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Ricketts earns state title in Impromptu Speaking

POLSON — Picture this: A student competing in impromptu speaking is handed a notecard with a quote or a cartoon dealing with cultural, moral or social issues. Then she has three minutes to write a three to five minute speech on the topic. At the end of the preparation time, the student delivers the speech to the judge, then sits down to wait for the other speakers to work through the same process.  Strike fear in your heart?  Well, Molly Ricketts repeated this same procedure four or five times per speech meet in a season that stretches from October through January.  Columbia Falls students were her toughest competition, she said, as well as Loyola Sacred Heart ...


Heat turned up on wolf issue

Calving and lambing season is beginning across western Montana, for cattle and sheep as well as deer, elk, buffalo and mountain sheep. Montana livestock producers and hunters are worried about wolf predation, and their concerns and frustrations have reached state and national government officials. On a st...


Mini Mutiny: Pirate protest questions school board’s decision

POLSON — “Hendrickson, Hendrickson, Hendrickson,” the 60 or so Polson High School students chanted. The group gathered in front of PHS on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. to protest the non-renewal of PHS vice principal Shawn Hendrickson’s contract. Despite 27-degree weather and light...


Chamber honors Cheff, Fuchs

Long-time Mission Valley resident Bud Cheff Sr. was the honorary speaker Thursday evening at the Ronan Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held at the Mission Mountain Country Club. Cheff  sat down with St. Luke Community Relations Director Wayne Fuchs in a question and answer session to speak about lif...


Charlo carnival supports class trip

CHARLO – On a cold, snowy Wednesday evening in Charlo, the hot spot in town proved to be Charlo’s gymnasium, where participants of all ages flocked for an evening filled with fun and games. The event was Charlo’s winter carnival, the goal of which was to raise funds for the class of 2013&rs...


Board approves new bus purchases

RONAN – On Monday, the Ronan School Board voted to approve the purchase of both a new handicap bus, along with the addition of a new activity cruiser bus for the school district. Transportation supervisor Rob Tougas emphasized the importance of replacing their current MC4 bus, where maintenance has be...


Queen of the house

RONAN – Kisses, a frisky, fun-loving feline, is not your everyday house pet, she has a very important job to do. It was back in 2006 when owner, Lorma Sloan first began noticing that Kisses wasn’t your run of the mill cat. “I would let her out each morning before work, and when I got hom...


Welcome home, Hero

RONAN – Upon arrival to Missoula International Airport Wednesday evening, Marine Lance Cpl. Tomy Parker wasn’t prepared for what he was about to experience once he entered the terminal. “My mom told me what it would be like, and I joked that nobody would show up,” Parker said. H...


Pasties provide tasty lunch, funds for Montecahto Club

What do you make with 100 pounds of hamburger, 100 pounds of potatoes and 50 pounds each of carrots and onions? Well, if the Montecahto ladies are in charge, you add a few other ingredients and make pasties, the authentic Butte kind. While these pasties probably won’t go into the copper mine in anyo...


Chiefs, Maidens pick up first conference wins

RONAN – The Ronan Boys’ basketball team put together an impressive fourth-quarter push to earn their first conference win Tuesday as the Chiefs downed Whitefish in Ronan. Only two points were the difference at the end of the third frame, but in the final eight minutes, Ronan used the three ball a...


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