POLSON — We are highlighting some of our favorite stories we've covered at KPAX and KAJ over the course of this year.
This particular story grabbed national attention -- a Polson woman took matters into her own hands to stop speeding cars on her street.
MTN News reporter Maren Siu has the story.
A Polson woman is taking matters into her own hands to stop speeding cars on her street.
Patti Baumgartner, a mother and grandmother decided to take action because she was tired of cars zipping down South Finley Point in Polson. She's worried about her grandchild's safety when they went for walks down the road – so she took matters into her own hands.
Baumgartner sat on the side of South Finely Point holding a white hair dryer, pointed at cars. The hope was that the hair dryer would look like a speed gun and slow people down.
"We were talking about maybe something would slow the cars down. So, we decided to put me in a chair, and I guess use the hair dryer as a speed thing," Baumgartner told MTN News.
Patti's son Tim took a picture of her with the hair dryer and tweeted it out to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Noah Pesola, hoping to catch his attention -- and it did.
"I thought it was hilarious, I think that we have a speed issue in Montana and I thought it was a great creative idea for the public to try and combat that a little bit without making people too upset," said Trooper Pesola.
Trooper Pesola liked it so much he gave Baumgartner a special title, "Honorary Montana Trooper."
"It's not an official (title) or anything like that for the honorary trooper -- which is kind of what I called it. I didn't know what else to do for her, when she's doing something for the community,” he explained.
“And like she says she's got grandkids in the area, so she's doing something for her grandkids benefit. The best thing I could think of was give her a trooper hat and a badge to make her look a little more official," Trooper Pesola added.
While Baumgartner couldn't tell if her white hair dryer really slowed cars down, she plans on using it again to bring awareness to speeding cars in her neighborhood.
Patti also recently appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show.