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Howard City police officers responded to the accident on northbound U.S. 131 just south of Cutler Road in Reynolds Township around 9:30 a.m. A resident in the area called 911 after hearing a crash on the expressway and found a 2005 Jeep Liberty concealed in a heavy brush and wooded area not visible from the roadway. – Courtesy photo

Pregnant woman injured, dog missing after Howard City accident

A pregnant woman was injured in an accident this morning when her jeep collided with a tree. Meanwhile, a dog is missing from the vehicle.

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Howard City Harvest Festival queen and court crowned

The 2013 Howard City Harvest Festival Queen and Princess pageant was held Aug. 13 at Tri County High School. Meagan Bean, 16, was crowned Harvest Festival queen.

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Winfield Township home destroyed in fire

Four fire departments worked together Monday to battle a fire that destroyed a Howard City-area home and nearly all the contents inside. According to Amble Fire Capt. Jason Schuitema, flames were showing when the department arrived at 8190 N. Bailey Road just south of M-46 around 12:23 p.m.

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Man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend in Pierson Township

Robert Munsell and Julie Danielson had dated and then broke up, but family members say he wouldn’t leave her alone. Six months after the relationship ended, Munsell went to Danielson’s home in Pierson Township. What they discussed is a mystery, but the main fact is a certainty — Danielson was found dead in her home in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Her throat had been slashed. Thankfully, her twin 4-year-old sons were not in the home at the time.

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ON THE RECORD: ‘Almost suicidal’: Woman headed to trial after series of accidents, which left man dead

Chilling details recently came forth at a preliminary examination about a series of multi-vehicle collisions resulting in the death of one man and the injuries of several others.

Ryan Bennett, 24, of Howard City, was sentenced on June 27 for the death of Scott Gregory, 25, of Howard City, last summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

ON THE RECORD: Fatal accident sentence handed down amid ‘extenuating circumstances’

It was just another Thursday night in a small town Two young men who had attended high school together happened to visit the local bar at the same time. They shared a conversation before going their separate ways. In the early morning hours of Friday, one man was dead in the middle of the road just a few blocks away from the bar. The other man would take the blame for the death, but the facts of what really happened that summer night will likely never be known.

Firefighters work together to spray water to extinguish flames Tuesday afternoon while battling a pole barn fire in Maple Valley Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pole barn, farm equipment destroyed in Maple Valley Township fire

A pole barn and items inside, including several tractors and equipment, were destroyed Tuesday afternoon after the barn was consumed and destroyed by fire.

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Tri County High School graduates 162 seniors

Graduating seniors from Tri County High School have said goodbye to a way of life they’ve come to know well over the past four years. Some will move on to college, others to careers and families; but whatever the destination, Thursday night’s commencement ceremony represented a turning point none of them will forget. The class of 162 seniors marched into the school’s packed-to-the-walls gymnasium to the traditional strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the school band.

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Montcalm County Emergency Services honor late county commissioner

A rainy Wednesday gave way to a clear and pleasant evening, just in time to honor a longtime Montcalm County commissioner and emergency rescue advocate. Montcalm County Emergency Services employees gathered at the Stanton base for a dedication ceremony for the late Carl Paepke, along with Paepke’s two daughters, Priscilla Heimbecker and Jeanne Poulsen, both of Trufant.

Graduating Tri County High School senior Patrick Overzet plans to spend the summer working as a mechanic on a combine crew, beginning in North Dakota and working across the country. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County senior moving on to ‘dream job’ despite adversities

Never give up. That’s the advice Tri County High School graduating senior Patrick Overzet would like to pass along to future generations of students.