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St. Ignatius Council reveals plan to raise water, sewer rates St. Ignatius Council reveals plan to raise water, sewer rates

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Town Council presented a plan to increase water and sewer rates during their monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7. Town hall had plenty of citizens present to hear about the increased rates.  Council President Steve McCollum said: “We have a plan to increase the rate by three percent over the next three years and will revisit each year to make sure our rates are keeping up with inflation.” Council members explained that the rate increase will include a savings plan for future repairs. It was noted that the funds for water and sewer are separate funds and one can’t be used for the other. The town also has a separate water tower...

Constitution Contest winners announced Constitution Contest winners announced

News from the Montana Secretary of State  HELENA — Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Secretary of State’s U.S. Constitution Contest. Students from across Montana participated in this year’s contest, which was titled “W...

Polson Middle School gets mountain bikes, helmets from cycling grant

News from Polson Middle School Polson Middle School is off to a fantastic start of the 2023-24 school year. We currently have an enrollment of 492 students in the 5th through 8th grades. This fall we have had some exciting additions to PMS. Thanks to Ms. Jordan Gurgiolo PMS was awarded the “Out...

Library closes for Thanksgiving holiday

News from the North Lake County Public Library POLSON — The North Lake County Public Library will close early at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday and will remain closed through Friday, Nov. 24. The library will reopen on Saturday at 9 a.m. Our temporary locatio...

DPHHS, OPI to offer ‘Summer EBT’ program in 2024

News from the Office of Public Instruction HELENA — Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Charlie Brereton and Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Superintendent Elsie Arntzen recently announced plans to offer the new federal Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (Summer EBT)...

Montanans sue to stop partisan gerrymander

News from Montana Conservation Voters HELENA — On Oct. 30, 2023, the nonprofit organization Montana Conservation Voters (“MCV”) and a group of individual Montanans challenged the Public Service Commission (“PSC”) district map, which the legislature drew to ensure Republican...

‘Bus Stop’ opens 49th theatre season ‘Bus Stop’ opens 49th theatre season

News from the Port Polson Players POLSON — Port Polson Players in association with MVFA present William Inges’s classic comedy, “Bus Stop” to begin the Players 49th season of live theatre. “Bus Stop” also kicks off the Mission Valley Friends of the Arts annual members...

Tester presses VA officials to expand mental health research in MT, rural America

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate — During a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing Nov. 1 on research at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Chairman Jon Tester pressed VA officials to ensure rural veterans are benefiting from VA research efforts, particularly thei...

$125,000 in scholarship awards available to high school seniors

News from Serve Montana, Governor’s Office of Community Service HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship. This year...

Governor praises firefighters, DNRC for effective 2023 fire season response Governor praises firefighters, DNRC for effective 2023 fire season response

News from the office of  Governor Gianforte HELENA —  Governor Greg Gianforte recently praised wildland firefighters and staff and leadership at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for its effective response during the 2023 Fire Season, keeping 96% of fire...

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