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Bear Aware Month continues 

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks

HELENA — If you’ve traveled east of the Rocky Mountains in Montana, it might not scream “Griz Country.” But don’t let this prairie landscape fool you. There are grizzlies in this region and for the residents who live here they have some tools to avoid grizzly conflicts, one tool might be a little hairy. Special thanks to the Becker family with Stick Leg Ranch.

As part of Bear Aware Month, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is running a series of videos featuring bear aware content. For more details about Bear Aware Month, visit:


Festival of Trees plans for 23rd year

News from Mission Valley Youth Foundation

It’s Festival time, Festival of Trees that is. This will be our 23rd year in Polson, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 2.

The festival generates funds for the Mission Valley Youth Foundation which serves youth-based non-profit organizations, programs, and charities throughout the Mission Valley.

If you are a youth based non-profit and would like to request funding, you can pick up an application form from one of our board members (listed below) or submit an email to: Please include your mission statement and a short description detailing your monetary request. Mission Valley Youth Foundation would also like to ask the community to reach out to us with suggestions of youth organizations that you’d like to see supported. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023.

Thank you for your continued support of the Festival of Trees and Mission Valley Youth Foundation.

Mission Valley Youth Foundation Board: Laura Burland, Jamie Buhr, Linda Fisher, Brittany Cathey, Trudy Pedersen, Elizabeth Clairmont, Mackenzie Kalmbach, Shandice Kerr, Brandy Allison


New pastor to arrive at Polson Community Church

News from Jim Doolittle, Polson Community Church

POLSON — On Oct. 7, Bruce Richter and his wife Gaynor will arrive in Polson following a move from California. On Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Richter, a truly dynamic speaker according to Doolittle, will give his first sermon.

Pastor Richter presided over three Sunday services in August and then returned to California to pack and move to Polson. Richter and his wife are in their 60s and originally from South Africa. They have lived in the United States for approximately nine years and are U.S. citizens. 

Richter is only the fourth pastor Polson Community Church has had in the past 30 years. The church holds an “adult seeker” bible study class at 9:15 a.m. prior to their regular 10:30 a.m. Sunday church service. All are welcome.

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