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Taking it to the streets

A lot of local hoopsters played a major role in the youth movement at the Flathead 3-on-3 Tournament in Polson last weekend. The majority of the 255 teams that played on the 21 courts in downtown Polson Friday through Sunday were in the youth divisions and most of those divisions had a local team playing in the championship game. Arlee’s Native Fire of Phillip Malatare, Alex Moran, Tyler Tanner and Justin Sansavere recovered from a loss to North Idaho Steel I in the semifinals and beat them twice to win the fifth-sixth-grade championship.  Two local teams played in the girl’s fifth-sixth-grade championship. Polson’s Lil Lakers of Haley Fyant, Lauren Lefthand,...

Ronan Pioneer Days kicks off Friday with bait, bulls and broncs

RONAN —From rodeos to street dances, the Ronan Pioneer Days’ festivities will charm delighted audiences of all ages.   Instead of cramming the Lake County Fair and the Ronan Pioneer Days into just a few fun days, the Pioneer Days Company and the Lake County Fair Board opted to separate th...

Plane crash investigation ongoing

Four people killed in the crash of a small airplane June 27 near Dixon died of blunt force injuries, according to Lake County Deputy Coroner Dan Yonkin. Yonkin couldn’t determine for sure if the victims died instantly, but said the cause of death for all four was injuries sustained in the impact of ...

Cherry harvest begins on Flathead Lake

FINLEY POINT — Summer is finally here; cherry trees up and down the east shore, south shore and even some on the west shore of Flathead Lake are laden with dark red Flathead cherries. The Finley Point Cherry Warehouse was up and running on July 26 to handle all the fruit. Pickups and SUVs towing traile...

Charlo accepts school handbook, activity fees

 CHARLO — At their board meeting on July 20, the Charlo School Board decided to leave the cell phone policy unchanged. School administrators originally decided to amend the cell phone policy to include specific punishments for students caught with their cell phone on the school’s premises...

Windfall helps Mission Valley Animal Shelter survive

POLSON — The south side of the old building at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter was sinking, apparently since the cinder block structure was built on a landfill. Cracks in the foundation and instability had the Mission Valley Animal Shelter staff and board checking their shrinking donations and modest...

Baertsch, Montgomery share stories at museum

POLSON – “Dad came out in 1905 to Proctor to help build the hotel,” Oscar Baertsch said, starting his narrative about his dad, also named Oscar. Oscar himself was born in 1915.  Ethel McAlear Montgomery said her grandparents, her dad and aunts and uncles came to the Mission Valley i...

Ronan welcomes new addition to police department

RONAN — At a Ronan City Council meeting on Monday, the council approved the appointment of Patrick Nobles as the new part-time Ronan police officer. “Most of the (police) departments have only been hiring experienced people,” Ronan Assistant Police Chief Art Walgren said.  Nobles...

Fly-in feeds 700

ST. IGNATIUS — After a busy Saturday at Good Old Days, young and old took to the skies at the St. Ignatius Airport fly-in Sunday morning.  Around 40 small planes came for the event, which included a free breakfast of huckleberry pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits and gravy. Volunteer cooks served br...

Community Bank celebrates a century in business

Despite a century peppered with droughts, depressions, recessions, fires and even a bank robbery, Community Bank has survived and flourished.  “I would say it has always been run very conservatively,” Community Bank Board Member Debby Olsson McClenahan said.  McClenahan attributes...

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