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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Teen scholar wins car for graduation
Posted: May 24, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — A group of Post Falls High School seniors let out cheers bursting with Trojan pride when it was announced that their classmate, Tabitha Hughes, won a new car.

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The students’ officer
Posted: May 24, 2016

RATHDRUM — After a decade without a school resource officer roaming the halls, Rathdrum public schools will finally have one back this fall.

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Incest, abuse and recovery focus of new book
Posted: May 24, 2016

POST FALLS — Laura Landgraf’s father was a pastor, missionary and later, a theology professor. He was also an abusive, evil man who molested all five of his daughters, impregnating one of them.

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Update: Two teens who died in crash ID'd
Updated: May 24, 2016 - 10:03 am

POST FALLS — The two 17-year-old males died during a crash on Hayden Avenue in the Post Falls area on Monday night have been identified as Monte A Thomson Jr., the driver from Veradale, Wash., and Leo C. Neal, from Post Falls. 

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Walsh appointed to magistrate post
Posted: May 24, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — Coeur d'Alene Attorney Mayli Walsh has been selected to replace Kootenai County Magistrate Judge Scott Wayman.

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Monday 05/23/2016
Career help wanted. University of Idaho meeting the need for career and technical education instructors.
Posted: May 23, 2016

Dale Sprouse spent 30 years making things. Now he’s teaching high school students how to do the same at the Kootenai Technical Education Campus in Rathdrum.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Library honors winners of writing competition
Posted: May 24, 2016

COEUR d’ALENE — Winners in the 28th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were recently honored in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.

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Camping season to start on Cd’A River
Posted: May 24, 2016

Camping season on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests kicks off this week.

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Cd’A City Hall closed Monday
Posted: May 24, 2016

On Monday, May 30, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for the police, fire and streets departments can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: sewer back-up 769-2241 and water 755-9729.

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Former teacher gets 15 years for sex crime
Posted: May 24, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — Daniel Taylor, a former public high school teacher in Coeur d'Alene convicted of a sex crime involving a child, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.

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ITD rolls out new highway traffic info service
Posted: May 24, 2016

Idaho Transportation Department’s 511 traveler services has provided valuable information for motorists about highway conditions statewide and potential travel delays since it first rolled out in 2005.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
Getting straight A’s in smiles. Invisalign corrects crooked teeth without metal or wires
Posted: May 22, 2016

Canfield Middle School counselor Leigh Sales understands what many of her students are going through each day. That awkward transformation from gawky middle schooler to sophisticated teen can be painful.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Adult spellers ready to rumble on Thursday
Posted: May 24, 2016

With 10 teams registered, organizers of the Kootenai County Adult Spelling Bee said this year’s contest is shaping up to be the biggest ever.

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County GOP meeting Wednesday
Updated: May 24, 2016 - 9:18 am

The biennial organization meeting of the Kootenai County Republican Party will be held Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in Room 1A/B in the Kootenai County Administration Building, 451 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. During this meeting members of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will elect new officers for the next two years. A chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, state committeeman, state committeewoman and youth committeeman will be elected. Delegates to the Idaho State Republican Party Convention will be elected at this meeting also.

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Monday 05/23/2016
County internal audit committee proposed
Posted: May 23, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — Kootenai County is proposing to form an internal audit committee in hopes of improving government efficiency.

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Here, you CAN draw on the walls
Posted: May 23, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — In a corner of the Kroc Center known as "The Zone," several teens and ‘tweens in white painting masks waited their turns last week to add spray paint to a new mural.

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The story of Giz the Robot
Posted: May 23, 2016

COEUR d’ALENE — The robot built by 7-year-old Evie Rau of Coeur d'Alene consisted of a thick cardboard tube for the body, compact discs for eyes, a pencil-holder hat, a pizza-cutter arm and a calculator on its chest.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
Jail rumblings
Updated: May 22, 2016 - 9:40 am

COEUR d'ALENE — Women inmates participating in the work release program at the Kootenai County jail say their rights are being violated because they are being treated differently than their male counterparts.

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A ‘light’ remembrance
Updated: May 22, 2016 - 9:46 am

COEUR d’ALENE — The color guard held its flags high as veterans, families and friends stood in salute while the band played the national anthem.

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Saturday 05/21/2016
Man gets 15 years for woman’s death
Posted: May 21, 2016

Family and friends of Kelly Sallee breathed sighs of relief when a Kootenai County judge sentenced Patrick McGhee to a minimum of 15 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and destruction of evidence, with an additional 10 years possible.

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Free (up) parking
Updated: May 21, 2016 - 1:09 pm

COEUR d’ALENE — A new downtown parking study has been completed revealing many deficiencies that will need to be addressed to make the system more efficient.

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Chase suspect eludes police
Posted: May 21, 2016

POST FALLS — A male suspect eluded police following an early-morning vehicle chase in the Post Falls area on Friday.

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Local jobless rate declines to 4.4 percent
Posted: May 21, 2016

POST FALLS — Kootenai County's unemployment rate in April was 4.4 percent, down from 4.7 percent in March, according to an Idaho Department of Labor report released on Friday.

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Q-Prom provides fun, safe alternative prom
Posted: May 21, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — Nothing quite says "dance party" like LED sneakers with lights that strobe.

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The Fedora to host Armed Forces Day event today
Posted: May 21, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — The Fedora Pub and Grille will host an Armed Forces Day commemoration event today from noon until 8 p.m.

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Friday 05/20/2016
Press editorial: Renewed confidence in urban renewal
Posted: May 20, 2016

Now there’s a beautiful word: de-annexation.

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Transportation authority question won’t go to voters
Posted: May 20, 2016

POST FALLS — The question of whether to create a regional public transportation authority will not be in front of voters in November.

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Shooting down litter problem at popular recreation area
Updated: May 20, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Five years ago a pullout by Hayden Creek was scattered with refrigerators, microwaves and even a dishwasher - all riddled with bullet holes. The U.S. Forest Service was considering shutting the area down, but Bob Balser did not want to see that happen.

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World jet boat races coming to St. Maries, Cd’A River
Posted: May 20, 2016

If you feel the need for speed, the USA World Championship Marathon Jet Boat Races just may be your ticket this weekend and next week.

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How food gets on your plate
Posted: May 20, 2016

Milk, cheese and butter comes from cows and goats, honey comes from bees and fresh mint just might make you smarter.

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Memorial planning for Sgt. Greg Moore
Posted: May 20, 2016

COEUR d’ALENE — Mayor Steve Widmyer and city officials launched a fundraiser to generate enough money to build a water feature at McEuen Park to honor Sgt. Greg Moore, who was killed in the line of duty last year.

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Library network not discouraged after funding effort fails
Posted: May 20, 2016

Upgrades to seven community libraries will have to wait since voters nixed the proposed levy Tuesday, but library officials are not discouraged.

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Thursday 05/19/2016
Suspected car thief caught on Canfield Mountain
Updated: May 19, 2016 - 7:25 pm

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies apprehended a suspected car thief Thursday who attempted to elude them on foot on Canfield Mountain.

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Update: Man allegedly entered residence, pepper-sprayed resident, brandished shotgun
Updated: May 20, 2016 - 1:24 pm

Police in Coeur d'Alene are searching for a suspect involved a short time ago in what police are calling an armed assault.

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In emergency, you can now text 911
Updated: May 19, 2016 - 10:37 am

A new service in North Idaho will help those who can't safely call 911 in an emergency.

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Fernan STEM Academy students support special needs
Posted: May 19, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — Nate Bullock and his Fernan STEM Academy classmates were nervous before their first meeting last fall with the special needs students enrolled in the school’s Life Skills program.

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Reflections from the primary
Posted: May 19, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — County elections officials heard a clear message from voters in Tuesday's primary — and it had nothing to do with the candidates.

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Midtown performing arts theater proposed
Posted: May 19, 2016

COEUR d’ALENE — After nearly two years of sparring with ignite cda over workforce housing plans in midtown, neighborhood activist Gregg Johnson may have stumbled upon a solution.

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Towing company dedicates rig to local first responders
Posted: May 19, 2016

COEUR d'ALENE — Local emergency responders killed or injured in the line of duty won't be forgotten when one ATRN Towing and Recovery truck comes to the rescue.

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Doctor convicted on drug charges
Posted: May 19, 2016

COEUR d’ALENE — Rafael L. Beier, 62, of Kingston was found guilty Tuesday by a jury on charges of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone, outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

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Fugitive sought: Patrick Allen Geaudreau
Posted: May 19, 2016

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Patrick Allen Geaudreau.

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Kinetic fest on its way
Posted: May 19, 2016

Gizmo-cda is gearing up for Kinetic Fest.

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Final tally from May 17 primary election in Kootenai County
Posted: May 18, 2016

Three cheers to the Kootenai County Elections Office for its outstanding work Tuesday night. The print edition of the Wednesday Press has final results because of that stout work, and a certain bald editor will get more sleep than he expected.

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City announces hire of new deputy city administrator
Posted: May 18, 2016

The City of Coeur d’Alene has hired Sam Taylor, a native of the community, to be the next deputy city administrator.

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NIC board selects MacLennan as new president
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 1:47 pm

The North Idaho College Board of Trustees announced today the selection of Richard MacLennan, Ed.D. as the new president of NIC.

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Wolfinger cruises past primary foe
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 12:02 am

COEUR d'ALENE — Incumbent Ben Wolfinger captured a commanding victory over his opponent in the Republican primary for Kootenai County Sheriff.

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Library levy proposal defeated
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 12:03 am

COEUR d'ALENE — A tax levy proposal to support seven community libraries was nixed by voters during Tuesday's primary election.

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Bingham, Fillios prevail in commission races
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 12:02 am

COEUR d'ALENE — In the four-way race for the Kootenai County Commission seat for District 3, Bob Bingham won in Tuesday's primary election.

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Amador, Malek win; Riggs loses close race
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 12:04 am

The youth movement was served during Tuesday’s legislative primary election in Kootenai County.

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Federal jury convicts Pinehurst doc of illegal painkiller distribution
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 8:52 am

COEUR D'ALENE - Rafael L. Beier, 62, of Kingston, Idaho, was found guilty yesterday by a jury on charges of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone, outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

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Woman reports being threatened at gunpoint in downtown Cd'A
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 10:34 am

COEUR d'ALENE — A Coeur d'Alene woman told police that a male threatened her with a handgun while she was in her truck in downtown Coeur d'Alene on Friday night.

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Here's what November races look like
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 12:20 pm

In some cases, Tuesday’s primary election was just a warm-up for the November general election. Here’s how key local races will look:

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
CHIP SHOTS: May 24, 2016

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Monday 05/23/2016
PREP SOFTBALL: Vikings settle for third

MERIDIAN — Three days, four states, three fields and some 1,200 miles later, the Coeur d’Alene High softball team returned home Sunday night with a third-place trophy from the state 5A softball tournament.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
STATE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES

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STATE 5A BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Lake City rejoices

BOISE — Lake City’s pitching and defense dominated the 5A state high school baseball tournament. And the Timberwolves used more of the same Saturday to end their eight-year state championship drought with a 4-1 win over Meridian at Boise’s Memorial Stadium.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
Better living through intentionality
Posted: May 22, 2016

There are motivational writers and motivational speakers, and then there’s John Maxwell. John has been called America’s No. 1 leadership authority by the American Management Association, and has won the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. He has trained more than 6 million leaders in 196 countries.

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Popeye’s ponders Post Falls property
Updated: May 22, 2016 - 9:21 am

Several business-related projects currently are in the “consideration” process in Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. We’ll outline the ones we know about.

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Movers and shakers
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 12:12 am

Tim Meyer was elected to the Kootenai Electric Cooperative Board of Directors at the 78th annual meeting on April 5. Meyer, of Bayview, represents District 1 and is a retired electrical engineer with more than 30 years of experience.

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: May 17, 2016

The Village at Orchard Ridge recently held its annual meeting and elected three new members to its Board of Directors. Agreeing to serve 3-year terms were Brad Blodnick, Mary Morrow and Rochelle Wineinger.

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Sunday 05/15/2016
Updates near Northwest Boulevard
Posted: May 15, 2016

The key to most of this week’s news is the street Northwest Boulevard. However, this is actually a relatively “new” street that connects downtown to the freeway and all the newer places to the northwest.

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Saturday 05/14/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: May 14, 2016

Tizono to head Edward Jones branch office

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Hospice of North Idaho receives honors
Posted: May 14, 2016

Hospice of North Idaho has been named a 2016 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst. The company’s Hospice Honors program recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

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Friday 05/13/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: May 13, 2016

Helbling Benefits Consulting adds Sears, Simon

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Thursday 05/12/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: May 12, 2016

Cooper earns Circle of Excellence award

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Sunday 05/08/2016
Everson’s Jewelry set to close
Posted: May 08, 2016

After 70 years in downtown Coeur d’Alene, third-generation Everson’s Jewelry is closing.

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Clear communication is key
Posted: May 08, 2016

A construction worker walked up to the reception desk at a doctor’s office and was asked why he was there.

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Sunday 05/01/2016
Heart of Business: Shop local
Posted: May 01, 2016

For those who like to shop local, farmers markets are at the "way local" end of the spectrum and shopping online at Amazon is at the other end, said Dave Cavanaugh, local businessman and Heart of Business member.

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New eatery for old midtown building
Posted: May 01, 2016

The Bluebird, a new midtown eatery, will open 4 p.m. Wednesday at 816 N. Fourth St. With seating for 42 inside and more outside in the summer, the historic building previously was Mid-City Pub, BoJacks and The Office.

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Friday 04/29/2016
Stensgar named Tribal Leader of the Year
Posted: April 29, 2016

Ernie Stensgar, vice chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, was presented with the Tribal Leader of the Year Award from the Native American Finance Officers Association last week during NAFOA's 34th annual conference.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Kootenai River Inn earns Best Western Director’s Award
Posted: April 28, 2016

The Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn has been awarded the Best Western Director’s Award for superior achievement in quality standards for the fourth year in a row. The Director’s Award recognizes Best Western hotels scoring in the top 20 percent of more than 2,400 North American properties in cleanliness and maintenance. Hotels must also meet Best Western’s requirements for design and high customer service scores to qualify for the distinction.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: April 27, 2016

Hendricks, Adamovich, Bobbitt join Community 1st

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Sunday 04/24/2016
The Plaza Shops undergoes changes
Posted: April 24, 2016

Several changes are happening in the Plaza Shops downtown.

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Tuesday 04/19/2016
Coeur d’Alene Bancorp reports first-quarter growth
Posted: April 19, 2016

Coeur d’Alene Bancorp, the parent company of bankcda, announced its quarterly results for the first quarter 2016.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
Volunteering your way to success
Posted: April 17, 2016

Years ago, my father sat me down and gave me what was some of the best advice I have ever received. It had nothing to do with making money, but everything to do with getting ahead in the world. It was self-help advice that really focused on helping others.

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An expansion on Memory Lane
Updated: April 17, 2016 - 9:40 am

Memory Lane Gems and A Stroll Through Memory Lane have come together into one store in the old Painted Pony location in The Plaza Shops downtown (Suite 121 at 210 E. Sherman Ave.).

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Saturday 04/16/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: April 16, 2016

Hope Realty announces several new agents

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Sunday 04/10/2016
A secret at Ramsey and Prairie?
Updated: April 10, 2016 - 11:05 am

Readers keep asking, “What’s happening at Ramsey and Prairie?”

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Baseball advice for outside the park
Posted: April 10, 2016

Ah, the joys of spring: longer daylight, budding flowers, farm babies and, of course, opening day of our national pastime, baseball. What a thrill to go to the game and “root, root, root for the home team.”

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Friday 04/08/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: April 08, 2016

Ryan M. Lewis was appointed to STRATA corporation’s shareholder group and the Coeur d’Alene management team.

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Records
Posted: April 08, 2016

DIVORCES FILED

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Sunday 04/03/2016
A sense of humor is no joke
Posted: April 03, 2016

There is an Apache legend that the creator gave human beings the ability to talk, to run and to look at things. But in addition, the legend says he was not satisfied until he also gave them the ability to laugh. After giving humans this ability, the creator said, “Now you are fit to live.”

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Small-batch flavors at Sweet Peaks
Updated: April 03, 2016 - 12:47 pm

Gourmet ice cream made in small-batch flavors is the specialty of Sweet Peaks Ice Cream. The new store at 108 N. Fourth St. (next to Moose Lounge) has its soft opening Friday and opens officially Saturday and Sunday.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
Movers and shakers
Posted: March 31, 2016

Fabian, Mallett earn real estate credentials

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Sunday 03/27/2016
The importance of discipline
Posted: March 27, 2016

Departing Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s determination to win Super Bowl 50 against the favored Carolina Panthers was riveting. It reminded me of a quote he gave earlier in his career: “Being there every week for my teammates is really important to me. It’s about accountability.”

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Abi’s Ice Cream to open Friday
Posted: March 27, 2016

Hand-crafted organic ice cream and treats will be offered at Abi’s Ice Cream opening Friday at 112 N. Fourth St. in Coeur d’Alene.

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Sunday 03/20/2016
Survey will help employers strike health gold
Posted: March 20, 2016

In this time of ever-rising health care costs, several of us, as representatives of like-minded employers, have decided to get off the sidelines and “get into the game” of pursuing creative solutions for this ongoing problem. The Employer Wellness Advisory Committee of the Coeur d’Alene area has come together to drive toward the goal of improving the health and well-being of the place we call home.

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Sales shouldn’t be a dirty word
Posted: March 20, 2016

Over my decades in business, I’ve noticed a baffling trend: “Sales” has become a dirty word. I’m on a lifelong campaign to change that.

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Trading Post Hardware has temporary digs
Updated: March 20, 2016 - 1:46 pm

Rathdrum Trading Post Hardware is in a temporary location in Stein’s Shopping Center while its new building is under construction in the Super 1 Shopping Center.

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Sunday 03/13/2016
The necessity of persuasion
Posted: March 13, 2016

We are in the thick of the most unusual political seasons I can remember. Who would have imagined the slate of presidential hopefuls that spans the spectrum? And what will it take for the candidates to convince voters that they should lead the country?

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Pointe Pest Control moves corporate office
Updated: March 14, 2016 - 10:27 am

With outlets around the Northwest, Pointe Pest Control has moved into its new corporate office and warehouse at 6020 W. Seltice Way. The 6,000-square-foot facility is next to Service-master in Stateline.

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Friday 03/11/2016
Tolman named executive director at Life Care Center of Post Falls
Posted: March 11, 2016

POST FALLS — Jeremy Tolman has been appointed executive director at Life Care Center of Post Falls, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.

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Sunday 03/06/2016
You can’t get out what you don’t put in
Posted: March 06, 2016

My friend the motivational speaker Zig Ziglar liked to tell the story of his friend Walter Hailey. Although he became a star salesman, Hailey’s early career in insurance sales was rough. He endured frustration, anxiety, slammed doors, low sales figures and uncertainty about his future.

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The season for business openings
Posted: March 06, 2016

Workers are busy in several buildings around town, and readers want to know what’s happening. Here’s some we know:

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