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Mission Mountain Quilt Guild holds 2011 show

RONAN — Beautiful quilts drew visitors to the 2011 Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Quilt Show at the Lake County Fair July 29 and 30 while electric fans and homemade cookies made their stay more pleasant. Held in the Ronan High School gym, the show boasted 146 quilts for viewing as well as 24 quilts from featured quilter Ayleen Bain, according to chair Sylvia Moody. The theme of the show was “Barn Dance at the County Fair.” Moody said attendance was good with 219 viewers the first day and 110 the second day. Usually the quilt show is three days, but Moody said she talked guild members into a two-day show. Sew and So Club members were also at the show to visit with quil...


Car lovers flock to Cruisen by the Bay show

POLSON — Vintage cars, antique cars, muscle cars, street rods, a few new cars and a sprinkling of motorcycles backed into spots on Main Street and side streets on Saturday as the Cruisen by the Bay Car show got under way. Wayne Fuchs played tunes to set the mood with songs such as “Little Deuce C...


City Commissioners extend curfew for country concert

POLSON — Polson City Commissioners waived the open container law and extended the curfew to 11:30 p.m. for Festivals on the Flathead’s Night of Country at their Aug. 1 meeting. Curfew is normally 10 p.m. so it needs to be waived for special events. According the event organizer Keryl Lozar,...


Water Daze swimmers churn up Polson Bay

POLSON — Greg Rempe, 17, from New Mexico won the 9th annual Polson Bay Water Daze one mile swim race with a time of 24:15. Rempe, who grandma lives near Polson, will be a senior in high school this year and is on his school’s swim team. Rempe’s sister Clara also competed in the 12-19 women....


Bear Don’t Walk wins gold at national conference

ST. IGNATIUS – Seventeen-year-old Rose Bear Don’t Walk was certain the timing of her speech didn’t go well. As soon as she saw the judge signal the one-minute mark, she skipped to the final card of her speech about the importance of the Salish language to the community, her family and herse...


Annual Skate Jam draws excited, young crowd

POLSON – More than 30 skaters ages 9-26 came out to the Seventh Avenue Skate Park in Polson on Saturday, July 30 for the 14th Annual Skate Jam to compete for top of the line skate merchandise and to test their skills among their peers. Skate Jam coordinator, Dever Graham, said despite a late start, the...


Growing opportunities: Rural FoodCorps creates access to local foods

RONAN – It’s no secret the Mission Valley has its fair share of local farmers producing a wealth of local food. The question is, where does the food go? The unfortunate answer is — mostly other places. This is what Lindsay Howard and the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center are workin...


Building community through service

ARLEE — Learning how to operate heavy equipment is only part of the reason Charles Sandoval feels good today. Sandoval is one of 24 students from Kicking Horse Job Corps who are donating their time and labor to help the Arlee Community Development Corporation’s Jocko Valley Trails Committee break...


4-H director judges his final Lake County Fair

Head judge Mark Heitstuman directs a girl struggling to control her lamb to circle the arena and crouch near her animal. Heitstuman then speaks into a microphone critiquing the animal and giving advice to the young presenter. He suggests that she should not completely kneel next to her animal but instead cro...


4-H brings together community and families

RONAN — The first Lake County Fair was held in 1938 and included one crossbred beef dairy steer calf that made up the total livestock exhibit. It has now grown to several exhibits that showcase various activities such as shooting sports, talent shows, rabbit showmanship and judging, and a cat show. Tod...


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