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Community Bank celebrates a century in business

Despite a century peppered with droughts, depressions, recessions, fires and even a bank robbery, Community Bank has survived and flourished.  “I would say it has always been run very conservatively,” Community Bank Board Member Debby Olsson McClenahan said.  McClenahan attributes the bank’s survival to its fiscally conservative management — even in its precarious beginning.  Unlike the rest of the country, the Roaring ‘20s affected Montana’s economy adversely. From 1920 to 1924, nearly half of Montana’s 428 banks went out of business, McClenahan explained, and in 1924 Community Bank also came to the brink of closing. B...


St. Ignatius celebrates community

A jam-packed weekend in St. Ignatius meant fun for the whole family, with activities beginning Friday evening with a community barbecue, concert and fireworks show and lasting through Sunday with a fly-in at the airport and gospel sing later at the Good Old Days Park. “From everyone I’ve talke...


Live History Days a hit with locals, visitors

POLSON — The Rat Patrol Jeep buzzed almost nonstop around the grounds of the Miracle of America Museum on July 17 and 18, and the periodic boom of the tennis ball launcher could be heard as could chugging tractors, the hum of the can crushing machine and the train whistle.  Brock and Brody Stur...


Melon farmers press on after burglars stole seed money, dimmed sons' passion for farming

DIXON — Ten months ago, Harley and Joey Hettick were winding up their busiest season yet since they sowed the first seeds of Dixon Melons, Inc., 21 years before. The family’s melon venture had grown from a backyard garden plot that Harley tilled by hand to a booming business with faithful custome...


4-H youth win in shooting contests

RONAN — Mission Valley youth took aim at ribbons in several air rifle, archery and shotgun contests during the Lake County Fair shooting sports competition Saturday. The air was quiet at the fairgrounds in Ronan as young sharpshooters sighted in their rifles and bows, and it wasn’t long before...


Good Old Days promises fun-filled weekend

ST. IGNATIUS — For the 28th year, Mission Valley residents will gather to celebrate community at Good Old Days — a three-day festival packed with family-friendly events.  Festival activities are headquartered at the Good Old Days Park just off Main Street in St. Ignatius from Friday throu...


Standing Arrow Powwow showcases tribal traditions

ELMO — The Standing Arrow Powwow broke in its new dance arbor, concession stands and vendor areas during the powwow on July 16, 17 and 18.  About 400 dancers and their families attended the powwow on the shores of Flathead Lake, always a good place to be on a hot July day. Grand entries were at...


Sammons’ whereabouts remain a mystery

Kathie Sammons, a suspect in a case involving the embezzlement of $675,000 from the Whitefish Credit Union in June, is not in custody, Polson Police Detective Alan Booth confirmed on Tuesday.  According to several Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Polson police officers, the investigation is n...


Gas cleanup continues in 2010

RONAN — The Conoco gas leak cleanup that began 15 years ago may be nearing an end, the Department of Environmental Quality reports.   Underneath the abandoned George’s Conoco building in Ronan lies the remnants of a 10,000-gallon gas leak that sprung from a perforated 16,000 gallon underg...


Montana Meth Project launches statewide art contest

RONAN —  Signs displaying the Grim Reaper, cemeteries and the mantra, “Not even once,” have recently crept up along Ronan and Polson streets. The anti-meth signs are part of the Montana Meth Project’s state-wide art competition called Paint the State. Prompting artistically in...


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