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Shopping: Rejuvenations in Reardan

My friend Kati took me on a road trip recently.

Following Highway 2 west of Spokane, we pulled into the little town of Reardan. First stop was lunch at the Red Rooster. (Kati's tip: Order the potato salad. She's right.) Full and happy, we headed around the corner to the new location of Rejuvenations to do some shopping.

The new storefront is the first clue that the interior is more than a hodgepodge of any old thing.  Upscale corrugated metal trim and stylized lettering lead inside to a surprisingly roomy space. With old and new items side by side, it's easy to spend an hour or so poking into corners and investigating the loft. I especially loved the new-and-improved burlap sewn into pillow covers and the exclusive line of ruffled curtains and bed linens.

Instead of the junking-only shopping I'd expected to do, I found a couple of new items I couldn't leave behind. The lightweight fleece-lined leggings will keep me warm this winter and my new granddaughter scored a pair of ruffled pants.

I've been traveling so much lately, I'm a bit behind so it was a treat to get out of town and catch up on what Rejevenations owner, Coni Tanninen, has done with the business. This is a beautiful time of year for a drive. Head west, stop in Reardan and rejuvenate. Oh, and don't forget to look up at the ceiling while you're shopping. The big burlap covered light fixture is one of the most creative things I've seen in a while.

Check out the store's facebook page for more photos and information.

Kidnapped man escapes from car trunk

A kidnapped man forced into the trunk of a car in Montana freed himself on a Pend Oreille County highway early Sunday, leading to two arrests.

A motorist said he was driving on Highway 2 near Pend Oreille Park about 7:10 a.m. when the trunk of the vehicle in front of him opened and a man started waving his arms and yelling for help, the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office said today.

The vehicle stopped and the man jumped from the trunk and ran toward the witness's vehicle. He said he'd been beaten, bound and forced into the trunk while in Montana.

Sheriff's deputies stopped the suspect vehicle a short time later near Newport, Wash. The driver initially refused to stop, and someone threw a firearm from the vehicle that was later recovered.

Kenny J. Morrison, 29, and John M. Davis, 39, of Columbia Falls, Mont., were arrested on charges of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault, possession of methadone without a prescription and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Pend Oreille County sheriff's investigators are working with detectives in Flathead County, Mont.

Crash Injuries Claim Sandpoint Driver

A 69-year-old Sandpoint woman has died as a result of injuries she suffered when a deer hit by another vehicle crashed through her window near western city limits of Sandpoint Monday morning. Judith Linker died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Wednesday afternoon. Linker was westbound in her 2009 Toyota Scion when a deer emerging from a ditch was hit by eastbound Keith Nicholas, 37, of Libby, Mont. Linker's vehicle swerved off the road after deer crashed through the window, sheered off a power pole, and came to a stop on the other side of a creek. Linker was airlifted to Sacred Heart.

Deer Thru Windshield Injures Driver

A Sandpoint woman was badly injured this morning when a deer struck by another vehicle went through her windshield, causing her to swerve out of control and sever a power pole on Highway 2, near the western city limits of Sandpoint. Judith H. Linker, 69, was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after the crash, which occurred at 11:14 at M/P 25. Keith E. Nicholas, 37, of Libby, Mont., kept his eastbound 1986 Ford Mercury under control after hitting a deer that emerged from a ditch along the road. However, after the deer hit her westbound 2009 Toyota Scion, Linker swerved across Highway 2, severed a power poll, traveled through a creek, coming to rest on the opposite side.