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Mom nets monster during 9th weekend of Mack Days

Mother’s Day is a day that you’re supposed to put the fishing pole and tackle away and spoil mom for a day – unless your mom is Nicole Peters. Peters, the top lady angler in the 2009 Fall Mack Days and leading women in the spring event, caught a 45-inch, 38.4-pound lake trout, while fishing with her husband and son Sunday. Peters’ trophy catch took nearly 45 minutes to bring in and was longer than the Montana record caught by Ruth Barber in 2004. Barber’s catch measured 42.5 inches, but weighed 42.6 pounds. Peters’ catch, which she released after it was measured, was the largest fish caught through the ninth weekend of the 11-weekend event. Peters&r...


School board meeting cut short by county superintendent

RONAN — The Ronan School Board meeting ended abruptly on Monday evening when Lake County Superintendent of Schools Gale Decker accused the school board of illegally administering trustee oaths. The district clerk had just sworn-in the three newest trustees to the school board when Decker asked permi...


Superintendent rolls out leveling plan

POLSON — The Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on May 10 packed about 40 bodies into the district office conference room.  Many of the teachers and staff members were at the meeting to hear Superintendent David Whitesell unveil his leveling or reconfiguration idea for School District #23....


Two Eagle River honors artists, community

PABLO — Paintings, photography, poetry, quilts, beaded art and music were all on display at Two Eagle River High School’s eighth annual Art Slam on Thursday.  The student body eagerly cheered on their friends and classmates, who performed prose and rocked the stage with their musical tale...


Dancing highlights cultural day at Arlee School

ARLEE — Hundreds of years of tradition were the focus of last week’s American Indian Cultural Awareness Day at the Arlee School. Instead of English, math and science classes, students attended workshops on a variety of aspects of Native American culture last Thursday.  “It’s w...


New law for an old drug

Candidates for the state legislature are grappling with medical marijuana issues as more Montanans become patients and caregivers. When the 2011 legislature convenes in January, legislators will address areas from the patient approval process to caregiver regulations. In this article, local candidates discus...


Library seeks mil levy approval

RONAN — The Ronan City Library Board Chairman Frank Delgado approached the city council on Monday seeking a letter of understanding for a mill levy request. The library board is hoping to have the 20 mills approved by the city council by June 14, and plans to give detailed information about the mill le...


Victim advocate honored

POLSON — During a visit to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock presented Jenifer Blumberg with a 2010 Crime Advocate of the Year award.  Blumberg is the CSKT grants manager for the Victims Assistance Program and executive director of DOVES. DOVES s...


Five county law officials run for sheriff

With the primary elections just around the corner, Lake County Sheriff candidates are working hard to get their messages to the public before the primary elections on June 8.  Arthur (Art) D. Walgren currently serves as the assistant chief of police in the Ronan Police Department. The 46-year-old R...


Women of Rollins hold candidate forum

ROLLINS — Twelve candidates came to talk about the issues at a forum sponsored by the Women of Rollins at the Rollins School on May 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Participants were: Garth Cox, Democrat, and incumbent Janna Taylor, Republican, running for House District 11; Paula Holle, Democrat candidate for ...


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