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April 18, 2024 midnight

MREC flip-flop: County makes counter-offer

Meetings between the Lake County Commissioners and the Ronan Pioneer Days Committee concerning the Mission Recreation Event Center property in Ronan are not unusual.

April 18, 2024 midnight

Ronan water project continues to progress

The Ronan City Council meeting on April 10 was so short and sweet it should have been on Valentine’s Day.

Building Jake’s Farm: Janssen family creates a legacy for their son
April 11, 2024 midnight

Building Jake’s Farm: Janssen family creates a legacy for their son

Mark your calendar for a three-day building blitz Aug. 8-10, when the community will come together to build Jake’s Farm in the Dell in Ronan. Poignantly, groundbreaking for Jake’s Farm in the Dell will come more than a year after Jake Janssen passed away April 5, 2023, at age 28. Jake, an autistic man, is Rich and Julie Janssen’s son and Jenna Janssen’s brother. Jake is the reason Jake’s Farm in the Dell will become a reality.

Spay and neuter clinic helps animals and their humans
April 11, 2024 midnight

Spay and neuter clinic helps animals and their humans

The Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center was awash with dogs, cats and their people last weekend. The Arlee Rehabilitation Center teamed up with Spay Montana, which brought three veterinary teams and staff to Salish Kootenai College for the annual Spay and Neuter Clinic. Organizers of the free clinic expected to complete 200 procedures during the two-day event.

April 4, 2024 midnight

Ronan Council signals intention to buy MREC property

Kim Aipperspach and Mike Bartel, representing Ronan Pioneer Days, returned to Ronan City Council March 27 to continue a discussion of the Mission Range Event Center land.

Milla Koger honored for fair board service
April 4, 2024 midnight

Milla Koger honored for fair board service

Milla Koger, a 14-year member of the Lake County Fair Board, retired from the board at the February meeting. She received a heart-shaped plaque for her service from fellow board member Katie Jo Elliot.

April 4, 2024 midnight

Time Capsule: Headlines of yore from the weekly archives

The following news tidbits were gleaned from the pages of the Flathead Courier.

Drone curriculum takes flight in Polson Middle School
March 28, 2024 midnight

Drone curriculum takes flight in Polson Middle School

Just the word “drone” entices kids; they want to get their hands on the intricate machines and learn how to fly them. If they attend Polson Middle School, they are in luck.

March 28, 2024 midnight

Time Capsule: From the weekly archives

Headlines from the weekly newspapers of yesteryear

March 28, 2024 midnight

Filing deadline for school board trustees is March 28

Looking for a challenging and rewarding way to contribute to the community? Seats are open on every school board in Lake County. But hurry: the filing deadline is today, March 28.

Ninepipes hosts inaugural Easter egg hunt and bazaar
March 28, 2024 midnight

Ninepipes hosts inaugural Easter egg hunt and bazaar

Sunday’s surprise snow around Ninepipes Lodge was dotted with brightly colored Easter eggs, and children in hats, mittens, and warm boots hunting for them.

MREC: Still no resolution in sight for Ronan parcel
March 21, 2024 midnight

MREC: Still no resolution in sight for Ronan parcel

Lake County Commissioners met with Ronan Pioneer Days representatives Kim Aipperspach and Mike Bartel Monday afternoon to discuss the future of the Mission Range Event Center.

March 21, 2024 midnight

Ronan City Council hears Pioneer Days plan for MREC

Mike Bartel, former Ronan Mayor Kim Aipperspach and Amanda Symington, representing Ronan Pioneer Days, approached the city council about the Mission Range Event Complex land during the council meeting last Wednesday. The property is located on Mink Lane, behind Western Building Center.

Wok and Roll: High school senior opens his first business
March 21, 2024 midnight

Wok and Roll: High school senior opens his first business

Not many business owners are going to the Polson High School prom, but William Debeeld is not just any entrepreneur. The Polson High senior attends school until 1:25 p.m. weekdays, runs home quickly before opening his business, Nicala’s Asian Cuisine by 2 or 2:30 p.m. at the Polson VFW Post 2986’s kitchen.

Dayton teacher brings extra tools to classroom
March 21, 2024 midnight

Dayton teacher brings extra tools to classroom

“It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday that’s why we’re dressed like crazy people today – it’s Wacky Wednesday,” Cheryl Muri said.

Kunekune: Round Butte couple raises affable pigs
March 14, 2024 midnight

Kunekune: Round Butte couple raises affable pigs

Kunekune (pronounced KOOnee KOOnee) sows and gilts bask in the sunshine or nibble on the remnants of their morning hay. On the other side of the fence, the Kunekune “boys” explore any plant life and hang out, some napping in the sun while Margie the Tibetan Mastiff keeps an eye out for coyotes and other predators.

Little Shop Montana finds new home on Main Street
March 14, 2024 midnight

Little Shop Montana finds new home on Main Street

The Little Shop Montana, which recently moved from Highway 93 to Polson’s Main Street is a pleasure to explore.

Country Store moves to new location
March 7, 2024 midnight

Country Store moves to new location

Snowflakes as big as quarters didn’t deter the Country Store crew on Saturday morning as they hauled boxes of household goods, toys and clothing racks to a waiting trailer. As soon as the racks were in the trailer, volunteers carried out armloads of clothes on hangers and re-hung them for the short trip to their new digs, around the corner at the former Odyssey Auto Glass building at 5 4th Ave. West in Polson.

March 7, 2024 midnight

Time Capsule: From the weekly archives

News gleaned from the archives of the weekly newspapers that became the Lake County Leader.

March 7, 2024 midnight

Ronan Council gives preliminary approval to Jake Jannsen subdivision

The Ronan City Council heard from Ronan Superintendent Mark Johnson last Wednesday about a plan to build two duplexes to house four new teachers who are unable to find housing in the area. The school district’s project will be part of the new Jake Jannsen minor subdivision, which received preliminary conditional approval from the council Wednesday.

Harbor Light Furniture: Still a family affair
March 7, 2024 midnight

Harbor Light Furniture: Still a family affair

Harbor Light Furniture and Flooring will celebrate a big anniversary this year: 75 years as a Main Street business and 50 years with the Fisher/Whisman family.

Ronan Cooperative Brewery celebrates new license
March 7, 2024 midnight

Ronan Cooperative Brewery celebrates new license

The Ronan Cooperative Brewery has been awarded its new license, which allows it to serve wine and stay open until 2 a.m. To celebrate, owners, patrons and friends of the Co-op turned out Friday night, March 1, for the official New License Party.

Chamber honors community leaders during Nashville Nights
February 29, 2024 midnight

Chamber honors community leaders during Nashville Nights

Nashville Nights was the theme of Polson Chamber of Commerce’s Community Awards Night on Feb. 24. Guests got into the spirit of the event with hats, boots, jeans and bling.

FWP changes state park reservation system
February 26, 2024 midnight

FWP changes state park reservation system

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has implemented some changes to the reservation system for state parks, designed to make it easier for Montana residents to secure campsites during the hectic summer months.

Tourism plan emphasizes stewardship
February 22, 2024 midnight

Tourism plan emphasizes stewardship

Glacier Country brought its Destination Stewardship Plan for tourism to a town meeting at the Ronan Community Center on Feb. 13. With approximately 14 people in the audience, the turnout was low but the input was high.

The Awe Factor: Polson senior Kai McDonald heads to National meet
February 22, 2024 midnight

The Awe Factor: Polson senior Kai McDonald heads to National meet

“There’s one part of my piece where I throw myself on the ground. I catch myself with my arms, and I kind of slowly lower myself and lay down. Every time a judge sees it, they are kind of left in awe,” Kai McDonald said, smiling.

FLIC showcases other lives, places, stories
February 22, 2024 midnight

FLIC showcases other lives, places, stories

On a cold and snowy winter weekend, the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) provided an interesting and fun indoor event at Showboat Stadium 6.

February 15, 2024 midnight

Time Capsule: Now there was a fight – er, dance

From the Mission Valley News, Feb. 7, 1979: Oh, the dances they had up Valley Creek! The Morins, Morigeaus, Hansens, and Whites had come as homesteaders. Their homes were scattered up Valley Creek. All week every member of the family worked hard, putting up buildings, tilling the virgin soil, fulfilling the requirements of the Homestead Act.

February 8, 2024 midnight

Time Capsule: Fighting the polio epidemic

From the Ronan Pioneer, Jan. 20, 1949: Polio epidemics, sales tax proponents, legislative assignments

Baby Fair: Love at First Sight
February 8, 2024 midnight

Baby Fair: Love at First Sight

“Love at First Sight” was the theme of the 2024 Baby Fair, held Feb. 3 at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on the campus of Salish Kootenai College.

Koda King: “An exceptionally positive and contagious attitude”
February 1, 2024 midnight

Koda King: “An exceptionally positive and contagious attitude”

Ronan High School’s boys wrestling team is having a great year, and junior Koda King is in the thick of it, wrestling in the 152-pound class. The highly motivated student athlete is the recipient of the Winslow Nichols Leadership Award from Logan Health.

February 1, 2024 midnight

Time Capsule: From the weekly archives

News items harvested from the archives of Lake County's weekly newspapers

February 1, 2024 midnight

Ronan council refunds subdivision fee

During the Ronan City Council meeting last Wednesday, Jan. 24, council members voted to refund $610 in planning fees to Scott Beggs for a proposed subdivision.

Monster Mania: Polson students collaborate on multi-faceted project
January 25, 2024 midnight

Monster Mania: Polson students collaborate on multi-faceted project

“What is your monster’s name?” Cherry Valley teacher Joanie Bowen asked Jackson Mays. “Bob,” the first grader replied. He held his orange and green, eight-legged, multi-eyed monster out for the other kids to see, and the monster’s star-shaped antennae wriggled.

Snow, freezing rain cause crashes, slide-ins
January 25, 2024 midnight

Snow, freezing rain cause crashes, slide-ins

As welcome as snow is – especially for skiers and irrigators – it’s arrival has created havoc for drivers and local law enforcement.

Satori expands space, offerings
January 18, 2024 midnight

Satori expands space, offerings

Since she was a Polson Middle School student, Brianna Weivoda has dreamed of a place where people can come to heal and get healthy, and now she has one: Satori Holistic Healing Center.

Swanky Sisters Merc: Nirvana for fabric lovers
January 18, 2024 midnight

Swanky Sisters Merc: Nirvana for fabric lovers

Swanky Sisters Mercantile in Ronan has fabric galore for quilters and sewers – who all qualify as swanky, according to owner Beverley Osterwyk. The store also stocks cute clothes for babies, toys, children’s dishes and stuffed animals.

Weather sabotages Winter Fest
January 18, 2024 midnight

Weather sabotages Winter Fest

The cold weather snap Polson is enduring didn’t agree with some of the vintage snow machines at the Miracle of America Museum. Even proprietor Gil Mangels couldn’t coax them to start on Saturday morning at -15 degrees for the scheduled Winter Fest.

Gangs, drones and the border hot topics at police forum
January 11, 2024 midnight

Gangs, drones and the border hot topics at police forum

Participants brought up topics like gang activity, drones, grants, security cameras, the border, and the jail during Polson Police Chief George Simpson’s quarterly safety meeting, held last Wednesday morning at City Hall.

New Main Street store offers touch of grace
January 4, 2024 midnight

New Main Street store offers touch of grace

Every home needs a little grace. And a new furniture and antique store in Polson aims to help homeowners add that special touch.

Ronan City Council honors Calvin Hardy
January 4, 2024 midnight

Ronan City Council honors Calvin Hardy

After 20 years as a Ronan City Council member, Calvin Hardy ended his tenure at last Wednesday’s meeting.

JourneyBe welcomes new pastor
January 4, 2024 midnight

JourneyBe welcomes new pastor

Is it a serendipitous story or did God have a hand in Wendy Kinsolving becoming the pastor at JourneyBe in Polson?

Time Capsule: Cold, whiskey and fish
January 4, 2024 midnight

Time Capsule: Cold, whiskey and fish

Cold spell, Prohibition, fish eggs and the oil crisis: News from the archives of the Flathead Courier

Benefit supports Warming Center for unhoused
December 28, 2023 midnight

Benefit supports Warming Center for unhoused

Rolling hoops on their arms, JR Parot and son Ryder were warming up for their Native American hoop dance in the downstairs hallway of the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. The Parots were there to perform for the crowd at the Families First Project event held Dec. 20, titled Help for the Homeless.

December 28, 2023 midnight

DePoe Junction burglarized Christmas morning

DePoe Junction, located on Kari Lane in Polson, was burglarized shortly after midnight early Christmas morning.

Monkeyshines and music: ShamRockers celebrate 20 years
December 28, 2023 midnight

Monkeyshines and music: ShamRockers celebrate 20 years

Guests were nodding along as The Montana ShamRockers sang “I’ll be Home with Bells On.” The quintet brought their music and shenanigans to the stage at KwaTaqNuk Resort Dec. 20 for a Warming Center benefit. Just a few nights earlier, they delivered their annual free Christmas concert at the Theatre on the Lake in Polson.

December 28, 2023 midnight

Time Capsule: From the Archives

News of yore, gleaned from the archives of Mission Valley weekly newspapers

Cottage businesses, crafters share wares at Maxine's
December 28, 2023 midnight

Cottage businesses, crafters share wares at Maxine's

The main dining room of Maxine’s Coffee Shoppe and Eatery on Main Street in Polson was recently lined with wood carvings embellished with wood burning, bunches of crocheted beanies with fluffy puffs on top, and many pieces of art crafted from vintage jewelry.

December 21, 2023 midnight

Council discusses property “islands”

Before the meeting on Dec.15, Ronan City Council members and Mayor Chris Adler interviewed community members who had written letters of interest in Calvin Hardy’s seat on the council. Hardy and Lindsey Myers are the two representatives of Ward 2, and Hardy’s term ends Dec. 31. During the meeting, Public Works Director Dan Miller brought up “islands” of county property surrounded by city subdivisions and/or city streets.

Choral society presents Christmas concerts
December 21, 2023 midnight

Choral society presents Christmas concerts

With more than 30 singers, the Mission Valley Choral Society made an impressive entrance onto the stage at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon.