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Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten shares a smile with Princess Courtney Havens and Prince Zack Cameron at the festival's opening ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

VIDEO: Denmark’s National Anthem performed at start of Danish Festival

The 51st annual Danish Festival began this evening with the traditional flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park outside Greenville City Hall. The event included a performance of Denmark’s National Anthem.

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VIDEO: Greenville hosts Chinese New Year celebration

Residents rang in a joyous New Year over the weekend at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. The Chinese New Year, that is. Although the official Chinese New Year was Feb. 19, the Chinese Immersion Program students and staff at Walnut Hills Elementary School presented “Year of the Sheep: Chinese New Year Gala” last Saturday.

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VIDEO: Greenville students gets hands-on medical experience

Normally watching a fifth grade student wield a scalpel over a prone body stretched out on a table is a cause for concern. Yet, at Baldwin Heights Elementary School on Thursday, the practice was encouraged.

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VIDEO: Montcalm County firefighters participate in ice rescue training

In spite of the 2 degree air temperature, which dropped even lower with the wind chill, Montcalm County firefighters braved the frigid weather to participate in an ice training on Sunday. Michigan Rescue Concepts (MRC) hosted the training session in Crystal Township, which included a morning classroom session and an afternoon hands-on training session on the ice of Crystal Lake. MRC is an 18-year-old Michigan-based company which have trained more than 500 fire departments in ice and water rescue training.

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VIDEO: Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

Leaping into 33-degree water on a cold February afternoon takes the type of courage gladiators would find hard to muster. But the 130 participants of the 2015 Turk Lake Polar Plunge did not bat an eye as they plunged into the depths of Turk Lake on Saturday.

Deepfall, a Gowen-based band, held an impromptu rehearsal session on Monday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

VIDEO: Local band Deepfall travels to Chicago for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Every musician who picks up an instrument dreams of making it big. Whether it is a guitar, a trumpet or even a kazoo, those who posses musical talent want to play for a crowd. Big or small. That goes double for a rock band. Maybe even triple.

Montcalm Community College industrial technology instructor Charles Clise, far left, demonstrated how the new “Baxter” robot purchased by the college can be used by students in front of the Board of Trustees Tuesday evening at the Bill Braman Family Center for Education in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

VIDEO: Robot aims to enhance MCC advanced manufacturing training

A new robot at Montcalm Community College (MCC) appears to be bringing (artificial) life to the college’s manufacturing curriculum. Meet “Baxter,” the newest addition to college’s Greenville campus.

Canadian Brass perform on stage at the Greenville high School Performing Arts Center Thursday evening during the 2013 Ash Cultural Event concert. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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Canadian Brass perform on stage at the Greenville high School Performing Arts Center Thursday evening during the 2013 Ash Cultural Event concert. — Daily News/Cory Smith PHOTO GALLERY

Greenville resident Spencer Brandt lost his right leg to cancer in 2006, but is now planning to cycle across the country using a handcycle bike, which is powered by his arms.

Greenville amputee ‘out to change the world’ with cross-country cycling trek

Spencer Brandt didn’t have an average childhood. In fact, he was nearly robbed of it entirely.

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Greenville Handy Market robbed (VIDEO)

Relationships a cashier has built with her customers over her seven years of employment at a Greenville convenience store may have helped her Thursday night when a man stormed into her store demanding money. Debbie Edmaiston of Gowen was working her late-night shift at the Handy Market in Greenville when a younger man wearing a mask told her to get behind the counter.