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Planes crowd airport for Polson Fly-In

POLSON — “It’s only 32 minutes from here to Helena,” Brian Carroll said, explaining that he was flying his wife, Kristi, to work. Brian and Kristi attended the Polson Fly-In on Saturday in their purple and yellow Vans RV7. The paint colors were chosen by their grandkids. One of the over 50 planes that flew in and out of the Polson Airport, the Carroll’s plane took Brian four years to build in the garage. Kristi said she started back to school in 2005 and told Brian he was going to have to find a hobby. He started flight school and got his pilot’s license in six months. Now they fly as much as they can. The Apollo Monsoon flew a lot on Saturday si...


First annual Peace Walk planned

ARLEE — The theme for the Seventh Annual Festival of Peace on Saturday is spirituality, health and environment. “We want people to be aware of the effects of the environment on our health and how our spirituality is tied into that,” Development Coordinator Raquel Castellanos said. Ill...


Zorotovich to attend opening Griz game in Tennessee

POLSON — Nick Zorotovich was celebrating his 15th birthday in a park with his family when he received his biggest present of the day. Griz Kids of Missoula presented him with a University of Montana Grizzlies football jersey and three tickets to the Grizzlies first game in Tennessee. “We&rsquo...


Community Bank raises funds for Boys and Girls Club

RONAN – To celebrate Community Bank’s first 100 years in the Mission Valley, they put together a book that highlight’s the history of the surrounding areas, and of the bank’s progression throughout that time. The books have been selling for a suggested donation of $15. All proceeds fr...


Grangers serve rural America

POLSON — Ray Salomon joined the National Grange in 1946 at the age of 14. Salomon had the same voting rights of adults twice his age; it was one of his first experiences with decisions that made local and national differences. Sixty-five years later Salomon serves on the state executive board. &ldqu...


Returning veterans honored by Veteran Warrior Society

PABLO – “The veterans from Vietnam never got nothing when they returned from war,” Tribal Veterans representative Lloyd Jackson said. “We’re trying to make it better than it was back then, and to give them something they can be proud of.” Ten veterans from various branc...


Sellner denied parole

DEER LODGE — Gordon D. Sellner, 73, was denied parole on Aug. 30 before the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole at the Montana State Prison near Deer Lodge. On its website, the board said Sellner’s release at this time would diminish the severity of the offense and the affect on the community....


Return to Sender: Community discusses possible Elmo Post Office closure

ELMO — In many small communities, the post office not only distributes the mail but also serves as a meeting place for people and a hub for information on community events. In Elmo that’s the case, and when residents learned the United States Post Office was considering closing the Elmo branch...


Housing market good for first time buyers, bad for sellers

On a national scale, existing home sales declined last month 3.5 percent to an annual rate of $4.67 million from $4.84 million in June. However, according to the National Association of Realtors this rate increased 21 percent more than the $3.86 million that was set in July of last year. In the Mission Va...


Shakespeare in the park draws largest crowd in years

CHARLO – As the sun peeked between giant weeping willow trees and reflected off the rolling water of a small creek, more than 200 theatre fans from as far as Kalispell came together on a cool summer’s evening to enjoy the comedy of William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice" at Palmer Pa...


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