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Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

Madison Jordan, 9, of Edmore, rides down a zip line Saturday during the Edmore Potato Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Edmore Potato Festival enjoyed by many despite wet weather

A little bit of rain couldn’t keep Edmore Potato festivalgoers down this past weekend.

Despite intermittent showers, Main Street was lined with families waiting for Saturday’s parade to start. Excited children were practically jumping for joy as they waited to see and hear that first line of emergency vehicles to signify the beginning of the parade.

From left, Sandy Jordan, Wendy Bingy, Tina Jordan, Marisol Bucao, Emma Skogseth, Karen Delamater and Molly Lang take a moment to step outside at the Home Street Manor in Edmore, where Tuesday morning’s Queen’s Tea took place. Lang is the owner of Home Street Manor. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville girl to reign over Edmore’s Potato Festival

For Emma Skogseth, pageantry is a family affair. She was crowned this year’s Edmore Potato Festival Queen, and her 12-year-old sister, Alison, was crowned this year’s Junior Miss Danish Festival. Emma, 16, of Greenville, was crowned during a Queen’s Tea event Tuesday at the Home Street Manor in Edmore by last year’s queen, Marisol Bucao.

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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

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CM, Montabella voters pass ballot proposals

A majority of voters in their respective districts approved a bond proposal for Central Montcalm Public School and allowed Montabella Community Schools to continue its 18 mill non-homestead property tax levy on Tuesday.

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JUST IN: Voters approve Central Montcalm’s school bond proposal, Montabella’s tax levy renewal

A majority of voters in their districts approved a bond proposal for Central Montcalm Public School and voted Montabella Community Schools to continue its 18 mill non-homestead property tax levy.

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JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

The Flat River, pictured here in Six Lakes, runs through Six Lakes, Greenville, Belding and Lowell, with various streams and tributaries connected to it. The Flat River Watershed Council is working toward building a management plan to restore and protect the river. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Local groups partner to restore and protect the Flat River

The Flat River has long been a source of joy, recreation and sustenance for the communities built around it. Over time, though, the river has fallen victim to bad practices, which affect water quality, water levels and the wetlands surrounding it.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion Heather Fishburn, 17, of North Central 4-H Club, poses with her sheep, Jack, after winning the sweepstakes competition Saturday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vestaburg teen defends title, repeats as sweepstakes showmanship champion

Being declared a showmanship champion stands as one of the highest honors in 4-H, and for Heather Fishburn, victory now tastes twice as sweet. On Saturday morning, 11 4-H’ers, each of them a showmanship champion for a separate animal class, walked into the livestock arena at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds with a goal to come out on top amongst their peers.