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Articles with the Tag: Veterans

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Chuck Larum was farming with his family in Charlo when he got a surprise – his draft notice. Some guys got deferments for being an only son or were 4F with physical problems, but Chuck was unlucky enough to be 1A.  February 16, 1967, found him on his way by bus to Butte, Montana, for induction int...

Memorial Day services held across Lake County Memorial Day services held across Lake County

By Karen Peterson                    Valley Journal  LAKE COUNTY – People often think Memorial Day is the holiday that begins summer with activities during a three-day weekend including everything from barbecue cookouts, trips to the lake, and a...

Former CPS worker pleads guilty to criminal endangerment

A former Lake County social worker, who was charged with raping a Polson woman, has pleaded guilty to the amended charge of criminal endangerment. According to court records on Sept. 26, 2017, Chase Joseph Ripley, 34, in his capacity as Child Protective Services agent for Lake County’s Department of...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

In 1965 Dave Bennett got a letter saying, “Greetings from the President of the United States.  Your friends and neighbors have chosen you…” – the infamous draft notice. His family doctor offered to get him an out. Even though Dave knew absolutely he would go to Vietnam, he felt ...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran  Spotlight

Gary Hoffer’s grandfather was in the Army in WWI and his uncle was a Marine in WWII.  When Gary signed up for the Navy after high school, he represented the next generation in this family of veterans. Of course there was a draft, so that was also an incentive to join the military, but Gary says he...

Boxing season ends with a victory Boxing season ends with a victory

HAMILTON – Boxing fans from across Montana witnessed the future of boxing and cheered on young talent this past weekend. The Hamilton Eagles Boxing Club hosted the 2018 Montana Junior Olympic Boxing Tournament at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton on Friday and Saturday. Three local boxers from...

Briefs for May 2, 2018

Chamber of Commerce holds candidate ‘Meet and Greet’ News from the Polson Chamber of Commerce POLSON – On Wednesday, May 9, from 6-8 p.m., the Polson Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate meet and greet at the North Lake County Public Library meeting room. Candidates vying fo...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran  Spotlight

Ted Decker, a 1958 high school graduate, was working at the mill in Pablo when he got his draft notice. Rather than wait around to be called up, he went to the Polson office to volunteer for the draft and started his two years of service in September, 1961.      Ted went to Ft. Ord, Califor...

Wreath heartfelt, deeply appreciated Wreath heartfelt, deeply appreciated

News from American Legion Post No. 138, Ronan RONAN — American Legion District #4 presented Raquel “Rocky” Davis of Ronan with a certificate of appreciation. Last September the “Healing Wall” came to Kalispell and all the Veterans Service Groups in the area were asked to plac...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Dan was attending the University of Minnesota in 1965, but he dropped out for one quarter and immediately got a draft notice. He decided to enlist ahead of the draft. He could enlist for two years but then be obligated for four summers of duty, or enlist for three years. Dan took the three-year option, but i...


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