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Electrical problems that have cause several Christmas lights in downtown Lakeview to go dark will soon be repaired, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Christmas lights will be back on soon in Lakeview

Residents of this village are likely wondering if the Grinch has been working his nefarious magic on the town’s downtown Christmas lights.

For the past several weeks, they’ve been on again and off again.

Tom Aldridge II of Lakeview uses a radial drill press to prep a custom-made mold. Aldridge started as a cleaner for Steeplechase in Lakeview in 2009 and is now in the company’s apprenticeship program through Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Made in Our Own Backyard: Steeplechase Tool & Die

A portrait of Michael “Mick” Baird hangs in the lobby of Steeplechase Tool & Die. Baird died this past March at the age of 68, but his legacy lives on through the company he founded 16 years ago. He gifted much of his stocks to his colleagues and employees, including Vice President Michael Garvey and President Tim Caverley.

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post hosted its Shop with a Hero event Tuesday at the Greenville Meijer. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan State Police hosts Shop with a Hero event

The spirit of philanthropy was personified in the troopers of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post on Tuesday. During the Shop with a Hero event, more than 15 troopers took 16 Montcalm County-area children shopping for Christmas presents at the Greenville Meijer.

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CPL gun board changes will allow ‘one-stop shopping’

County gun boards were eliminated last week per a new state law, leaving concealed pistol license (CPL) applications in the hands of county clerks and state police.

County sheriffs and prosecutors are no longer part of the CPL process, per Public Acts 3 and 4, which Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last March. County clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP) are now responsible for issuing CPLs to qualified applicants.

Christmas Store organizer Kelli Medler said she was a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity shown by Trufant residents, as well as those from neighboring communities. Today’s event, originally planned for The Lighthouse in Trufant, had to be moved to larger quarters at the Maple Valley Complex due to the number of donations coming in. — Courtesy photo

Christmas Store in Trufant offers free goods to families today

“She’s selfless and has a heart as big as the moon.”

That’s the way Angie Bratty describes her friend, Kelli Medler.

Michigan’s 4th District U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, is helping lead Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in Michigan. — Courtesy photo

Moolenaar co-chairman of Rubio’s campaign in Michigan

The Congressman for Michigan’s 4th District is stumping for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid. U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, previously endorsed Rubio for president in September, saying, “Marco Rubio is a generational leader who has a bold vision for creating jobs in the 21st century. Marco’s plan for a new American economy is exactly what Michigan and our country needs.”

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JUST IN: Prosecutor says police acted properly in crossbow shooting incident

Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause issued a statement Wednesday saying a Michigan State Police trooper was justified in fatally shooting a Lakeview man who had shot another officer with a crossbow.

Montcalm County police officers were attempting to serve a felonious assault arrest warrant on Travis Quay, 40, at a Cato Township residence on Oct. 9.

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Montcalm County Angel Tree program brings Christmas joy to children

A rosy-cheeked youngster standing in rapt wonder before a present-laden Christmas tree is an image with which we all are familiar.

The scene is so common, in fact, so comfortable, that we sometimes forget it is one not played out in every American home.

PromoQuip, a promotional equipment resource company in Cedar Springs, is looking to relocate its business to this property in Lakeview, which formerly served as office space for Campbell Electric. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

PromoQuip may be coming to Lakeview

A promotional equipment resource company is relocating from Cedar Springs to Lakeview, according to Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm. Eckholm, who is also manager of Stanton, updated the Stanton City Commission about PromoQuip during the commission’s Oct. 27 meeting.

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MACC students using robotics to prepare for ‘real world’ industry

On the surface, the building of small robots in Art Ward’s engineering and technology class looks like an opportunity for students to flaunt the excitement of their inner child.

But buried beneath the assembly of erector pieces, the smiles and laughter that bubble to the surface from students during successful robot demonstrations, are lessons and skills that will guide them into becoming successful future engineers and technicians.