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Financial damage estimates from an Oct. 30 fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City range from $2.5 million to $4.5 million. DTE Energy in Detroit owns the power facility. — File photo

Carson City power plant fire leaves millions in damages

A fire that destroyed an energy transformer at Renaissance Power will result in millions of dollars in repairs for power plant owner DTE Energy. Carson City Fire Chief Mark Crawfis recently informed city officials that the Oct. 30 fire could result in anywhere from $4 to $4.5 million total repairs and replacements at the plant, as he was informed by managers at the 732 megawatt simple-cycle natural gas facility.

The first impression visitors receive when they enter Carson City on N. Division Street is a series of old Kellogg Elevator Co. grain elevator buildings, which have fallen into disrepair after years of standing unoccupied. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Kellogg Elevator demolition lags; Carson City officials impatient

The Kellogg Elevator Co., which decades ago stood as an agricultural beacon for business in Montcalm County, remains (barely) standing today, a ghost of its former self. With splintered wooden beams creaking in the wind, shattered windows lining the walls and various metal and concrete debris scattered throughout the property, the last two years of demolition attempts at the abandoned site have left it looking no better than when those efforts began.

Crystal Community Library Librarian Brenda Geselman, left, speaks on the phone at the front desk of the library while Crystal Township resident Elizabeth McMillan uses one of the library’s computers Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City Council authorizes Crystal library contract and lease

Efforts to move the Crystal Community Library to a new location have been long in the making, and though the idea remains intact, a final resolution may still be years away. That’s the understanding of both members of the Crystal Township Board and Carson City Library Board, which overseas the Crystal Community Library.

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Carson City-Crystal school board crafting open carry gun guidelines

Seated in the back row, attending his second consecutive school board meeting, Tom Lambert listened Monday evening as the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again discussed open carry gun laws. Attached at his hip? A pistol, which is within his legal right to do so, on school district property, per state law.

A firefighter with the Carson City Fire Department dispenses a fire suppression foam onto an energy transformer and nearby oil tank to prevent a fire that destroyed the transformer from re-igniting Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Energy transformer catches fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City

The smoke could be could be spotted from miles away Friday, billowing high into the air and blending into the overcast sky above.

As commuters pulled over on M-57 to gander at the mammoth plume, the source of the smoke itself, a large fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City, was steadily being contained by firefighters.

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JUST IN: Energy transformer fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City

The smoke could be spotted from miles away, billowing high into the air and blending into the overcast sky above. As commuters pulled over on M-57 to gander at the mammoth plume, the source of the smoke itself, a large fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City, was steadily being contained by firefighters.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, left, speaks on the subject of receiving bids for a new heating and cooling system at the township administration building as Trustee Jason Anderson listens during Wednesday’s board meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township to purchase new DPW truck

Another year, another new truck for the Crystal Township Department of Public Works. In following a plan to replace the DPW’s pickup truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy, left, speaks on the topic of open carry guidelines as school board member Scott Fleisher listens during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C board looks at legal decisions on open carry

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again focused its attention on guns during Monday’s regular meeting. Board members discussed for more than an hour the subject of creating administrative guidelines to aid administrators and office staff on how to address an individual who enters a school building with a holstered weapon via the right to open carry in Michigan.

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CC-C band director asking for instrument donations from community

Kaleb Vargas enjoys band more than any other class at Carson City-Crystal High School, so much so that he’s taken to learning a second instrument.

Between marching band and jazz band, the senior plays bass clarinet and saxophone, spending time between school and home to practice on each instrument and improve himself as a musician.

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CC-C marks completion of phase I school bond work

Christmas may be months away, but ask a faculty member at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, and you’ll hear that gifts appear to be arriving every day.

These gifts, however, don’t come in a box wrapped in colorful paper and topped off with a pretty bow.