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Ice breakers

POLSON — “Remember if you go through the ice, put your arms out to the side, bend your knees … and tip your chin up,” International Dive Rescue Instructor Jake Lozenby told his class of firefighters, search and rescue, law enforcement and marine patrol personnel.  Lozenby’s class was about to follow Dave Moore’s class onto the ice in front of Swanee’s Bar and Grill, formerly Raleigh’s, on Feb. 20. Moore and Lozenby were teaching a surface ice rescue trainer course to 30 folks from around Montana, Idaho and Washington. Graduates of their course could return to their groups and instruct the rest of the group on surface ice rescue. ...

Sweet treats abound at chocolate festival

ARLEE — Just in time to whet appetites for Valentine’s Day treats, the sixth annual Chocolate Lovers Festival drew a crowd to the Heart View Center for a night of chocolaty fun Feb. 11.  When tasting began at 6:30 p.m., long lines quickly formed at three tables laden with an assortment of...

Local kids bring home wins in essay contest

MISSOULA — Three local students were honored for their winning essays at the Daughters of the American Revolution Bitterroot Chapter’s awards tea Saturday. St. Ignatius homeschoolers Nathaniel and Patrick Larsson won the American History essay contest in their respective grade levels, and Charlo ...

Charlo, Dixon chosen for new math project

CHARLO — After establishing Reading First practices in the school, the Charlo elementary and Dixon School administrators are now focusing their attention on the improvement of mathematics scores. With the help of a multi-million dollar research grant, they may be able to do just that.  Dixon an...

Polson instructor earns national science teaching award

POLSON — Polson Middle School fifth grade teacher Charles Bertsch was one of two Montana teachers to win a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Bertsch received $10,000 to use as he desires and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. the week of Jan.4 through 8.&n...

Friends group fundraises for library

RONAN — After the Ronan City Library received a $13,000 anonymous donation, the Friends of the Ronan City Library are still fighting the good fight to keep the library open and fully funded.  Considering the budget cuts this year that have threatened the livelihood of the library, the patrons h...

Local church donates canned soup during Super Bowl

RONAN — In the spirit of the Super Bowl and friendly competition, members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Ronan raised over 600 cans of soup for the Bread Basket during a four week canned soup drive. The Bread Basket is a food pantry, organized by volunteers from the area. Sherri McDonald and...

Code Yellow training session at St. Joseph's puts emergency crews through their paces

POLSON — Bristling with rifles, pistols and communication equipment, the Mission Valley Special Response Team eased through the sliding glass doors at St. Joseph Medical Center. Luckily, the camouflage-clad team was at the St. Joseph emergency room for a Code Yellow training session instead of an incid...

Cancer survivor warns students about tobacco

 KICKING HORSE — Rick Bender is sometimes referred to as the “man without a face.” With only one third of his tongue remaining and only one half of his jaw, Bender is a living testimony to the life-altering affects of tobacco. On Friday at the Through with Chew seminar in the gymnas...

Coming full circle

As the clock nears the 10 a.m. hour, the last members of an intimate gathering quietly enter the sanctuary, finding themselves a cozy spot on one of several sofas or easy chairs.  Warm rays of morning light shine through stained glass as worshippers greet each other with smiles and welcome salutations. ...

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