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JUST IN: No one injured in Greenville garage fire

Firefighters successfully prevented a garage fire from spreading to a nearby home Tuesday, although the contents within the garage were destroyed by the blaze.

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Dee Jay the clown hands a balloon animal to 2-year-old Gage Sherman Rush and his mother, Meleny Rush of Greenville, at Hans Christian Andersen Park (Tower Riverside Park) in Greenville during last year’s Danish Festival. The Danish Festival Executive Board is considering moving children’s events to Veterans Park this year in light of an ongoing dispute with the Women’s Action Network. — File photo

Greenville City Council approves Danish Festival requests despite dispute

An annual vote for festival street closures comes with an element of drama this year.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved requested street closures for the 53rd annual Danish Festival, which will be Aug. 17-20; however, a conflict over the Veterans Park site brought forth questions.

From left, Greenville City Council members Larry Moss and Lloyd Scoby listen Tuesday evening as City Manager George Bosanic answers questions regarding a grant that would potentially provide more than $1 million in funding to build a septage facility at the city’s wastewater plant capable of storing waste. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville pursuing grant funding for new septage facility

Pending grant approval, this city could one day find itself expanding in the business of waste management. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager George Bosanic brought forth a proposal to apply for more than $1 million in grant funding to improve the city’s current facilities at its wastewater treatment plan.

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Funeral Notices for April 6, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, April 6, 2017

Firefighters from the Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments respond to the fire. — Daily News/Cory Smith

No one injured in Lakeview structure fire

With firefighters having just extinguished a fire within his residence, Michael Mass sat in his car, keeping a folded American flag salvaged from his home close by his side. The 21-year military veteran sat in a daze Tuesday afternoon, unaware of how the fire could have started, which likely destroyed a number of his personal items.

New Danish Festival Executive Director Kristin Jensen works from her office Tuesday in Greenville during her first week on the job since the retirement of former executive director, Pam Jorae. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville native hired as new executive director of Danish Festival

Growing up, Kristin Jensen recalls being fortunate enough to have family who lived downtown, specifically on Cass Street.

It was there she and her family would spend the third Saturday of every August, sitting curbside at the residence of her aunt and uncle, looking westward with anticipation.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville leases property to local farmer

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a lease agreement on city property for a local farmer.

According to City Manager George Bosanic, city resident Jed Welder requested to lease 22 acres of vacant, city-owned property on Backus Road for the purpose of tilling, planting and harvesting crops.

After overseeing the past 13 Danish Festivals in Greenville, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish Festival’s executive director retiring after 13 years

After overseeing more than a decade of Danish Festivals, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. Jorae, 71, has been at the helm of 13 consecutive festivals, a part-time job that involves accounting, tax returns, booklet creation, set-up and tear-down of the event and more. She says now it is time to step away.

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, right, speaks at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College as former representative Rick Outman, of Six Lakes, filling in for Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Unanimously approved by House, FOIA legislation faces uphill battle in Senate

On March 16, the 110-member House of Representatives voted 108-0 to pass a 10-bill package — House bills 4148 through 4157 — aimed at expanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the governor’s office and state Legislature.

The bills now head to the Senate, specifically the Senate Operations Committee, but supporters of the legislation fear it will die.

Firefighters with the Sheridan Community Fire Department exit Sheridan Community Hospital on Tuesday night after ensuring that a report of a fire at the hospital was only a false alarm. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Dust particle triggers fire alarm at Sheridan Community Hospital

A dust particle is believed to be at blame for triggering a fire alarm late Monday night at Sheridan Community Hospital.