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Out of the Ashes: Community raises new barn after blaze

ST. IGNATIUS — Many hands make light work, a fact J.R. and Nancy Troyer were extra thankful for last week. With the help of a couple dozen friends and neighbors in their Amish community, the destruction caused by a sudden fire on March 27 was transformed into a new beginning in less than a week. Around 1 or 2 a.m. Sunday, March 27, the Troyers awoke to see their 5,000-square-foot shop consumed with flames. “It was flat in an hour or two,” J.R. said. By the time the St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department arrived, the building was a total loss. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and let a hay pile of around 200 square bales burn out, fire chief Ray Frey said. He co...


Charlo woman accepts plea agreement, faces up to 30 years

MISSOULA — A 52-year-old Charlo woman pled guilty last week to embezzling $676,000 from Whitefish Credit Union in Polson over a period of more than 10 years.  Kathleen Louise Sammons accepted a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Missoula, and now faces possible se...


Study: DUI offenders agree harsher penalties needed

It’s no secret that Montana is plagued with drunk driving. DUI laws are a hot topic in the Legislature this year as lawmakers grapple with the most effective methods of reducing the number of DUI offenders, especially repeat offenders, in the state. While some contend that harsher punishments such as l...


Beat poets perform at Linderman’s Poetry Café

POLSON — Beat poets in berets and black shirts gathered at the Poetry Café for a poetry reading on April 1. In the dimly lit café, black tablecloths covered the small tables, and audience members snapped their finger to show their appreciation for the poets and their work. Although it ...


Family planning, tobacco education slated for cuts

POLSON — Montanans know the state legislature is carving money out of the budget, but many don’t realize just how those cuts will impact them locally. Lake County Family Planning stands to be cut entirely. Currently LCFP offers the only sliding scale fees in Lake County for contraception, breast ...


Irrigation project looking up under new management

PABLO — In August, project manager Gordon Wind compared the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project to a rusty Titanic headed for an iceberg. Formerly managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Flathead Reservation’s 100-year-old system of canals, ditches and dams was turned over to a cooperative ma...


The greatest of these is love: Polson couple celebrates 75 years together

POLSON — When Eddie and Gracie Schumacher married in 1936, they meant every word of their vows. They’ve been married 75 years to prove it. Gracie is 92, and Eddie is 94. Their family – daughters Denise and Donna, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and Eddie...


Growing Pains: State Legislature seeks reform for medical marijuana law

Controversy over Montana’s Medical Marijuana Act has certainly stirred the pot this legislative session, with a variety of bills introduced to regulate what many Montanans see as an out-of-control situation. Since an October 2009 statement by the Obama administration that the federal government would n...


Locals should be prepared for spring flooding

It’s springtime in Montana. While the warmer temperatures and sunny days can lead to a lot of fun activities, they can also lead to flooding as the winter snowpack melts. According to the Federal Emergency Management Association, flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. In ...


Green means Go: Save more by consuming lesss

Making your home energy efficient is not only a good way to help save money long-term, but also in the short term too. Rebates are available for eco-friendly appliances and fixtures. Since its induction in 2005, the Energy Policy Act has been changing the way Americans consume energy. More efficient lights, ...


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