Ionia Free Fair 4-H Sweepstakes winners divulge the secrets to their success

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The most prestigious and nerve-wracking competition at the Ionia Free Fair is when the contestants who already won in the various animal categories get together and learn how to show all 11 fair animals.

It’s called “Sweepstakes,” and winning that competition is extremely difficult.

Keene Township supervisor hosts solar energy town hall

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As a solar energy developer works on bringing a project into Ionia County’s Keene Township, about 100 people attended a town hall meeting on the topic last Thursday evening.

Keene Township Supervisor Robert Simpson hosted the gathering inside Saranac High School’s auditorium, alongside Charles Gould, a bioenergy educator for Michigan State University Extension, and Neil Bishop, a senior area manager for ITC Michigan.

Ionia County board chairman encourages ‘open mind’ about solar project

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Keene Township-hosted solar meeting is tonight at Saranac High School

As Ionia County’s Keene Township prepares to host a town hall on the topic of a solar energy project this evening, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners chairman has also been working to educate himself on the topic.

Invenergy LLC is actively working to develop a solar project in Keene Township. The township board originally approved a solar ordinance in 2018 and voted to amend it this past March. The township is hosting an informational meeting on the topic at 7 p.m. tonight at Saranac High School featuring representatives from Invenergy, Consumers Energy and Michigan State University Extension.

JUST IN: Saranac teenager airlifted from crash with life-threatening injuries

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A Saranac teenager was airlifted from a single-vehicle crash after the truck he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree Sunday. 

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch makes leadership transition

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch announced leadership transitions that will help move the fourth-generation family business forward, furthering its leadership in the poultry industry and on sustainability.

Herbruck’s donates over 1.8 million eggs in 2021

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Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has donated 1.8 million eggs in 2021, surpassing amounts of eggs donated by Herbruck’s in any previous year.

Herbruck’s employees collect gifts for Toys for Tots

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch employees have donated hundreds of toys and gifts for local children who might otherwise go without gifts this Christmas.

Herbruck’s staff vet earns honors for animal care

Michigan State University award for contributions to animal medicine

For his excellence in animal care, Dr. Alex Strauch, staff veterinarian at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, this week received an award from Michigan State University.

“We are so proud of Alex for the top-quality care he provides to our animals,” said Mohamed Mousa, vice president of production at Herbruck’s. “Alex’s work is an example of putting our core values into action, and we are so thankful he is a member of our team.”

ROOTED: Ailing Ionia County farmer has help he doesn’t expect

When farmer Craig Denny had a health crisis earlier this summer, right in the middle of harvest season, his community rallied.

Although Denny, who owns Denny Farms Farm Market and Bakery in Saranac, was out of circulation at one of the most crucial points in the year, everything that needed to be done to keep his farm and market operating happened, thanks to family, friends, employees, neighbors and customers who stepped up to help.

State selects Crystal, Belding, Ionia and Saranac for park grant recommendations

Over the past two years of social distancing and an increase in outdoor events and activities, city and township parks have become a commodity that many haven’t taken for granted.

Thanks to some grant funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF), several municipalities in Montcalm and Ionia counties are being recommended for an opportunity to improve some of their parks to ensure that the amenities can be used by residents for generations to come.