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Polson City Manager delves into questions

POLSON — Ronald Paul Foltz, who audited the City of Polson’s books, “found them to be in order,” according to Polson City Manager Todd Crossett at the Dec. 19 Polson City Commissioners meeting. Crossett said Foltz did recommend the city pay down the debt service at the golf course and contract with a CPA familiar with government accounting. A copy of the audit is available at City Hall or online at In other business, the commissioners accepted City Treasurer Bonnie Manicke’s financial report. Polson City Clerk Kala Parker will be leaving at the end of the year, and Crossett thanked Parker for all her great help and the ...

School district applies for $1.5 million grant

ST. IGNATIUS — In October, the Office of Public Instruction announced it received a $7.6 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant, and will sub grant 95 percent of the money to established Head Starts and eligible districts. St. Ignatius Superintendent Bob Lewandowski said the district app...

Santa’s Helper: Local woman gives out donated items

As a child, Bernie Lovell didn’t get many gifts during the holiday season. Lovell, the fifth child out of a family of 12, remembers all of the money from her father’s two jobs going towards Christmas dinner. So now as a grandmother of hundreds of grandchildren, some by blood but most “adopt...

Local family robbed, young boy wants television back

ST. IGNATIUS — All 11-year-old Bronco Branson wants for Christmas is his television back. And that is what he hopes will happen if he shares his story: perhaps whoever broke into his home on Dec. 17 will return it. Bronco and his family were the victims of one of several home burglaries that Miss...

Firefighters spread Christmas cheer

Red and white lights reflected off snowy pines in the dark of the night as a convoy of Ronan Fire Department vehicles made their way down Eagle Pass Trail to hand deliver presents to 5-year-old Sean Burrafato. Each year, firefighters from Ronan chip in $10 or $20 apiece to buy Christmas presents for a list o...

Valley View community gathers for play

Light streamed from the windows of the Valley View Clubhouse on Thursday night, beckoning moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins for the annual holiday program presented by the Valley View Elementary School students. The atmosphere was warm as neighbors visited and ate a potluck d...

‘Layaway angels’ at work in Polson

POLSON — “Layaway angels” around the United States have been paying off layaway tabs at Kmarts and Walmarts. The angels also visited Walmart in Polson, according to Cody Grove, Walmart Manager. Grove said five people came into the store and paid off layaways for items for kids. One cu...

Students protest proposed cutbacks in financial aid

POLSON — Proving that high school students do pay attention and do care, Polson High School seniors Clay Frissell, Riley Kenney, Ian Laimbeer, Riley Lemm and Megan Pope have selected issues that will directly affect all of them and want to do something about it. The issues are Republican-leadership-...

Arlee, Nkwusm students spread holiday cheer

ARLEE — Most children might spend a Friday morning watching television or sleeping in, especially if they don’t have to go to school. On a frosty day, around 30 students from Arlee and Nkwusm schools gathered to spread a little holiday cheer at local businesses. Bundled in brightly colored coa...

Ronan City Council gets library district update

RONAN – In an effort to keep the doors of the Ronan City Library open, library director Michelle Fenger is currently in the planning phase of developing the third library district in the state, with one of the other two located in Polson. The Ronan City Library currently has no designated funding, r...

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