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MAUREEN BURNS: Lessons from a real giant

When I was a kid, I loved to read fairy tales. In some there would be giants and in my mind I saw them as huge, tall, great big creatures — inhuman. Now I am grown up and I know what giants are really like.
They can be short, slender, normal looking and maybe even walking with a walker. In my adult eyes, Fred Meijer was a giant in every good sense of the word.


4 finalists to be interviewed for Montcalm County treasurer

Four candidates out of seven that applied will be interviewed to become the next Montcalm County treasurer. County Clerk Kristen Millard, County Prosecutor Andrea Krause and Probate Judge Charles Simon III met Thursday to review applications.

Brice Hillard

Crystal man sentenced for drunken motorcycle chase

A Crystal man was sentenced to jail time Thursday after attempting to elude police while drunk on his motorcycle last summer. Brice Hillard, 29, was sentenced in 8th Judicial Circuit Court to six months in the Montcalm County Jail and three years probation, plus fines and costs.


LETTER: Snowmobiles a no go on Heartland Trail

Recently, questions have been raised about the snowmobile barriers which are put in place on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail during the winter season.

Julie Stafford


Have you ever been drawn to a place so strongly that it feels like you were meant to be there? Like it was home? Maybe it holds sentimental memories. Or maybe it’s just a place that calms your soul.


OUR VIEW: Wrestling with Michigan’s charter question

The Daily News headline read “Outman Wrestling With Charter School Increase.” Not surprising, because any issue relative to the funding of schools these days brings influential, well-funded, and special interests into play. There is no simple answer.

Blake Hulliberger gets ready to help unload  a car full of snacks at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. — Courtesy photo

Greenville 8-year-old wins $10,000 to help fellow cancer patients

Eight-year-old Blake Hulliberger is helping other children like him with $10,000 he won by placing sixth in the Pepsi Refresh Contest. Hulliberger, of Greenville, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 and relapsed in September. That didn’t stop him from entering a contest and winning $10,000 to collect snacks and “poke prizes.”

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Edmore Estates owner facing more prison time

An Edmore-area mobile home park is in worse condition today than it when it was condemned five months ago. Cleaning it up may be more difficult now that the owner of Edmore Estates is facing prison time for an unrelated case.


Laid-off Montcalm County prosecutor employee may be reinstated

A Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office employee who was laid off due to budget cuts may be called back to her job this week. Office Assistant Connie Turnbull lost her job — along with several other county employees — after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted Sept. 26 to approve $1.3 million in budget cuts.
However, commissioners voted Monday to recall Turnbull pending final approval of a contract with the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).


Fred Meijer Heartland Trail seeking ruling against farmers

The Friends of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail group is asking a judge to rule in its favor on two important issues in an ownership lawsuit.