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STUFFING BOXES: Rotary Club packs 130 Thanksgiving dinners to donate

STUFFING BOXES: Rotary Club packs 130 Thanksgiving dinners to donate

BIG RAPIDS — For Rotary Club of Big Rapids President Emily Fransted, the annual tradition of helping donate Thanksgiving dinners to area …

City officials warn residents about increased holiday traffic

City officials warn residents about increased holiday traffic

BIG RAPIDS — As thousands of people across the county take to the roads to visit friends and family this holiday season, officials are …

Hunters advised on deer transportation, consumption

Hunters advised on deer transportation, consumption

MECOSTA COUNTY — Opening day has come and gone, meaning hunting season is in full swing in Mecosta County. While those heading out to bag …

Wisconsin man facing CSC charges

BIG RAPIDS — A Wisconsin man who allegedly drove to Big Rapids to have sexual relations with a young teenager now faces criminal sexual …

News in Brief

MSP investigating Newaygo County woman’s death

MSP investigating Newaygo County woman’s death

HART — A Newaygo County woman’s death earlier this month is being investigated by Michigan State Police. According to a release, …

City Commissioners approve 2019 wastewater user charge system report

BIG RAPIDS — During the Big Rapids City Commission meeting on Monday, board members approved the 2019 Big Rapids wastewater user charge …

Evart man dies in Sunday morning crash

LINCOLN TWP. — An Evart man died from injuries he sustained in an crash early Sunday morning. According to the Osceola County …

Big Rapids City Hall closed for holiday

BIG RAPIDS — The offices of Big Rapids City Hall will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of …

Lifestyles

GFWC ‘Patchwork of Colors’ Garden Tour set for July 17

GFWC ‘Patchwork of Colors’ Garden Tour set for July 17

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — Area residents can enjoy a variety of beautiful blooms and restful landscaping without pulling a …

Mark Brejcha: A rose like no other: Local woman was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII

Mark Brejcha: A rose like no other: Local woman was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII

By Mark Brejcha Special to the Pioneer When we think about the men and women who were the Greatest Generation, we can’t help but admire …

What can you do to prevent heart disease?

What can you do to prevent heart disease?

BIG RAPIDS — A person’s heart beating is like breathing — most people simply don’t pay attention to the fact …

Surviving cabin fever: Ideas for adults, children to beat the winter blahs

Surviving cabin fever: Ideas for adults, children to beat the winter blahs

  BIG RAPIDS – It hasn’t been a very typical winter. Frigid, freezing temperatures bluster through the area one week, while …

Business

Business owners still have mixed feelings on smoking ban after five years

Business owners still have mixed feelings on smoking ban after five years

MECOSTA COUNTY — Nearly five years after Michigan’s ban on smoking in bars and restaurants took effect, area business owners still have …

Carmike Cinema holds off on downtown theater project

Carmike Cinema holds off on downtown theater project

BIG RAPIDS — Cinema lovers who were looking forward to watching the newest film in an expanded Big Rapids downtown movie theater are …

Reed City business offers solution to electronic woes

Reed City business offers solution to electronic woes

REED CITY — Sometimes technology that is supposed to make lives easier only causes headaches when things go wrong. Ian Lacovara, owner of …

Family

OBK grant to go toward new shower/tub installation

OBK grant to go toward new shower/tub installation

Our Brother’s Keeper recently accepted grant funds from TransCanada. (Pictured) Larry London (right), of TransCanada, passes a …

Angels of Action receives TransCanada grant

Angels of Action receives TransCanada grant

(From left) Joni Thompson, president and CEO of Angels of Action, a local nonprofit which combats childhood hunger by providing area …

Morton Township Library’s summer program wraps up with magical performance

Morton Township Library’s summer program wraps up with magical performance

Morton Township Library’s Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” recently concluded with Amazing Clark’s …

State News

Upcoming Grand Rapids Public Museum exhibits to feature dinosaurs, toys

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) recently announced it will open …

Los Bandits de Michigan to kick-off National Hispanic Heritage Month

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association  COLDWATER — As National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) gets ready …

Frederik Meijer Gardens’ fall exhibition celebrates contemporary disability sculpture

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association  GRAND RAPIDS — Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park will be host to 16 …