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Postcard from the Pines: Yikes!! Ice!!

Postcard from the Pines: Yikes!! Ice!!

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

Great Ice Storm 2-22-1922 Up Carland from Main 442-10 On Wednesday, February 22, 1922, Marion, the rest of the state, and a large swath of the Midwest, awoke to a glittering, ice laden, and broken world. Just outside the door…

Marion girls defeat MCE 52-30

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Marion’s girls basketball team defeated Mason County Eastern on Feb. 16 with a 52-30 verdict.“Our energy wasn’t there at the start of the game but we were still leading until a buzzer beating three at…

Clare wrestling to take four wrestlers to state tournament

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20241 min read

Clare wrestling is going to be taking four wrestlers to the State Tournament in a couple of weeks after coming out on top during the Individual Regional Finals.On the boys side, Ryan Moreno, Carter Smedley and Holden Hollingshead were all…

May I Walk with You? ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION

May I Walk with You? ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20243 min read

Can I love someone and accept them, even if I don’t like how they believe and act? Good question for today. Once, when I was preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) the priest made this comment, “God loves the…

Obituary: Benjamin James Sexton

Obituary: Benjamin James Sexton

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20242 min read

Benjamin James Sexton, age 60, passed away peacefully under hospice care at Medilodge of Clare on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. He was born the youngest of six children to Frederick John and Marjorie Ann Sexton, on March 26, 1963, in…

Obituary: Margaret “Margo” Marie Zelinski

Obituary: Margaret “Margo” Marie Zelinski

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20243 min read

MAY 7, 1966 – FEBRUARY 19, 2024Margaret “Margo” Marie Zelinski age 57 of Clare, passed away peacefully after courageously fighting a long illness on Monday, February 19, 2024 at Trinity Health -Grand Rapids. Margaret was born Saturday, May 7, 1966…

Obituary: Ronald Keith Yesney

Obituary: Ronald Keith Yesney

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

Ronald Keith Yesney, 93, of Harrison died Friday, January 19th, 2024, at The University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He was born September 9, 1930, to Samuel and Agnes (Peterson) Yesney in Wakefield, Michigan. He was the second…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Valentines and Birthdays

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Valentines and Birthdays

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

Valentine’s Day is over.I miss my old buddy Al. He used to proofread the paper every Thursday. And every time I wrote a column about family, love or anything like that, he would be sitting at his desk behind me…

Clare will submit grant for new police equipment, okays SCADA purchase

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20245 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent Following a Public Hearing Monday (with no public comment) the Clare City Commission approved a motion to submit an application for a grant from USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) that would pay 55 percent of the…

Moolenaar honors fallen veterans

Moolenaar honors fallen veterans

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20241 min read

Congressman John Moolenaar recently presented certificates to the families of fallen soldiers including one from Clare. He said, “Today, I had the privilege of presenting military honors to the families of the late Kenneth Fink of Clare (photo) and the…

Primary election to select presidential candidates next Tuesday

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20244 min read

By Pat MaurerCorrespondent If you are planning to cast your primary ballot the old-fashioned way, Tuesday is the day to do it at your township or city headquarters.If not, you can still take advantage of early voting, or casting an…

Faces in the Crowd: TeBos Family Farm – Ken and Carol TeBos

Faces in the Crowd: TeBos Family Farm – Ken and Carol TeBos

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20249 min read

There has been a transition with family farms for many decades. Dairy farming has slowly, and not so slowly, accelerated from small family farms milking a small number of cows to milking several hundred and some milking several thousand or…

Man arraigned for hitting bicyclist, fleeing

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent LAKE CITY – A 37-year old Lansing man, John Lynn Major, was arraigned on Feb. 20 in Missaukee County 84th District Court on one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in…

Murphy, Cotter named McBain homecoming king, queen

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MCBAIN – McBain High School earlier this month had a week-long homecoming celebration.McBain is unique is that it celebrates the main homecoming during winter and at a basketball game. Most schools celebrate during the fall and at…

Osceola sheriff wants you help in identifying

Osceola sheriff wants you help in identifying

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the help of the public in identifying the subject shown in these photos. If you believe you know the identity of this person, please contact Sgt. Moeggenberg at 231-832-2288…

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Presidents’ Day has come and gone but I can’t help but reflect on two of my favorites, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.Washington was our first president. He led an army of rag tag colonists of victory over the well-trained, formidable…

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

I’ve written about this many times, but as we prepare to vote this year, I would ask you to be mindful of this- we keep electing leaders that have long past the age where we receive social security checks. Age…

Postcard from the Pines: Need Gas?

Postcard from the Pines: Need Gas?

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20245 min read

The history of gas stations and their owners in our little town would require a bookkeeper and true enthusiast to track. From grinding grain to changing tires, the story of the Marion Roller Mills becoming the Texaco could fill several…

Farwell girls basketball falls to Beaverton, Lakeview, wins against Harrison

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20241 min read

The Farwell girls basketball team lost their game against Beaverton on Jan. 31 with a final score of 55-29. They also won their game against Harrison on Feb. 2 with a final score of 39-35. Lastly, they lost their game…

Marion wins home invitational

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MARION – Marion hosted its final competitive cheer invitational on Feb. 6 and won its four-team division.In Division 3 for varsity Shepherd scored 600 to win. For the middle school, scores were: Shepherd 400; Marion 388.8; Evart…