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Ryan Peterson lost his father Bill to a heart attack in March 2013. Living on a 1,200-acre farm, Ryan stepped up in a time of need and with the help of family and friends, the Petersons continued to run the farm as Bill Peterson would have. Ryan will be graduating from Montabella High School on Sunday. He plans on attending Michigan State University in the fall to pursue a agricultural industries degree before returning home, to hopefully, take on the Edmore farm full time. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Montabella High School grad fills his father’s shoes on the farm

Ryan Peterson lives on a gravel road bordering Isabella County and Montcalm County, the sort of road that kicks up buckets full of dust when he’s rumbling through in his pickup truck. The 17-year-old doesn’t mind getting dirty though.

Vestaburg High School senior Phillip Day poses in front of the entrance to Vestaburg High School. Day is cognitively impaired, but after a long journey he will be earning his high school diploma this coming Sunday. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Assisting sports teams gave Vestaburg senior sense of belonging

At just 5 pounds, 7 ounces, Phillip Day may have entered the world as a tiny baby boy, but the Vestaburg senior’s personality is anything but. Diagnosed at a very young age as cognitively impaired, Day struggled through many aspects of his childhood. Everyday activities that seemed routine to other kids were sometimes a challenge for him.

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One Book One County hits 10 year mark in Montcalm County

A good book entertains. A great book entertains and educates. A really, really great book also moves us and makes us consider larger issues, matters beyond our everyday purview.

The book revealed at Thursday’s One Book One County kick-off luncheon is among the latter, according to organizer Maureen Burns.

Voters throughout Montcalm County took to the polls, such as the one at Montcalm Township Hall, to cast their votes on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Commission on Aging funding approved

Voters across the county came out more than two to one in favor of continued funding for the Montcalm County Commission on Aging in Tuesday’s election. The commission’s request for a continuation of the previously-approved .45 millage was overwhelmingly approved, with 3,659 “yes” votes to 1,636 “no” votes, or 69 percent to 30 percent.

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911 surcharge renewal passes easily

A Montcalm County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge renewal on the ballot passed easily Tuesday. The surcharge was approved with 3,890 “yes” votes to 1,422 “no” votes, or 73 percent to 27 percent.

Montcalm Township husband and wife Ralph and Irene Palmer fill out voter identification cards at Montcalm Township Hall before voting on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education millage ‘will support all students’

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District staff gathered at their Central Office in Stanton on Tuesday evening to learn the outcome of the special education millage ballot proposal. As voting results trickled in, votes on both sides seemed to compete in a dead heat for hours. But as the night wore on, the affirmative votes pulled ahead.

Mandy Branderhorst, a school nurse at the Seiter Education Center, left, works with special education students Shane Durfee, center, and Rylee Hoover, right, Friday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education proposal in the hands of voters

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District millage vote on Tuesday may say “special education” on the ballot, but the issue affects all children in Montcalm County. Tuesday’s proposal will ask voters whether to restore the MAISD’s special ed millage — currently 2.1878 mills — to 2.50, as well as add another mill for a total of 3.50 mills.

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center in Stanton, pictured, will be asking voters Tuesday to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county, both landlines and cell phones. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

911 surcharge renewal would help purchase new technology

Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.

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Making it Cool to be Kind: Students ready to lead culture-changing program

Surrounded by students she has mentored, guided and influenced throughout this past year, Laurie Stewart could only smile while shedding a few tears as she came to a realization Thursday evening.

“They don’t need me anymore,” she said. “They are definitely using their peer influence to help other people and they are making it sustainable.”

That was the goal from the beginning — to create a new, positive culture in Montcalm County.

Kurt Schindler, senior educator on land use with Michigan State University Extension, explained details of the Right to Farm Act and Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices Thursday evening in Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Right to Farm Act topic of discussion in Stanton

The exodus from cities to suburbs is a part of American culture.

Soldiers returning from World War II and Korea moved with their families to quiet little streets in new developments made possible by the country’s burgeoning infrastructure, particularly the highway system. In recent decades, even those suburbs have come to seem too crowded to many, and new developments have sprouted like mushrooms in previously rural areas.