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Scott Minard was hired as director of the Montcalm County Building Department in 1996. — File photo

JUST IN: Montcalm County Building Department director dies unexpectedly

The longtime director of the Montcalm County Building Department died unexpectedly Friday after apparently suffering a medical issue while driving his vehicle.

Montcalm County Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries enjoys the summer sunshine with Jack, a young pitbull rescue dog, outside Montcalm County Animal Control and animal shelter in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County board to vote on Humane Society taking over animal shelter

Montcalm County is looking to get out of the animal shelter business.

The Law Enforcement & Courts Committee voted June 12 to recommend the full Board of Commissioners formally recognize the newly created Mid-Michigan Humane Society (MMHS) and allow them use of the Animal Control building beginning Oct. 1.

Kari Anne and Lost Creek will be among bands performing live music at Taste of Montcalm on Saturday in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

Taste of Montcalm returns to Stanton all day Saturday

For months, the Stanton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been preparing to welcome Montcalm County residents to the second annual Taste of Montcalm.

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New paramedics may get $4,000 bonus in Montcalm County

Between an increase in the demand for ambulance services and new state requirements for training, attracting qualified paramedics is a constant challenge.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director David Feldpausch is trying to change the game.

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Montcalm County conducts emergency exercise

Anyone listening to the Montcalm County police scanner Wednesday morning would have overheard reports of multiple injuries in a field, but it was just a training exercise.

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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.

Michigan State University Extension nutrition program instructor Bonnie Havlicek stands in the kitchen at MSU Extension’s office in Stanton where she teaches people how to prepare and cook healthy and affordable meals. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

MSU Extension offers free cooking and nutrition classes

Cutting up an entire chicken while wielding knife safety techniques, leading a quest through a local grocery store for affordable yet tasty produce, teaching simple exercise routines to senior citizens … all in a day’s work for Bonnie Havlicek.

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Lakeview crowns first queen in more than three decades

As this village celebrates its sesquicentennial, folks are thinking back and remembering. Two local women, Linda Baird and Linda Huckins, thought back to former parades and realized many local towns have a queen and court represent their hometowns.

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.