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Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm is hoping to see a pocket park installed in the vacant lot, which was once home to the State Farm Insurance Building on the village main street. The park would provide easy access to a municipal parking lot and Tamarack Lake. If all goes according to plan, work on the project could begin this spring. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Converted alley space will connect Lakeview’s main street with lake

“There’s never anywhere to park!” This is a lament heard frequently in downtown Lakeview, particularly during village-wide events like Summerfest, Winterfest and holiday gatherings at McKenna’s Tavern (just try finding a spot on Lincoln Avenue after 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day).

Former Lakeview VFW Post Commander Jim Wood, left, and post member Wayne Youmans were on hand Friday at Lakeview High School to show off some of the 1,218 9-inch by 12-inch flags planted on school grounds in preparation for a planned Veterans Day celebration. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview area veterans honored with flag display

Every veteran who served in the U.S. military deserves recognition. That’s the driving philosophy of Jim Wood, former commander of the Hough-Pontius VFW Post 3701 in Lakeview.

The Virtual Learning Center in Lakeview typically provides hands-on study facilities to anywhere from three to 15 students simultaneously, though there is room for more. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Virtual Learning Center provides options for Lakeview students

In even the best school systems, some students fall through the cracks. Some schools offer alternative education programs, some don’t. Some of those programs are successful and some aren’t. Despite all efforts, each year schools are faced with a percentage of students who just can’t seem to make it through to graduation day. These are the students the Virtual Learning Center, which opened this year in Lakeview, seeks to help.

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Actor Tom Hiddleston thrills audience with performance at Wheatland festival

Loki can sing. Those who attended this weekend’s annual Wheatland Music Festival received an unexpected treat when British actor Tom Hiddleston made two surprise onstage appearances to sing songs by one of music’s most beloved and tragic figures.

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New Miss Trufant Jubilee overcomes her fears to win

Megan McPherson has always wanted to compete for the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee, but was too scared to try it. This year, she faced her fears and did it, and walked away with the title.

“It was one of those things that seemed pretty scary, but once I did it, I realized that my thinking that way was making it worse than it really was,” said the demure McPherson, 17, who was crowned Thursday night as the 35th Trufant Jubilee queen.

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Bright Start starts over as new Lakeview Elementary School

It has been more than two years in coming, but on Wednesday, all the hard work, planning and expense paid off for Lakeview Community Schools when Superintendent Kyle Hamlin cut the ribbon officially opening the doors to Lakeview Elementary School. Assisting in the task were Board of Education President Ed Jonaitis and Principal Kelly Nielsen.

The event was well-attended by community members, teachers, administrators and parents with children who will soon be entering the school for fall classes.

Members of the Lakeview Village Council interviewed the final two candidates vying for the village manager’s position. That manager, when hired, will serve both Lakeview and the city of Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Finalists interviewed for Stanton and Lakeview manager position

It’s down to the final two candidates in the search for a new manager for the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton. When selected, the new manager will serve both communities, allotting 20 hours per week to each.

Area 4-H’ers stand with their animals to be judged during Saturday’s showmanship sweepstakes competition at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship championship

After 14 years of dreaming, and five years of coming so close, it was on her last attempt of showing 4-H animals that Kristina Brasington’s dream finally came true. Having been awarded the showmanship champion for cavies this year, Brasington, 18, of the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club, was given the task, along with nine other 4-H’ers, of showing 10 total animals in an effort to be declared the 2014 sweepstakes champion.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

The northeast corner of a rural Lakeview sawmill smolders following a fire caused by a lightning strike early Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Amish community plans to rebuild Lakeview sawmill after lightning strike

The Five Corners sawmill isn’t a major operation by most standards. Nine men are employed there and they process an average of 4,000 to 5,000 feet of wood per day. Drivers deliver wood to the sawmill from numerous locations and more drivers deliver the processed wood about an hour north to McBain for pallet use.