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Articles with the Tag: business

National Small Business Week celebrates Montana’s entrepreneurial spirit

News from SBA’s Region VIII Administrator Dan Nordberg It was 1963 when President Kennedy issued the first Small Business Week proclamation announcing to the nation the critical importance of local small businesses in our communities.  Here we are 56 years later celebrating National Small ...

SAFE Harbor’s ‘Sister Sallie’s’ thrift store opens

RONAN — The new Sister Sallie’s thrift store, a venture to support SAFE Harbor and provide a training venue for victims of violence, has opened its doors in Ronan at the Old Creamery Mall across from Cenex on Highway 93.  An official grand opening is coming up on April 17 although the sto...

Mission Valley Museum Consortium shares news

ST. IGNATIUS St. Ignatius Mission Church The St. Ignatius Mission Church is known for its frescoes and murals which were damaged when a 100-year-old support beam cracked.  The St. Ignatius Mission Church anticipates continuation of the restoration this summer. The Mission Church is open dail...

Head Over Heels gymnasts finish strong at state championships Head Over Heels gymnasts finish strong at state championships

HELENA – Local gymnast Taylor Collinge powered to her best beam routine of the season to claim individual balance beam gold in the Xcel Platinum division during the March 17 Montana State Gymnastics Championship hosted by Helena Athletics Club at Carroll College in Helena. “(Taylor) had a grea...

New crafts, clothing store receives redevelopment funds

POLSON – Updates to a long-empty Main Street storefront will be made with the help of funds from the Polson Redevelopment Agency.  Carol Lynn Lapotka, owner of Eddie Boy LLC, has purchased 212 Main Street, the former home of Jackie M’s footwear. She plans to use the storefront to sell Mon...

Kids rewarded with movie passes for good dental habits Kids rewarded with movie passes for good dental habits

POLSON – Going to the dentist for regular exams and cleanings might not be the most exciting or fun thing to do as a kid. For the last eight years, the staff at the Polson Tribal Dental Clinic have been making visits as fun as possible with the No Cavity Club. The Showboat Cinemas and its owners, Ga...

Quilt contest showcases talent, promotes businesses Quilt contest showcases talent, promotes businesses

POLSON – Bright fabric in intricate patterns festooned the windows of Polson businesses for two weeks, showcasing the handiwork of local quilters. From Feb. 10 to Feb. 24, the quilts were displayed for the 19th annual Quilt Walk Around Polson. Polson’s quilting shop All In Stitches sponsored the ...

Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight Local eye doctor retires after 47 years of restoring sight

RONAN – Dr. Jim Ofstad’s career as an optometrist in Ronan changed drastically since he started seeing patients in 1972.  When he retired from Ronan Eye Clinic in December he was seeing patients in a large building that he designed himself, working with a broad team and seeing patients fr...

Annual Small Business Summit opens in February

News from the director’s office of the
 Montana Department of Transportation
 MONTANA – The Montana Department of Transportation will host the fourth annual Small Business Summit, Takin’ Care of Business, on Feb. 12 to the 14th in Helena. This year, the summit kicks off with a recep...

Downtown bar gets new name, new owners  Downtown bar gets new name, new owners

POLSON – The bar at 18 Main Street in downtown Polson, which for several decades was known as the Wolf Den and more recently was the Vine and Tap, now has a new name and owners. Dusty and Mandy Kisler purchased the bar in August, and named it Perfect Shot Tavern. The couple’s goal is t...


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