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Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten shares a smile with Princess Courtney Havens and Prince Zack Cameron at the festival's opening ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

VIDEO: Denmark’s National Anthem performed at start of Danish Festival

The 51st annual Danish Festival began this evening with the traditional flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park outside Greenville City Hall. The event included a performance of Denmark’s National Anthem.

Belding City Manager Bruce Brown smiles after receiving a compliment about his job performance after six months with the city from Mayor Ron Gunderson during Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends city manager’s contract

When Bruce Brown was hired six months ago on an interim basis, his first concern was centered on improving the future for city residents. As of Tuesday evening, the Belding city manager will have at least two more years to focus on that goal.

Lakeview senior golfer Lauren Corwin chips onto the green on hole No. 8 at Holland Lake Golf Course on Wednesday. Corwin shot 93 to finish second overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Big Rapids wins CSAA jamboree at Holland Lake

The Big Rapids Cardinals were expected to be the favorite to take home the CSAA championships this season. On Wednesday, at the first league match of the season, the Cardinals showed exactly why so many had those expectations.

Greenville junior Keegan Cossou goes up for a touchdown grab along the back of the end zone against Muskegon Mona Shores during a scrimmage at Legacy Field on Wednesday. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

GHS scrimmages with three teams, opens season next week

The focus for the Greenville Yellow Jackets has officially turned toward next week’s season opening football game against rival Belding. That was the message from coach Dave Moore following a four team scrimmage at Legacy Field on Wednesday, which pitted the Yellow Jackets against East Lansing, Muskegon Mona Shores and Jenison.

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Greenville Department of Public Safety to get turnout gear

Knights of old had shiny armor when throwing down with a mighty dragon to save the city and citizens from certain destruction. However strong it was, that shiny armor lacked one thing: Proper thermal insulation protection against the fiery blast of dragon breath.

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Edmore’s Potato Fest ready to make a comeback

There was a time when the annual Potato Festival was a Really Big Deal. If organizer Sandy Jordan has her way, that’s going to be the case again, starting with this year’s festivities, which get underway today through Sunday.

Sunflower Bakery owner Virginia Hinton said she was attracted to Stanton because of the city’s healthy business environment. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton’s downtown steadily improves to attract business

If you haven’t been to Stanton in a while, you haven’t been to Stanton. In recent months, the city’s downtown has undergone something of a renaissance. Not only have new businesses come into town, they’ve thrived.

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CC-Crystal’s O’Green ready to star on gridiron

Carson City-Crystal running back Dallas O’Green is back for his senior season with the Eagles, hoping to make an impact. O’Green has been a leader since he was a sophomore, coach Devin Pringle said. Now O’Green hopes to continue that role.

Carson City-Crystal coach Devin Pringle directs traffic during a special teams drill at Tuesday’s practice. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Senior-laden CC-Crystal Eagles prep for first game

Preparations for another football season have been underway at Carson City-Crystal. After spending three days at Lake Arrowhead Camp in West Branch to open practice last week, things are getting more intricate by the day for the Eagles.

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THE REVIEW: Sending off a legend

It was Sept. 6, 1974. The Montreal Expos were tied at the top of the second inning against the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates when a 20-year-old third baseman stepped to the plate for the Expos. In three at-bats that day, the right-hander may have only posted a single hit in his professional debut, but little did he know that his future in the game of baseball would surpass anything he was expecting.