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At right, Belding High School foreign exchange student Mia Kaarstein, 17, of Porsgrunn, Norway, speaks with fellow senior and friend Grant Hansen, 18, in the main lobby of Belding High School on Monday. Kaarstein is hoping to participate in the school’s commencement ceremony in May. According to school policy, Kaarstein cannot currently participate as she will not be earning a diploma. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding foreign exchange student hopes for policy change

From senior dances to participating on the golf team, Mia Kaarstein is attempting everything she can to absorb American culture in her year as a senior at Belding High School. Currently separated from her home of Porsgrunn, Norway, by six time zones and the entirety of the Atlantic Ocean, the 17-year-old foreign exchange student has always been curious about life in America.

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Pair of adults board Belding school bus, refuse to leave

The Belding Police Department is pursuing the arrest of two Belding residents after they allegedly boarded a school bus and refused to leave at the instruction of the bus driver. At approximately 3:17 p.m. Friday, Belding police officers were dispatched to the bus parking lot at Ellis Elementary School, located at 100 W. Ellis St., to a report of an adult on a school bus that was refusing to get off the bus.

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Belding team takes second place at VEX Robotics State Championship

For the second consecutive year, the Belding robotics team made quite a splash at the VEX Robotics State Championship at Michigan State University. On Feb. 22, four teams of Belding students — all of whom qualified by winning three separate tournaments on the season — competed among 40 of the top high school robotics teams in the state.

The historic Belrockton Belding Museum experienced one of its busiest years  with increased attendance thanks to new exhibits and the increasing popularity of the BEL Children’s Museum. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belrockton’s museum enjoyed a busy 2014

The Belrockton is well established in this community’s history, but it’s the current use of the historic building that has reignited a spark in the center of town. During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting — during which there was no official city business to conduct — Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.

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JUST IN: Belding museum enjoyed busy year

During Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting in which there was no official city business to conduct, Belding Museum Board member Bruce Feuerstein delivered the annual report on the status of the museum.

A house fire, which started early Wednesday afternoon, caused significant damage to this Belding Road home before being extinguished by firefighters. The homeowner was briefly trapped inside the structure, but managed to escape through an open window before firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Wednesday afternoon blaze damages Grattan area home

A house fire which started early Wednesday afternoon in Grattan Township was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Grattan Township Fire Department with the assistance of firefighters from Cannon Township and Belding. According to Grattan Township Fire Chief Kirk Bride, the cause of the fire at 12221 Belding Road is currently under investigation.

Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver, left, and Dallas Bell, executive director of partner schools for West Michigan Virtual, speak about the benefits of the new Belding Virtual Learning Center, expected to open this summer at The Commons business complex in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Virtual learning coming to Belding

A virtual path to academic success for struggling high school students in this community will soon be a reality. In a 7-0 vote by members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday, the district officially entered into an agreement with Berrien Springs Public School to establish the Belding Virtual Learning Center.

New Belding Interim City Manager Bruce Brown, at left, speaks with Belding resident and business owner Dan Blunt Sr. on Tuesday evening, quickly getting to work just moments before signing his contract with the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding agrees with interim city manager

After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s interim city manager beginning Monday. In a 5-0 vote by members of Belding City Council, Brown’s contract to manage the city on an interim basis was approved.

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Dr. Anthony Joseph Andenno leaves behind a lasting legacy in Belding

It’s hard pressed to find a resident of this community who doesn’t have a personal memory to share of Dr. Anthony Joseph Andenno. With his passing on Saturday at 90 years of age, the Belding resident and beloved family doctor leaves behind a mark on the community that all residents can embrace with pride.

More than 120 people gathered at the Belding High School Performing Arts Center auditorium Monday evening for the monthly Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, where members and supports of the Belding Education Association teachers union voiced their complaints about a lack of a contract agreement. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding teachers union contract unresolved after seven months

Steps, lanes and a cost of living increase, each offered over a multi-year period. After seven months of negotiations, those four stipulations are the driving force behind the debate over a “fair and competitive” contract for Belding teachers, as was made evident Monday evening.