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Firefighters battle 5-hour blaze in Pierson (Video and Photos)

Multiple fire departments battled a blaze for at least five hours this morning in downtown Pierson. Randy and Denise Granger’s home at 321 Amy School Road just off Federal and Stanton roads was left in shambles after a fire raged through the 22-room old farmhouse.

Embattled Pierson Village Council President Karl Van Haren presided over an argumentative meeting Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

VIDEO: Tensions run high among Pierson village officials

Bill Fifield criticized a Pierson Village Council member on Tuesday night for previously walking out in the middle of a meeting. Minutes later, Fifield did that very thing. A two-and-a-half-hour village council meeting slowly unfolded Tuesday night, full of long pauses, passive-aggressive arguing and flat-out shouting.

Judy Guevara of Stanton smiles after realizing she won a bid she thought she had lost. Guevara bid $550 for property in Stanton.

VIDEO: Montcalm County land auction properties go for $50

A condemned property failed to sell at the annual Montcalm County minimum bid land auction in September. The foreclosed building at 102 E. Elm St. in downtown Carson City was listed at $16,158.11 last month.