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Bruce “Tal” Bretzke, 17, died unexpectedly Saturday night or Sunday morning. The teen lived in Stanton and attended Central Montcalm Public School and Greenville High School. — Courtesy photo

17-year-old with ties to Greenville and Stanton dies unexpectedly

The Greenville and Stanton communities are mourning the loss of a young man. Bruce “Tal” Bretzke III, 17, died unexpectedly Saturday night or Sunday morning at his home in Stanton. He was the son of Bruce and Kelly Bretzke.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Crystal Township

Read the meeting minutes for the Crystal Township Board.

Greenville’s Chris Mickey goes up for a shot during a game this past season. Mickey is one of four Yellow Jackets playing in the Champions of Character High School All-star game on Thursday at Cornerstone University.

Greenville grads to compete in all-star hoops game

Four Greenville High School basketball players will have the opportunity to play in a high school all-star game. The recent graduates will take part in the Champions of Character All-star Basketball games on Thursday at Cornerstone University.

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SHORT TAKES: How does a downtown median sound?

How does a downtown median sound? Whaddya think? Greenville’s Downtown Development Authority is taking a second look at putting a median in a couple of blocks of Lafayette Street.

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Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office struck by lightning

A tower near the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was apparently struck by lightning this morning. “It scared the bejeebers out of us,” said Central Dispatch Director Tim Scott.

Ethan Schmid 8, and Dalton Rice 7, of Belding, close the door of a plane that was being displayed by Northwestern Michigan College’s Director of Aviation Aaron Cook. — Daily News/Lonnie Smith 

Young Eagles event thrills Greenville area youngsters (Photo Gallery)

While boaters and campers where enjoying Wabasis Lake on Saturday, more than 110 children and 12 volunteer pilots enjoyed the same lake from an eagle’s view. “We flew over Wabasis Lake,” said 12-year-old Gabriel Eastman of Belding.”

Miss Danish Festival Audrey Frank introduces herself to the audience at the Frauenthal Center of the Performing Arts in Muskegon at Saturday evening’s final round of competition in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Frank takes home congeniality prize at pageant

She did not win the top title, but Audrey Frank was still beaming following the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant in downtown Muskegon late Saturday night. Frank, Miss Danish Festival 2011, won the Congeniality Award, worth a $500 scholarship.

The midway carnival at this year’s Summerfest featured several rides for young children and adults. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Scenes from 2012 Lakeview Summerfest (Photo Gallery)

This year’s Lakeview Summerfest, held Friday and Saturday, featured live music, a beer tent, a 5K run, kids games, a parade and dozens of other activities. Summerfest has grown steadily over the past 15 years and now rivals festivals held throughout the area. Though an afternoon thunderstorm diminished the crowds somewhat Saturday afternoon, revelers were back in full force by the time the beer tent got rolling in the early evening.

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Health Department declares designer drugs a threat

The health officer of the Mid-Michigan District Health Department has issued an order declaring the designer drugs known as synthetic marijuana and the poisons known as “bath salts” a threat to public health. This order enables local law enforcement to order people to stop selling these drugs and to remove them from store shelves, and to confiscate the drugs if necessary. The order applies to Clinton, Gratiot and Montcalm counties.

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Funeral notices for June 18, 2012

Read The Daily News funeral notices for Monday, June 18, 2012.