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Fun raising

On a cool Aug. 28, starting at 8 a.m., Riverside Park was dotted with tents and canopies and smelled of simmering tomatoes, chilies and onions and grilling meat.  The 4th Annual Rotary Festival for Youth Chili Cook-Off and Raffle was underway and lasted until 3 p.m. Proceeds of the cook-off and raffle go to a different cause benefiting community youth each year. This year’s choice will be improvements to the baseball field at O’Malley Park, including field lighting and an overhead cover for the bleachers.  According to Rotary Chair Rob Turner, 13 teams of chili-makers competed for the title of best chili in western Montana plus cash prizes. “Everybody...


Pet dental care often overlooked

POLSON — Most people schedule teeth cleaning for themselves on a fairly regular basis, but the patient getting her teeth cleaned on Aug. 20 was Mika, a nine-year-old German wirehaired pointer mix. Spring McKee, D.V.M. and co-owner of VetCare Montana, cleaned, scraped and examined Mika’s teeth and...


St. Ignatius School gets technology upgrades

ST. IGNATIUS — Monday was a little like Christmas at the St. Ignatius School. Superintendent Bob Lewandowski and technology coordinator Matt Lyon spread plenty of back-to-school cheer as they handed out 10 brand new iPads to administrators and school board members — part of a plan to upgrade to c...


Charlo welcomes two international students

Charlo — Imagine it: A mere teenager and embarking on your first international adventure. Bracing yourself for a new culture, a new language, a new family and hopefully a few new friends. This year Charlo has opened its school doors to a few such adventurous teenagers — Azharra Al Farid and Gv...


Flexible teacher proves valuable asset to Charlo School

CHARLO — Charlo teacher Mindy Cox likes to float under the radar, but even as low key as she tries to be, there’s no denying she’s one of Charlo’s most beloved educators. The University of Montana track athlete came to Charlo in 1994, with the idea that she would teach elementary s...


Wet weekend helps smother fires

A wildland fire burned about 714 acres off of Highway 211 — the gravel road connecting Ronan with Hot Springs — over the weekend, but there were no active fires on the Flathead Reservation as of Monday. “We got a little bit of moisture on the ground, as you can see,” Confederated S...


Farm fire damages 25 hay bales

RONAN — A bale of hay spontaneously combusted on Aug. 26, igniting a fire that destroyed 25 hay bales on a farm on Cornelius Road, Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary said.  Clary explained if hay is baled while wet, hot temperatures may cause the hay to spark. A neighbor saw th...


Melon Days serves up family fun

DIXON — Another busy Melon Days weekend filled with good old-fashioned fun has come and gone, but don't worry. Before Melon Days began last weekend, planning for next year’s festival was already under way.  While this year saw the return of the popular farmers’ Olympics, organizer C...


Aerial ballet

"Well, I like to fly and I like farming and I just put the two together,” crop duster Mike Campbell notes. Campbell, who runs Campbell Aviation with his wife Colleen, sits outside a mobile home just off the runway at the Ronan Airport. The trailer that faces east is not home, but it will do for the ...


Rocker sole shoes popular in the Mission Valley

Popular MBT shoes have soles that look like rockers on a rocking chair, thicker in the middle of the sole than regular shoes. Most people recognize the less expensive Skecher’s Shape Up brand even though MBTs were introduced first. Now other athletic brands have started manufacturing similar shoes.&...


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