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Lions Clubs make dream come true for wheelchair-bound boy

Shannan Kooistra and her husband, Josh, can’t help thinking of their 3-year-old son, Zade, as their “miracle” child. The rambunctious tyke, paralyzed from the hips down as a result of being born with myelomeningocele spina bifida, had undergone eight major surgeries before his second birthday. A shunt embedded in his brain carries excess spinal fluid from his head to his abdomen. And of course, he cannot walk. But these days, thanks to a coordinated effort by several area Lions Clubs, Zade zips around the Kooistra home with an ease he never could manage in a traditional wheelchair.

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All Things Green event puts local agriculture in spotlight (Photo Gallery)

With freezing temperatures and a light snow falling from the sky Tuesday evening, there was little indication that spring is on the horizon in Montcalm County. But for those who stepped into the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney for the fifth annual All Things Green event, plants, gardens and landscaping products were found in abundance as more than 20 vendors gathered to promote local agriculture.

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Bushnell Township woman safe after electrical fire damages home

An electrical fire that is believed to have begun in the bedroom of a woman’s home was successfully extinguished Thursday before the fire could spread throughout the rest of the residence.

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Snow storm hits Montcalm County, drops 10.5 inches of snow

Road crews in Montcalm County have been working diligently last night and again early this morning, plowing and salting roads in attempt to open them up after heavy snow landed overnight throughout the area.

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Montcalm County Board of Commissioners organizes

New faces were in new chairs at Wednesday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners annual organizational meeting. Ron Blanding of Greenville, Ron Braman of Vestaburg and Steve DeWitt of Coral are the newest faces on the board, having been elected last year. Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview was re-appointed by his colleagues as longtime chairman of the board, with Ron Retzloff of Crystal appointed vice chairman.

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Stanton Community Fire Department marks facelift with open house Dec. 1

There’s no doubt firefighting can be a dangerous, difficult job. The men and women who put in the time and effort needed to protect the rest of us deserve the best training and equipment possible.

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Stanton water quality rating upgraded from ‘marginal’ to ‘satisfactory’

About 60 percent of your body is water, Your brain is 70 percent water, your lungs 90 percent. Every day, you must replace about 2.4 liters of water through drinking and the foods you eat. That’s something residents of Stanton can do with a little more confidence now, thanks to a host of recent improvements to the water system there.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials investigated the scene of a fatal barn fire this morning in Bushnell Township just south of Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Body found in aftermath of Sheridan barn fire

A body was located inside a building after a barn fire early this morning just south of the village of Sheridan. The Sheridan Community Fire Department responded to the fire at 2:34 a.m. to 6681 S. Sheridan Road (M-66) north of Sessions Road.

The team that helped put together funding for the Stanton Fire Department expansion includes Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, Assistant Fire Chief Dawayne Peterman, Fire Lt. Brandon Stowell, Douglass Township Board Trustee Tom Jeppesen, Sidney Township Board Supervisor Terry Peterman and Evergreen Township Board Supervisor Lyle Braman. — Courtesy photo

Stanton Fire Department expansion a cooperative effort

Three townships and the city of Stanton are pooling their resources to expand and improve the fire department that currently serves the entire area. Located in Stanton, the fire department has for some time been housed in cramped quarters. According to City Manager James Freed, the expansion is long overdue.

This Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine, worth $900, hasn’t been used once since it arrived in Montcalm County last winter as part of a federal grant. — File photo

Montcalm County Homeland Security snow cone machine remains unused

Temps broke the 100-degree mark this week.
More than 9,000 Montcalm County residents were without power after a Thursday morning windstorm.
The annual Montcalm County 4-H Fair took place amid some of the hottest weather anyone can remember. Special plans had to be made to make sure youths and animals stayed hydrated.
A major Greenville business was destroyed in a fire that took 75 firefighters from 11 fire departments to extinguish — plus a weeklong investigation by a federal agency.