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Miss Montana USA  to visit Polson

POLSON – The Polson Shooters Association is excited to announce that Miss Montana will visit Polson. She will make several appearances around town. On Friday, Aug. 21, she will be a special guest at the INFR Rodeo. On Saturday, Aug. 22, she will shoot with the Polson Shooters Association from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. She will be at Murdoch’s from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and then she will be hosting a Burger Burn at Super 1 foods to benefit Safe Harbor from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.


Grant to supports disabled students

News from the Montana Office of Public Instruction

HELENA — The Office of Public Instruction has been awarded a $750,000 annual grant for the next five years to continue improving professional development systems that help Montana students with disabilities.

The competitive grant was awarded to nine states by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the fifth time Montana has received this grant.

“It’s important that students with disabilities have the same opportunities as their peers,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. “An infusion of funding will mean more Montana schools will be equipped with providing a high-quality education for all students.”

The OPI will focus its State Personnel Development Grant toward implementing multi-tiered systems of support, which address the academic and behavioral needs of all students, in some of Montana’s smallest rural schools. 

Schools will be eligible to apply for the grant funding this fall.


Blood donations urgently needed

LAKE COUNTY — The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the most needed blood types, resulting in an urgent need for eligible donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Platelet donors and type AB blood donors are also being asked to help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients.

Overall blood donations in the Red Cross Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region have been approximately 1,978 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous 10 months of the year. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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