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Bloomer Township supervisor abruptly resigns

This township’s supervisor abruptly resigned from his post without explanation this month.

Remnants of a farmhouse on Bailey Road in Winfield Township continue to smolder Sunday morning after a destructive fire Saturday night. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

2 houses destroyed in fires in Howard City

Five local fire departments stayed busy from Saturday night into Sunday morning battling two separate fires which ended up destroying two residences near Howard City.

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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

Amish man mourned after horse and buggy accident

Andrew and Rebecca Miller welcomed their baby daughter into the world almost two months ago.

The young Amish couple and their three sons, Melvin, 5, Robert, 3, and David, 2, were overjoyed at the presence of baby Cevilla.

Wilmer Martin

ON THE RECORD: Man jailed after attempting to neuter dog using livestock implement

A Fenwick man has been sentenced to jail time and fines after attempting to neuter a dog using a castration banding tool commonly used on farm livestock.

Wilmer Nolt Martin, 50, was convicted of abandoning/cruelty to animals, two counts of a stray dog and two counts of an unlicensed dog.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

UPDATE: Amish man dies after buggy-pickup truck accident

An Amish man has died from his injuries after being involved in a buggy-pickup truck accident last Thursday.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County BOC sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

After another meeting full of emotional public comments, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 7-1 today to send proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance back to the drawing board.

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Crooks Potato Farms rebuilding after devastating New Year’s Eve fire

The Crooks families may have ended last year on a tragic note, but they are moving forward full of hope and ambition.

A New Year’s Eve fire destroyed six storage buildings and the contents within at one of Montcalm County’s largest potato farms on the last day of last year. Sixteen fire departments responded to the blaze at 5450 N. Musson Road. Smoke could be seen miles away from the farm, which is located about seven miles southwest of Edmore and nine miles northwest of Stanton.

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Montcalm County looks to upgrade land records

Matt Woolford equates the variety of county land records to the many flavors of ice cream … and he wants to bring a flavor burst to Montcalm County. Woolford, who works as equalization director for Kent and Montcalm counties, appeared before Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee on March 9 to request approval for upgrading Montcalm County land records to a geographic information systems (GIS)-based platform.

Line-up for Hubbardston's popular walking parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the top of the hill by the village park. The parade — featuring a bagpiper, the Irish dancers and more — will begin at noon. — File photo

Hubbardston ready for St. Patrick’s Day festivities Tuesday

The secret of this village’s St. Patrick’s Day success? Keep it simple.

Irish dancers, Irish stew and “the world’s shortest parade.” And lots of green beer.