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Altogether, there were six winners for the Danish Festival raffle drawing over the weekend. Five of the winners pose with directors from the Danish Festival Board. Picture from left are Fundraising Director Michael Willadsen, Tom Russell, Les Lillie, Executive Director Pamela Jorae, Deanna Butterworth, Ron Cooper and Carl Hansen.

Danish Festival raffle winners

The 49th annual Danish Festival was filled with great memories, fun event and shopping and even prizes that thrilled six local residents.


Tri County joining CSAA in 2014

After expanding last school year to include Newaygo, the Central State Activities Association is going to expand again. The conference voted to add three more schools to the ranks, and also decided to separate into two divisions.

A local resident is putting together an event called 50-50 Ride to help raise money to fix up Danish Kingdom.

Residents plan ride to raise funds for Danish Kingdom

After seeing a community park in need of help, a local resident is putting together a bike ride to help raise funds for repairs.
During Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, Greenville resident Lori Hansen presented an idea to the council describing how she plans to help repair Danish Kingdom in Greenville.

Firefighters use extrication equipment to free a Greenville woman from her vehicle after she crashed into trees Thursday evening. She was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital with non-life threatening injureis. Drugs and alcohol were not considered a factor in the cause of the accident.

Greenville woman injured in Thursday evening crash

A 52-year-old Greenville woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after her vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple trees Thursday evening.

“The Little Mermaid,” a statue that was created by Edvard Eriksen and has been on display in the harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark, since 1913.

Danish mermaid turns 100 years old

The Danish cousin of Greenville’s mermaid statue is celebrating her 100th birthday today.


Funeral Notices — Friday, August 23, 2013

Funeral notices for Friday, August 23, 2013


Ionia County pays deputy accident victim $198,000

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners has agreed to pay a Portland woman almost $200,000 after she alleged a sheriff’s deputy seriously injured her in a car accident almost three years ago. Teresa Ann Smith filed a complaint in 8th Judicial Circuit Court against Ionia County and Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Canan on July 24, 2012.

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Firefighters honored as grand marshals of Potato Festival

The famous Potato Festival will return to Edmore this Friday through Sunday. The festival will get underway with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department appreciation celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the fire barn, featuring hot dogs, brats, ice cream, a smokehouse and activities for children and more. The appreciation celebration will be followed by the firemen’s parade at dusk, featuring a bagpiper leading marching firefighters, a tribute to Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial service at Third and Main streets.


Montcalm County commissioners continue to discuss dog-sheep issue

Abraham Lincoln once said, “The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.” Similarly, members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are not agreed upon a definition of an almost century-old state law calling for a county to pay for damages sustained by dogs attacking livestock.

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Rep. Rick Outman tours local energy and technology businesses

State Rep. Rick Outman and House Energy and Technology Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt recently spent a day in the 70th House District, touring energy and Internet provider workplaces to better understand the needs of residents in the communities. Outman, R-Six Lakes, who serves on the Energy and Technology Committee, said he was happy that Nesbitt, R-Lawton, spent a day meeting with local job creators to find out how state government can better serve Montcalm and Gratiot counties.