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Run helps Arlee’s ‘Friends’ give back to school

ARLEE — It’s almost time for the first run of the spring in Arlee, and there are more than a few good reasons to participate, no matter your stance on exercise. The annual Buttercup Run, a fundraiser for the Friends of Arlee School, Inc., is March 27, and every entrance fee goes directly to improve the quality of education for Arlee students. For nearly two decades, the group of about eight caring volunteers has proven themselves to be true friends to the school and community of Arlee. Last year alone, the Friends of Arlee gave more than $5,000 to Arlee teachers, classes and programs for items not included in the school’s budget. They also awarded more than $8,000 in sc...


Runners warm up winter with March Meltdown

POLSON — Winter thawed a little when local runners heated up Polson with the second annual March Meltdown. Competitors ran or walked the course which started along 7th Avenue and looped around Polson High School. The 10 kilometer racers ran the five kilometer loop twice.  The cloudy weather ...


Police investigate stabbing in Wal-Mart parking lot

POLSON — Two women were involved in a stabbing incident in the Polson Wal-Mart parking lot at about 6 p.m. on Saturday.  According to Polson Police Department Assistant Chief John Stevens, a 20 year-old female allegedly stabbed a 22 year-old female. The victim drove herself to St. Joseph&rsq...


Licensed caregiver sells medical marijuana

POLSON — Customers who want to enter the Medical Marijuana Dispensary must have a medical marijuana card to even get in the door. James Dale operates MMD out of rented space on the south end of the Jette Store. Dale opened the business on March 1 and is a licensed caregiver as well as a medical mari...


Rural Fire Board discusses personnel, consultant

BIG ARM — At the monthly meeting on March 10, the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees voted to hire an individual consultant, Scott Waldron, the Fire Chief at Hebgen Lake and West Yellowstone, to advise the board on the most efficient use of the new station (the Fairgrounds Fire Station) subject to the...


Fire crews burn condemned Ronan house

RONAN — A condemned house in Ronan went up in flames on Saturday when members of the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department carried out an order from the city to burn the two-story residence at 313 5th Ave SW. The house described by neighbors as a “big ugly green thing” was as an eyesore for th...


Spell bound

After seven rounds, only two spellers remained under the lights in the Ronan Performing Arts Center last Thursday night.  Charlo eighth-grader Timber Munson had just been eliminated when she misspelled “tragic,” and victory was close for Polson eighth-grader Cody Baer and Ronan seventh-gr...


Quilt's new owner meets quiltmakers

POLSON — Xochitl Holdbrook brought the black, purple and turquoise Mardi Gras quilt back to the Polson Senior Center to meet the ladies who made the quilt.  Master quilters Mary Arden and Betty Gerrity hand quilted the top, which was pieced by local quilter Babs Brown. Arden and Gerrity started...


Bowling benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

POLSON — Last year Bowl for Kids Sake raised $15,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Not a small feat for the two-day event, in which businesses form teams for a friendly bowling competition. This year, Executive Director Julie Williams hopes they can raise a similar amount to help fund the non-profit...


Math counts for Ronan Middle School math team

RONAN — Nine middle school mathematicians sit in a classroom during their lunch break, calculating. Their instructor, Shawn Harris, throws another problem on the screen from her computer, which incites a flurry of activity and scribbling on white boards until one student blurts out an answer. Another d...


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