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Miniature stock, maximum heart

VALLEY VIEW — A ranch kid, Payton Fitzpatrick cleans stalls at his parents’ barn, deftly forking horse manure into a wheelbarrow while simultaneously talking about his interest in bull riding. He’s a talented bull rider, too. In November, Fitzpatrick placed second in the third annual Northwestern Miniature Bull Riding Finals in Helena after winning the Montana State Miniature Bull Riding in Ronan. A freshman at Polson High School, Fitzpatrick, 14, said he grew up watching the famous bucking bull Bodacious on TV. The cream-colored, Charolais/ Brahma cross bull terrorized cowboys during the early ’90s, either flinging them into the arena dirt and/or smashing faci...


Lacey Todd wins pizza for her class

POLSON — Monday, Dec. 21, was an especially great day to be a second grader in Mrs. Nordberg’s room at Linderman Elementary School. Lacey Todd, 7, won a pizza party for her second grade class. Lacey participated in the Book It program sponsored by Pizza Hut. Each child who redeems his or her B...


Starkey places at national meet

POLSON— Aja Starkey, a Polson Middle School 8th grade student, represented Montana and the Bozeman Track Club on Dec. 12 at the 2009 United States of America Track and Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. The meet was held in Reno, Nev., at Rancho San Rafael Region Park. A...


St. Joseph’s welcomes first baby of 2010

POLSON — Benny’s mom craved French silk pie and banana cream pie when she was pregnant. So, Benny might like cream pie, too, when he gets old enough to eat pie. Benny’s full name is Benjamin Louis Reed, and he was the first baby of the year at St. Joseph Medical Center.  Benny wa...


Motorist hits Regatta building

POLSON — An accident early Tuesday, Jan. 5, “made a drive-in out of the Regatta restaurant” according to Polson Chief of Police Doug Chase.  At about 3:30 a.m. Chris Nyland of Brainerd, Minn. was headed north on Highway 93. Nyland’s wife was asleep in the vehicle. Police belie...


Fire damages Pablo home

PABLO — Fire officials are still investigating a fire that damaged a Pablo residence on Saturday evening.  Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary said the fire started around a wood stove and significant fire damage was done to the living room and kitchen. He also noted that there was...


Pablo trailer wreck blocks traffic

PABLO — Lake County residents sat in traffic for an hour and a half on Saturday when a mobile home that was being transported through Pablo fell off a truck. The truck transporting the trailer blocked the two southbound lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 93. Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark ...


Ronan mourns the passing of a city council member

RONAN — Members of the community are grieving the loss of Ronan City Council member Richard W. Jungers. Jungers died of natural causes on Sunday at St. Luke’s Community Hospital in Ronan. A prominent member of the community, friends and fellow council members have noted that his presence wi...


Olson swears in new Polson mayor, city commissioners

POLSON — Polson City Judge A. Douglas Olson came to the Polson City Commissioners meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 to swear in the new mayor and commissioners. Mayor Pat DeVries and Polson City Commissioners Ron Boyce and John Campbell, Ward 1, and Judy Preston and Mike Lies, Ward 2, immediately jumped into...


County considers sale of Ronan Community Center

POLSON — Following an announcement from Lake County Commissioners that the county is considering the sale of the Ronan Community Center, concerned citizens crowded into the commissioners’ office for a public meeting Tuesday afternoon.  The community center sits on a county-owned five-acre...


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