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Completed skatepark soars among the best

ST. IGNATIUS — Kristie Nerby slept better Monday night than she had in six years. And she can continue to rest easy knowing that the Skate Ignatius project is finally complete.  After years of fundraising for the St. Ignatius Skatepark’s two phases, Nerby saw her vision of a skatepark where local kids could enjoy a positive activity come to life last week. Dreamland Skateparks completed construction on the second phase of the park on July 8, less than a month after breaking ground June 14. And for Nerby, even more relief came Monday in the form of $2,000 from an anonymous donor and another $5,000 gift from the Montana Skatepark Association, which was just enough to take ...

Over the big top

The Culpepper and Merriweather circus visited Ronan on Sunday, featuring amazing acts of dexterity, flexibility and comedy.  The family-friendly event drew kids and parents from all over Lake County, who were happy munching on peanuts and tasting snow cones, while watching some remarkable feats from ...

Technology camp provides fun, summer education

RONAN — Summer camps for most kids don’t make the cut without a lake, sports or arts and crafts. But for a few Ronan middle school students, getting wrapped up in computer programs, the construction of toothpick bridges and stop animation was an excellent way to spend a week of summer afternoo...

Book stitches stories of churchgoers together

POLSON — Miles Finch wrote “Somewhere by Chicago” to have the look and feel of a novel, but every separate story is true. “‘Somewhere’ is Polson,” Finch said. “The ‘Chicago’ part of the title is explained in the first chapter.” The book ...

St. Ignatius fire auction draws hundreds

ST. IGNATIUS — With 640 plates of barbecue served, the 16th annual St. Ignatius Volunteer Firemen’s Picnic and Auction on June 26 may have been the department’s best-attended event yet, fire department treasurer Fred Gariepy said. “I think we served more meals than we ever had,&rdq...

Youngsters plant lasagna garden

POLSON — A lasagna garden brings thoughts of tomatoes, basil and garlic melding together.  While the lasagna garden being planted in the community garden behind the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church did have lots of cherry tomato plants, there were no layers of pasta oozing cheese.  ...

Tribes celebrate 112th July 4 powwow

ARLEE — Despite cool weather with a bit of rain thrown in, dancers, drummers and spectators from all over the West came by the droves to join in the Arlee Celebration’s 112th year. On Sunday alone, 520 dancers — some competing, some just celebrating — stomped and spun under the powwow...

Sheriff’s office transfers investigation to FBI

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office transferred an investigation involving the alleged embezzlement of $675,000 from Whitefish Credit Union and a missing person to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lake County Detective Dan Yonkin confirmed on Tuesday.  He also indicated that authorities have m...

SKC, University of Montana offer master’s degree program

PABLO — A new master’s partnership with a special education endorsement is available for Native American students in education at Salish Kootenai College.  Dr. Merle Farrier, Ed.d., is coordinating the program through the University of Montana. Students must apply and be accepted for t...

Questions linger in plane crash investigation

MOEISE — The National Transportation Safety Bureau began investigations last Thursday into the cause of a June 27 plane crash that claimed the lives of four young Montanans: Melissa Weaver and Erika Hoefer of Kalispell, and two Missoula men, pilot Sonny Kless and Brian Williams. After a massive thre...

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