Rep. John Moolenaar, at right, talks agricultural issues with Stephanie Kipp, field and storage manager for Andersen Brothers farm, and John Kran, associate national legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau. — Daily News/Elisabeth WaldoN

Rep. John Moolenaar talks agriculture and refugees with farmers

Local farmers had a chance to share their thoughts with the Congressman for Michigan’s 4th District on Friday. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, toured Andersen Brothers, a centennial farm in rural Blanchard, and met with constituents to discuss agricultural issues, such as food labeling and environmental standards, as well as concerns about ISIS and refugees.

Bruce Peterson of Blanchard uses a computer program to design a forklift at A&O Forklift in Edmore. Peterson earned a degree in architecture before going to work as an engineer at A&O. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

MADE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Business booming for forklift company

Beekeeping and forklifting continues to be a successful combination for an Edmore business. A&O Forklift has doubled its production in the past four years and shows no signs of slowing down. Located in the Sunrise Industrial Park — formerly home to Hitachi Magnetics Corp., which shuttered in 2004 — the business is on track to produce 250 forklifts this year. That’s steady growth from previous production of 140 forklifts in 2012 and 180 forklifts in 2013.

The village of Edmore recently received several grants, including a $13,000 strategic funding grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to evaluate the infrastructure of the former Hitachi property. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Grants in Edmore will help water system, former Hitachi property

The grants just keep rolling in for Edmore. Village officials recently learned they were receiving a $644,276 stormwater, asset management and wastewater (SAW) grant, plus a $13,000 strategic funding grant for the former Hitachi property.

This year’s Potato Festival Parade featured a large number of lovingly restored antique tractors. — Daily News/

Effort in Edmore’s Potato Festival ‘pays off’ for 2015

Organizers put a great deal of work into this year’s Potato Festival. This past weekend, that effort paid off in spades as hundreds of locals and visitors alike gathered to honor the noble tuber, a staple of the area’s economy for decades.

Those responsible for successfully obtaining a grant for the old bag factory in Edmore include, front row from left, Edmore Village Councilwomen Bonnie Ashbaugh, Bonnie Davis and Karen Deja; back row from left, Edmore Village Councilman Jamie Ballard, Village President Karl Kluwe and Village Manager James Lower. Not pictured are village councilmen Eddie Adams and Philip Kohn. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village. Village Manager James Lower on Wednesday announced that Edmore has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for the old General Bag Corp. building.

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JUST IN: Edmore bag factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village.

Edmore Village Manager James Lower today announced the village has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for the old General Bag Corp. building.

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Civil War-era human bones discovered buried in downtown Edmore

A new homeowner’s attempt to unclog a sewer line led to the discovery of Civil War-era human bones and a full-blown archeology expedition this week in downtown Edmore.

Michael and Brandy Poling moved from Lansing to Edmore last winter. Their home at 102 S. Main St. (M-46) was built in 1867 and the couple got a good deal on the purchase.

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UPDATE: Bones of at least 2 people discovered buried in Edmore yard

People digging in their yard in downtown Edmore today discovered some buried bones, which local officials believe are human.

The Michigan State Police are working with Michigan State University forensic anthropology officials to learn more about the bones, which were discovered at 102 S. Main St. (M-46) in the yard of a home near the village’s ice cream store.

From left, Montabella High School graduating seniors Timothy Jordan, Zachary Taubitz, Zachary Lahay, Peter Taylor and Tristan Viglianco, turn their tassels from right to left Sunday, signifying their graduation from the high school. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montabella graduating class of 35 hauled in $233,112 in scholarships

On Sunday evening, the smallest graduating class in the history of Montabella High School departed school for the final time with diplomas firmly in hand. Though the class may be small in number at 35 graduates, there was no questioning the large size of every heart and mind that was cloaked in a cap and gown of navy blue or white.

Vestaburg High School graduated 58 seniors at this year’s commencement, held Sunday afternoon at the high school. Pictured are Vestaburg graduates awaiting the beginning of the ceremony. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Vestaburg graduates consider ‘the places they will go’

This year’s valedictorian at Vestaburg High School, Jacob Young, relied heavily on a doctor’s advice during his address to the graduating class of 2015 on Sunday afternoon — Dr. Seuss. That advice, from the children’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” — though originally intended for youngsters — applies admirably to graduates moving on to college or careers.