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Michigan House to consider Outman’s road proposal as framework

In the midst of the Michigan Legislature’s summer vacation, one state representative came up with an idea for road funding that is now set to be considered by the state House as soon as Tuesday.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, first shared his idea for a state road funding proposal with The Daily News editorial board in July. Inspired by his constituents in the 70th District who called for a simple proposal focused solely on roads with only as much funding spent as needed, Outman brainstormed a $1.2 billion plan.

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Civil War-era human bones discovered buried in downtown Edmore

A new homeowner’s attempt to unclog a sewer line led to the discovery of Civil War-era human bones and a full-blown archeology expedition this week in downtown Edmore.

Michael and Brandy Poling moved from Lansing to Edmore last winter. Their home at 102 S. Main St. (M-46) was built in 1867 and the couple got a good deal on the purchase.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore talks with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, after Thurwachter appealed Montcalm County Animal Control’s denial of a kennel license. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners continue dog kennel debate

After two failed motions, the third time was the charm for an appeal of a county dog kennel license Monday.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee along with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, to appeal a denial of a dog kennel license by Montcalm County Animal Control officials.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County commissioners recommend granting dog kennel appeal

After two failed motions, the third time was the charm for an appeal for a county dog kennel license this morning.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee along with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, to appeal a denial of a dog kennel license by Montcalm County Animal Control officials.

Potatoes were the focus of the annual Montcalm Field Day in Douglass Township on Thursday, hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. Topics included late blight, as two potato fields in Montcalm County have been found to have the fungus disease so far this summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Potato late blight found in 2 fields in Montcalm County

A summer of cool temps and lots of rain has led to favorable conditions for unfavorable potatoes. Late blight, which can also affect tomatoes, is caused by a fungus which can infect and destroy the leaves, stems, spores and tubers of potato plants.

A group of farmers and other agricultural industry officials prepare for a wagon tour of local farms in the Douglass Township area on Thursday as part of the annual Montcalm Field Day event hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Field Day focuses on potatoes

Potatoes had their day in the sun Thursday during Montcalm Field Day in rural Montcalm County. Hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University, the day began with a gathering of more than 50 people in the potato industry at Douglass Township Hall.

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Montcalm County commissioners working to correct $600,000 deficit

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is tasked with correcting an estimated $600,000 shortfall for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer presented estimated expenditures of $14.8 million and estimated revenue of $14.2 million to the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on July 27.

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Right Place coordinator teases upcoming projects in Montcalm County

“Aluminum,” “clean water,” “elephant,” “flare” … these are the code names for a number of ongoing economic development projects in Montcalm County. Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place, recently updated the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners about local work being done in conjunction with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

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‘Hell of a job’ saving Six Lakes saloon, cause of hotel fire unknown

Four fire departments used an estimated 200,000 gallons of water from First Lake and the Flat River to extinguish a fire in downtown Six Lakes on Monday.

Belvidere Township Fire Chief Rick Rockafellow said the call came in just before 2:30 p.m. about a fire at the 120-year-old former hotel next to the Flat River Saloon.