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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.

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The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

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Dog owners speak out against Montcalm County kennel ordinance

Any topic involving animals is a historically proven way to attract the masses to county board meetings. Monday was no exception, as Montcalm County’s Law Enforcement & Courts committee heard half an hour of public comments from concerned and tearful residents about proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance.

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JUST IN: $500 cash reward offered after Carson City home invasion

Police are looking for leads in a home invasion that robbed a Carson City family of items they valued in relation to the death of their son. The home invasion occurred the last week of February in Carson City.

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JUST IN: Edmore police department merger moves forward

A proposal to merge the Edmore Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office took another step forward today.

Montcalm County’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee unanimously recommended the full board approve the merger.

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JUST IN: MAISD superintendent offered job in Ingham County

The longtime superintendent of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is being offered the same job in another county.