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From left, Otisco Township board members, Trustee Dan Ziegler, Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Janet Breimayer and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate storage of recreational vehicles in the township during the Nov. 10 township board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco board talks outdoor storage, recreational vehicle ordinance

Michigan provides ample opportunities for recreation for its residents, from snowmobiling down frozen trails in the winter to racing a speed boat across choppy waters in the summer. But what happens when those vehicles, and other recreational items, need to be stored when they are not in use?

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 27, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

The entire Battle family gathered Wednesday morning in Montcalm County Probate Court to make their adoption of two toddlers, Kaylee and Jameson, official. Pictured are, from left, Kelsey, Troy, Alexis, Kaylee, Philip, Barbara and Jameson Battle, and Judge Charles Simon III, who presided over the procedure. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Howard City family has two new reasons to be thankful this year

Typically, judges take a dim view of participants in courtroom proceedings running up and down the aisles while emitting ear-piercing screams at the top of their lungs. But last Wednesday, Montcalm County Probate Judge Charles Simon III made an exception to this rule.

Brooke Stoutjesdyk, 18, of Greenville, is the first of Montcalm Community College’s Early College enrollees to graduate with a college degree from the program since it was created in the 2013-2014 school year. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

MCC’s Early College to graduate first student

Brooke Stoutjesdyk is in a class of her own — quite literally. She may have not gotten to walk with her class during Greenville High School’s graduation this past spring, but come Dec. 11, Brooke Stoutjesdyk will be graduated from high school and will have earned an associate’s degree from college.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 25, 2015

Funeral notices for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Mersen makes some of the largest graphite parts in the world. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Made in Our Own Backyard: Mersen

Pencil lead. That’s what most people think of when they hear the word “graphite.” It’s understandable, considering graphite has been used in pencils since the mid-1600s (incidentally, actual lead never was used in the manufacture of pencils — it was always graphite).

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Belding refinances its school bond loans

Belding Area Schools is refinancing $35 million in bond loans, which will save the district millions. At the Nov. 16 Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, board members voted 7-0 on resolutions to refinance the 2010 Build America Bonds, in the principal amount of $21,890,000, as well as the School Bond Loan fund, in the amount of $13,260,000, through William Blair & Company LLC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., at better interest rates.

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JUST IN: Injuries incurred in M-57 accident

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — At least two people were injured in an accident that took place near the intersection of M-57 and Holmden Drive Tuesday morning. According to Michigan State Police at the scene, a westbound vehicle on M-57 was stopped to turn left when another vehicle — driven by an allegedly inattentive driver — came up behind [...]

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 24, 2015

Funeral notices for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Rep. John Moolenaar, at right, talks agricultural issues with Stephanie Kipp, field and storage manager for Andersen Brothers farm, and John Kran, associate national legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau. — Daily News/Elisabeth WaldoN

Rep. John Moolenaar talks agriculture and refugees with farmers

Local farmers had a chance to share their thoughts with the Congressman for Michigan’s 4th District on Friday. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, toured Andersen Brothers, a centennial farm in rural Blanchard, and met with constituents to discuss agricultural issues, such as food labeling and environmental standards, as well as concerns about ISIS and refugees.