Monday Buffet: Biden in Kalispell, Bigfork Principal Resigns, Ripley’s Manimals

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday to Star Trek, the first episode of which premiered on this date in 1966.

On the Beacon this morning, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigned at Flathead High school Sunday, and if you weren’t there, Lido Vizzutti’s photo slideshow provides a good glimpse into the atmosphere in the gymnasium. With the season just, er, kicking off, the soccer programs at Whitefish and Columbia Falls are already building on their records of state dominance. In football, Columbia Falls football rolled over Browning, 42-0. On Friday evening, in an oddly closed ceremony, the Bigfork school board accepted the resignation of high school principal Thom Peck, without offering any reasons for his departure. Keriann Lynch profiles a 74-year-old woman who recently opened her own pottery studio in Kalispell. Kitchen Guy Jim Gray shows us how to prepare a real Caesar salad. And Kellyn Brown writes about Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s newfound political fame after a galvanizing speech at the Democratic National Convention.

In state news, Montana’s school funding lawsuit goes before a district judge yet again Sept. 22. The Missoulian’s Jodi Rave scores a one-on-one interview with Biden to talk native issues. Schweitzer is going to be the headline speaker at an Iowa fundraiser that has often proven to be a springboard for presidential candidates. Lee’s Jennifer McKee has an in-depth look at the state attorney general race. And teachers are leaving Montana in droves for bigger paychecks over the state line in Wyoming.

And Ripley’s Believe It or Not opened a new museum and brought along some unique individuals to celebrate. Highly unique. Have a great week; the sun is back!

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