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Special Delivery: Miraculous mail surprises Polson woman

POLSON — Never tell Julie Stringer that miracles don’t happen. She found one waiting in her mailbox just a few days before Christmas and says her life will never be the same. At first, the white envelope looked like it contained just another holiday greeting, but the return address was in California. Confused, Julie opened the envelope and pulled out a Christmas card with just two scratchy sentences written inside: “If you are Carol’s daughter, I regret that I was not around to wish you all of the Merry Christmases that have gone by. But I wish you a Merry Christmas this year.” The note was signed, “Bill Stringer.” Julie stared at the paper...


Ronan City Council discusses upcoming changes to urban traffic flow

RONAN - On Monday the Ronan City Council discussed Ronan urban traffic flow, as the city prepares for the final phase of U.S. Hwy 93 renovation through Ronan. Montana Department of Transportation district administrator Douglas Moeller was present to speak with the council about the status of the Hwy. 93 reno...


Coming full circle: Language classes bring adult students back to their roots

ARLEE — For the past year-and-a-half, a small group of Arlee residents have gathered at the Nkwusm Salish Language Institute two evenings a week to do something they weren’t allowed to do when they attended school: speak Salish. “We’ve come full circle,” student LeAnne Hunter...


Flood control

RONAN — Even if no rains come down this spring, Lake County can expect to see floods come up, authorities say. Snowpack across Western Montana is currently 115 percent of average — higher than it’s been in more than a decade, according to Ray Nickless, a hydrologist with the National Wea...


Vintage snowmobiles come out of retirement

POLSON — Drivers on Highway 93 might have thought they’d been transported back 30 to 50 years when Gil Mangels and museum crew David Bosley and John Dark took a spin on the snow in a 1952 Tucker Sno-Cat and a 1970s era Polaris Snow Bird. Mangels broke out the vintage snow machines from the Mi...


Seamstresses sew for African kids

POLSON — Tiny dresses made from pillowcases with ribbon ties on the shoulders and colorful shorts for little boys hang on a clothesline at First Citizen’s Bank. Usually children’s clothes aren’t on display at the bank, but these are a special project of bank employees Cindy Beebe,...


Locals to appear on 'Price Is Right'

ST. IGNATIUS — Tune in to “The Price Is Right” on Friday, and you might just see some familiar faces on your television screen. One of them might even be a winner. Sporting lavender “Moms And Daughters for Drew” T-shirts, St. Ignatius residents Joan Krantz, Donna Morton,...


Montana Veteran’s Home may see funding drop

News of a proposed drop in funding or even privatization for the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls hit Mission Valley veterans hard. The MVH is where veterans in northwest Montana go if they need a nursing home or residential care. Don Lilley, former commander of the Veterans of Foreign W...


Lake County legislators meet with public

POLSON — Lake County residents crowded the North Lake County Library District meeting room on Feb. 28 to talk to their legislative representatives. Attendees were asked to submit questions on note cards, and then Lake County legislators State Senator Carmine Mowbray, R-Polson, and representatives Ja...


School raises educational interaction with family science night

PABLO – Pablo Elementary hosted family science night on Tuesday. Community members in science related vocations, came and gave demonstrations in their various fields.  Third grade teacher Lorey Jackson and kindergarten teacher Kathy Smith coordinated the event, which was funded through a grant ...


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