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Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore talks with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, after Thurwachter appealed Montcalm County Animal Control’s denial of a kennel license. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners continue dog kennel debate

After two failed motions, the third time was the charm for an appeal of a county dog kennel license Monday.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee along with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, to appeal a denial of a dog kennel license by Montcalm County Animal Control officials.

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UPDATE: Missing man with Alzheimer’s found in barn

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing man who has Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Ronald Hohenstein, 75, was last seen around 6:05 p.m. this evening when he left his home at 3640 Pine Trail Drive at Crooked Lake in Evergreen Township.

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JUST IN: MCC celebrates success of “50 stories for 50 years”

After a year of publishing 50 stories focused on 50 years of history at Montcalm Community College in The Daily News, administrators are now acknowledging the benefits of a “successful campaign.”

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JUST IN: Montcalm County commissioners recommend granting dog kennel appeal

After two failed motions, the third time was the charm for an appeal for a county dog kennel license this morning.

Dawn Thurwachter of Edmore appeared before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Law Enforcement & Courts Committee along with her attorney, Matthew Anderson of Wixom, to appeal a denial of a dog kennel license by Montcalm County Animal Control officials.

Potatoes were the focus of the annual Montcalm Field Day in Douglass Township on Thursday, hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. Topics included late blight, as two potato fields in Montcalm County have been found to have the fungus disease so far this summer. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Potato late blight found in 2 fields in Montcalm County

A summer of cool temps and lots of rain has led to favorable conditions for unfavorable potatoes. Late blight, which can also affect tomatoes, is caused by a fungus which can infect and destroy the leaves, stems, spores and tubers of potato plants.

A group of farmers and other agricultural industry officials prepare for a wagon tour of local farms in the Douglass Township area on Thursday as part of the annual Montcalm Field Day event hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University Ag Bio Research. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm Field Day focuses on potatoes

Potatoes had their day in the sun Thursday during Montcalm Field Day in rural Montcalm County. Hosted by the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Michigan State University, the day began with a gathering of more than 50 people in the potato industry at Douglass Township Hall.

Students enrolled in the Montcalm Area Career Center’s cosmetology program give and receive services from each other as they learn the procedures during their first year. Pictured at left is Janelle Rons of Vestaburg performing a manicure on Nadia Braafhart of Greenville. The longstanding cosmetology program partnered by the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and Montcalm Community College will be discontinued after this year due to state and federal funding regulations that have changed financial aid qualifications for cosmetology students. — Courtesy photo

MAISD’s cosmetology program falls victim to state, federal regulations

Due to state and federal changes that have affected financial aid for several college and college-bound students, the cosmetology program through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center will be discontinued after this year.

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Montcalm County commissioners working to correct $600,000 deficit

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is tasked with correcting an estimated $600,000 shortfall for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer presented estimated expenditures of $14.8 million and estimated revenue of $14.2 million to the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on July 27.

Greenville resident Charlotte Kohn, 3, enjoyed the task of running laundry through the wringer washer and hanging it on the clothesline to dry. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Heritage Village gives annual look at the way life used to be

Angela and John Elliott roamed the village street with their five boys, ranging in age from a rambunctious 10-year-old to an 8-week-old baby wrapped in a sling. The boys darted from building to building, enjoying a sample of what life was like back then. The Stanton family was one of many visiting Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus for the 29th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival during a three-day celebration that features historical displays, events and entertainment on the village just west of the Montcalm Community College campus.

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Ionia/Montcalm county auction proves fruitful for prospective property owners

Andy and Molly Brown had never attended a county land auction, but that didn’t stop them from being the first two in line at the Sheridan Community Center on Friday morning.

The husband and wife from Grand Rapids traveled to Sheridan for the annual Ionia/Montcalm County minimum bid land auction. They were joined by more than 100 individuals seeking to purchase foreclosed properties.