STEVE MERREN: Know your bad guys: Part one

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As much fun as the outdoors are, there are a few baddies of the bush that can put a damper on the fun in no time flat.

Michigan’s wildlife isn’t particularly dangerous, especially when compared to other regions, but we do have a few species of plants and animals that are best left alone and completely avoided.

TEN QUESTIONS: Prosecutor, dog walker

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Who are you? Andrea Krause of Greenville. Montcalm County prosecuting attorney.

Montcalm County commissioner discusses ARPA funds in Pierson Township

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At least two Pierson Township Board members plan to attend Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the topic of how county officials plan to distribute American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to local municipalities.

Sparrow Carson Hospital names 2 Nurses of the Year

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Sparrow Carson Hospital named two outstanding nurses as its 2022 Nurses of the Year and celebrated its caregivers for their many accomplishments while fighting a pandemic.

Oliver’s Pizza Planet in Crystal offers more than just pizza

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As summer looms closer and temperatures rise, residents of Crystal are ready to get back to the lake. But the cool refreshing water of Crystal Lake isn’t the only thing waiting for them.

Oliver’s Pizza Planet has opened and is ready to serve their community. 

Montabella senior credits wrestling with changing his life

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Tristin Almanza will be the first to admit that the younger version of himself did not exactly inspire confidence.

Tristin was a kid without goals. He didn’t care about school and just wanted to get back home to play his Xbox. He was in and out of the school office almost every day for getting in trouble and goofing off.

PASTOR MILAM: A safe place

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We all desire a safe place to live our lives surrounded by people who truly care about us. 

We want to feel the safety and security of being part of a family that loves and encourages each other.

Tri County baseball totals 16 hits in 16-2 victory over Central Montcalm

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A key to success that’s often out of our control — timing.

It’s a lesson the Tri County Vikings baseball team has had to learn this season. Starting the season 7-4, a far cry from their 4-32 campaign last season, spirits and attitudes were high.

Cornhole for cancer

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FREE Tournament benefiting Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is Saturday at Flat River Brewing Co. 

While many can take on scheduling a cornhole tournament for fundraising, there are a select few who push these ambitions further. 

In a 10-week philanthropic competition, candidates from all over West Michigan have been nominated to tackle fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Ionia native graduates, joins father’s dentist office

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Ionia native Sarah (Swartz) Bouwkamp graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry on May 6, and will join Ionia Family Dentistry where she will practice with her father, Lowell Swartz.