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KRISTI NIEMEYER

Editor

Kristi Niemeyer is editor of the Lake County Leader. She learned her newspaper licks at the Mission Valley News and honed them at the helm of the Ronan Pioneer and, eventually, as co-editor of the Leader until 1993. She later launched and published Lively Times, a statewide arts and entertainment monthly (she still publishes the digital version), and produced and edited State of the Arts for the Montana Arts Council and Heart to Heart for St. Luke Community Healthcare. Reach her at editor@leaderadvertiser.com or 406-883-4343.

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Ronan intersection evokes public outcry
June 13, 2024 midnight

Ronan intersection evokes public outcry

School buses are big and require ample space to execute a turn, especially when there’s a vehicle in the lane where the bus is turning. That observation was made abundantly clear to this reporter when she took a ride last Friday with Matt Gaut, director of transportation for the Ronan School District.

Chainsaw Virtuosos: A dozen carvers help raise funds for youth groups
June 13, 2024 midnight

Chainsaw Virtuosos: A dozen carvers help raise funds for youth groups

A chorus of chainsaws rose from the fairgrounds in Ronan last weekend as a dozen carvers transformed logs into a veritable zoo of feathered and furred friends.

Primary Results: Gale Decker prevails in commission race
June 12, 2024 midnight

Primary Results: Gale Decker prevails in commission race

According to unofficial results released Wednesday morning by the Lake County Election Office, 8,968 ballots were cast in Tuesday’s primary election.County Commissioner Gale Decker handily won the Republican primary with 44.75% of the vote.

Rock-Skipping Championship settled by throw-off
June 6, 2024 midnight

Rock-Skipping Championship settled by throw-off

George Murphy held onto his crown in the males, 14 and over division, at the Ken Avison Memorial Flathead Lake Rock-Skipping Championship, held Sunday in Polson. But his win came only after without surviving a tense throw-off against Lex Avison and Polson Mayor Eric Huffine, after all three tallied 14 in the preliminary round.

Speakers remind Polson grads "time is precious"
June 6, 2024 midnight

Speakers remind Polson grads "time is precious"

From the opening notes of Pomp and Circumstance to the confetti-filled flinging of mortarboards, Polson’s graduation ceremony Saturday was a blend of humor and poignancy, pride and playfulness.

Mission's Class of 2024: "You are capable of greatness"
June 3, 2024 midnight

Mission's Class of 2024: "You are capable of greatness"

As St. Ignatius High School Principal Shawn Hendrickson bid farewell to 32 graduates Saturday afternoon, he told the audience that this year’s crop had reeled in $1,147,000 in scholarships. “Valley-wide, statewide, nationwide – those are astounding numbers,” he said.

Women 4 Wellness gives back to the community
May 30, 2024 midnight

Women 4 Wellness gives back to the community

A team of “fierce women” spends months piecing together Women 4 Wellness, the giant healthcare fair held annually at Salish Kootenai College. According to Kellie Hudson, director of the Center for Prevention and Wellness at SKC, the event has served more than 15,000 women during its first 12 years (two years were lost due to COVID).

Charlo graduates 17: "We turned out pretty okay”
May 30, 2024 midnight

Charlo graduates 17: "We turned out pretty okay”

Charlo High graduated 17 seniors Sunday from what Hayden Smith described as “the most unforgettable chapter of our lives.”

Memorial Day: “Hard to put into words”
May 30, 2024 midnight

Memorial Day: “Hard to put into words”

Kids, dressed in red, white and blue, carried plastic bags in hopes candy would be tossed during the Memorial Day parade in Polson. A smattering of adults lined Main Street too. No one seemed sure what to expect.

New sculpture unveiled on Main Street
May 30, 2024 midnight

New sculpture unveiled on Main Street

With a storm blowing in from the north, Cameron Decker unveiled “Still Life,” an outdoor sculpture that graces the southeast corner of Third Ave. and Main Street in Polson.

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