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I’ve always referred to them as ravines, canyons, and great big dips. The deep riverbeds in northern Montana are known as coulees - pronounced coo-lees. It’s the kind of geographic feature that made both my heart and stomach jump when I was a child. My eyes would get big in anticipation of t…

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There will be another opportunity to save a life, or several lives, by donating blood on Wednesday July 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment at St. Margaret Catholic Church.  The Red Cross is now testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they…

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Marias Healthcare is excited to announce the services of Dr. Ronald Burinsky, an American Board certified family medicine physician that trained at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Burinshky recently moved to Shelby with his wife, Carolyn, and is available at the clinic …

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When COVID-19 concerns and panic purchasing hit in mid-March, area retailers noticed an increase in sales. Rod Christiaens reported that regular customers began buying larger quantities like halves and quarters from Christiaens Meats. However, sales have normalized in recent weeks. 

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Many growing up in Toole County have gone off to college with the dream of being able to return home to work. Living in a rural area, this dream doesn’t always come true. For Kamron Ratzburg, a 2013 graduate of North Toole County High School, his dream has become a reality. 

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The new floating dock at Lake Shel-oole is set up and ready for some fishing! The dock was funded with a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Community Pond grant and a $500 donation from the Tri-Angler’s Sportsman Club. On Saturday, July 4, the Tri-Anglers will be hosting a free family fishing …

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When COVID-19 concerns and panic purchasing hit in mid-March, area retailers noticed an increase in sales. Rod Christiaens reported that regular customers began buying larger quantities like halves and quarters from Christiaens Meats. However, sales have normalized in recent weeks. 

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The 2nd annual Homesteader Hustle Fun Run was held Saturday, June 27. Twenty-four runners and walkers joined in to celebrate fitness and donate to the Valier Food Pantry. The race began and finished at the Fireman’s Pavilion at Lake Frances. 

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Casey Rasmussen had something to prove to herself–and to her young son when she entered the Lake Frances Triple P Triathlon earlier this month. Her goal was to finish the 16.5-mile course in 2 hours and 30 minutes, but more than that she wanted her son to see her do something outside of her …

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If you love to read, but can’t always make it to the library, “Free Little Libraries” are just for you and they’re popping up all over. The two most recent additions to the Golden Triangle area are courtesy of the Valier Public Library, which, with the help of local volunteers, now has two F…

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A federal appeals court in Washington D.C. has upheld the cancelation of the last remaining federal oil and gas lease in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region adjacent to Glacier National Park. The historic decision protects lands and waters sacred to the Blackfeet and critical for wildlife habitat.

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With a sense of normality slowly returning to northern Montana this spring, the Marias Valley Golf Course has begun to flourish as well. The course, located south of Shelby, boasts a handful of new renovations and upgrades made across the course of nearly two years, of which several are stil…

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Each year since his death in 2015, the Dupuyer Community Club has invited the public to a birthday party in honor of Ivan Doig’s birthday on June 27. Organizers regret that this year they are taking a hiatus with hope to resume the tradition in 2021.

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It has been a dream of Gina (Icenoggle) Kerzman since she was a little girl to work at Glacier National Park. It might have taken a few years and living in a few different places, but that dream has become a reality for her. On May 26, Gina started her new job at Glacier National Park as the…

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On June 5, Charging Home Stampede 4-H Fair buildings were vandalized. Several items were stolen, including an ice machine, cash register, small and large cooking appliances, cooking utensils and grill components, youth T-shirts and sweatshirts. There is a need to replace these items and inst…

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The 1st Annual Lake Frances Triple P Triathlon, sponsored by the Valier Area Development Corporation, is in the books! Despite ominous skies prior to the first starting gun, 45 individual athletes and eight teams began and completed the 16.5-mile course in and around Lake Frances, near Valier. 

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The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame awarded their 2020 collegiate scholarships to 12 deserving high school seniors at the Montana High School Rodeo State Finals in Baker, Mont. These scholarships are awarded based on academics, rodeo participation, community service and need. Valier’…

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If your June calendar is looking pretty bare due to so many events being cancelled you’ll be happy to hear that the fifth annual Kiwanis Kite Festival is still happening! On Saturday, June 13, starting at 10 a.m., everyone is invited to come on up to the Shelby Airport for a fantastic day of…

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At the May meeting of the Montana State Library Commission, funds were allocated to purchase hot spots and cellular service to increase the availability of hotspots that can be loaned to library patrons throughout Montana. All libraries will receive two hotspots to place into circulation and…

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Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Glacier National Park (GNP) is increasing recreational access and services on a limited basis beginning this week. The park has been closed to visitors si…

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A crash near mile marker 16 of Highway 219 (Pendroy Road) took the life of a 17-year-old Briton Allan Bunnell of Shelby on Sunday, June 7. Bryant James Mertz and Mattew Christopher Riehl were passengers in the car.

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After its review of the situation, Blackfeet Incident Command and the Tribal Council on May 28 extended the restrictions in Ordinance 121 until June 30. “Everything will remain in place, but Robert DesRosier and the Incident Command Team are working on a phased reopening plan that should be …

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Pondera County voter turnout was nearly 60 percent in the June 2 Primary Election. According to unofficial results, 2,079 of the County’s 3,621 registered voters exercised their right to vote. According to the Secretary of State website, voter turnout was 57.42% in the all mail ballot election.

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The Valier Area Development Corporation (VADC) organized a Community Cleanup night on Thursday, May 28 hoping to make the most visible areas of town more inviting to residents and passersby. About a dozen volunteers from the VADC, one toddler, and newcomers Adam and Tina Perkins arrived with…

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Lake Frances Camp-ground is fast becoming a popular weekend retreat. The campground has been running close to capacity most weekends. After being confined to their homes for several weeks, people are enjoying the freedom to get out, even if they only travel a few miles from home.

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“If you build it, they will come.” An old movie line from the classic, “Field of Dreams,” but one that Harry Benjamin truly believed when he first embarked on his final big life project, the Carousel Rest Area of Shelby. Harry knew he couldn’t build it alone, but he had faith. Faith in God, …

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At Marias Medical Center (MMC) we know that there is fear, frustration and wariness amongst members of our community. The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been the main topic of conversation for a few months across the world and it has come with a lot of changes for all of us that have …

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Lake Frances Camp-ground is fast becoming a popular weekend retreat. The campground has been running close to capacity most weekends. After being confined to their homes for several weeks, people are enjoying the freedom to get out, even if they only travel a few miles from home.

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Glacier, Pondera and Toole County election administrators and their staffs have been busy preparing for this year’s all mail Primary Election. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. at all county election offices on Election Day, June 2, in order to be counted.

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Nine students graduated from Valier High School on a warm sunny Saturday afternoon on the Valier Panther football field allowing for social distancing and more people to be able to attend. The graduates were all smiles as they enjoyed their moment in the “sun” receiving their diplomas from a…

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Valier Area Development Corporation strives to beautify and promote life and healthy activities in and around Valier. They met Tuesday to firm up some plans for early summer including a Community Cleanup night, a scaled back Homesteader Days celebration, and the Lake Frances Triple P Triathlon.

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The Stone School Inn Bed and Breakfast in Valier is under new management. Adam and Tina Perkins are making the school their home as they manage it for the new owners. “Tina and I met at the University of Oregon in 1999. We were married in 2003 and have lived in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, M…

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As Director of Nursing at the Blackfeet Care Center and Planning Section Chief on the Blackfeet Incident Command Team, Marie Weasel said she is finding herself well prepared for the coronavirus shutdown. Asked if things have changed for her since the shutdown, she said, “No, because I was an…