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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.

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Greenville buys equipment to video and record sewer system

In response to receiving funds from a state grant, this city is now preparing to take action by purchasing necessary asset management equipment. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, Wastewater Superintendent Shawn Wheat presented the council with a proposal to purchase cameras in connection with the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Members of Greenville City Council discuss a proposal to rezone commercial and industrial property on W. Coffren Street in Greenville to residential during the March 21 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Coffren Street property, right-of-way rezoning approved in Greenville

A commercial piece of property that has sat vacant for decades may soon find new life in the residential market. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, the council entertained two public hearings in regards to rezoning a plot of land bounded by Greenville West Drive, W. Coffren and Lincoln streets.

Students involved in the many arts programs at Belding High School perform together during a dress rehearsal Wednesday evening for the Belding Band Follies show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Band Follies brings its annual frivolity to stage

For more than 40 years, band students at Belding High School have come together to put on yearly performance with one purpose: Make ‘em laugh. After performing Thursday evening, members of the band and arts programs will come together again at 7 p.m. tonight at the Belding High School Performing Arts Center for the annual Band Follies variety show. Tickets are $6 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the high school band program.

Flat River Historical Society and Museum Board Trustee Robin Walter, dressed in a Native American outfit, teaches third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School, how to use a Native American “buzzer” toy, made of string and an animal’s knuckle bone, as the students toured the museum Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Elementary students engage with local history at Flat River Museum

From soft beaver pelts to rigid arrow heads, students were left anything but empty-handed Wednesday during a tour of local Native American history. Third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School made the trip to the Flat River Museum in Greenville to get a hands-on look at the history they had been studying this school year.