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Moolenaar updates farmers about budget cuts, tax reform … and Trump’s tweets

A wind turbine rotated through the late spring air Monday as the weather fluctuated from sun to rain and back again.

Inside a facility at Humm Farms, farmers put aside their climate observations for a few hours to enjoy visiting with their peers from 14 counties throughout mid-Michigan.

Fred Springborn, field and vegetable crops educator for Michigan State University Extension’s Montcalm County office, displays different types of insect traps he has been experimenting with to learn more about the European corn borer moth and Western bean cutworm. From left to right, the top portion of a blacklight trap; a green plastic trap and its newer version, an orange and white plastic trap; and a hardware cloth trap that goes on top of posts in fields. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

MSU Extension educator experiments with traps to track crop pests

If a bug is bugging local farmers, Fred Springborn is working on a solution.

Springborn, the field and vegetable crops educator for Michigan State University Extension’s Montcalm County office, has been experimenting with different types of insect traps, specifically to learn more about the European corn borer moth and the Western bean cutworm — two pests that really annoy farmers.

Members of the Crystal Township Board discuss options Wednesday evening regarding the closure of the local Chemical Bank.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township discusses options regarding Chemical Bank closure

As one community embraces the news of losing one bank yet gaining another, residents in this township continue to scratch their heads regarding the fate of their own bank.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, township officials and residents discussed the pending Aug. 25 closure of the local Chemical Bank.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, is pictured at last year's congressional baseball game for charity. — Courtesy photo

‘Targeted for assassination’: Rep. Moolenaar recounts baseball shooting

A Wednesday morning baseball practice for the annual congressional baseball game for charity went from peaceful to horrific in the blink of an eye.
Congressman John Moolenaar is playing his second year for the team, which raises funds for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Washington Literacy Center and — in support of what happened at Wednesday’s practice — the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.


IN BRIEF: Crystal Township renews rental contract with EightCAP Inc.

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve a contract with EightCAP Inc. to continue to rent space at the Crystal Community Center.


Edmore man killed in truck-motorcycle accident

An Edmore man was killed after his motorcycle was struck by a pick-up truck near Vestaburg.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post responded to the crash which occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, on McBrides Road at Waldron Road.

Cancer survivors and caregivers walk the “survivor lap” Friday evening at Community Field at Carson City-Crystal High School during Carson City’s inaugural Relay for Life. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City’s inaugural Relay for Life raises nearly $10,000

Surrounded by dozens of supporters, caregivers and cancer survivors, Jean Southward bared her soul in an effort to inspire others and spread awareness in the fight against cancer.

Standing at the south end of Carson City-Crystal’s Community Field on Friday evening, the Carson City administrator shared her story of overcoming breast cancer after being diagnosed on Feb. 13, 2009.

Military veterans and emergency personnel lead the Frontier Days Grand Parade on Saturday afternoon down Main Street in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Frontier Days welcomes large crowds during Carson City’s sesquicentennial

Riding on a float Saturday afternoon and waving to the crowd, Chris Miner was all smiles as he reflected on the significance of the moment. Simultaneously celebrating Carson City’s sesquicentennial as well as the 45th annual Frontier Days festival, Chris was just one of more than 20 relatives riding on the float — all with a piece of heritage that dates back to the birth of the community.

Carson City-Crystal High School seniors take their seats at the commencement ceremony as their parents and teachers applaud and cheer for them. On Sunday, 44 students graduated from CC-C. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Time to Move On: 44 graduate from CC-Crystal

Graduating seniors from Carson City-Crystal High School had “one last roll call,” as Principal Duane Lyons called the 44 students by name to receive their diplomas. “Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for,” Senior Marissa Wing said. “Without knowing it in one way or another, we’ve made an impact on each other.”

Members of the Carson City community gathered Tuesday for the unveiling of a Michigan Historical Society Milestone Award in the form of a large plaque, designating Carson City as an official Michigan Sesquicentennial City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City marks sesquicentennial; celebration continues during Frontier Days

With a resounding ring from a large ceremonial bell, Carson City Mayor Bruce Tasker joyfully kicked off a celebration 150 years in the making. Speaking in front of more than 60 members of the community — and dressed as if he had just stepped out of the 1800s – Tasker read an official proclamation Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the city during a sesquicentennial celebration.