Residents of Greenville cast their votes in the presidential election at Faith Baptist Church on Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Amash, Moolenaar both returned to Congress

Incumbents in Michigan’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts were easily re-elected to office Tuesday. Voters returned Justin Amash, a Republican, to the 3rd District, which covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

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JUST IN: Schafer elected 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge

A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday.


JUST IN: Lower elected to 70th District, Albert to 86th District

Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 70th District, while Thomas Albert of Grattan Township has been elected to his first term as state representative for the 86th District.


JUST IN: Millages pass in Home, Montcalm and Sidney townships

A road millage in Home Township and fire millages in Montcalm and Sidney townships were all approved by voters Tuesday.


Central Montcalm student hosting coat drive for area

Although mid-Michigan has been given a lingering autumn, Erin Fuerstnau knows what season comes next. After seeing children arriving at school last winter without coats and complaining they were cold, Fuerstnau, 17, of Stanton, decided to do something about it through a Central Montcalm Public School class project.

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Kenneth Wood of Sheridan reads a plaque the class dedicated to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kotenko. The inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy named Tuesday’s graduating class the Michael Kotenko Family Citizens’ Police Academy. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy graduates first class

A police academy of a different sort celebrated graduation Tuesday at Montcalm Community College.

A group of 25 excited men and women gathered to receive certificates of completion for finishing the inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy put on through a partnership between the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

Stanton Treasurer-Clerk Janet Davis reviews the 2016 fiscal year audit for accountants at Berthiaume & Co. presented to the Stanton City Commission on Oct. 25. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton City Commission receives positive audit report

Stanton has been the location for bad financial news lately when it comes to the Montcalm County seat, but the Stanton City Commission has received a positive review of its finances.

Ken Berthiaume, a certified public accountant from Berthiaume & Co. based in Saginaw, presented the 53-page audit report at the Oct. 25 commission meeting.

Part of Mike Stafford’s presentation on Danish heritage at Friday’s Lifelong Learners meeting was clarifying some misconceptions of Viking heritage. Stafford has spent much of his life learning and studying Danish culture and heritage as an archaeologist. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Archaeologist presents Danish history lesson to Lifelong Learners

In Greenville, Danish heritage is celebrated once a year with aebleskivers and the Danish Festival, but on Friday, Mike Stafford showed Lifelong Learners how much more Danish heritage is. The richness of Danish history and fond memories of Danish celebrations drew Stafford, a 1983 graduate of Greenville High School, to Denmark, where he has studied the culture and heritage as an archaeologist.


Saginaw woman recovers from severe injuries to win Miss Heartland crown

Jaeleen Davis has made four appearances at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, and planned to try for a fifth. But after a terrifying 30-foot fall onto concrete this summer, Davis was afraid those plans were derailed.