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Thieves hit Mission General Store

ST. IGNATIUS — Last Thursday seemed like any other winter morning as Mission General Store owner Delbert Bontrager arrived at work just after 7 a.m. Temperatures were frigid, and blowing snow had piled drifts by the building, so Bontrager entered by a different door than usual. When he reached his office, he realized that something wasn’t right. “I came back to my desk and found things scattered and drawers open,” he said. It took a few minutes for the unsuspecting man and his employees to figure out what had happened. After some investigating, they found that a doorknob had been pried off the back door to the office and a Tupperware container of cash with abou...


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 spe...


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...


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