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Moolenaar updates farmers about budget cuts, tax reform … and Trump’s tweets

A wind turbine rotated through the late spring air Monday as the weather fluctuated from sun to rain and back again.

Inside a facility at Humm Farms, farmers put aside their climate observations for a few hours to enjoy visiting with their peers from 14 counties throughout mid-Michigan.

Fred Springborn, field and vegetable crops educator for Michigan State University Extension’s Montcalm County office, displays different types of insect traps he has been experimenting with to learn more about the European corn borer moth and Western bean cutworm. From left to right, the top portion of a blacklight trap; a green plastic trap and its newer version, an orange and white plastic trap; and a hardware cloth trap that goes on top of posts in fields. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

MSU Extension educator experiments with traps to track crop pests

If a bug is bugging local farmers, Fred Springborn is working on a solution.

Springborn, the field and vegetable crops educator for Michigan State University Extension’s Montcalm County office, has been experimenting with different types of insect traps, specifically to learn more about the European corn borer moth and the Western bean cutworm — two pests that really annoy farmers.


4 injured in 3-car accident in Reynolds Township

A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy responded to a three-car crash at the intersection of Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) and Edgar Road at approximately 5:05 p.m. Friday.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, is pictured at last year's congressional baseball game for charity. — Courtesy photo

‘Targeted for assassination’: Rep. Moolenaar recounts baseball shooting

A Wednesday morning baseball practice for the annual congressional baseball game for charity went from peaceful to horrific in the blink of an eye.
Congressman John Moolenaar is playing his second year for the team, which raises funds for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Washington Literacy Center and — in support of what happened at Wednesday’s practice — the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

Joshua Grospin, 17, of Howard City, was injured after a Ford Explorer Sport Trac he was driving rolled over on Reed Road near Howard City on Memorial Day. Grospin has no memory of the accident. — Courtesy photo

Mother grateful to motorists who helped son

Ashley Sprick usually takes the expressway when she visits her hometown, but Memorial Day didn’t go as planned this year. Sprick, who lives in Alpena, drove with her boyfriend, Ritchie Soltysiak, that Monday to Howard City to visit their children for the holiday. The couple’s Pontiac G6 had started jostling as they neared Montcalm County, so Sprick exited U.S. 131 at the White Cloud exit, which proved to be a wise decision as one of the vehicle’s tires suddenly detached without warning.

Excited seniors file into the Tri County High School gym at Thursday evening’s ceremony. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County High School graduates 160 seniors

On Thursday evening, 160 Tri County High School graduating seniors crossed the stage, marking their first steps into a larger world. Whether off to college, trade school, careers or family, all in attendance seemed to recognize the ceremony as a turning point in their lives.

Ben Behrenwald will graduate from Tri County High School on Thursday. He has been active in the school’s Peer To Peer program, which provides support to autistic students. He’s also had a successful wrestling career despite being plagued with multiple sports injuries. Ben enjoys working on vehicles and he hopes to find a future career as a heavy equipment technician. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County senior says helping his autistic peers “saved” him

When Tri County Area Schools started a program to provide support to students with autism, a middle-schooler volunteered to help.

He had no idea the program would change his own life.

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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

Ivana Rivera of Belding and Kristen Green of Howard City supervise their children and other children during their homeschool group’s weekly play date at McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township on Thursday afternoon. The park serves as a central location for the inclusive homeschool group which has families in Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville and Howard City, among other locations.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

All Montcalm County parks have been adopted for the year

As children played on slides and swings, ran amongst the tall trees and explored the shores of the Flat River on Thursday afternoon, their mothers rested in the shade of the pavilion at McCarthy Park.

The members of the inclusive homeschool group from Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville, Howard City and points beyond use the park on M-91 just north of Greenville as a central location for a weekly playdate gathering. The group was relieved to learn the Montcalm Township park would not be closing this year despite Montcalm County budget cuts.

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Winfield Township treasurer resigns, cites stress

The longtime Winfield Township treasurer has resigned, saying the stress from his township board colleagues is beginning to affect his health.