Laurie Sullivan (left) receives a Pend Oreille Shores Resort gift certificate from The Heritage Museum’s Mark Morain. Photo courtesy of  Laurie Mari

Heritage Museum bazaar winners

Submitted by Laurie Mari


Recent winners of The Heritage Museum’s Holiday Bazaar raffle were:

Debbie Murphy – 1st Prize of $200 cash donated by Edward Jones Investments. Ms. Murphy donated it back to the Museum to put toward the electric bill.

Bonnie Edmundson – 2nd Prize of a $100 gift certificate to The Black Board Bistro, donated by the restaurant.

Steve Watson, Anna Wagner and Brian Hafferman – Three 3rd Prize baskets filled with items donated by all the crafters at the Holiday Bazaar.

Silent Auction high-bidders were:

Laurie Sullivan – 3-Night Stay at Pend Oreille Shores Resort donated by the Resort.

Marty Powell – Tote filled with kitchen goods as well as homemade cakes, jams and more donated by Yvonne & Charlie Decker

Molly Woodruff – Butternut Cupboard hand crafted by Gene Tracy

An additional 3-Night Stay at Pend Oreille Shores Resort was offered by Silent Auction during the Winter Expo. That high-bidder was Marty Powell.

The Heritage Museum is extremely grateful to all the prize donors and everyone who purchased tickets or bid. Proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will be used along with all proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar and Winter Expo to help cover the Museum’s basic expenses.

Rosauers gives back to Habitat for Humanity

Submitted by Susie Rice


Scott Erickson, manager of Libby’s Rosauers supermarket, presented a check for $2,609 to Susie Rice, a board member with Kootenai Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity recently. During the week before Thanksgiving, Rosauers shoppers were encouraged to “live generously” and donate to Habitat for Humanity on their grocery bill. $2,109 was donated by the local community and Rosauers added a donation of $500 as well.

Wild in Montana up and running

Submitted by

Emma Johnson


Wild in Montana (WIM) didn’t start as a business, it started as 18 students who all had a passion for art and their hometown.

In 2017, the small town of Troy, Mont. was surprised when a tree from our very own Kootenai National Forest was chosen to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. Organizations from around Troy made unique ornaments to send to the government for possible use on the tree. The Troy High School Art Club created ceramic fish ornaments, and was delighted to find out they had been used for invitations to the Federal Christmas Celebration. Two years later, this act has turned into what we now know as WIM Novelties.

The Wild in Montana school business makes it part of their objective to teach the students the complexity of being part of an active business and the steps they can take to become entrepreneurs. The community of Troy has had a decline in job opportunities in recent years, a trend that has negatively affected every corner of the small town. We believe it is important to not only teach the youth how to create their own jobs, but also broaden the horizon of opportunity for our students.

Now, a new group of individuals have come together and are using their unique abilities to create something that can give them knowledge and experience for the rest of their lives. Each student works towards providing products that will add a touch of joy and a whisper of the Montana wilderness into a home. From the indigenous species of fish to the black bears, we produce novelties inspired by our beautiful local wildlife for all to see. This is what Wild in Montana has become, and we are excited to see what more we can do for our community and your homes.

WIM Novelties officially launched on Monday, Dec. 2. You can check out their website at www.

Secretary of State candidate to visit Libby

Submitted by

Neal Ullman


Bryce Bennett, the Democratic candidate for Montana Secretary of State, will meet with voters at an event to talk about keeping our elections accessible and secure for all Montana voters, battling dark money, protecting access to public lands, and working with small businesses to cut bureaucracy.

Bryce Bennett, candidate for Montana Secretary of State will be in Libby on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at 200 Skyline Road.

The event is open to all members of the public and is part of Bennett’s effort to meet with Montanans across the state.

Bennett has served in the Montana State Legislature for nearly a decade and served as the Vice Chair of the State Administration Committee, which directly oversees the Secretary of State’s office, for five years.

As a legislator, Bennett negotiated the passage of the nation’s strictest campaign finance law to keep dark money out of our elections, cut down needless government bureaucracy by allowing Montana voters to get their ballot in the mail with half the paperwork, and ended an elections law that was forcing some rural voters to travel hundreds of miles to return their ballots.

You can find out more about Bryce Bennett’s campaign at