, as student teachers spent the day giving brief overviews of the changes on the Flathead Indian Reservation to students from C.S. Porter Middle School in Missoula. The future teachers are part of SKC instructo...


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