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2024 Softball District Tournament Preview

Who’s ready for postseason softball? This year’s tournament games might be some of the best we’ve had. Teams will be put to the ultimate test as the trophy season begins. Here’s a look at all the CSAA teams and their respective district bracket assignments:

 

District 36 (Shepherd)

It’s not too common to see two district champions from a year ago squaring off in the opening round, but here we are. The battle of birds could easily net over 15 runs and even push towards 20 to decide a winner. The Cardinals or Falcons will advance to face Swan Valley, a very competitive team that has split Freeland and Alma already this year. Don’t forget Shepherd either, as the Blue Jays like to get out ahead early with an aggressive play style. Fans of high-flying plays will be thrilled to watch this tournament unfold.

 

Quarterfinals
Big Rapids (29-4) vs. Freeland (17-18) – Shepherd HS Softball Diamond, May 28, 5:00 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Saginaw Swan Valley (17-12) vs Big Rapids/Freeland Winner – Shepherd HS Softball Diamond, June 1, 2:00 P.M.
Alma (9-17) vs. Shepherd (26-11-1) – Shepherd HS Softball Diamond, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Shepherd HS Softball Diamond, June 1, 4:30 P.M.

 

District 38 (Newaygo)

If there’s a year for a team to win at home, it’s 2024 for Newaygo. A prime opportunity for Lions awaits thanks to a noticeable step up from last spring. They will face the Vikings first, a team they won handily against a few weeks ago, and then await an intriguing contest between Sparta and Fremont. This battle of 16-win clubs will be the first matchup between the two in ten years. The winning team will have to carry good defensive play for the best chance to take the trophy on the bus.

 

Quarterfinals
None

 

Semifinals
Howard City Tri-County (0-17) vs Newaygo (25-8) – Newaygo High School Softball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
Sparta (16-19) vs. Fremont (16-15) – Newaygo High School Softball Field, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Newaygo High School Softball Field, June 1, 2:00 P.M.

 

District 72 (Remus Chippewa Hills)

Chippewa Hills is hoping for three more games at home this week, starting with a rematch against Morley Stanwood. The Warriors and Mohawks split a pair on May 17 with 40 combined runs in the contests. Lakeview will patiently wait for the winner, hoping to make some noise after a tough regular season. Whoever makes it to the championship out of these three teams will have their hands full, as they will face the winner of arguably one of the biggest games in Osceola County history between Reed City and Evart. It’s obvious the winner that game is the favorite in the title game, so expect a big community crowd in Chippewa Hills watching some primetime softball. 

 

Quarterfinals
Remus Chippewa Hills (10-20) vs. Morley Stanwood (12-18) – Chippewa Hills High School, May 28, 5:00 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Lakeview (3-25) vs Remus Chippewa Hills/Morley Stanwood Winner – Chippewa Hills High School, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
Evart (28-4) vs. Reed City (27-6) – Chippewa Hills High School, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Chippewa Hills High School, June 1, 2:00 P.M.

 

District 73 (Montague)

The Wildcats are one of the few teams in the state with hosting duties on both the softball and baseball diamonds. This can be a big advantage for Montague, who enters the tournament 0-6 against recent CSAA squads. They will await the winner of Kent City and Grant, who will square off in their third matchup of the year. The Eagles won both at Grant earlier this year, so expect the Tigers to be ready for this rematch following a three-game losing skid that snapped a seven-game winning streak. All this tees up one team for a date with a 20-win squad that knows how pitch very well in Ravenna or North Muskegon. 

 

Quarterfinals
Kent City (17-16) vs. Grant (16-16) – Montague HS Softball Field, May 28, 5:00 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Montague (11-13) vs Kent City/Grant Winner – Montague HS Softball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
North Muskegon (21-13) vs. Ravenna (27-8) – Montague HS Softball Field, June 1, 12:30 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Montague HS Softball Field, June 1, 3:00 P.M.

 

District 95 (Midland Bullock Creek)

Although I can’t pick favorites, this is arguably the most evenly competitive district in the area. All five teams vary in records by only four games, which is something I haven’t seen during my time covering high school sports. If you break down common contests, you’ll see the host Lancers as the projected top team amongst the five. While there are plenty of analytics that might decipher who the top team is on paper, more times than not the team that captures momentum the most will be victorious. This seems to be prime, old-adage insight ahead of District 95.

 

Quarterfinals
Ithaca (22-10) vs. St. Louis (17-14) – Bullock Creek HS Softball Field, May 28, 4:00 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Midland Bullock Creek (19-9) vs Ithaca/St. Louis Winner – Bullock Creek HS Softball Field, 12:30 P.M.
Central Montcalm (20-14) vs. Hemlock (21-15) – Bullock Creek HS Softball Field, June 1, 2:30 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Bullock Creek HS Softball Field, June 1, 4:30 P.M.

 

District 108 (Marion)

As the defending district champions, Holton looks for another title following their sixth straight 20-win season excluding the 2020 COVID season. The Red Devils play with fantastic fundamentals and great playmaking. They will await the upset-minded host Marion in the semis. Pentwater will look to erase the two losses to Mason County Eastern early this year to reach the semis. White Cloud will await the winner in their first game back in Division 4 since 2022.  

 

Quarterfinals
Pentwater (4-8) vs. Mason County Eastern (7-14) – Marion HS Athletic Complex, Baseball Field, May 28, 4:15 P.M.

 

Semifinals
White Cloud (10-18) vs Pentwater/Mason County Eastern Winner – Marion HS Athletic Complex, May 31, 10:00 A.M.
Marion (7-5) vs. Holton (23-12-1) – Marion HS Athletic Complex, May 31, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Marion HS Athletic Complex, May 31, 2:00 P.M.

 

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2024 Baseball District Tournament Preview

It’s that time of year again, the time for postseason baseball. This year’s tournament certainly has its front runners, but there are a lot of dark horse picks that certainly will have a good chance for an upset. Here’s a look at all the CSAA teams and their respective district bracket assignments:

 

District 37 (Big Rapids)

Led by regular season conference champion Big Rapids, the Cardinals have broken the curse of the Tuesday quarterfinal draw and stand as the overall favorite with the most balanced and consistent team. However, Whitehall will be test as a school notorious of housing incredible athletes and a team riding six wins over the last eight games. Newaygo is also a team that has potent power at the plate, but the Orioles have shown it too with seven games this year scoring over 10 runs. Then there’s Fremont, who will be as motivated as ever following last year’s 1-0 heartbreaking loss in the semifinals to the eventual champion Lions. Buckle up for a good one in this bracket.

 

Quarterfinals
Newaygo (25-11) vs. Ludington (15-13) – Big Rapids HS Baseball Field, May 28, 5:00 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Fremont (11-19) vs Newaygo/Ludington Winner – Big Rapids HS Baseball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
Whitehall (22-10) vs. Big Rapids (26-8) – Big Rapids HS Baseball Field, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Big Rapids HS Baseball Field, June 1, 2:00 P.M.

 

District 39 (Comstock Park)

District 39 has a great group of teams this year with some great matchups. Grant and Sparta will likely be a battle with low run totals and good pitching, making the first-round game very strategic in terms of who throws first for each side. The winner will play a Belding squad that has beaten both teams on the other side of the bracket. For the rematch of Tri-County against Comstock Park, the Vikings will look to avenge an early 8-4 loss to the Panthers. While the Spartans will be the favorite on paper, the other four teams are competitive teams that have pulled off considerable major upsets in the regular season already.

 

Quarterfinals
Grant (18-11) vs. Sparta (25-10) – Comstock Park HS Baseball Field, May 28, 4:30 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Belding (14-17) vs Grant/Sparta Winner – Comstock Park HS Baseball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
Comstock Park (14-11-3) vs. Howard City Tri-County (8-20) – Comstock Park HS Baseball Field, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Comstock Park HS Baseball Field, June 1, 2:00 P.M.

 

District 70 (Evart)

With last years’ champ Clare off the bracket, the door is wide open for all five teams. Evart is hosting the district for the first time since 2017, when they were formerly were in District 108. Outside of last year’s Division 4 State Champs Beal City, the Wildcats handled their Highland Conference schedule well and seemed primed for this year’s tournament offensively. Do be careful as Pine River, who battled the Wildcats to 3-1 and 3-2 losses this year, could be lurking in the semis. Don’t forget about Reed City too, a team that has good talent on the mound and can hold McBain’s offense down and reach the finals. Lineup depth and determination could be the key factor for the team hoisting the trophy in this one. 

 

Quarterfinals
Harrison (5-14) vs. LeRoy Pine River (18-7) – Evart HS Baseball Field, May 28, 4:00 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Evart (20-12) vs Harrison/LeRoy Pine River Winner – Evart HS Baseball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
McBain (14-14-1) vs. Reed City (16-12-1) – Evart HS Baseball Field, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Evart HS Baseball Field, June 1, 2:00 P.M.

 

District 73 (Montague)

Only four teams stand in this district alignment, but there’s one clearly out in front. The Norseman of North Muskegon stand as the state’s top team in Division 3 and a clear front runner in this quad. Their first-round matchup, Kent City, will need a near-perfect defensive performance and manufactured runs to sniff an upset. The Bulldogs and Wildcats on the other side will be a fun rematch, as the two split a pair at Ravenna back in early May. The determining factor will be if Montague can get runs early on the ball game to put the pressure on, or if Ravenna can hold down with their defense to play a slower game. Only time will tell until Saturday’s showdown on the side of Lake Michigan. 

 

Quarterfinals
None

 

Semifinals
Montague (14-19-1) vs. Ravenna (12-11-1) – Montague HS Baseball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
North Muskegon (30-5) vs. Kent City (7-21) – Montague HS Baseball Field, June 1, 12:30 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Montague HS Baseball Field, June 1, 3:00 P.M.

 

District 74 (Remus Chippewa Hills)

This district looks a little new this year, as all five teams join a new alignment in 2024. Clare, led by a powerhouse offense, sit atop the poll as the popular pick to advance to regional play. Right behind is Chippewa Hills, who have played great ball and have won 11 of 15 home games this season. The good news for Morley Stanwood and Farwell is they have seen their opponent in the regular season, leading to scouting and strategy changes entering round two. Lakeview might not have the same opportunity, but the Wildcats seem due after a slick skid in the month of May. What to look forward to in this bracket? A potential for breakout offenses on a diamond that is historical known for high-run affairs in the postseason. 

 

Quarterfinals
Clare (23-5-1) vs. Farwell (7-26) – Remus Chippewa Hills HS Baseball Field, May 28, 5:00 P.M.

 

Semifinals
Lakeview (6-22) vs Clare/Farwell Winner – Remus Chippewa Hills HS Baseball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
Remus Chippewa Hills (20-7-1) vs. Morley Stanwood (7-18) – Remus Chippewa Hills HS Baseball Field, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Remus Chippewa Hills HS Baseball Field, June 1, 2:00 P.M.

 

District 77 (Pewamo-Westphalia)

After falling to Grand Rapids West Catholic last year, Central Montcalm looks for a bounce back campaign this postseason. The Hornets have some big-time playmakers and can really make some noise if they lay off the errors. An early test against Ovid-Elsie will be an intriguing one, as the Marauders are battle-tested through a tough schedule in 2024. Pewamo-Westphalia has home field advantage and looks to play spoiler following a District 79 championship appearance a year ago. They will have to go through Ithaca, who has proven to be a road warrior with their success away from home soil. All in all, this district is going to be fun to follow.

 

Quarterfinals
Ovid-Elsie (12-21-1) vs. Central Montcalm (24-12) – Pirate Field (Westphalia), May 28, 4:30 P.M.

 

Semifinals
St Louis (1-27) vs Ovid-Elsie/Central Montcalm Winner – Pirate Field (Westphalia), June 1, 10:00 A.M.
Pewamo-Westphalia (18-11) vs. Ithaca (7-12) – Pirate Field (Westphalia), June 1, 12:30 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Pirate Field (Westphalia), June 1, 3:00 P.M.

 

District 108 (Muskegon Catholic Central)

Last but certainly not least is District 108. The road certainly goes through Muskegon Catholic Central, who has dominated the season in Division 4 as the number five team in the rankings. To reach an incredible 12thstraight district title, they will have to go through what is projected to be the same path as last season. They will face Holton in Tuesday’s opening round and then likely await the White Cloud Indians, who have won four of their last five games. On the other side, Pentwater and Muskegon Western Michigan Christian will do battle for the right to reach the district title game.

 

Quarterfinals
Holton (3-19) vs. Muskegon Catholic Central (28-7) – Muskegon Catholic Central HS Baseball Field, May 28, 4:30 P.M.

 

Semifinals
White Cloud (16-15) vs Holton/Muskegon Catholic Central Winner – Muskegon Catholic Central HS Baseball Field, June 1, 10:00 A.M.
Pentwater (5-12-1) vs. Muskegon Western Michigan Christian (14-14-1) – Muskegon Catholic Central HS Baseball Field, June 1, 12:00 P.M.

 

Finals
Semifinal Winners – Muskegon Catholic Central HS Baseball Field, June 1, 2:30 P.M.

 

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Center for Virtual Learning, Early Learning Center earn LEED Certification as part of Ferris State's commitment to sustainability

The Center for Virtual Learning and the Early Learning Center, two of Ferris State University’s newest Big Rapids campus facilities, earned the U.S. Green Building Council certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The Center for Virtual Learning is home to programs in Ferris State’s School of Digital Media and the School of Education, with areas dedicated to high-interest emphases like Esports and Artificial Intelligence. 

The Early Learning Center supports care for children of students, employees, staff, and community members. It also provides experiential learning opportunities for students seeking degrees in Early Childhood Education.

Associate Vice President of Facilities Joe Haupt said Grand Rapids-based Catalyst Partners provided the certification services necessary for the USGBC to award LEED Certified status.

“Our professional design and construction management partners are well versed in the LEED documentation process for a capital construction project seeking LEED certification,” Haupt said. “Ferris’ board of trustees mandate all new major capital construction projects have the ability to be LEED Certified and the assurance of our efforts in good stewardship is well worth the effort and cost.”

Other new or renovated campus facilities receiving LEED certification include East Campus Suites (LEED Gold, 2011), Michigan College of Optometry (LEED Gold, 2012), David L. Eisler Center (LEED Gold, 2015), West Campus Apartments – Finch Court (LEED Gold, 2016), North Hall (LEED Gold, 2017) and Swan Annex (LEED Silver, 2019).

“Sustainability is a pillar of Ferris State’s latest Strategic Plan considerations,” Haupt said. “Current building design codes are focused on delivering energy-efficient operations. The LEED process requires the project team to document the design and construction efforts to reduce water use, lower our electric and natural gas utilization and present a healthy environment for those who work or study in these buildings.”

The LEED green building rating system has evolved since its introduction in 1998. LEED is available for all types of projects and is a robust, flexible, and transparent third-party certification program.

(Image provided by Ferris State University).


Juvenile hospitalized after accidental firearm discharge Sunday night

On Sunday, May 26 at approximately 10:46 P.M., deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an accidental firearm being discharged in Green Township. 

The investigation revealed a 13-year-old juvenile from Evart took a family member's weapon without that family member knowing and accidentally shot themselves in the leg. 

The family member rendered aid till first responders arrived. Mecosta County EMS transported the juvenile to Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids for the non-life-threatening injury. 

Deputies were assisted on scene by Mecosta County EMS, Big Rapids City Rescue and Meceola Central Dispatch.


32-year-old male from Evart dies following motorcycle wreck

On Sunday, May 26 at approximately 5:17 P.M., deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a one-vehicle motorcycle accident at the intersection of 20 Mile Road & 80th Avenue in Chippewa Township. 

The investigation revealed a 32-year-old male from Evart was traveling east on 20 Mile Road approaching 80th Avenue, when he attempted to miss a deer in the roadway. This caused the male to go off the roadway and crash. Mecosta County EMS was performing life saving measures before transporting the male, later identified as Dustin Hyden, to Corewell Health Hospital. Dustin later passed at the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

Deputies were assisted on scene by Mecosta County EMS, Chippewa & Martiny Township Fire / Rescue, Fork Township Rescue, Michigan State Police, Huff's Towing and Meceola Central Dispatch. 


Ferris State President Pink joining leaders from University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Wayne State for Mackinac Policy Conference panel on developing talent

Ferris State University President Bill Pink will join leaders from University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University on a panel discussing higher education’s role in building a talented workforce at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

The annual conference is organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber and attracts lawmakers, leaders, and journalists from across the state and nation. The four-day event takes place on Mackinac Island, beginning on Tuesday, May 28.

The theme of the 2024 event is “Bridging the Future Together” to inspire radical collaboration across divides. Conference speakers and sessions will focus on key themes critical to Michigan’s future, including attracting businesses and jobs, improving education outcomes to ensure workforce readiness, strengthening infrastructure, and leading with innovation and equity.

Pink is on a panel with U of M President Santa J. Ono, Michigan State President Kevin Guskiewicz, and Wayne State President Kimberly Andrews Espy. Michigan Radio Political Director Zoe Clark will host the discussion. 

The panel is planned for Thursday, May 30 from 10:55 to 11:30 a.m. in the theater of the Grand Hotel. A livestream of the event is available here

“Developing talent and creating opportunities for all people to thrive is what Ferris State University has done for nearly 140 years,” Pink said. "We move at the speed of industry so that our students can step off the stage at commencement and directly into a rewarding career.”

Pink said Ferris State provides students with the dynamic skillset to power Michigan’s future across every industry, with more than 250 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, and certificate programs in in-demand fields including artificial intelligence, criminal justice, pharmacy, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare careers.

Ferris State is home to Michigan’s only College of Optometry, the nation’s first PGA Golf Management Program, and the highly-recognized Kendall College of Art and Design.


Crossroads Charter Academy hosting blood drive Tuesday

Coming this Tuesday, Crossroads Charter Academy will be hosting a blood drive at the high school.

The drive will last from 8:30 A.M. and last until 1:30 P.M. This is the fifth blood drive hosted by the school this year.

The event is being sponsored by the school's National Honors Society as a service project. Those interested in attending should park in the lot across High School and come in through the main entrance. 

For more upcoming events, visit the WBRN community calendar at https://wbrn.com/community/calendar.

 


MDHHS recommends Michigan residents and visitors avoid foam on waterbodies

With summer approaching, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommends residents and visitors avoid foam on Michigan waterbodies such as lakes, rivers and streams. 

Foam can form on any waterbody. Natural foam is usually off-white and/or brown, can have an earthy or fishy scent, and tends to pile up in bays, eddies or at river barriers, such as dams. 

Sometimes foam can contain harmful chemicals or bacteria. This can include high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS-containing foam is usually bright white in color, lightweight and can pile up along shores or blow onto beaches. Some studies have found that high exposure to some PFAS is linked to high cholesterol and liver damage, among other health effects. 

If you touch any foam, rinse off or bathe as soon as possible. This is especially true if the water is suspected to be contaminated with PFAS. Touching foam without rinsing off or bathing can lead to accidentally swallowing foam and its contents. 

“Science tells us that the risk of PFAS entering your body through your skin is low, but you can accidentally swallow PFAS and other chemicals or bacteria if you do not rinse off or bathe after touching foam,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive. “Rinsing off or bathing after water activities will help protect people from chemicals and bacteria that may be in foam or water.”

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recommends that people do not allow their animals to touch or swallow foam on waterbodies. Animals are at risk of swallowing foam that has built up in their fur when grooming themselves. If animals touch foam, they should be rinsed off and bathed with fresh water. Pet owners with questions related to animals and foam should contact their veterinarian. 

Anyone with questions about exposure to PFAS or foam can call the MDHHS Environmental Health Hotline at 800-648-6942. More information is available on the MPART website.


Detroit Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell Quote Sheet: 5/23/24

LIONS HEAD COACH DAN CAMPBELL QUOTE SHEET

May 23, 2024

Opening Statement: “Alright, let me get this out of the way. (Lions C Frank) Ragnow, (Lions T Taylor) Decker, (Lions TE Sam) LaPorta, (Lions G Kayode Awosika) Yode, (Lions QB Nate) Sudfeld, (Lions RB Jahmyr) Gibbs, (Lions RB Zonovan Knight) Bam, (Lions S) Kerby (Joseph), (Lions DB Brian) Branch, (Lions OLB Marcus) Davenport, (Lions DL DJ) Reader, (Lions DL John) Cominsky, (Lions LB Derrick) Barnes, (Lions CB Emmanuel) Moseley, (Lions CB Terrion) Arnold, (Lions CB Ennis) Rakestraw, (Lions LB Alex) Anzalone – all of those players are either limited, no practice, or out for personal reasons. Then all are, could be PUP or doubtful to probable for the Rams. So, there you go. We got that out of the way. I’ve been dreading that the whole time so now I’m glad we got that done. Day three OTAs, the first two days have been good. I thought yesterday was better than the first day. They’re in good shape all-in-all. We’ll back down just a little bit today just to make sure we are being smart with them, but good work – guys have been working hard. It really has, it’s been a good spring. We are in pajamas and all that, we’re just kind of in the beginning phases of 2024 for football, but man I like where we are at. So that’s what it is.”

On if it is Super Bowl or bust this year: “Yeah, I don’t see bust. I see Super Bowl. I don’t know what the bust is. Here’s what I know, we all – every team ought to have that. Every team ought to be like, ‘Man what are you playing for? You’re playing for a Super Bowl.’ So, we are no different than that. Now we work backwards from there, and so you’ve got to set yourself up no different than last year, certain things you’ve got to do to really make that valid, make that a reality. Ultimately, that’s what we want to do. Now to do that, you better win the division. You’ve got to give yourself the best odds you can. You need to win the division, best seeding you can possibly do. OK, well how do you do that? Well, you’ve got to start with where we are at now, you’ve got to go back to work, you’ve got to do all the little things, which to this point our guys have done. They’ve been here for offseason, they’re grinding, they’re working, we’re in good shape. We’re strong, we’re physical, we’re explosive, and we are just in the beginning of this.”

On Lions DB Brian Branch being seen on a knee scooter this offseason and his status: “He just had a little clean up there. Something that coming out of last year that – thought it might heal, and then it just ended up being, ‘You know we better get this thing done.’ So anyway, that’s where he’s at. That and I think he likes riding a scooter. But we feel like he’s progressing well, we feel like he’ll be ready to go in camp, if not early enough – it’ll be certainly he’ll get enough reps and be ready for the season. That’s how we feel right now.”

On if having multiple young players that are getting opportunity early due to injury allows them to see who fits well: “It does. It’s a good thing, one of the things – getting (Lions CB) Amik (Robertson), playing Amik at some nickel here, obviously we got (Lions CB Carlton) Davis outside, (Lions CB Khalil) Dorsey is outside, those guys. (Lions CB Ennis) Rakestraw and (Lions CB Terrion) Arnold really aren’t getting a lot of reps right now, we’re being smart with both of those guys. Just a couple of things popped up, nothing to panic about. But that’s kind of the beauty of it, especially when they come back. We’ve got – (Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager) Brad (Holmes)’s done such a good job on the backend now where we’ve got a lot of competition back there. Then it’s, ‘Man, who can do this?’ And that’s just the beginning of this. Amik at nickel – we know Amik can play outside too, but then what about Rakestraw, Arnold, Dorsey, (Lions CB Kindle) Vildor, and we just have options. So that’s kind of what we are tinkering with a little but right now. It is exciting though. It’s pretty fun right now.”

On if the offseason has been as drama-free and smooth as it could be: “Yeah, everything has progressed nicely here. I felt like it was another good year, another good – you know the process of where we are at going into year four. I thought (Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager) Brad (Holmes) and his crew – I swear every year, I’m like, ‘How can this get more efficient?’ Because it is so efficient right now, and he does it. It’s unbelievable. He’s a machine. I love the players that we got, free agency obviously, the Draft, the level we’re at here, we’re just in a pretty good place right now. We really are, we’re in a good place. We got our guys signed back, that was big to be able to get (Lions QB Jared) Goff and (Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown) Saint and (Lions T Penei) Sewell, those were a priority. It’s been really good for us. It has. We’re sitting in a good place right now.”

On how Lions WR Jameson Williams has looked coming back and what he will look like stepping into a number two role: “There again, we started this thing back in April. You’ve got Phase I for a couple of weeks, then we’ve been on the grass for three weeks in Phase II, which has been routes on air, fundamentals, and individual, and doing all this. We’re two practices in and if you said, ‘Give me one player that is the most improved from that start to finish in that time,’ Jamo would be that guy right now. He is a man on a mission and I’m just going to leave it at that. I’m going to leave it at that.”

On what his early impressions are of Lions CB Terrion Arnold: “No practice for him yet, he’s doing a couple little individual. Just started yesterday, so I can’t even answer that.”

On what he is looking for in Lions QB Hendon Hooker to take the number two quarterback spot: “He needs to take a step up. We need to feel like by the end of camp this guy can run this offense. He’s somebody that we know we can play the game a certain way with him, we know he’s going to be able to process the information, he’s going to get us in the right play, and he’s somebody that we can – he’s going to keep the ship afloat. That’s it. We don’t need him to come in and win a game, you just want to feel like, alright. So obviously, he’s going to need to take another step up. The good news is, especially right now, he's getting a ton of reps. In the last two days, he’s gotten – he’s really getting all the second and third group because (Lions QB Nate) Sudfeld is limited, and that’s a good thing. So, we are just going to douse him with reps and he’s getting all of this, he’s going to get a ton in training camp, and that’s the best thing he can get right now is reps.”

On if keeping Lions TE Brock Wright will help them with two tight end sets: “It helps because – Brock, here we go man, he’s another one of these guys that – we have a lot of trust in Brock. His professionalism man, he’s smart, he’s tough, he’s got versatility as a blocker, he’s got speed down the middle of the field. To your point, he allows us to do things personnel-wise with (Lions TE Sam) LaPorta in the game – he does a lot of the dirty work. He’s kind of one of those unsung heroes, and you’ve got to have them. You’ve got to have a guy like him. It was big for us to be able to get him back. He does, he just brings more versatility offense. He allows you to be able to play in 12-personnel and do some of those things because of his – not only his mental, but his ability to block and really stretch the field.”

On the biggest factor for players showing him that they have improved especially without pads: “With where we’re at now, for the most part – it is. The coaches are intact. We got (Lions Offensive Coordinator) Ben (Johnson), we got (Lions Defensive Coordinator Aaron Glenn) AG back, we got (Special Teams Coordinator Dave) Fipp, we got (Lions Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs) Scottie (Montgomery), we got (Linebackers Coach Kelvin Sheppard) Shep, (Lions Offensive Line Coach) Hank (Fraley), we can go across the board here. We’ve got continuity with the staff. We got (Lions QB Jared) Goff, we got (Lions T Penei) Sewell, we got (Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown) Saint, we got (Lions T Taylor) Decker, we got (Lions C) Frank (Ragnow) – and then the defense. You got (Lions DL Aidan Hutchinson) Hutch, you got (Lions DL Alim McNeill) Mac – you want to feel like alright, let’s take this to another level. Let’s raise everything. This time of the year it can’t be the physical necessarily or the violent side of the game, but man the mental. Can we grow in situational football, can we really take this to the next step? I talk about this ‘Level 401’ – we need to be playing and thinking in Level 401 now because we have all been together. We’ve got the talent here, we got smart guys, we got competitive guys, and so now, some of these teams that are starting from scratch – now we need to be like, ‘Hey man we’re in year four, we’re all together and we’ve been together.’ That’s what I’m looking for. I want to know even by the end of OTAs, we’ve taken this to another level. You want to know – man this time last year, we’re even crisper than we were last year. We’ve taken it to another notch. Our end-of-game situations, some of these things we’ve done, we made it harder on them than it was last year. We’ve stressed them more, we put a little more pressure on them, and I think ultimately that’s what we are looking for, I am.”

On where specifically Lions WR Jameson Williams has improved: “Everywhere. Everywhere. And we’re not in pads yet. Everywhere.”

On what he has seen from Lions DL Brodric Martin: “He’s improving. There again, it’s hard to say without pads on. Till we get pads on, that O-line, D-line, but I can tell you this, (Lions Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach) Terrell (Williams), who – I’ve got a lot of confidence in Terrell Williams as our D-Line coach, I think he really is – he’s the best D-Line coach in this League. And if he’s not, then you can argue what place he is. He’s been working with him, a ton of one-on-one, individual. Look the kid wants it, he’s working, and he’s improving. He’s another guy, we’ve just got to get him reps, and training camp is going to be pivotal for him with the pads on.”

On if they will have joint practices this training camp: “Yeah, so the Giants, we will go to the New York Giants. That’ll be the Week 1, Preseason Week 1, we’ll go out there for a couple of days. That’ll be the only one we have this year.”

On if he wanted a second set of joint practices: “Yes. It didn’t work out. I know that – I talked to (Chiefs Head) Coach (Andy) Reid a while back, that’s just not necessarily something that they do. That’s not – and that’s all good. We’ll be here and no problem.”

On if the ‘I know we can’ mentality permeates through the team and if he feels that: “Yeah, I can feel it. You have to believe and think that way. I think we all know what we are capable of here. But more importantly – yeah it does permeate. But it’s also, you can’t just say it and say we’re going to believe and not put the work in. That’s the most important thing. There is a belief, but I think the belief comes from the work that you put in and doing all the little things right and starting back from the ground up and surpassing where you were at. Build from the ground up and now we have to get even further, we’ve got to think a little bit different here. There’s got to be a different level of focus and detail to what we do. That can never be lost. You’ve got to go earn everything again. I mentioned this last year and I’ll say it again, it’s going to take a lot more than it did last year to get to where we were. That’s just the nature of how it goes. But we’re going to be more than capable of doing that. Things have got to go your way, but it does start with you. It starts with those players, starts with the coaches, we’ve got to put the work in.”

On what the benefits are of joint practices: “Yeah, you get something different. You get a different – your O-line, D-line, receivers, DB, the backs, tight ends, everything – you get a whole different – you get used to somebody over about a 10-day period then now you get to go and now this guy runs routes a little but different, his stems are different, the speed’s different, he’s a little more physical, or he’s a little – whatever, I think it sparks the system. It gives you somebody new to see and you adjust and react, so that’s where I think it’s good. Then it breaks up a little bit of the monotony of camp of going against each other. It’s something – it’s just a little fresh.”

On if having no second joint practice changes their approach to playing starters in the preseason: “Yeah, I’m still tinkering with that a little bit. Certainly, we’ll get our work done here however we need to do that whether we are playing in the preseason or we’re getting it done here together during that week with the starters and the guys we’re going to count on. We’ll have a good plan. We’ll have them ready to go.”

On if he worries about anything in particular with the team outside of injuries: “No. I don’t. Injuries you have no control over. You do the best you can with the way you set things up and training is a big part of that, guys taking care of their body. But no, no I don’t. What I worry about is the things we have control of, so I shouldn’t have to worry about it right? We put the work in, nobody gets complacent, there shouldn’t be any entitlement, we’ve got to go back to work and as long as we do that, we’ll be just fine.”

On what his contract extension with the Lions this offseason means to him: “I’m fortunate. To me, those coaches and (Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager) Brad (Holmes) himself, that crew over there, and those players – that’s because of them. I’m thankful for that, and I’m thankful to be around the people that I’m around. They make me a better coach, there’s no doubt about that. Here we go man, we’re into the next phase.”


Treblemakers Youth Choir concert set for Tuesday

The United Church of Big Rapids will be hosting a kid’s concert on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 P.M. 

Treblemakers is a group of fourth to eighth graders that will be performing a wide variety of songs, both traditional and modern.

“They are fantastic,” Director Katie McGinnis. “They're just a bundle of joy every rehearsal. It's so fun to spend time with them and to make music with them.”

Admission is free for the event and donations are encouraged. According to McGinnis, the support for the group from the community has always been great.

“It's a very welcoming arts community and there is something for everyone,” McGinnis said. “That’s why I love this community so very much.”

This event is one of many different concerts coming up in the area. To stay up to date on upcoming shows and times, check out bigrapidsdailynews.com.

(Photo provided by Katie McGinnis).


Big Rapids Community Library announces June event schedule

Eight events headline the community outreach effort by the Big Rapids Community Library this coming month.

Various events include monthly storytime sessions, science and math activities, and arts and crafts workshops. This month also includes a plant sale and the contiuation of the summer reading program.

For a full list of the events with dates and times, view the flyer attached as well as visit the Big Rapids Media Network Community Calendar at https://wbrn.com/community/calendar. For additional information, visit https://www.bigrapidslibrary.org/ or contact the library at (231)-796-5234.


Biden-Harris Administration announces additional $7.7 billion in approved student debt relief for 160,000 borrowers

The Biden-Harris Administration announced Tuesday the approval of $7.7 billion in additional student loan debt relief for 160,500 borrowers. These discharges are for three categories of borrowers: those receiving Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF); those who signed up for President Biden’s Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan and who are eligible for its shortened time-to-forgiveness benefit; and those receiving forgiveness on income-driven repayment (IDR) as a result of fixes made by the Administration. This action comes as more than 8 million borrowers have been helped by the SAVE Plan. That includes 4.6 million with a $0 monthly payment.

Tuesday's announcement brings the total loan forgiveness approved by the Biden-Harris Administration to $167 billion for 4.75 million Americans. Thanks to this Administration’s efforts more than one out of every 10 federal student loan borrowers has now been approved for some debt relief. This action builds on President Biden and his Administration’s efforts to provide debt relief to as many borrowers as possible as quickly as possible. 

“The Biden-Harris Administration remains persistent about our efforts to bring student debt relief to millions more across the country, and this announcement proves it,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “One out of every 10 federal student loan borrowers approved for debt relief means one out of every 10 borrowers now has financial breathing room and a burden lifted.” 

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) also announced an update on the timing of the payment count adjustment. This administrative fix ensures borrowers get credit for progress borrowers made toward IDR forgiveness and PSLF. Borrowers who would benefit from consolidating now have until June 30, 2024 to apply to consolidate. Borrowers can find out more about the payment count adjustment here

The debt relief announced is broken down into the following categories:

  • $5.2 billion for 66,900 borrowers through fixes to PSLF: The Administration has now approved $68 billion in forgiveness for more than 942,000 borrowers through PSLF. 
  • $613 million for 54,300 borrowers through the SAVE Plan: This relief will go to borrowers enrolled in the SAVE Plan who had smaller loans for their postsecondary studies. Borrowers can receive relief after at least 10 years of payments if they originally borrowed $12,000 or less. Each additional $1,000 in borrowing adds 12 more months until forgiveness. All borrowers on the SAVE Plan receive forgiveness after 20 or 25 years, depending on whether they have loans for graduate school. The benefit is based upon the original principal balance of all Federal loans borrowed to attend school, not what a borrower currently owes or the amount of an individual loan. Today’s announcement brings total relief approved under the SAVE Plan to $5.5 billion for 414,000 borrowers. 
  • $1.9 billion for 39,200 borrowers through administrative adjustments to IDR?payment counts. These adjustments have brought borrowers closer to forgiveness and address longstanding concerns with the misuse of forbearance by loan servicers. Including today’s announcement, the Biden-Harris Administration has now approved $51.0 billion in IDR relief for more than 1 million borrowers.

“Another 160,000 borrowers and their families will get some much-needed relief thanks to the continued efforts the Biden-Harris Administration to fix the broken student loan system,” said U.S. Under Secretary of Education James Kvaal. “We congratulate those borrowers on their due forgiveness and we will continue to work to deliver relief to others.” 

As discussed in a recent report by the Council of Economic Advisers, the relief provided by these discharges and other actions taken by the Administration could boost short-term consumption and have positive effects on borrower mental health, financial security, and outcomes such as homeownership and entrepreneurship. 

Borrowers have already begun receiving emails informing them of their approvals. Their relief will be processed in the following weeks.

 

New Plans to Deliver Debt Relief to Tens of Millions of Americans

In April, the Biden-Harris Administration released initial details of a new set of plans that would provide student debt relief for tens of millions of borrowers across the country. The plans would bring the total number of borrowers eligible for student debt relief to over 30 million, including borrowers who have already been approved for debt cancellation by the Biden-Harris Administration over the past three years. The plans for new student debt relief regulations announced by President Biden are the next step in a regulatory process that began last summer to provide debt relief to as many borrowers as possible as quickly as possible under the Higher Education Act. The proposals would permit the following types of waivers:

  • Waiving accrued and capitalized interest for millions of borrowers; 
  • Automatically discharging debt for borrowers not enrolled in but otherwise eligible for loan forgiveness under the SAVE Plan, closed school discharge, or other forgiveness programs; 
  • Eliminating student debt for borrowers who entered repayment 20 or more years ago; 
  • Helping borrowers who enrolled in low-financial-value programs or institutions; and 
  • Assisting borrowers who experience hardship in paying.

Public comments on the first set of plans closed on May 17. The Department is in the process of carefully reviewing comments. Our goal is to publish a final rule that results in delivering relief this fall.

 

A Strong Track Record of Borrower Assistance

The Biden-Harris Administration has taken many steps to reduce the burden of student debt and ensure that student loans are not a barrier to opportunity for students and families. The Administration secured a $900 increase to the maximum Pell Grant -- the largest increase in a decade -- and finalized new rules to protect borrowers from career programs that leave graduates with unaffordable debts or insufficient earnings. 

Beyond the relief under IDR, the SAVE Plan, and PSLF, the Biden-Harris Administration has also approved: 

  • $28.7 billion for more than 1.6 million borrowers who were cheated by their schools, saw their institutions precipitously close, or are covered by related court settlements. 
  • $14.1 billion for more than 548,000 borrowers with a total and permanent disability.

The updated state-by-state breakdown of borrowers approved for forgiveness under IDR and the SAVE Plan, including today’s announcement, can be found here.


Ferris State digital media software engineering online curriculum rated among nation's best by University HQ

Ferris State University’s Digital Media Software Engineering curriculum was highlighted by University HQ, an independent education organization, which ranked the program in its Top 15 Online Bachelor's Degree programs for a second straight year.

Ferris State was fifth in the ranking. Assistant professor Mohamed Abusharkh, program coordinator for this School of Digital Media curriculum, said the university has made the program available online since 2019, around a decade after establishing this degree track at the Ferris State-Grand Rapids campus.

“Having our base in Ferris State’s Center for Virtual Learning is a great asset for all our students, ushering in a new era of collaborative opportunities with our peers in the School of Digital Media,” Abusharkh said. “A vast majority of the students in our program take their classes online, opting for asynchronous or real-time participation in a curriculum that prioritizes software building skills. We also offer our entire program through coursework at Ferris-Grand Rapids.”

The Digital Media Software Engineering program helps students master software development fundamentals while gaining insights into emerging technologies, giving them relevant abilities in a high-demand field.

“We have a hub where students can gain proficiency in developing artificial intelligence software, experience machine learning or build their game design and development abilities,” Abusharkh said. “They can experience paid internships and enjoy placement post-graduation at salaries of $65,000 or more. For those with software engineering skills, the number of available positions is expected to outpace the field of qualified prospects from now to the year 2050.”

Abusharkh said industries seeking software engineering graduates include healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and others adapting to the utilization of artificial intelligence in their processes.

The Digital Media Software Engineering program offers courses during the fall, spring and summer semesters to allow for degree completion in four years.


Ferris State men's golf team finishes in national top 10, Bulldog Nathan Kraynyk is national runner-up

The Ferris State University men's golf team finished the season ninth in the nation after competing in the 2024 NCAA Division II National Championships, with Bulldog Nathan Kraynyk finishing as the national runner-up.

The Bulldogs had a strong final round, shooting even par with a 284 team score over the final 18 holes of action. Ferris State finished ninth overall at 857 or 5 over par for the 54-hole tournament held on the par 71 course measuring 7,419 yards.

The D2 National Championships were held in conjunction with the Division II Spring Sports Festival at the Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, Fla.

The top eight teams following the 54-hole stroke play portion of the national championships advanced to the head-to-head national quarterfinals and Ferris State narrowly missed the field.

The Bulldogs were in contention to finish in the top eight throughout the final round finished only four shots behind eighth-place finisher West Texas A&M. The team champion was West Florida, which carded a 14-under par score for the tournament.

"It was an incredible season by an impressive group of young men, who represented our program and our university with class, dedication and grit," Ferris State head coach Sam Stark said. "We were disappointed to fall a bit short of match play, but never disappointed in the effort by this group."

Individually, Kraynyk tied for second place overall on the leaderboard with a 206 tournament figure. He carded a 67 in the final round after shooting a 70 in round one and a 69 in round two.

"What a week of golf for this Dawg," Stark said. "He was an absolute incredible competitor and gave everything he had for his teammates throughout his Bulldog career."

Kraynyk is a junior from Buffalo Point, Manitoba in Canada.

Ferris State’s Caleb Bond and Zach Koerner both tied for 37th on the leaderboard with 216 tournament totals. Bond shot a 76 in the final round while Koerner closed with an even-par 71 figure.

The Bulldogs' McCoy Biagioli finished tied for 77th with a 222 total, notching a 73 in the final round. Finally, Sam Havey also carded a 73 in round three and placed tied for 83rd in the field with a 223 figure.

The Bulldogs were one of 20 team from across the country competing for the national championship in men's golf.

The Bulldogs earned their trip to the national championships after a fifth-place finish at the NCAA D2 Midwest/Central Super Regional Championships that wrapped up on May 11 in Edmond, Okla.

Ferris State shot a final-round 277 team figure and finished at 834 or six-under for the 54-hole super regional tournament to earn its spot in the national championships.

This year's national championships berth represented FSU's 17th all-time in program history and first since 2019. The finals were hosted by Rollins College and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission.

Ferris State's ninth-place team finish is the program's best since 2017 when the Bulldogs earned runner-up honors in the 2017 NCAA-II Midwest/Central Super Regional in Kearney, Neb., before going on to a national quarterfinal finish. In 2019, the Bulldogs placed tied for third at the super regional and reached the NCAA D2 National Championships, placing 20th overall.

This year also marked the 19th time in the past 21 years in which the Bulldogs had representation in the NCAA Tournament when it has been held. The stretch of NCAA Championship representation in men's golf ranks as one of the best stretches in the country.

Ferris State also captured its 22nd all-time GLIAC Championship by beating rival Grand Valley State in the league finale on April 14 in Augusta, Mich.

(Image provided by Ferris State Athletics).


Reed City basketball's Walsh heading to Kuyper College

After a successful senior season as a Coyote, Dylan Walsh will be trading in his red and black colors for purple and gold this coming fall.

The standout guard signed his letter of intent with the developmental program back on May 17.

“I thought it was a good fit academically,” Walsh said. “They've a good environment around campus and the gym. Most importantly, the coaches felt right.”

Walsh helped the Coyotes win a regular season CSAA title this past winter as well as reach the district finals for the first time since 2016. He also shot 44 percent from three-point range.

Walsh will not be the only one from the area making the move to Grand Rapids, as fellow conference opponent KJ Strait from White Cloud and former teammates Caelen Kinnally and Kanin Gerding from Big Rapids will be joining the Kuyper program at different levels.

“It’s good already knowing some of the guys down there,” Walsh said. “(It’s) just going to make it a little better (transition).”

When asked what he is looking forward to most about playing college basketball, he said the competition with players being bigger, faster, and stronger.

“I’ve already been down there for a couple open gyms and can already tell. It’s going to really help me develop as a player and hopefully continue playing for the chance at a varsity roster spot.”

Walsh said he is planning to study business leadership at Kuyper.

(Graphic credit to Dylan Walsh).


Evart Police: Weekly Blotter (5/13 - 5/19)

Monday, May 13

  • Alarm – Officers were dispatched for a burglary alarm. It was determined to be a false alarm.
  • Stolen Vehicle – Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff's Department with a UDAA complaint. Officers observed the stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Further investigation determined that no crime had occurred.

Tuesday, May 14

  • Retail Fraud – Officers were dispatched for a retail fraud complaint.

Wednesday, May 15

  • Private Property Damage Accident – Officers came across a private property damage accident while on patrol. Officers assisted the driver with obtaining a tow.

Thursday, May 16

  • Larceny – Officers were dispatched for a civil complaint involving missing items. The items were located and returned.

Friday, May 17

  • No incidents reported.

Saturday, May 18

  • Property Damage Accident - Officers were dispatched for a two car accident. There were no injuries and both vehicles were drivable. 

  • Civil – Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff's Department with a civil complaint.

  • Disorderly – Officers were dispatched to assist the Osceola County Sheriff's Department with an assault in progress complaint. The suspect was transported to hospital for evaluation.

Sunday, May 19

  • No incidents reported.


Lake County competes construction of new ORV training park; opening to public Sunday

Lake County has completed the construction and testing of the ORV Training Park located at 2172 S. M-37 in Baldwin and is adjacent to the James St Trailhead. The Park's grand opening is scheduled for this Saturday, May 25, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

The park features three training areas for varying rider skill levels, a large covered pavilion, parking for vehicles w/trailers, and an information kiosk. The park will be open to the public daily from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.  beginning on Sunday, May 26, and closing for the season on Sunday, Sep. 1.

The completion and opening of the park are the culmination of the momentous efforts by many county employees and offices for the training and enjoyment of county residents and visiting trail riders. The cost of completing the park came in just under $600,000 with approximately $300,000 funded by a grant from the DNR Trust Fund.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the Lake County Clerk, Patti Pacola, at clerk@co.lake.mu.us or (231)745-2725.


Jonathan Eppley resigns as Big Rapids City Commissioner

This past Wednesday evening, Big Rapids City Commissioner Jonathan Eppley submitted his formal notice of resignation to the Big Rapids City Commission.

He will step down from the position of City Commissioner after serving for over six and half years in Big Rapids.

"It has been my pleasure to serve my community for the past six and a half years as a commissioner," Eppley wrote. "With the current city staff, leadership and commission in place, I believe the city is positioned for continuous prosperity."

Eppley's last day is listed as Tuesday, May 28. The City Commission has set a special meeting for Tuesday evening at 6:30 P.M. to recognize Eppley for his service and make a procedure to find the next commissioner.


Reed City Police: Weekly Blotter (5/13 - 5/19)

Monday, May 13

  • No incidents reported.

Tuesday, May 14

  • Officers participated in drug enforcement activities. Investigations are ongoing.

Wednesday, May 15

  • Officers took a report of a found medical bracelet. The bracelet was returned to the owner.
  • An officer took a report of a stolen decorative solar lawn light.
  • An officer investigated reports of someone smoking marijuana at an apartment complex. After investigating the 18-year-old male was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant out of Mecosta County.
  • An officer investigated reports of vandalism made to the bathroom at the Depot.
  • Officers responded to a civil disagreement regarding personal property.

Thursday, May 16

  • Officers transported a 21-year-old male from Gratiot County Jail and transported to Osceola County Jail on two outstanding warrants. No issues.

Friday, May 17

  • Officers picked up 47-year-old male on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court.
  • Officers responded to an attempted larceny from a motor vehicle. The vehicle owner declined to press charges.

Saturday, May 18

  • Officer took a complaint of a barking dog.
  • Officers responded to a complaint of an argument. Upon investigating and finding only one person in the residence, an individual was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
  • Officers responded to a residence due to reports of a highly intoxicated man punching his car and possibly being suicidal. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment.
  • Officers were dispatched to a possible domestic situation. Upon arrival there was no domestic situation. Both were intoxicated but denied any argument.

Sunday, May 19

  • Officers took a complaint from an upset individual who stated the mother of his children was saying bad things about him. He was advised it was a civil matter as no law was broken.

  • Officers were contacted by a woman who was concerned her grandson may have brought a stolen bicycle to her house. The matter is under investigation.

  • Officers took a report regarding the unauthorized use of a commercial dumpster.

  • Officer took a report of a possible criminal sexual conduct matter involving two minors. The matter is under investigation.


Northend Meat and Produce opens in Reed City

The return of a long-standing Reed City mini-grocery mart is here, but it has been a roller-coaster ride of a process.

In August of 2022, the long-standing Northend Grocery store was knocked down in hopes of a new Biggby Coffee shop coming in. This change brought good news and bad news. 

The bad news: the plans for the coffee shop fell through. The good news: a new version of Northend would be on the way less than a year later.

Under the ownership of Craig Goodman and Al Peterson, the new convenience shop located at 315 N Chestnut Street now offers many different goods for the community.

“We're trying to have a little bit of something for everybody,” Al Peterson said. “We've got the meat markets open, the deli is open, and we now have our liquor license.”

 

(A look at the interior layout of Northend Meat and Produce; photo credit to Brandon Wirth).

 

The store had a soft opening back on May 7 and Peterson said they saw lots of positive feedback.

“Everybody seemed to like how the store was set up. (They) want us to have gas but it’ll come in time.”

Northend is currently waiting on permission from the state for putting motor fuel on their licenses with their four installed pumps. They have also applied for food stamp and lottery licenses. Peterson says they will be hoping to get those licenses before Memorial Day and be fully operational in the next month or so.

The store is currently open from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, they will open at 6 A.M. and remain open until midnight. Peterson also said they will be open on holidays as well.

For more information on the store, visit “Northend Meat and Produce” on Facebook.