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SKC helps local children remember MLK, celebrate diversity

PABLO — For elementary students in Lake County, keeping the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. alive became an interactive, hands-on experience last Thursday.  More than 400 children came to the Diversity Fair at Salish Kootenai College, which was part of the week-long program “Celebrate the Dream.”  Children swarmed the tables set up with diversity-themed art projects, including quilt-making, drawing, print-making and weaving. Some children even left with their very own prints of Martin Luther King Jr. and God’s eye crafts. “For the kids, it’s a good opportunity to really see and understand that there are different cultures in the commun...

Israel deports local Lutheran volunteer

Faith Rowold, daughter of Pastor Paul and Donna Rowold of Polson, is in Prague, Czech Republic, after being denied entry to Israel. Rowold had been a volunteer with the Lutheran Church in Jerusalem for the past two years. Rowold, 27, was returning to Israel from the Czech Republic with her partner, Jared ...

Local political activism group aims to educate, encourage participation in government

RONAN — A local grassroots political activism group kicked off with a bang last week in Ronan. Calling All Conservatives, a group formed by several community members concerned with the state of the U.S. government, held its first event Jan. 12 at the Ronan Community Center. For St. Ignatius resident...

Arlee celebrates completion of new fire hall

ARLEE — Despite the chilly, drizzly fog that settled over Arlee Saturday, a festive air surrounded the new fire hall as the community gathered to celebrate the completion of the facility.  The building represents countless hours of planning and hard work that started back in 2001, when the fire...

Native artist uses art, stories to encourage kids

POLSON — “Jump over the enemy,” Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., said, quoting his uncle. The “enemy” is someone who tells you you can’t achieve or become whoever you would like to be, Monte told a group of fourth graders. Monte, an internationally renowned artist, and his wife ...

Fugleberg to sign new book, “Among Other Things,” at Polson Library

Paul Fugleberg started pounding out stories for newspapers on an old manual typewriter 57 years ago, although now he writes on his computer. Fugleberg selected columns and stories he’d written on either his typewriter or his computer over his long career, selected photographs to accompany them and publ...

Ronan-Pablo School Board approves five-year teachers’ contract

RONAN — In a Ronan-Pablo School Board Meeting on Monday, the board approved the MTEC (Master Teacher Employment Contract) for the next five years. The contract states that the Ronan-Pablo School District must give a 15 percent raise to the Ronan and Pablo teaching staff spread across the next five year...

Tribes’ Christmas card features Richey’s drawing

VALLEY VIEW — “I was really surprised I won,” Jarrett Richey said. “I was thinking that the sixth grade student would win cause she’s older. Richey, an exuberant fourth-grader from Valley View School, drew a tepee, a campfire, trees, the horizon, skins drying and an eagle fly...

School board meeting packs Linderman library

POLSON — The library at Linderman Elementary School was jam packed on Jan. 11 for the Polson School Board meeting. School district employees, administrators, parents and community members gathered at the meeting for a chance to speak their piece on proposed administrative changes for the remainder of t...

St. Ignatius swears in council members, mayor

ST. IGNATIUS — At the Jan. 5 St. Ignatius Town Council meeting, Judge Sharon Richardson administered oaths of office to returning Mayor Charley Gariepy and council president Rod Arlint, as well as new council member Mack McConnell.  Gariepy also thanked appointed council member Mary Klawitter a...

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