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Polson welcomes exchange student's family

POLSON —  Pirjo and her husband Veli-Pekka Pihlainen both said their favorite thing about Polson was “the people, I think” with a smile. Visitors from Finland, the Pihlainens and their daughter Kaisu, 12, have been staying near Polson for about 10 days.  Why would Finnish folks visit our area? Well, the answer is their daughter Katja, 15, is an exchange student and a junior at Polson High School. During her year of school in the United States of America,  Katja lives with Chellie and Brent Matson. Katja agreed with her parents that people are “really nice” here, a big difference from big cities.  Veli had visited Washington, D.C., a...


Superintendent announces OPI plan

RONAN — In a Ronan-Pablo School Board meeting on Monday, superintendent Andy Holmlund announced that the Montana Office of Public Instruction plans to apply for Race to the Top funds.  Tennessee and Delaware have both applied and were awarded with funds that would enable the districts within th...


Missoula, Charlo school bands swap songs

CHARLO — The silky, smooth sound of live jazz filled Charlo School’s gymnasium last Wednesday as Jazz III showed the Charlo Middle School Band a thing or two about performing music. Jazz III is a lively jazz band filled with community members and musicians from the University of Montana. Charl...


Rural Fire Board candidates weigh in on issues

POLSON — The Polson Rural Fire District board of trustees has an election coming up on May 4. Beth Hoel and incumbent Alison Meslin are running for a three-year term. Incumbent Paul Laisy and Stephen “Steve” Stanley are candidates for a one-year term.  The candidates were asked for ...


County runs transportation levy

POLSON — A road grader costs an astounding $240,000, and Lake County’s newest grader is a 1996 model. And years of hard work on the county roads is beginning to catch up quickly on the county's road maintenance rigs. To try and deal with aging equipment and the rising cost of parts and supplie...


Charlo community pitches in for new fire hall

CHARLO — The Charlo-Moiese Volunteer Fire Department is in no mood to play with fire.  In fact, the department plans to continue keeping fires under control with the convenience of a single new fire hall. The new structure will replace three smaller fire halls and will lessen the department&rsq...


New law for an old drug

If you believe what you hear on the street, it takes little more to acquire a medical marijuana registration card than to make any purchase of $150 — the going rate for a doctor's evaluation at a Montana Caregivers Network clinic. And if you don't feel like attending a clinic or convention in person, j...


Council authorizes amended grant application

RONAN — In an advisory vote at a city council meeting on Monday, the Ronan City Council amended and authorized a Treasure State Endowment Program grant application for $500,000. Originally, engineer Shari Johnson presented the grant application to the city council for the amount of $420,000.  ...


Tipping off wardens, biologists key to capturing mountain lions

POLSON — With several mountain lion sightings around Polson this spring, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Biologists and Fish and Game Departments said they take every call about a mountain lion sighting seriously.  CSKT Wildlife Biologist Stacy Courville and Pablo “Ch...


Two dead in crash off Flathead River cliff

IRVINE FLATS — Two men are dead after the car they were riding in plunged off a 25-foot cliff into the Flathead River early Saturday morning. Joshua Jerome Clairmont, a 23-year-old Missoula resident, and 20-year-old Drew Austin Taylor, also of Missoula, died of apparent drowning, Lake County Undersh...


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