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Art fills courthouse lawn during Sandpiper Art Festival Art fills courthouse lawn during Sandpiper Art Festival

POLSON – Last Saturday marked the 48th year the Sandpiper Art Festival transformed the quiet oasis of shade trees and open space of the Lake County Courthouse lawn into a one-day bustling marketplace for original fine art and hand-made crafts. Polson artisan Kristy Humble joined more than 40 artist and crafters who participated in this year’s festival, hosted by the Sandpiper Art Gallery. “I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a bit,” she said about sharing her colorful button artwork with the world. Humble uses buttons for more than simply fastening her jacket. The artist recognizes their creative potential and utilizes the multi-sized fasteners as her med...


Local schools get infrastructure improvements Local schools get infrastructure improvements

LAKE COUNTY – While the kids are on summer vacation, local schools have been bustling with projects to improve school infrastructure. Ronan students can look forward to a freshly paved high school parking lot and a new floor in the Pablo Elementary School gym. Most of the lighting in the school dist...

Block party to stock Mission Valley food pantry

ST. IGNATIUS – There will be fun for the whole family and an opportunity to support the community at the second annual back to school block party. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Mission Valley Food Pantry.  “It brings everyone together. The kids got so excited to be able to ...

St. Ignatius Seniors for Aug. 14, 2019

ST. IGNATIUS — All my life I thought air was free ... until I bought a bag of chips.    We are still currently looking for a delivery person to deliver meals on wheels to our home-bound citizens on Tuesdays and Fridays. This person must have a valid driver’s license and current ve...

House fire leaves family in need House fire leaves family in need

Early Thursday morning, Christopher and Brandy Ellenwood and their three sons lost their Polson home to a house fire. Financial donations to help the family are being collected through a bank account at the Polson branch of the Whitefish Credit Union. Donation drop off spots have also been established at Sec...

Lake County Sheriff's deputy hospitalized

UPDATE   LAKE COUNTY — Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Nathan White has been hospitalized after receiving burns to his face and hands from a vehicle carburetor that exploded in his face. The carburetor exploded while White was helping a motorist with a broken-down vehicle in the Ronan area on...

Old-fashioned fun unites valley for Pioneer Days Old-fashioned fun unites valley for Pioneer Days

Mix an abundance of fun, outdoor events in a beautiful scenic area and the end result is the Ronan Pioneer Days celebration. Folks from all over the country, state and Mission Valley made their way to the annual event.  The three-day celebration, held Aug. 2-4, started with a big splash in Bockman Pa...

Bison take riders for a spin during rodeo Bison take riders for a spin  during rodeo

Ronan's Pioneer Days featured the unpredictable wild buffalo rides on Sunday evening as six adventurous people risked life and limb for a little bragging rights and cash. After the first five riders were launched into the air and face planted into the dirt, it took the last rider, Elliott Thomas of St. Ig...

Man dies while swimming in Flathead Lake

FINLEY POINT – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell released the name of a man who died in Flathead Lake on Sunday, Aug. 4. Michael John Chernikoff, 34, of Polson, was riding in a boat when he decided to get out and swim to Bird Island, according to Bell. Chernikoff experienced complications during his swim...

Mariner season ends at state tourney Mariner season ends at state tourney

FLORENCE – The Mission Valley Mariner American Legion baseball team’s postseason run ended last week in Florence, but the result did not diminish a bright season. With a 7-13 conference record, the Mariners finished nine games behind the West A conference Bitterroot Red Sox; however, the Marin...

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