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Penpals meet years later after Marion balloon found

By Aaron Michell Correspondent It’s interesting how people meet. When Gloria Goetsch released a balloon during an Old-Fashioned Days’ celebration in 2004, little did she know it was bound to find her a new pen-pal. MaKayla Priest, all of 10 years-old at the time, happened to stumble upon that balloon in her father’s hedge row […]

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Marion woman arrested on meth charges

By John Raffel Correspondent A Marion woman was arraigned earlier this month in Osceola County’s 77th District Court to face charges from a drug investigation that started in May. Osceola County prosecuting attorney Tony Badovinac said Brittany Michelle Bean, 25 of Marion, was arraigned on a charge of maintaining a meth lab, which he said […]

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Suspect sought in break-in

By John Raffel Correspondent The Osceola County Sheriff’s office is asking for help in finding a subject police suspect attempted to break into the M-115 Party Store the early morning of 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 11. According to published reports, the suspect tried to break into the store, located at the intersection of 20 Mile […]

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Marion hosts biggest swap meet

By Steve Landon Correspondent Having survived another warm, sloppy winter, a summer without substantial rainfall, record autumn warmth and poor fall colors, outdoor enthusiasts have pretty much had it with weather forecasters and that charming little old lady known as Mother Nature. This past Saturday visitors to the annual Marion Snowmobile Swap Meet were determined […]

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No rollback for Missaukee

By John Raffel Correspondent The Missaukee County Board of Commissioners was informed at its meeting on Oct. 10 there would be no change in the millage rate this year. Equalization director Dale Mosher told the board in the 2017 apportionment report that there would be no rollback for the county and the millage rate would […]

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Evart Police Log

By John Raffel Correspondent Oct. 10: Warrant Arrest – Officers made contact with a subject who had a warrant for their arrest. The warrant was confirmed and the subject was transported to another location and turned over to the agency who issued the warrant. Oct. 11: Private Property Damage – Officers were dispatched to a private property […]

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McBain enrollment numbers higher than last year

By John Raffel Correspondent Specifics for October school dates haven’t been quite finalized at McBain but superintendent Steve Brimmer indicated there were reasons for being optimistic. “I don’t have the exact number of students we can claim yet,” Brimmer said. “We had 1,057 enrolled on count day but we lose part of the funding when […]

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BOC wrestles with budget

By John Raffel Correspondent Work continues on the 2018 Osceola County budget. Commissioner Roger Elkins of Evart said after Tuesday’s board meeting there will be a budget hearing set up in November. “We’re hoping to get it wrapped up,” Elkins said. “A lot of things are typically smaller amounts within the budget. It’d be nice […]

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Marion enrollment at 453

By John Raffel Correspondent The recent Oct. 4 enrollment count for school districts has passed and Marion’s Mort Meier indicated the district is where it anticipated it would be. “We budgeted for 453 kids and I think we’re right there,” Meier said. “We enrolled a few lately so we’re at our mark, from the last […]

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BOC borrows for drain project

By John Raffel Correspondent The Osceola County Board of Commissioners voted at its Tuesday meeting to borrow $39,500 from the Delinquent Tax Funds to pay for a portion of the Rose Lake Drain Project. “There’s been several projects where we’ve used the delinquent tax funds to make a loan to ourselves,” commissioner Roger Elkins of […]

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