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Firefighters honored as grand marshals of Potato Festival

The famous Potato Festival will return to Edmore this Friday through Sunday. The festival will get underway with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department appreciation celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the fire barn, featuring hot dogs, brats, ice cream, a smokehouse and activities for children and more. The appreciation celebration will be followed by the firemen’s parade at dusk, featuring a bagpiper leading marching firefighters, a tribute to Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial service at Third and Main streets.

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YES program provides positive reinforcement from Edmore police

This village’s chief of police doesn’t like labels and never gives up on anyone’s ability to learn from mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. Luke Sawyer’s nonjudgmental way of thinking and desire to reward local kids for doing good things laid the groundwork for a new incentive program, Youth of Edmore Shine (YES). The program is backed by Burger King and McDonald’s in Edmore in the form of free food rewards.

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UPDATE: 2 barns destroyed by fire amid lightning storm

Firefighters from multiple departments responded to two early morning barn fires in Montcalm County today.

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Edmore Village Council offers manager job to Midland man

The village of Edmore has a new manager, pending contract approval. The Edmore Village Council voted 7-0 on Monday night to hire Neil Rankin, 37, of Midland. Rankin is currently a substitute teacher for Professional Services Group in Midland. He earned his master’s degree in public administration with a focus on local government from Western Michigan University last year. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation from WMU in 2000.

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Police searching for Edmore bank robber

A man who allegedly robbed the Chemical Bank in Edmore on Saturday morning remains on the loose

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Snow storm hits Montcalm County, drops 10.5 inches of snow

Road crews in Montcalm County have been working diligently last night and again early this morning, plowing and salting roads in attempt to open them up after heavy snow landed overnight throughout the area.

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State Rep. Rick Outman sworn in to House after re-election

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took the ceremonial oath of office Wednesday as a state representative in the Michigan House. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the Capitol in Lansing. Outman is serving his second term and represents the 70th House District, which includes all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County.

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Roofing, drainage, elevation almost complete at future outdoor market

Slow and steady. That’s how Edmore village officials have been approaching a longterm project to transform a historic former factory into a year-round market and tourism destination.

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Montabella Community Schools update grading policy

Grading for Learning, a new grading policy using standards-based grading, was implemented at Montabella Community Schools this year. According to Junior/Senior High Principal Shane Riley, many schools across the state and country are looking at standards-based grading to better prepare students for state and national tests and, ultimately, their futures. Grading for Learning has three areas of learning: practice, formative assessment and summative assessment. Each teacher determines appropriate assignment classification, including which ones will be graded.

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‘Malicious vandalism’ at Vestaburg Community School

Jeff Beal’s first reaction was disappointment. The superintendent of Vestaburg Community School received a phone call around 12:30 a.m. Sunday from Northern Michigan Fire alerting him to a fire alarm going off at the school. When a maintenance man arrived at the school to make sure it wasn’t a false alarm, the Richland Township Fire Department was also on the scene. Beal arrived at the school around 1 a.m. By that time, police were there too.