10/24/2012 ~ Live Locally Results and Slideshow


To all Live Locally Participants, Volunteers, Sponsors and Prize Donors,

We want to thank you all for your involvement with the 6th Annual Live Locally 5K. We are thrilled to announce that together we were able to raise an additional $3,000 to be given to Mission Valley Aquatics. This brings Live Locally’s total contribution to the pool, to OVER $10,000! LL 2012 Donation Check
We need to say a huge thank you to our signature sponsors. Their continued support is what makes this race possible. We are humbled each and every year that our signature sponsors continue to find value in this race and support the event. We sincerely thank you.

We also want to mention our emcee, Shawn Hendrickson. Thank you for keeping us organized and entertained
throughout the day. We also appreciate that you have Polson Pride, and that shows through in the efforts you put into this race each year. Thank you. I know one of the favorite parts of this race are the numerous locally donated prizes for the drawing. We gave away over 50 items this year, so thank you so much to the many local businesses who contributed to this portion of the race.

We need to say another big thank you to the volunteers. From fruit cutting, to decorating, to serving food, to keeping the racers safe on the roads, your involvement in this race is so critical to keep it running without a hitch. Thank you greatly for your help!

Thanks to Sara Gunderson for making the amazing awards this year and to Mike Lozar/Total Screen Design for designing another great shirt for 2012! We are so lucky to have such talented people, from right here in Polson.

And finally, thank you again to all the participants who weathered the rain this weekend to join in the fun of the Live Locally 5K. We hope you enjoyed the course, prizes, music, jokes from Shawn, food and awards. LL 1012 Canine Finish

We sure enjoyed having you all join us for this event. Congratulations to all of the age group winners (listed below) and to everyone who participated (see link at top of page for complete times)!

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Heather & Sarah

2012 Signature Sponsors
Super 1 Foods, Advocare, Navigator Travel
Hu Beaver Builder, Glacier Bank, Stene Aviation
Wal-mart, Total Screen Design, Moore Appraising
The Cove Deli & Pizza, Fidelity Title Agency, Wash-n-Go
Community Bank, First Interstate Bank, Western States Insurance
Anderson Radio Broadcasting, Lake County Public Health
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center St., Luke Community Healthcare
Polson Health/Kalispell Regional Medical Center

Age Group Winners
13 & Under Anna Young, Connor Wagner
14-19 Tiara Duford, Evan Iddings
20-29 Breane Utgaard, Bruce Genzel
39-39 Raina Stene, Jonathan Manuel
40-49 Lisa Iddings, Jarrod Shew
50-59 Kathy Smith, Bruce Gerlach
60-69 Pat Bristol, Jesse Barry
70+ Maureen Redfield, Dick Anderson


9/18/2012 ~ Live Locally 5K Event!

Live Locally 2012 5K Run/Walk
“Make a Splash…Change a Life” ~Mission Valley Aquatics

Country Pasta and Health Care Plus are excited to announce the 6th annual Live Locally 5K Run/Walk to promote lung health awareness and National Pasta month! This year’s event will again be hosted by Health Care Plus in Polson, and feature refreshments and prizes donated by your local business community. Race participants will also receive a shirt and goodie bag at registration.

Here’s some important information:
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Location: Health Care Plus – One, 7th Avenue East – Polson, MT
Times: Race day registration and packet pick-up begin at 9:00 am
Race begins at 10:00 am
Pre-Registration: Now through September 27th – $15
Registration: September 27th – October 20th – $20  Registration forms should be turned in to Health Care Plus.
Questions: Contact Health Care Plus at 406-883-3910

All proceeds from this year’s race will be donated to Mission Valley Aquatics, whose vision is “to provide a state-of-the-art aquatic facility that enhances the health, fitness, safety, recreation and quality of life for all in the Mission Valley.” Through years of hard work, careful planning, tireless fundraising and perseverance, the dream for this facility is finally coming true! Here’s a brief update from MVA on the status of the building and fundraising projects.
“In case you haven’t been to the site lately, you may be pleased to know construction is nearly complete with an anticipated November 2012 opening date. To date, we have raised $3.3 million and borrowed $1 million in private loans, but we have not quite reached our fundraising goal for the $5.2 million project.”
The aquatic center will feature an 8 lane, 25 yard lap pool (that meets specifications for high school state level swim meets) and a smaller pool “suitable for instruction, therapy and aqua aerobics.” Not only will a facility like this encourage and strengthen healthy exercise habits in our youth (and those still young at heart!), but meets and events held in this facility will bring people in to Polson, with dollars to spend strengthening our business community. Definitely a win-win situation!

Come participate in the Live Locally 5K Run/Walk on October 20th and be a part of making Polson healthy!!

Live Locally shirt history


11/29/2011 ~ Country Pasta Tours Yellowstone

July 27-28, 2011

Here’s how it all happened, really…

Our wonderful Montana distributor Randy Lindberg of Quality Foods Distributing in Bozeman stopped by Country Foods to pick up an order one day in early June. He mentioned that he was able to place our 2 Country Pasta items in the 6 grocery store locations within Yellowstone National park…and that the folks in charge would like some demo (sampling) support. Needless to say, we were immediately excited! Honestly…to go spend a few days in Yellowstone during summer “working.” Who could pass that opportunity up?

West Yellowstone Entrance

West Yellowstone Entrance

Arrangements were made, and by arrangements I mean that all the hotels were booked up in West Yellowstone, MT (unless we were willing to fork out $265!) where we would spend our first night. Our choices limited, Heather managed to secure the last KOA Kabin at a campground just outside of West Yellowstone (whew!). For night number two, she finagled a 12’ x 12’ tent site near the Grant Village store. Fortunately (we checked) both locations had shower facilities available! For each day in the park, we planned to sample a cold pasta salad at two locations, spending a few hours in each.

Since we were going to “rough it” in the Park, we spent some time digging up our camping lists, comparing notes and making adjustments. Needless to say, between Heather’s extensive Montana backpacking and hiking experiences and my week-long childhood camping expeditions into the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Oregon- we were over prepared! I won’t include the whole list, but here is a sampling: Can opener, tent, tarp, sleeping bag, pillow (I STILL forgot mine!), bucket for dishes, axe, firewood (no one wants to pay ridiculous prices for a small box of firewood in a park… come on), coolers filled with pasta, ice, headlamp, FOOD, bottled water, sampling equipment, gift basket (we gave away a prize), bug spray, lantern, towel (drat, I forgot that too)… and the list goes on!

After taking bets on whether or not my packing skills were up to the task, we stuffed every available nook and cranny of the Nissan Murano full of supplies and took off! After a (mostly) uneventful drive, we arrived in West Yellowstone just about dinnertime. We unpacked what we needed for the night at the KOA Kabin and headed into town to find some vittles. We ended up at a pizza joint in town, full of locals enjoying the sports bar. The Kabin was comfortable, but I can’t remember the last time I slept on the top bunk. Fortunately, I didn’t roll out and hit the floor. In the morning, we feasted on instant oatmeal and steaming hot Tipu’s Chai before packing up and heading to our first store.

Canyon Village was bustling and full of activity by 10 am, and everyone was on a mission! Our little table was next to the cash register and across the aisle from the ice cream, so pasta was a tough sell in this store! We persevered, made some new friends and departed with high hopes for store number two. We stopped to have peanut butter & jelly sandwiches at a beautiful waterfall along the way and got some great pictures. While crossing river to the Fishing Bridge store, we got an up close and personal look at a wandering bison working his way back to the wilderness. Fishing Bridge was an easier place to sample; we set up outside between the two entrances and were able to chat more with folks going in and out. They were also hungrier at this time of day, and we were happier with our results!

Hungry Hikers

Hungry Hikers

That evening we drove to Grant Village, where we would stay the night in our deluxe…tent. Being “experienced” campers, we pitched the tent and started a fire before the temperature dropped. We had been eagerly awaiting the chance to try Hungry Hiker’s Beef Stroganoff (they of course use Country Pasta). So we tore open the package, followed the directions, and enjoyed a delicious hot meal! After dinner and dishes, okay – just one dish, we enjoyed s’mores over the campfire and planned our attack on the next 2 stores. After a chilly, semi-comfortable night listening to the “neighbors,” morning brought welcome warmth and purpose.

The next event was scheduled for 10 A.M. in Grant Village’s store. We gave out many samples to excited customers and learned several interesting tidbits about the park from the folks who return each summer to work there. We even heard a story about a sleepy bison who loved to spend the night just outside the door to a store employee’s RV. She would routinely call in to work explaining that she would arrive after the bison got up for the day!

Moving to our final location was very exciting, since we would be setting up at the largest Old Faithful store. This store has two levels, and was wall-to-wall people for the entire 3 hours we were there! We sampled to folks who had traveled from all the way from Israel to vacation in the Park. We met folks who had used our products for years, as well as many people who had never heard of Country Pasta. Near the end of the afternoon, Heather was kind enough to hold down the fort while I watched Old Faithful in person (for the first time). What a sight!

When we served ourselves out of a job, we packed our supplies (and souvenirs) in to the car one last time and prepared for the drive back to Polson. It was agreed that we should reflect on our time in Yellowstone while enjoying Montana-made Wilcoxson’s ice cream, available upstairs in the Old Faithful store. We had a memorable trip, and it was an exciting opportunity that I am glad we were able to participate in. As we drove out of the park toward West Yellowstone and home, we tallied the license plates we had seen on our short 2 day visit. The results are surprising…we counted plates from 45 states and 4 Canadian provinces. What a trip!!

Check out our slideshow for the highlights…including Old Faithful!


10/26/2011 ~ Live Locally Results!!!


Melinda and Heather

Melinda and Heather

We want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped support this year’s Live Locally event!! Whether you donated prizes, time and talent, food, support, money, best wishes or just your smiling face-you are appreciated! This race was the best attended ever and Melinda is overwhelmed with the community spirit and generosity (so are we!!). Let’s keep her in our thoughts and continue to help her reach her goal: London 2012. We think she can make it 🙂

Hats and bracelets are still for sale at Health Care Plus. All proceeds go to Melinda to help with the continued costs of training and travel.

Click on the link to check out your times… 2011 LIVE LOCALLY RESULTS
See you all next year!!


10/24/2011 ~ Park 2 Park Ride

This summer Country Pasta helped support the Park 2 Park ride in Montana. Bicycle riders begin their journey at Glacier National park and ride for several days, until they reach Yellowstone National Park, a total of about 400 miles. This event supports CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers help  abused and neglected children in Montana, and this year’s event raised over $60,000 for the cause. Below is a heartfelt letter from the race coordinator. Thanks everyone for doing your part!
Park 2 Park Riders enjoy some down time!
Park 2 Park 2011 is “in the books!”  I’m sure you’ve heard from Susen by now.  It was a wonderfully successful ride with a full group of 51 full time riders and 4 part time, and preliminary reports are that we are very close to our goal for fund raising.  In addition, everyone enjoyed the ride!  Thank you to Country Pasta along with many other donors who helped to support the ride in so many ways.  The pasta dish was a great hit for our dinner in Livingston on Thursday evening, and the samples were placed at each place setting on the tables.  They disappeared quickly!!  Thanks for introducing me to Country Pasta!  I’ve been promoting your products every chance I get these days, including our soup luncheon at church last Sunday!  Thank you for supporting Susen, for your support of Park 2 Park, and, most importantly, your support of the children in the CASA programs in Montana.   Sincerely, Shirley Folkwein Park 2 Park Coordinator


9/15/2011 ~ Live Locally 5K Run/Walk

Owen 2012 Hat

Owen 2012 Hat

Live Locally 2011
Saturday, October 22

Location: Health Care Plus – One 7th Avenue East – Polson, MT 406-883-3910
Race Begins at 10 AM
Pre-registration: Now through October 3rd – $15
Registration: October 3 through Race Day – $20

Ready for another race?

Ready for another race?

The Live Locally Race sponsors are excited to announce that this year’s fifth annual 5K Run/Walk event will again sponsor Polson’s own 2012 Olympic hopeful Melinda Owen. Melinda is a top U.S. competitor in the Pole Vault and has placed in the top 4 in indoor and outdoor competitions this year. Her mental attitude, training schedule, commitment, physical abilities and motivation are already those of an Olympian. Our goal is to financially support and encourage Melinda so she can focus on her training.

• Melinda will be joining us at the Race!!!

• As is tradition, many local businesses will donate prizes for post-race drawings. Country Pasta will provide a free spaghetti lunch for all participants. And for a special treat, Tipu’s Chai will be serving delicious Authentic Indian Chai to keep supporters warm and invigorate runners!! Stick around after the race to encourage your friends, family and coworkers – you won’t go home empty-handed!

• Fun Gear!! We will have cool “Owen 2012” stuff to buy, with proceeds donated to Melinda’s Quest.

• An on-site respiratory therapist will be available to answer any questions and provide educational resources.

Registration forms can be found here, or in local businesses around Polson. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and even… strangers. Help us support Melinda and make this year’s event a smashing success!!

Race organizers Heather & Sarah with Melinda Owen

Race organizers Heather & Sarah with Melinda Owen


…Where is everyone else?? Oh, I won?

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