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The BEVRA-sponsored snowmobile race relocated to another site north of town for this year’s Winterfest in Lakeview. However, motorcycles put the track on Tamarack Lake to good use throughout the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Weather cooperates for Lakeview Winterfest

Organizers of this year’s Winterfest couldn’t have been happier with the weather Saturday. Like Goldilocks’ third try at pilfered porridge, it was not too hot and not too cold. The bevy of sleds turning out for the BEVRA Snowmobile Races and classic sled show had plenty of frozen liquid on which to race, but those taking part in the polar plunge were in no immediate danger of freezing solid upon exiting the water.

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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.

Here’s a look at homeless student statistics and reduced lunch statistics at Belding Area Schools and Montcalm County’s seven public school districts. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Local student opens up about homeless plight

Homelessness is a powerful word. It conjures a composite of images: A man begging for change under a bridge. A woman holding a sign by a freeway exit. A filthy, bearded man in stained pants sleeping under newspapers on a park bench. A sad-looking woman in a ratty coat pushing a shopping cart full of junk down the street.

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Lakeview Middle School students hear why it’s ‘Cool to be Kind’

Life can be tough for kids in middle school. Stuck in that adolescent no-man’s land between childhood and the world of adults is often a confusing miasma of trying to fit in, trying to stand out and just trying to make it through another day of sixth grade. It’s all too easy for kids to make bad decisions. And often, when they do, they’re too emotionally inexperienced to find workable solutions to their problems.

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Lakeview on fence over snow removal

The possibility of a new snow removal ordinance continues to occupy the Lakeview Village Council. Council members voted Monday to approve the purchase of a new tractor and plow to allow the Department of Public Works (DPW) to keep sidewalks clear within village limits. However, they did not come to a decision as to whether that service will be provided, and if so, how it will be paid for.

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Lakeview High School educator is Teacher of the Year finalist

Katharine Andersen wants to be a voice for rural school districts. If the Lakeview High School teacher wins this year’s Teacher of the Year award, she’ll have her platform.

She intends to make the most of it.

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Lakeview schools could get new surveillance cameras

It may seem like a page out of Orwell’s “1984,” but the truth is new surveillance equipment being considered at Lakeview Community Schools is all about student safety.

The high school’s current video surveillance system is dated and not particularly effective in identifying suspects or vehicles, according to Lakeview Police Chief Darin Dood. This has proven problematic in the past when it comes to acts of vandalism and other crimes on school property.

Greenville resident Lloyd Shelden was working hard to clear his sidewalk on Monday morning.

Winter snow squall blankets area

On Monday, Punxsutawney Phil clamored out of his hole to see his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. Those who live in West Michigan already had made that same prediction after the snow-filled weekend.

The entire student body of Lakeview High School filled the gymnasium Friday for a farewell assembly for popular principal Gary Jensen. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Gary Jensen steps down as Lakeview High School principal

During his tenure as principal of Lakeview High School, Gary Jensen helped move the school from the state’s “dishonor roll” to one of the highest rated educational institutions in Michigan. Jensen has always been quick to credit the hard work of his fellow staffers and students for this transformation, but there’s little doubt it was Jensen’s guiding hand that made the change possible.

At around noon on Friday, the Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 15404 Coral Drive. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Coral barn fire quickly suppressed

The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was quick in suppressing a barn fire on Friday. At about 11:45 a.m, the fire department responded to a call at 15404 Coral Drive. The four firefighters on scene pulled out of the driveway by 12:25 p.m. with the fire completely extinguished.