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The debate on whether gray wolves should be hunted in Michigan has come to the point of upcoming ballot referendums and new legislation in Lansing. — © Can Stock Photo/nialat

Legislators, activists, engaged in battle over fate of Michigan wolf hunting

The debate of whether to hunt gray wolves in Michigan can be heard everywhere, stretching from the northernmost tip of the Upper Peninsula to the southeastern suburbs of Detroit. It’s an argument that has grown more ferocious and divided with time, and one that likely won’t be settled anytime soon.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws and City Manager Jake Eckholm discussed several possible municipal improvement ideas with commissioners at Tuesday’s regular City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton City Commission turns to downtown improvements

New City Manager Jake Eckholm has been busy during his first few weeks on the job and is already formulating plans for various improvements around the town. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city commission, he laid out some of those plans.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks with residents of Montcalm County on Monday at the monthly Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons return to everyday work in Lansing

The return of fall provides many physical and cultural changes throughout Michigan, not to mention the reconvening of a full-time Legislature in Lansing. With the return of everyday politics at the Capitol, EightCAP Inc. welcomed the first Legislative Update meeting Monday at Montcalm Community College since the Legislature adjourned last May for summer recess.

The Central Montcalm High School Marching Band plays the national anthem prior to the start of last Friday’s varsity football game at Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm band gets $2,500 from Sheridan VFW

The quest to purchase new uniforms for the Central Montcalm High School Marching Band took a big step forward at last Friday’s varsity football game. Before the game began, Sheridan VFW Post 5065 Commander Donald P. Rule and Senior Vice Commander Ronald Kessler donated a check in the amount of $2,500 toward the new uniforms.

About 35 people attended the Montcalm County Farm Bureau hog roast Wednesday evening at Anderson & Girls Orchard, where people were informed about the growing concern of a new proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Michigan Farm Bureau addresses potential EPA water regulations

A membership appreciation hog roast Wednesday brought Montcalm County Farm Bureau members together for an evening of socializing, but with an important message to bring home and reflect on.

Faculty members at Montcalm Community College gathered together Friday at the college’s Sidney campus to create a formation of the number “50” in celebration of the college’s 50 year anniversary. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC kicks off 50th anniversary year

In 1965, a small college opened in the heart of Montcalm County with the purpose of offering knowledge and expanding the minds of local residents eager to take their education to the next level.

House and Senate candidates came together Monday at Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton to answer questions regarding their policies on a variety of natural resource-related issues. On hand were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague and Will Wagner, a representative from Sen. Judy Emmons’ office. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Candidates discuss conservation issues with voters at forum

Three candidates vying for House and Senate seats in November met Monday evening at Twin Ponds Sports Shop to discuss conservation-related issues with area voters. Attending were 70th District Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and his Democratic challenger Jim Hoisington of Stanton, 33rd District Democratic candidate Fred Sprague of Alma and Will Wagner, a representative for Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan.

Jacob Eckholm fielded questions in a final interview Tuesday evening at Stanton’s City Commission meeting. Eckholm was chosen to replace the city’s previous manager, James Freed, who left earlier this summer to take a post in Port Huron. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton, Lakeview decide on 24-year-old Jacob Eckholm as new manager

After weeks without a manager, the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton have finally settled on a replacement for James Freed, who left the post earlier this summer to take a job in Port Huron. Following an extensive search process and several interviews, Stanton’s City Commission on Wednesday voted to hire Jacob Eckholm as shared manager for both communities. Lakeview’s Village Council had already arrived at the same decision Monday evening.

The 2014 Miss Stanton court consists of, front row from left, Princess Lilliann McGuire, Junior Miss Stanton First Runner-up Elizabeth Conklin, Miss Stanton 2014 Hailey Hollenbeck, Duchess Emma Burns, Duke Zach Petersen and Prince Gabriel Vansconis; back row from left, Miss Stanton Third Runner-up Kacey Jones, Junior Miss Second Runner-up Keisha Miller, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Erica Wyatt, Junior Miss Hannah Salliote, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Taylor Skula; Junior Miss Court Member Tori Swan; Jr. Miss Third Runner-up Ally Crippen and Junior Miss Court Member Katie Lilly. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sidney teen takes advice, wins Miss Stanton title

Hailey Hollenbeck was considering trying the Miss Stanton Scholarship pageant, but was hesitant. Her mom and her sisters, including her twin sister Hannah, encouraged her to go for it.

Hopeful bidders filled the Sheridan Community Center on Monday for the Ionia/Montcalm county minimum bid land auction. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Bidders take a leap of faith at Ionia/Montcalm county land auction

Hopeful bidders at Monday’s annual Ionia/Montcalm county land auction ranged from the novice (“I am so scared,” admitted Sue Keift) to the experienced (“You really need to do your homework,” advised Brett Freeman).