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Charlo welcomes two international students

Charlo — Imagine it: A mere teenager and embarking on your first international adventure. Bracing yourself for a new culture, a new language, a new family and hopefully a few new friends. This year Charlo has opened its school doors to a few such adventurous teenagers — Azharra Al Farid and Gvantsa Gatenadze. Gatenadze hails from the Republic of Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi. With 1,345,000 inhabitants, Tbilisi is a stark contrast to Charlo — population 1,904. But Gatenadze considers herself right at home in a town where everyone knows each other. “I’m not a city girl,” she said, sitting on the bleachers after volleyball practice. G...


Flexible teacher proves valuable asset to Charlo School

CHARLO — Charlo teacher Mindy Cox likes to float under the radar, but even as low key as she tries to be, there’s no denying she’s one of Charlo’s most beloved educators. The University of Montana track athlete came to Charlo in 1994, with the idea that she would teach elementary s...


Wet weekend helps smother fires

A wildland fire burned about 714 acres off of Highway 211 — the gravel road connecting Ronan with Hot Springs — over the weekend, but there were no active fires on the Flathead Reservation as of Monday. “We got a little bit of moisture on the ground, as you can see,” Confederated S...


Farm fire damages 25 hay bales

RONAN — A bale of hay spontaneously combusted on Aug. 26, igniting a fire that destroyed 25 hay bales on a farm on Cornelius Road, Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary said.  Clary explained if hay is baled while wet, hot temperatures may cause the hay to spark. A neighbor saw th...


Melon Days serves up family fun

DIXON — Another busy Melon Days weekend filled with good old-fashioned fun has come and gone, but don't worry. Before Melon Days began last weekend, planning for next year’s festival was already under way.  While this year saw the return of the popular farmers’ Olympics, organizer C...


Aerial ballet

"Well, I like to fly and I like farming and I just put the two together,” crop duster Mike Campbell notes. Campbell, who runs Campbell Aviation with his wife Colleen, sits outside a mobile home just off the runway at the Ronan Airport. The trailer that faces east is not home, but it will do for the ...


Rocker sole shoes popular in the Mission Valley

Popular MBT shoes have soles that look like rockers on a rocking chair, thicker in the middle of the sole than regular shoes. Most people recognize the less expensive Skecher’s Shape Up brand even though MBTs were introduced first. Now other athletic brands have started manufacturing similar shoes.&...


Exercise ball chairs improve posture, fitness

For administrative staff in the Polson School District, sitting at a desk could be a workout.  Since early March, several members of Polson High School’s and Cherry Valley Elementary’s office staff have been using exercise ball chairs in place of traditional office chairs. And they say it...


Herbs may help with sleeplessness

It’s 3 a.m. and you’re awake, mind clicking off a list of all the things you have to do tomorrow. You worry about paying the mortgage and retirement. You hope your kids are happy and can find mates and work they love. You think about your family, and your heart overflows with love. You worry abou...


Lake County athletes find winter workout solutions despite chilly weather

It may be blue skies and warm weather now, but the onslaught of snow and cold is just around the corner.  And we all know what that means — excessive food consumption in conjunction with gloomy days and indoor activity could pack on the pounds.  New studies have also found that the lack...


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