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Quist: Natural resources 'the No. 1 issue for me'

Independent Record

Date: 4/28/2017 6:42:00 PM

Quist, who lives in Creston just north of Flathead Lake, is critical of Gianforte over access issues, alluding to a 2009 lawsuit in which the Republican sued the state over an easement across his Bozeman-area property to the East Gallatin River

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Finding Your Inner Spartan


Date: 4/28/2017 12:08:00 PM

Last year, in the final miles of the Montana Spartan Race — a grueling 12-mile adventure race with upwards of 35 obstacles – competitor Alger Swingley realized he could go no further. The heat of the day had gotten to him. But after taking a break for

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Local businessman, real estate investor dies at 55

Nashville Post

Date: 4/28/2017 11:56:00 AM

He was 55. Nieboer died April 25 of a heart attack while visiting his cottage on Flathead Lake in Lakeside, Montana, near where he grew up. Nieboer graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and later earned an M.B.A

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Cooperative brewery for Ronan discussed at town meeting

Valley Journal

Date: 4/27/2017 7:38:00 PM

For those who like to support homegrown businesses, the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. has a brewery/taproom in Woods Bay, Glacier Brewing Co. has the same in Polson, and one could be on the way in Ronan. Lake County Community Development Corp. held a community

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Schools take care of Mother Earth

Char-Koosta News

Date: 4/27/2017 2:36:00 PM

A small-shelled mussel found under a rock is identified as a non-harmful invasive mussel introduced in Flathead Lake about a 100 years ago. It is not the environmentally damaging type like the zebra and quagga mussel. (B.L. Azure photo) “That’s 14,000

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• River: Flathead River
• Length: 161 Miles
• Surface Area: 122,560 Acres
• Volume: 1,200,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 7,086 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 165 Feet
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States, taking Red Lake (Minnesota) and Lake of the Woods to be north of the Mississippi River, rather than west of the river. With a surface area of between 191.5 sq mi and 197 sq mi, Flathead Lake is slightly larger than Lake Tahoe. The lake is a remnant of the ancient, massive glacial dammed lake, Lake Missoula of the era of the last interglacial. Flathead Lake is 27.3 mi long and up to 15.5 mi wide. Flathead lake has a maximum depth of 370.7 ft, and an average of 164.7 ft . This makes Flathead lake deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf. Polson Bay, at the lake's outlet was raised 10 ft by Kerr Dam. It is one of the cleanest in the populated world for its size and type.

Located in the northwest corner of the state of Montana, 7 miles south of Kalispell, it is approximately 30 miles long and 16 miles wide, covering 191.5 square miles, making it approximate in size to Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake and half the area of San Francisco Bay (main bay). Flathead Lake is 30 miles southwest of Glacier National Park and is flanked by two scenic highways, which wind along its curving shoreline. On the west side is U.S. Route 93, and on the east, is Route 35.

The lake is bordered on its eastern shore by the Mission Mountains and on the west by the Salish Mountains. The Flathead valley was formed by the glacial damming of the Flathead River and sustains a remarkably mild climate for a region located this far north and inland; the Pacific Ocean is almost 400 miles to the west. The mild climate allows for cherry orchards on the east shore and vineyards for wine production on the west shore. There are also apple, pear, and plum orchards around the lake as well as vegetable, hay, honey, nursery tree, Christmas tree, sod/turf, and wheat production bordering or near the lake.
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