Elisabeth Waldon

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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

JoAnne Vukin

Step Forward funding program in jeopardy

Funding for a state housing program may be coming to an end, and Montcalm County’s treasurer wants homeowners to be aware of the situation.

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Canine Ronin fights crime alongside Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy

The newest employee of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office enjoys tracking down criminals, sniffing out drug busts and chewing on toys. He really, really likes chewing on toys.

Ronin, age 2, is a Dutch shepherd dog. He’s also Deputy Justin Schafer’s new partner in fighting crime.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams

‘Out of control’? Montcalm County undersheriff corrects crime rumors

During public comment at July’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen sounded off about a rash of thievery incidents and how local crime is out of control.

Bill Hardin of Montcalm Township said he painted the windows blue on his truck after his vehicle was broken into four times.

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VIDEO: Danish Festival Band performs on the main stage

The Danish Festival Band performs the overture to “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” on the main stage Friday during the Danish Festival in downtown Greenville, under the direction of Keith Hudson.

Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten shows Princess Courtney Havens and Prince Zack Cameron how to wave to the crowd during the festival’s opening ceremony Thursday evening at Heritage Park in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

51st annual Danish Festival gets underway in Greenville

Thursday’s gray and gloomy clouds were no match for the cheery red costumes of the Danish Festival committee members and the queen herself, Brianna Van Houten. The 51st annual Danish Festival got underway according to tradition with a flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park next to City Hall.

Those responsible for successfully obtaining a grant for the old bag factory in Edmore include, front row from left, Edmore Village Councilwomen Bonnie Ashbaugh, Bonnie Davis and Karen Deja; back row from left, Edmore Village Councilman Jamie Ballard, Village President Karl Kluwe and Village Manager James Lower. Not pictured are village councilmen Eddie Adams and Philip Kohn. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village. Village Manager James Lower on Wednesday announced that Edmore has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for the old General Bag Corp. building.

Greenville VFW Service Officer John Simmons shares a laugh with Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten during the festival's opening ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

VIDEO: Danish Festival queen sings “God Bless America”

The 51st annual Danish Festival began this evening with the traditional flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park outside Greenville City Hall. The event included a performance of “God Bless America” by Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten.

Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten shares a smile with Princess Courtney Havens and Prince Zack Cameron at the festival's opening ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

VIDEO: Denmark’s National Anthem performed at start of Danish Festival

The 51st annual Danish Festival began this evening with the traditional flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park outside Greenville City Hall. The event included a performance of Denmark’s National Anthem.

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JUST IN: Edmore bag factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village.

Edmore Village Manager James Lower today announced the village has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for the old General Bag Corp. building.