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St. Ignatius swears in council members, mayor

ST. IGNATIUS — At the Jan. 5 St. Ignatius Town Council meeting, Judge Sharon Richardson administered oaths of office to returning Mayor Charley Gariepy and council president Rod Arlint, as well as new council member Mack McConnell.  Gariepy also thanked appointed council member Mary Klawitter and former council member Amy Miller, who was not present, for their service to the town. The council voted to send the Lake County Commissioners a letter stating that the town’s planning board would like to take over “in-house” planning duties, instead of continuing to have the Lake County Planning Board perform those duties, and have St. Ignatius’ share of pla...

Ronan to fill vacant city council positions

RONAN — On Monday at the first Ronan City Council meeting of 2010, the council addressed the vacancy of two city council member positions. Recently elected Keoki Lopez Devictoria sent a letter of resignation, and council member Richard Jungers passed away last week.  “We’ve lost a g...

More census workers needed on Flathead Reservation

Beginning in mid-March, census takers will be visiting every home on the Flathead Reservation. More than 300 area residents have already tested and qualified for census jobs, but there are still plenty of the temporary positions available, U.S. Census Bureau recruiting assistant Etta Moore said. Flathead ...

Valley runners raise $2,000 to benefit local boy

POLSON — On Saturday morning, 123 valley residents faced frigid temperatures at the Second Annual Jingle Jog, raising $2,000 for Layne Lozeau. Layne Lozeau has a rare disease called adrenoleukodystrophy.  Participants in the event ran or walked the five kilometers from Century 21 to Hack Road, ...

Miniature stock, maximum heart

VALLEY VIEW — A ranch kid, Payton Fitzpatrick cleans stalls at his parents’ barn, deftly forking horse manure into a wheelbarrow while simultaneously talking about his interest in bull riding. He’s a talented bull rider, too. In November, Fitzpatrick placed second in the third annual Nor...

Lacey Todd wins pizza for her class

POLSON — Monday, Dec. 21, was an especially great day to be a second grader in Mrs. Nordberg’s room at Linderman Elementary School. Lacey Todd, 7, won a pizza party for her second grade class. Lacey participated in the Book It program sponsored by Pizza Hut. Each child who redeems his or her B...

Starkey places at national meet

POLSON— Aja Starkey, a Polson Middle School 8th grade student, represented Montana and the Bozeman Track Club on Dec. 12 at the 2009 United States of America Track and Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. The meet was held in Reno, Nev., at Rancho San Rafael Region Park. A...

St. Joseph’s welcomes first baby of 2010

POLSON — Benny’s mom craved French silk pie and banana cream pie when she was pregnant. So, Benny might like cream pie, too, when he gets old enough to eat pie. Benny’s full name is Benjamin Louis Reed, and he was the first baby of the year at St. Joseph Medical Center.  Benny wa...

Motorist hits Regatta building

POLSON — An accident early Tuesday, Jan. 5, “made a drive-in out of the Regatta restaurant” according to Polson Chief of Police Doug Chase.  At about 3:30 a.m. Chris Nyland of Brainerd, Minn. was headed north on Highway 93. Nyland’s wife was asleep in the vehicle. Police belie...

Fire damages Pablo home

PABLO — Fire officials are still investigating a fire that damaged a Pablo residence on Saturday evening.  Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary said the fire started around a wood stove and significant fire damage was done to the living room and kitchen. He also noted that there was...

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