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Quilts light up downtown

POLSON — Downtown Polson has colorful handmade quilts peeking from the windows of many businesses. All in Stitches is sponsoring its annual quilt show, “a chance for our customers to show off their work,” according to Diane Byers, one of the talented quilters who works at All in Stitches. The 2011 Quilt Show celebrates the 11th anniversary of the beginning of All in Stitches and the 10th year of the quilt show according to Kathy Klinge, store manager. “It (the quilt show) brightens up downtown.” The quilt show is held every January, and this year people can walk around the downtown area and vote for top three favorite quilts. The quilts will be up until...


Fourth-grader tops school geography bee

CHARLO — As fourth-grader Lane Smyth waited for the Charlo School geography bee to begin last Wednesday, he was more than a little apprehensive. He’d already taken second in his class competition, but now was faced with competing against 14 other students, including older kids up through eighth g...


PHS speech, drama, debate students move on to state

LIBBY — After a three and a half hour bus ride to Libby, Polson High School Speech Debate and Drama competitors got down to business at the Jan. 22 Northwestern Class A Divisional meet.  First to sixth-place finishers at the divisional meet will advance to the Montana State Class A Speech, Deba...


Ronan students shine at home meet

RONAN — Several Ronan students had outstanding finishes at a speech, drama and debate invitational hosted by Ronan High School on Jan. 15, coach Melissa Knabe said. Eleven schools from western and central Montana registered nearly 380 contestants in 15 events, so there was plenty of stiff competition. ...


Polson finishes in top 4 in speech, drama sweeps

RONAN — The bus ride was short for the Polson High School Speech, Debate and Drama team when they traveled to the Ronan Invitation Meet on Jan 15. Maybe the short ride and more sleep energized the PHS students and helped them earn fourth in Class A Speech Sweeps and second place in Class A Drama Sweeps...


Students raise awareness, money

POLSON — A high school assignment involving heifers might sound more like a Future Farmers of America project than an English assignment. However, seniors Jordan Hinshaw and Rebecca Lake decided on Heifer International when they accepted English teacher Michael Schwabenbauer’s challenge to fin...


Seatbelts work for Erickson and Sam

POLSON — “The title of this story should be ‘seatbelts work,’” David Erickson said. Erickson and Donald Sam were at the Polson Fire Department to receive a Saved by the Belt award. Both men were wearing seatbelts when they were involved in accidents where they might have been...


A Bridal Fair to remember

More than 300 people, including brides from throughout Northwest Montana and their guests, attended the third annual Mission Valley Bridal Fair on Sunday, Jan. 16.   Attending registered brides entered to win a gift basket filled with merchandise from participati...


HOPE workshop educates, empowers girls

PABLO — At first glance, a roomful of teenage girls looks like an arts and crafts party among close friends. Bright wrapping paper, other colorful scraps of paper and markers cover several long tables as the girls wrap cardboard boxes, letting loose an occasional giggle as they work. But the reason the...


Bolen cleared of endangerment and assault charges

POLSON — Comfort Trellis Bolen, Sr., 32, was found not guilty of criminal endangerment and not guilty of partner family member assault. The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on a charge of threats and other improper influence in official and political matters (three verdicts of guilty, nine verd...


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