Local wins Miss Montana Teen 2021


October 2, 2020

Katie Tooke (left) of Ekalaka and Jami Forseth (right) were crowned Miss Teen Montana 2021 and Miss Montana 2021 in Post Falls, Idaho on Sunday.

Earlier this year, local teen Katie Tooke was battling health problems. She spent almost an entire month seriously ill before finally being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. That was about the same time everything got shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ekalaka Public Schools went to online instruction from March 16 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Tooke was at home, isolated from friends and activities like the rest of her classmates.

After a rough three months she decided to make some changes.

"In those three months I realized how much I took life for granted. I...

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