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Robert Nieman of Crystal performs a “belly flop” dive into the icy waters of Crystal Lake during the 7th annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival Polar Dip event Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Lake festivalgoers embrace ‘coldest weekend of year’ (PHOTOS)

The coldest weekend of the year reserved itself a seat at the seventh annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival on Saturday, but Michigan’s winter was more than welcome to the table. Festivalgoers didn’t seem to mind the single digit temperatures that encompassed a day filled with ice skating, polar dipping, chili eating and much more.

Frozen flowers hang on the fence around the Crystal Lake Polar Dip site, where Lee Avery died in an ORV accident Saturday night during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘A community guy’: Crystal in mourning after winter festival tragedy

The Crystal Lake Winter Festival was an annual highlight for Lee Avery. The Crystal businessman helped organize car shows and enthusiastically served homemade chili to cold festivalgoers over the years, as well as those who braved the Polar Dip in the icy water of Crystal Lake.

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Crystal man dies, Crystal woman in critical condition after falling into Crystal Lake

A Crystal man is dead and a Crystal woman is in critical condition after an ORV lost control and plunged through the polar plunge hole on Crystal Lake on the night of the annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival.

Zaybben Bowen, 9, of Crystal, right, pulls his friend, Harrison Prebble, 9, of Ionia, on a sled as the winds howl and create a fog of snow at the 2015 Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — File photo

Winter’s wrath won’t stop Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Whether the lake remains frozen or melts to its liquid state, this year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival will go on as scheduled. Event organizers are ready for the 7th annual event in downtown Crystal on Saturday, with plenty of events planned for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township moving closer to township-wide trash collection

Members of the Crystal Township Board further discussed the topic of township-wide trash collection Wednesday evening.

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Michigan Court of Appeals reverses portion of dismissal of Carson City hospital lawsuit

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a portion of a Montcalm County court’s dismissal of a nurse’s lawsuit against Carson City Hospital alleging defamation and liability.
Marcia Duma, a registered nurse, was fired from Carson City Hospital — now known as Sparrow Carson Health — based on allegations that she violated various hospital procedures in order to misappropriate prescription pain killers.

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‘Back to square one’ with Crystal Township library relocation

Of the three parties involved in the possible relocation of the Crystal Community Library, one has officially removed itself from the equation.

During the Jan. 19 Carson City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously not to sign an agreement with the Crystal Township Board of Trustees to approve relocating the Crystal Community Library.

Ervin Brinker's mugshot.

Former Montcalm County mental health leader imprisoned for felonies

A well respected Montcalm County mental health leader has ended his career in disgrace and a prison term in another county.

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Governor’s office accepting applications for Ionia-Montcalm judge appointment

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office is now accepting applications to fill a judge vacancy in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Judge David Hoort of Portland has accepted a job with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He will retire as judge on Feb. 26.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education agreed to allow Superintendent Kevin Murphy to implement guidelines for school administrators on the subject of open carry of a gun within the school district during Thursday's school board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C implements open carry instructions for school administrators

If an individual arrives at a Carson City-Crystal school building with a pistol holstered at the hip, administrators will now know what to do — let them in.

But that’s not to say strict restrictions won’t be enforced by those administrators for all visitors of the district, including those who choose to exercise that legal right of carrying a weapon.