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Fort Connah supporters await grant announcement

ST. IGNATIUS — If all goes according to plan, the Fort Connah Restoration Society will soon get a much-needed boost in the form of a government grant. Since the group applied for $79,000 in funding from the Montana Department of Commerce’s Historical Preservation Grant Program in November, board members have been keeping their fingers crossed in hopes that they’ll be able to continue restoration work on the old Hudson’s Bay Company trading post just north of St. Ignatius. “It’s a pretty tough goal,” board member George Knapp explained at the Society’s annual meeting Thursday.  Competition for the available funds ($3.5 million) is st...

Crossett recommends city take over golf course restaurant

POLSON — After a steady diet of discussion on the sewage treatment site for the last two meetings, Mayor Pat DeVries and the Polson City Commissioners changed topics and discussed the golf restaurant management options at the meeting on Feb. 1.  Polson City Manager Todd Crossett said the city&r...

Ronan hangs hearts, honors loved ones

RONAN — This February and March, the Ronan Downtown Main Street Beautification Project is sprucing up Main Street one heart at a time. Patrons of the Ronan Flower Mill can purchase a pink heart for a deceased loved one any time between now and St. Patrick’s Day. The name of the individual is w...

Ninepipes Museum struggling for survival

NINEPIPE — Your next visit to the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana may be your last, as the economy takes its toll on another local entity. The notice on the Ninepipes Lodge’s reader board now reads “For sale” instead of the more hopeful “Closed ‘til spring” —...

Weekly dinners foster community spirit in Mission

ST. IGNATIUS — Free community dinners are no strangers to the Mission Valley during the holiday season, but one group in St. Ignatius has continued to serve free, hot meals every Monday evening since November. And they plan to keep going as long as they have funds and volunteers. It all started when...

Wedding expo unveiled at KwaTaqNuk Resort

POLSON — For anyone with questions about planning a wedding, the 2010 Mission Valley Bridal Fair was the place to find answers on Jan. 17. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino in Polson, which co-sponsored the event with the Valley Journal, the second annual wedding expo offer...

Pablo science session adds problem solving skills, fun to after school program

PABLO — For Pablo elementary students in the after school program, science is more than just fact gathering and data computing. For these lucky third and fourth graders, science is a concrete, hands-on activity that is actually ... fun.  Along with 60 other schools across the United States, Pab...

Students rally to aid Haiti relief efforts

ST. IGNATIUS — Little more than week after a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the city at the heart of one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, St. Ignatius Elementary students have joined what the Red Cross says may be the largest relief effort in the organiza...

Charlo still negotiating with classified staff

CHARLO — At a Charlo School Board meeting last Tuesday, school bus driver Jack Willet addressed the board on behalf of the Charlo Classified Association. Negotiations between the union and the Charlo Negotiations Committee have been ongoing since last spring when Charlo Classified Association formed.&n...

Ronan Volunteer Fire Department purchases new rescue vehicle

RONAN — Last Thursday night emergency lights flashed at the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department as the firefighters buzzed around, playing with the newest addition to their fleet: a brand new Jaws of Life Rescue Vehicle.  The purchase of the $150,000 vehicle was a joint effort between the Ronan Rur...

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