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World War II letters to Lakeview

Until a decade ago, former Montcalm County resident Monte Ball didn’t know about the letters his father had written home during his time fighting in World War II. Penned to family back home between April of 1941 and June of 1945, Elvin Ball’s letters provide a window into the life of a soldier serving during “The Big One.”

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Lakeview teacher’s YouTube video reaches 4.2 million views

What happens when you throw a golf ball onto a freshly frozen lake early in the morning on very thin ice? Science teacher Cari Scholtens knew, and she wanted to share the unique experiment with her students at Lakeview High School.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Lakeview parade celebrates academic success

A parade in Lakeview was held on Friday afternoon to commemorate the dramatic increase in ACT scores at the school over the course of the past few years.

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Lakeview park to see $200,000 in improvements

Lakeside Park is about to receive $200,000 worth of improvements thanks to a private donation and a contribution from the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority. Lakeside Park, located on the banks of the Tamarack Lake, will see a host of proposed improvements, including a new fishing and boat pier, parking enhancements and a professional amphitheater to host the annual Music in the Park series. There will also be upgrades to park lighting and walkways so that the entire park will be handicap accessible, including the new pier.

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Lakeview High School shop class produces popular products

Imagine a school that operates almost entirely without tuition or tax dollars, one that is self sufficient. That’s a scenario likely to remain imaginary, unfortunately, but Dave Albert’s Lakeview High School shop class comes close.

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Lakeview High School Forensic Team shines in competition, ACT scores up

Things are definitely looking up for students and staff at Lakeview High School, both in the academic and extra-curricular areas. At Monday evening’s school board meeting, board members got a chance to hear firsthand from some of the students who — for the fifth year in a row — brought home the CSAA League Championship. The forensic program, under the leadership of Chris Bayne and Carolyn Gleason, consistently shines in competitions.


Snow storm hits Montcalm County, drops 10.5 inches of snow

Road crews in Montcalm County have been working diligently last night and again early this morning, plowing and salting roads in attempt to open them up after heavy snow landed overnight throughout the area.

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Lakeview powder puff workshop makes toys for children

Make all the jokes you want about girls and their alleged ineptitude when it comes to power tools — all evidence to the contrary was on display Wednesday evening at Lakeview High School. That’s where students in Dave Albert’s all-female “powder puff” shop class have spent the past several weeks putting together 20 toy motorcycles, which were then awarded to a select group of area children. The motorcycles, crafted from white pine and mahogany, were among the most carefully built and decorated toys Albert has seen during his time at Lakeview High School. The girls, Albert said, tended to be a bit more meticulous than their male counterparts.

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Lakeview’s Griffith Field Airport buzzing with business

Since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of flight. From the wax wings of Icarus to the first fleeting leap of faith that briefly separated Wilbur Wright from the fields of Kitty Hawk, men have yearned for the sky and the stars beyond it.


34th annual Trufant Jubilee dedicated to the late Carl Paepke

The 34th annual Trufant Jubilee will take place this weekend in honor of a longtime Montcalm County commissioner. “This year our Jubilee is dedicated to Carl Paepke,” said festival organizer Virginia Christensen. Paepke of Pierson died April 18 at the age of 86. He was the District 5 commissioner for Montcalm County.