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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. The Sellner case was one of the most well-known cases in Lake County according to Lake County Undersheriff Karey Reynolds. A well-know anti-government activist, Sellner bragged about not paying taxes for 30 years. Although the IRS put a claim on Sellner’s 5.2-acre property, it has never been seized. Sellner was convicted on attempted deliberate homicide and sentenced to l...


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...


Dixon celebrates 20 years of melons

DIXON — Harley Hettick’s passion for melons began when he was just a boy in South Dakota. Hettick learned the melon growing and tasting trade from his Russian grandfather. “He was always looking for the perfect melon,” Hettick said. “I taste tested a lot of melons and I got h...


Ronan School District welcomes new teachers

Jami Lynch is the new registered nurse for the Ronan School District. Originally from Helena, she moved outside of Ronan 20 years ago. Before accepting her position for the school district, she was employed with the Lake County Health Department where she served as the Public Health Nurse for 17 years. ...


District sets goal to improve testing scores

ST. IGNATIUS —The St. Ignatius School District’s annual yearly progress scores were unveiled at the monthly school board meeting. The district did not meet the AYP goal scores as set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act, but Superintendant Bob Lewandowski said the district would review academic ...


Tribes prepare to take over Kerr Dam in 2015

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are preparing to take over Kerr Dam from PPL Montana in 2015. Currently the tribes are co-licensers with PPL Montana with the exclusive rights to purchase the dam in 4 years. According to CSKT Energy Director Brian Lipscomb, this is a fast timeline to get everythin...


Mission Valley Food Pantry moves to bigger location

ST. IGNATIUS — The Mission Valley Food Pantry has operated in buildings that once were old liquor stores and hotels. It recently moved to a bigger location, the old Mission Lumber building, to further serve the growing number of families in the area. According to Director Heidi Riddle, the food pant...


Generations of alumni gather for all-school reunion

DIXON — When Eleanor Clark was in high school she was the only girl in a class of four boys. “That was enough,” Clark joked. “We didn’t need anymore.” Clark graduated from Dixon High School in 1953. In 1977, the hallways of Dixon High School closed. Now the building ...


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