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Spectators at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township on Saturday evening were treated to Ron Centers of Kalamazoo and his hot air balloon, which he lit up to entertain children as they waited for the evening fireworks show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish Festival wraps up Sunday with family fun

Danish Festival visitors could have covered a lot of miles in the area on Sunday with activities ranging from Danish Heritage Church service at South Sidney Church in the morning, to geocaching in Greenville and the Family Trail Walk and Ugly Duckling race at Jackson’s Landing in the evening.

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Large crowds come out to enjoy 50th annual Grand Dansk Parade

With the sun high overhead and the smell of fine Danish cuisine in the air, thousands lined Cass Street in downtown Greenville on Saturday morning as the 50th Danish Festival’s main attraction made its way past awe-inspired children and their families.

With more than 100 entries, the Grand Dansk Parade was more than an hour-long event featuring floats, bands, cars and even a few superheros.

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Michigan Court of Appeals upholds sleepover assault conviction

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Greenville man who molested a teenager at his own daughter’s sleepover party.

Jonas Lownsbery was convicted by a Montcalm County jury in November 2012 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct from an incident dating back to May 2010.

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50th annual Danish Festival attracts people from hundreds of miles away

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author most remembered by his fairy tale stories. This year’s Danish Festival’s children’s activities, named after the famed author, fit the bill.
With face painting, arts and crafts, a clown, balloons, Legos and even bounce houses, the Hans Christian Andersen children’s events at Tower Riverside Park was a fairy tale scene all its own on Friday.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, right, leads Nels Hansen and a chorus of singers in a rendition of the Danish National Anthem at the festival’s opening ceremony Thursday evening in Heritage Park. About 100 well-wishers turned out to watch the festivities get underway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Danish visitor helps kick off 50th Danish Festival in Greenville

Danish Festival 2014 got off to a good start Thursday evening at Heritage Park with the traditional opening ceremonies. The event featured The Danish Festival Band, many local dignitaries, the Danish Festival Queen and Court and even a representative from Greenville’s Danish sister city, Skælskør.

Frank DePue plans to ride Shalemar, his one-hump camel, 30 miles across Montcalm County on Saturday to raise funds for cancer research as his way of saying thank you to the doctors who helped cure his wife. — Courtesy photo

Greenville man riding camel across Montcalm County for cancer research

A lot of folks take part in walk-a-thon events to raise money for cancer research.

But as far as he knows, Frank DePue is the first walker to take his camel hiking with him.

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DDA discuss signage for activities at Lafayette Park

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority’s trial market nears the end of its inaugural season and the board is already looking into how to draw more people in next year. The main topic of Tuesday’s regular DDA meeting was signage designed for the market and other activities that take place in Lafayette Park and a potential open-air structure built near it.

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Greenville school board approves new math materials

With less than three weeks left before the start of a new school year, the Greenville Public School Board of Education enjoyed a lull between seasons and took action on only one item at their Monday evening meeting.

The Eureka Township Board voted 6-1 Monday to contribute $3,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for a contract with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization. Pictured, from left, are trustees Brad Kelley and Elaine Pendrick, and Treasurer Cindy Hanson. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Eureka Township pledges $3,000 to local economic development efforts

Dominos continue to fall in the Montcalm Economic Alliance’s effort to fund countywide economic development by contracting with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization.

The 2014 Danish Festival queen and court are, front row from left, Prince Ethan DeKraker, Queen Lauren Walsh and Princess Addison Kemp; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner-up Alexa Neumann, Young Miss Mollie Rodenhouse; Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Brianna Van Houten; Junior Miss Danish Festival Olivia Youmans and Junior Miss First Runner-up Amber Zimmerman. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Walsh wins Miss Danish in her first-ever pageant

When Lauren Walsh was on stage at the Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant, she said it didn’t feel like a competition. In her very first pageant, Walsh, 17, looked very at ease Saturday night at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center stage as she and three other young women competed for the title of Miss Danish Festival 2014.