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Jacob Visser, 16, from Greenville, pictured standing, officially joined Montcalm Township’s fire cadet program on Aug. 10 after the township board unanimously voted to accept him into the program. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Greenville teen joins Montcalm Township fire cadet program

Jacob Visser, isn’t just getting ready for his junior year at Greenville High School and working at Plastisource. He’s also joining Montcalm Township’s fire cadet program.

2016 Danish Festival Grand Marshals Ruth Reed, left, and Marvel Linnan, smile and wave to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grand Dansk Parade an annual family tradition for many (PHOTOS)

Ann Bigler sat on West Cass Street Saturday morning, anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016 Danish Festival Grand Dansk Parade with her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It has long been a tradition in their family to visit the festival, browse around downtown and at Veterans Park and, of course, watch the parade.

Meghan Koglin

Daily News welcomes new reporter, sports editor

The Daily News editorial staff recently added a new reporter and made several other staffing changes.

Vendors and festivalgoers alike cleared out quickly Saturday afternoon after the city sounded the tornado siren after an official warning was issued by the National Weather Service. Daily News/Cory Smith

Threat of tornado clears out Danish Festival

Fear of a possible tornado drove throngs of people off the streets during the Danish Festival Saturday afternoon.
A severe weather system worked its way north through Montcalm County, after first striking Ionia, Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties where as many as 5 tornadoes touched down, resulting in extensive damage.

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New Greenville tennis coach brings plenty of passion

If there is one word to describe Greenville’s new tennis coach, it’s passion. Joseph Conley may not come with a lot of coaching experience, but his players can expect just as much “go get it” attitude as they can dish out for the sport.

Two hot air balloons await to take off Friday morning south of Greenville as the sun rises over the horizon. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Floating high without one tear

Flames burst to life above my head as the ground gave way under my feet. All at once, I was floating through the air with nothing between me and the earth but a basket. I was up, up and away on my first ever hot air balloon ride, rising with the sun on Friday morning.

From left, members of the 2016 Miss Danish Festival Court, Miss Danish Festival Second Runner-up Danielle Mahar, First Runner-Up Mariah Meier, Miss Danish Festival 2016 Allison Harrison, Junior Miss Danish Festival Alison Skogseth, and Young Miss Danish Festival Morgan Masters, race down Cass Street in Greenville during the annual Princess and the Pea Bed Race Friday evening in Greenville. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Miss Danish Festival and Court add another feat — bed race champions

Adults and kids lined Cass Street from Barry to S. Irving streets Friday night to watch the “Princess and the Pea” bed race.

The audience was made up of former and current Montcalm County residents and first-time and veteran attendees.

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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.

The booths at a homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church on Wednesday represented the different services available for the homeless population. Participants had to seek out the services the need and try to find housing. —Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Project Connect, simulation shine light on homelessness

An event this week in Greenville may have been a simulation, but homelessness is a very real problem. “I heard last week that Kent County has a 1 percent housing availability — the tightest market in the nation. I bet we’re tighter in Montcalm County,” said Have Mercy Director Kim Cain at Wednesday’s Project Connect and homeless simulation at Greenville Community Church. “And it’s not just us. All of West Michigan is struggling like this.”

With the Ugly Duckling statue in the foreground at Heritage Park, the Michigan state flag, American flag and Danish flag, were raised Thursday evening during the opening ceremony of the 52nd annual Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

52nd annual Danish Festival is underway in Greenville (PHOTOS)

A festival more than a half century in the making continues to go strong. The 52nd annual Danish Festival got underway per tradition with the raising of the flags — Michigan, United States and Danish — at Heritage Park next to Greenville City Hall.