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The annual Danish Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally, which falls on Aug. 19 through 21 this year, never fails to garner a lot of attention. — File photo

Danish Festival hot air balloon rally celebrates 9th year, calls for sponsors

What do “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Rat Race” and “The Wizard of Oz” all have in common? All of those movies have scenes in which characters travel in hot air balloons.

Numerous political signs stand alongside M-46 in Belding Wednesday. Signs along state highways should be 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line). — Daily News/Cory Smith

State, local officials crack down on sign placement

From displaying political opinions to advertising local garage sales, yard signage is clearly in abundance throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. With two elections occurring within the next four months and numerous individuals campaigning for a shot at public office, there may not be a single city street that doesn’t have at least one marker placed alongside it in support of a candidate or cause.

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Montcalm County sues Daily News, sheriff candidates over FOIA requests

The chief judge of Ionia and Montcalm counties has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Montcalm County against The Daily News and two sheriff candidates after The Daily News filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the candidates’ personnel files.

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Montcalm County commissioners left in the dark over lawsuit

The entire Montcalm County Board of Commissioners were left in the dark when Montcalm County sued The Daily News, Undersheriff Mike Williams and Deputy Charlie Mahar on Friday. Commissioners were not told about the lawsuit when they met for their regular monthly meeting Monday and they did not know the case went to trial and was dismissed by a judge Tuesday.

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at the Greenville Moose Lodge on Sunday evening, where a fire within one of the walls was quickly extinguished, saving the building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze, save Greenville Moose Lodge

Thanks to the watchful eye of a nearby camper and a quick response by firefighters, the Greenville Moose Lodge remains standing today. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, firefighters with the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to the lodge at 5449 S. Greenville Road, one mile north of Greenville.

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Greenville brewhouse production company boasts growth

Craft brewing is a booming industry throughout Michigan and the nation. With the opening of the brewery in Greenville, that industry is alive and well within the boundaries of the city. Another local business is benefitting from the industry as well.

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JUST IN: Greenville man injured in ATV accident

A 23-year-old man was transported to the hospital with severe internal injuries after overturning an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) near Gowen on Sunday morning.

Luverne Dickinson Adamson, right, with the help of her husband, unveils this year’s Danish Festival mural, with the theme of ‘The Flea and the Professor” at Preferred Credit Union in Greenville Friday.

Danish Festival mural artist studies theme’s story to capture the essence of it

To paint the last five consecutive Danish Festival murals, Luverne Dickinson Adamson has started out the same way.

She starts by reading the story the Danish Festival theme is based on. This year, it is

“The Flea and the Professor,” by Hans Christian Andersen.

Then, she reads the story again. And again. And again. Eventually, she really gets to know the story and can understand it in a way that helps her capture the essence of it to put down in paint, which she can then confidently display in town.

The former Springrove Variety building, located at 310 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, has been purchased by Davide Uccello, who co-owns Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar with his brother Dan Uccello. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Davide Uccello buys former Springrove Variety building

One building at a time, Davide Uccello is transforming his ever-growing interest in this community’s downtown into a physical reality. When Springrove Variety closed its doors in 2015 after nearly 20 years of business, it left a wide, vacant storefront exposed along S. Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.