Mike Taylor

Fresh Start Fitness co-owners Chris Reisner, left, and Casey Kubiak see a bright future for their recently opened fitness club. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

BUSINESS BEAT: New fitness center up and running in downtown Greenville

Area couch potatoes looking to get a fresh start on a lean, healthy lifestyle now have a new choice, thanks to Fresh Start Fitness, 406 S. Lafayette. St., which will host its grand opening Sept. 1. According to co-owner Casey Kubiak, the fitness center offers the latest and greatest in workout equipment, convenience and personal training.

Animal Crackers Farm owner Frank DePue and his camel, Shalemar, humped across a fair chunk of Montcalm County during Danish Festival to raise money for cancer research. At the end of their walk, DePue had netted about $675. — Courtesy photo

Camel and owner walk to raise funds for cancer research

When Frank DePue and his camel, Shalemar, set out on their (planned) 30-mile journey last Saturday, DePue had no way of knowing exactly how much money they would raise for cancer research.

Starting from the county line east of Carson City, man and camel plodded across the countryside toward Greenville, where Danish Fest was in full swing.

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Bright Start starts over as new Lakeview Elementary School

It has been more than two years in coming, but on Wednesday, all the hard work, planning and expense paid off for Lakeview Community Schools when Superintendent Kyle Hamlin cut the ribbon officially opening the doors to Lakeview Elementary School. Assisting in the task were Board of Education President Ed Jonaitis and Principal Kelly Nielsen.

The event was well-attended by community members, teachers, administrators and parents with children who will soon be entering the school for fall classes.

House and Senate candidates came together Monday at Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton to answer questions regarding their policies on a variety of natural resource-related issues. On hand were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague and Will Wagner, a representative from Sen. Judy Emmons’ office. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Candidates discuss conservation issues with voters at forum

Three candidates vying for House and Senate seats in November met Monday evening at Twin Ponds Sports Shop to discuss conservation-related issues with area voters. Attending were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington of Stanton, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague of Alma and Will Wagner, a representative for Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, right, leads Nels Hansen and a chorus of singers in a rendition of the Danish National Anthem at the festival’s opening ceremony Thursday evening in Heritage Park. About 100 well-wishers turned out to watch the festivities get underway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Danish visitor helps kick off 50th Danish Festival in Greenville

Danish Festival 2014 got off to a good start Thursday evening at Heritage Park with the traditional opening ceremonies. The event featured The Danish Festival Band, many local dignitaries, the Danish Festival Queen and Court and even a representative from Greenville’s Danish sister city, Skælskør.

Frank DePue plans to ride Shalemar, his one-hump camel, 30 miles across Montcalm County on Saturday to raise funds for cancer research as his way of saying thank you to the doctors who helped cure his wife. — Courtesy photo

Greenville man riding camel across Montcalm County for cancer research

A lot of folks take part in walk-a-thon events to raise money for cancer research.

But as far as he knows, Frank DePue is the first walker to take his camel hiking with him.

Jacob Eckholm fielded questions in a final interview Tuesday evening at Stanton’s City Commission meeting. Eckholm was chosen to replace the city’s previous manager, James Freed, who left earlier this summer to take a post in Port Huron. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton, Lakeview decide on 24-year-old Jacob Eckholm as new manager

After weeks without a manager, the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton have finally settled on a replacement for James Freed, who left the post earlier this summer to take a job in Port Huron. Following an extensive search process and several interviews, Stanton’s City Commission on Wednesday voted to hire Jacob Eckholm as shared manager for both communities. Lakeview’s Village Council had already arrived at the same decision Monday evening.

Members of the Lakeview Village Council interviewed the final two candidates vying for the village manager’s position. That manager, when hired, will serve both Lakeview and the city of Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Finalists interviewed for Stanton and Lakeview manager position

It’s down to the final two candidates in the search for a new manager for the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton. When selected, the new manager will serve both communities, allotting 20 hours per week to each.

The carnival, a first this year for Stanton Old Fashioned Days, is ready to thrill young and old alike. This year’s schedule is filled with activities, live music and fun. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Ready…set …it’s a go for Old Fashioned Days

Friday afternoon in Stanton felt like the deep breath before the plunge. The carnival — a first this year for Old Fashioned Days — the food vendors, the merchants, the live music stage; all were gearing up for the thousands of visitors that flood the town each year for what is one of the area’s largest small-town festivals.

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Reyburn to return to Montcalm County Board of Commissioners

Dale Reyburn will be filling the District 1 seat vacated by outgoing commissioner Ron Blanding on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. On Tuesday, voters selected Reyburn over candidate Brian Greene by a very narrow margin of 115 to 107 votes. Both candidates hail from Greenville.