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Community Giving Day takes place today in Mecosta Co.

Over 30 area non-profits are expected to join virtually and in-person today at the Big Rapids Eagles Club for the 2021 Community Giving Day sponsored by the Big Rapids Rotary and Lions Clubs.


The event will take place from 11am-6pm.


Event organizer Robyn Stratton says this is a day that highlights how important these non-profits are to the area.


Last year's event raised over 47,000 for 29 non-profits.


For a list or participating organizations and to donate go online at

Big Rapids Police Blotter 11/29

@ 12:02pm PDA Fuller/ Clark, at the 4 way stop. Unclear who had right of way no citations


@ 12:54pm PDA Cedar / State 


@ 1:19pm ASSIST FIRE 1100 block Catherine St Stood by for traffic control.  Under investigation.


@ 3:25pm PDA State / Locust, 1 vehicle failed to stop for flashing red light, 2nd vehicle turned into wrong lane


@ 5:57pm Fail to pay 600 block Maple St, same vehicle as 40-2102198 dark blue Dodge truck no plate, suspect backed out of store and fled.


@ 6:52pm 1100 block Catherine St Probation Violation. Anonymous caller advised that male was in violation of his probation by being in contact with a female at the residence. Upon arrival the male was located in a back bedroom with the female and arrested for Parole Violation.


@ 1:14am 100 block S Michigan. Suspicious while doing property checks found open door. Nothing appeared to be disturbed keyholder notified.


Area organizations participate in Consumer Energy's 'Our Town' program for the holidays

Consumers Energy is celebrating the holidays by helping shoppers and Michigan's local businesses.


The utility is providing $750,000 in matching gift cards in 63 communities through its Our Town effort where holiday shoppers can get a dollar-for-dollar match for gift cards they buy through local Chambers of Commerce and downtown organizations.


Area organizations participating include, Clare Chamber, Fremont Chamber and River Country Chamber in Newaygo.


Consumers Energy officials say the Our Town" program made an impact across Michigan last year with the programs dollars and shoppers giving a major boost to shops and restaurants in their hometowns.

Michigan State Police arrest Harrison man for vehicle theft in Isabella Co.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Mt. Pleasant Post recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested the person suspected in taking the vehicle.


Troopers say they got a call last week about a vehicle taken from a home in Isabella County.


Witnesses told police they observed the suspect on the property where the stolen vehicle was located.


On November 24th troopers spoke with several of the suspect’s family members. Troopers then interviewed and obtained a confession from the suspect, a 26-year-old Harrison man, while he was lodged at the Clare County Jail on several warrants including absconding on parole.


He is awaiting arraignment on new charges.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter


40-2102187 @ 0637 Civil 300 block Morrison. Roommates not getting along.  Threw each other's property around and outside the apartment. Advised to contact management about different living arrangements.


40-2102188 @ 0712 Disorderly 1100 block Catherine. Female called advising that male was intoxicated at her residence, in violation of his probation. Male left prior to our arrival and was unable to be located. Report taken and will be forwarded to probation for review.


40-2102189 @ 1444 Civil at 1100 block Catherine, Female reported that her ex-boyfriend had a title to a motorcycle that belonged to her, and that he would not return it until she paid him for property of his that she had damaged.  Unable to contact male.


40-2102190 @ 1459 Found bike 1200 block Perry Ave

40-2102191 @ 1545 PDA State/Morrison.

40-2102192 @ 1601 Civil 100blk W. Madison. Disagreement between two males over leaf raking.

40-2102193 @ 1732 Found wallet turned into office.


40-2102194 @ 2228 Mental 1100 block Catherine Male called dispatch all in a panic and hung up.  Male and female residents appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic.  Male was arrested on a couple of warrants out of Grand Rapids. 


40-2102195 @ 0109 Maple & Fourth OWI, CCW, Possession of firearm while intoxicated.  A traffic stop was conducted after seeing a truck driving down the trail from Sawmill parking lot.  The driver performed field sobriety exercises but refused PBT and breath test.  Located two firearms in the truck.  They were seized. 


40-2102196 @ 0227 State & Knollview.  Traffic stop resulted in the driver from Howard City arrested on a warrant.


40-2102197 @ 0336 100 block S Third Ave Loud noise.  The downstairs apartment tenants began to have a loud argument because the one roommate would not fix the other food after getting home from the bar.  Written warning to be served tonight.



40-2102198 @ 0816 Fail to pay 600 block Maple St. Blue Dodge pickup pulled into pump, pumped gas, then backed onto Maple and left east toward S. Third. Unable to get plate or suspect description.


40-2102199 @ 1518 Traffic stop Stewart/Locust.  Driver cited for no license; passenger arrested for warrant.  Vehicle turned over to a licensed driver.


40-2102200 @ 1624 Disorderly at 500 block S. Michigan. Female that was highly intoxicated was yelling at her son and his girlfriend along with refusing to leave the residence when he asked her to. While on scene mother of girlfriend showed up and boyfriend’s mother began yelling at her, pushed past officer, and started across the driveway of the residence toward the other female. She was arrested for disorderly conduct.


40-2102201 @ 1749 Disorderly 400 block S Third Ave, male advised he had items missing from his tent that he was moving out of and was trying to confront resident about the property. Male was trespassed from the property by us.


40-2102202 @ 2154 No Insurance Fourth & Jackson.  Driver was cited for driving without insurance.  Vehicle towed by BR Tow.



@ 08:31am PDA State/Pine

@ 11:19am Traffic stop State/Perry led to arrest of driver on a Failure to appear warrant.

@ 6:00pm PDA State/Perry.


@ 6:57pm 700 block Clark St Civil/Loud argument  Male and female were arguing.  Neighbors heard a lot of screaming, yelling, pounding, and slamming of doors.  They saw male chasing the female. Female claimed it was a verbal argument only.  Male was gone on arrival. 


@ 9:01pm Hemlock Park Found bike under the pavilion.


@ 10:21pm 400 block N State St Civil Mother was called by her daughter who stated that father was extremely intoxicated and passed out.  Mother came to pick up daughter with current boyfriend.  Tempers began to flare as things were said in the direction of the father


@ 11:14pm Mill & State Traffic Stop resulted in a Reed City male cited for NO Insurance and speed.  Vehicle towed by Curries. 



@ 1:00pm Welfare check 800 block Bjornson on female. She is in Kent City with her daughter


@ 1:51pm PDA Woodward Ave. at Waldron Way Assist county with PDA no citation issued due to road conditions


@ 2:38pm PDA 1200 block Perry Ave.


@ 4:24pm MENTAL 500 block Marion Ave.  98 yr old female could hear voices in the basement and thought they were getting in through the tunnel.


@ 5:47pm 1800 block Milton Ave Suspicious. Female reported her prescription missing. No evidence that entry was made into the apartment. Half full bottle of another medicine and bottle of remaining medicine also located in same spot where bottle was taken from. Believe that caller moved the pill bottle after getting upset about taking a pill out of it the previous evening before all last month’s prescription was gone.


@10:24pm 200 block Pemberton Civil. Female and ex-husband got into a verbal argument about son telling father to “Frick off.” Female’s mother inserted herself into the verbal argument which escalated the yelling but nothing physical occurred. Father who still maintains residency and is allowed to stay at the incident location periodically by ex-wife, let himself in to retrieve son’s property that he had paid for, led to another verbal confrontation with ex-mother-in-law. Ex-wife was advised to evict male and not allow him to stay overnight any longer.



@ 2:07pm 300 block S Third.  Complainant called about male being extremely intoxicated.  He was transported home.


@ 2:47pm 800 block N. State.  Male had attempted to stab female with a screwdriver.  Female was uncooperative on scene and was unable to describe the tool.  Occurred in the county.  MCSO was contacted and responded for the call.


@ 5:15pm 800 block N State Called in as a domestic by neighbor.  Caller heard neighbor yelling.  Officers arrived on scene and found uncooperative female.  Male was not on scene, and she stated that she had been arguing with him on the phone. 


@ 2:49pm 1400 block Bjornson Threats 15 y/o Cadillac male was texting his 14 y/o gf about harming her mother.  Mother has text monitoring software on her phone and read the graphic texts and wanted to notify law enforcement.  Contact was made with males' parents. 


@ @ 5:02pm 600 block Hutchinson Civil. Mother was upset over how son had been acting since she let him come back and live in the house.  She was stating that he's using alcohol (18) and has suspicious looking subjects show up.  She was unable to describe these subjects. 


@ 9:46pm 300 block Morrison.  Tenants heard a cat crying in the eave trough drainage pipes running underneath the sidewalk.  The cat looked to have fallen though the broken pipes at ground level.  Officers were unable to see the cat.  BRFD responded to help us "flush" the cat out.  The cat crawled by another broken pipe and Ofc. Butts was able to stick her hand down the pipe and grab the cat and pull it out.  The kitten then fled on foot and was unable to be located.

Now is the time to get your Christmas tree!

This past weekend, and next weekend are the most popular times to buy Christmas trees in the state.


Amy Start, the Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, says 75% of the trees will be sold by the end of next weekend, so you'll want to buy yours soon.

There is a reduction in the amount of pre cut trees that are going to be available from the wholesalers, so some tree farms off set some of their inventory with pre cut trees and because they weren't able to get as many as they've had in the past you know they may be closing early this season.” Smart said. 


Start says the price of a Christmas tree is based it's height and grade, which is determined by how full it looks. On average, Christmas trees cost $10 a foot.


She adds Michigan is ranked third in the country for Christmas tree production, with about 2-million trees harvested each season.


Here is a list of local christmas tree farms: 

Duddles Tree Farms- Reed City

Barkley Tree Farm- Howard City

Swan's Christmas Tree Farm- Weidman

Vander Sys Tree Farm- Weidman

Rainbow's End Christmas Tree Farm- Stanton

Stilson Family Farm- Morley

Church's Tree Farm- Grant 


Police in Mecosta Co. looking for stolen pick up truck

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a stolen pickup truck.



Deputies say they received a call on November 25th for a stolen vehicle complaint near the intersection of 9-Mile Road and 20th Ave in Wheatland Township as a vehicle was taken from a local business in that area.


The vehicle is described as a 2006 Ford F-350 4-door short bed truck that is silver in color. The truck had several distinctive features which included a sticker in the back window, black fender flares, black step sides and had LED headlights.



Anyone with knowledge of the incident or has information on the whereabouts of the truck is urged to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office.

Spectrum Health Reed City Walk-In Clinic to reopen Nov.29th

The Spectrum Health Reed City Walk-In Clinic is reopening Monday, November 29.
Hours for the clinic, located at 300 N. Patterson Road in Reed City, will be Monday
through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. The Saturday hours begin
December 4.

The clinic temporarily paused services in October due to staffing levels and consolidated
with the Big Rapids Walk-In Clinic at 650 Linden Street, Suite 1, in Big Rapids.

The Big Rapids clinic hours are the same as in Reed City.

Patients seeking a COVID-19 screening should utilize MyChart or contact their primary
care provider. Once a patient has a valid provider order after a screening, they can
schedule their COVID-19 test with the Big Rapids Drive-Thru, or other testing site, in their
MyChart account or by calling 833.755.0696.

In a medical emergency, patients are reminded to call 911 or visit their nearest hospital
emergency department.

Spectrum Health continues to seek essential team members to fill several open positions
in several departments, many with sign-on bonuses available. Please encourage friends
and family to consider a career at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals by viewing job
postings at

CranHill to host Star of Wonder: Drive Thru live nativity

For the second year, CranHill Ranch is hosting their Star of Wonder: Journey to the Manger drive-thru live nativity. This free event is open to the public and will take place from 6pm-9pm on December 3rd, 4th, and 5th at CranHill located at 14444 17 mile rd. Rodney, MI. The event is free and open to the public.


Organizers ask all attendees to arrive at the event from the west, via 160th ave. and 17 mile rd. to help with the flow of traffic at the event.


Star of Wonder attendees will stay warm while enjoying the live performance of the nativity story, as they listen to audio recordings along the way.


“We want to give families a chance to learn about and remember the true story of Christmas,” says CranHill president Scott Barger. “Star of Wonder is a great opportunity for the community to come out and experience the life transforming power of that story. While staying warm and dry of course!” 


The Star of Wonder event is perfect for individuals and families, along with church and social groups and no registration is required.


“This event is all about giving our community a place to gather together safely for a special evening. We know folks are looking for ways to spend quality time together. This is a great chance to do that.” added Barger.


CranHill’s barn store will be open as well, offering a place for groups to gather and connect over the experience. 


While the Nativity portion of the event is free for everyone to attend, there will be an opportunity for guests to make a donation to CranHill’s camper scholarship fund. This fund helps families who are facing financial hardships to send their children to a life changing week at camp. 


If you would like to learn more about CranHill’s Star of Wonder: Journey to the Manger event, visit or call the office at 231-796-7669. The event is also listed on their facebook page, where updates will be posted in case of inclement weather. For more information on CranHill Ranch and their summer youth camp, retreat group, family campground and adventure experience programs, visit

Season of Giving kicks into gear at Big Rapids Department of Public Safety

The season of giving started a bit early at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety as gift donations have already began rolling in for a December 11th event to benefit Eagle Village.


Big Rapids Officer William Sell says they have already had a few visitors looking to donate. 


"We’ve gotten a bunch of toys and there's a woman coming up from Kalamazoo to bring us 50 blankets.” "Last year we collected a lot of toys and gifts for the kids at Eagle Village, so I'm just hoping that we can get even more this year.” Sell said.


Eagle Village is a 681-acre campus in Hersey that serves hundreds of kids each year through residential
treatment, adoption and foster care, short-term interventions, and specialized summer camps. In 2020
they had 110 kids in residential care, they placed 62 kids in foster care, completed 20 successful
adoptions, and had 225 kids either attend summer camps or complete Challenge Weekends. They have
been doing this for over 53 years.


2021 Eagle Village Youth Christmas List
Fidgets – bubble pops, squishy balls, koosh or Arggh balls
Bullet Journals and supplies, Gel Pens, Notebooks (not spiral bound)
Headphones, ear buds
Weighted Blankets
Duffle Bags
Books – nature, adventure tales, heroic stories

• Winter Gloves, Hats
• Fuzzy Sock
• Socks
• Sweatshirts

Personal Hygiene Items
• Hairbrushes
• Hair Ties – Scrunches, wraps
• Body Spray
• Lotion
• Nail Polish

Art Supplies
• Craft Kits
• Coloring Books
• Crayons
• Canvases
• Paint
• Paint Brushes
• Diamond Art
• Scrap Books
• Picture Books
• Sketch Pads (not spiral bound)
• Glue Sticks
• Playdough
• Stickers

• Board Games
• Card Games
• Decks of Cards
• Puzzles
• Game Books
Musical Equipment
Sports Equipment

• Softball
• Volleyball
• Basketball
• Fishing Kits
Tabletop games
• Air Hockey
• Ping Pong
• Foosball
• Basketball
• Dolls
• Stuffed Animals
• Toy Trucks
• Sand Equipment
• Flashlights
• Bubble lights – battery operated
• Kites

Big Rapids Cardinal Hockey teams up with military vets to give back

While the Big Rapids Cardinal and Cadillac Viking hockey teams face off tonight on the ice for the 131 Cup, BR Hockey Booster Krysti Kidder says the hockey team is partnering with the local AMVETS and American Legion for a great cause.

All the donations,  non-perishable food items at the door will help the AMVETS and American Legion build 150 meal boxes for Thanksgiving for local veterans. So we're asking people to bring a few items to donate.  Active military and veterans can get in free and all students if they bring a donation can get in free. We're also going to raffle off some gift cards for anyone that brings in something to help contribute.” Kidder said.


The puck drops at 7pm at the Jim Wink Arena.


The Big Rapids hockey team is also teaming up with Mecosta County Toys for Tots for a teddy bear toss on Saturday, November 27th at noon and 2pm.


Kidder says spectators can bring any new, unwrapped stuffed animal and get ready to throw them on the ice during the first intermission of each game.


Also spectators who bring in an unwrapped, new toy/teddy bear during the Thanksgiving Tournament games will be entered to win a gift card.

Spectrum Health announces new visitor restrictions

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Spectrum Health Hospitals is restricting visitors at its facilities until further notice.   


Effective Tuesday, Nov. 23, patients are allowed only one adult visitor in the following areas: All inpatient rooms, emergency departments, urgent care, walk-in clinics, surgery, radiology and lab locations, as well as labor and delivery. Adult COVID-19-patients are allowed only one adult visitor, who must be the same person throughout the patient’s stay and must follow personal protective equipment guidelines.


"Spectrum Health is happy to welcome visitors who want to be with their loved ones,” said Chad Tuttle, senior vice president, hospital and post-acute operations, Spectrum Health West Michigan. “Like hospitals across West Michigan, Spectrum Health is experiencing high demand for our services and our hospitals are very full. While our teams focus on care, visitors can help their loved ones feel more comfortable during their stay and keep everyone healthy and safe by following our updated visitor guidelines


Spectrum Heath pediatric patients may have two adult visitors in the emergency department, urgent care, surgery and lab. Pediatric radiology patients can have one adult visitor.


Pediatric inpatient areas allow two adult visitors, who must be the same people throughout the patient’s stay. In double occupancy rooms, a pediatric patient is only allowed one parent. Pediatric COVID-19 patients are allowed two adult visitors, who must be the same people throughout the patient’s stay and must follow personal protective equipment guidelines.


Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the care teams involved based on end-of-life care or special needs. Adults are individuals ages 18 and older. Children and minors will be allowed as visitors only in limited circumstances.


Patients must identify visitors to their care teams. For pediatric patients, adult visitors’ names must be on file. Visitors will be screened. More information about visitor guidelines can be found hereSpectrum Health's COVID-19 resource center can be found here.


The restrictions apply to the following Spectrum Health hospitals and nearby physician offices and ambulatory care sites:

  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center
  • Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion
  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
  • Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Pennock
  • Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Police looking for suspect who broke into Stanwood Eagles Club


The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect who is accused of breaking into the Stanwood Eagles Club recently.


According to the sheriff's office, the break-ins occurred on November 18th and 22nd, and during those incidents the suspect wore a mask over his face and has not been identified.


Deputies believe it's the same person who has committed both crimes due to evidence collected at the scene.


Anyone with information is urged to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office at 231-592-0150 or through the TIP’s email address of

State House Rep. Michele Hoitenga announces run for State Senate

102nd district State House Representative Michele Hoitenga has announced her candidacy for the State Senate.

Hoitenga made the announcement on her Facebook page Friday. 


In my role as a State Representative, I've fought an escalation of government overreach - through mandates, executive orders, and the use of departments for political warfare - on a scale we've never seen before. Likewise, we've witnessed the heavy hand of bureaucracy shuttering businesses, making it more difficult to recruit employees, and holding jobs hostage for those in the workforce who don’t agree to let the government make their medical decisions for them. As a mom, I was horrified as concerned parents were labeled domestic terrorists. As a Michigander, I watched as those in power practiced a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do form of government. 

These are the types of things I've been fighting against as State Representative, and it would be my privilege to continue that fight in the Michigan Senate.

Hoitenga was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2016.




Big Rapids Police Blotter: Weekend


@ 1:06pm 600 block Maple St, Civil. Customer attempted to pay for gas several times, but payment did not go through. Customer contacted and advised he would be back in to pay on Monday.

@ 5:18pm  2V PDA Perry/Ferris.

@ 9:05pm Cedar & State Traffic Stop A 21 y/o Big Rapids male was cited and released for driving without insurance.  Vehicle towed by BR Tow.

@ 12:55am 200 block Oak St, UIP- A 25-year-old male was cited and released for Urinating in Public. 

@ 12:55am 200 block Oak St.  This house is affiliated with a fraternity at another location.  They received a party warning for parking issues, the male urinating, and noise.  They were cooperative.

@ 3:33am Ives & Oak A traffic stop resulted in a 20 y/o male being arrested for OWI and cited for Open Intoxicant.  Big Rapids Tow impounded the vehicle.



@ 08:17am Civil 1100 block Fuller, male drove from Holland to see female, only to find out she did not want him at her apt. 

@ 4:08pm 100 block S. Third Noise, caller advised downstairs neighbor was having a loud party. Upon arrival everything was quiet.

@ 5:44pm PPDA 200blk N. Michigan.

@ 6:18pm Domestic/mental 700 block Farnsworth child was having an episode. He tore up the house, bit his mother, and scratched her arms. Report will be sent to probate for review.

@ 7:36pm T/S on Perry resulted in driver being issued a citation for no insurance. Vehicle impounded by Curries

@ 7:27pm 600 block Maple St FTP occurred at 1900 Maroon Honda pumped $30.82 and left last seen heading south on S Third. W/F wearing a yellow and black coat. unknown plate

@ 9:32pm 1600 block Milton Domestic- Male and female got into a disagreement over how to take care of male’s kids. Stories differed about how it occurred

@ 2:38am Noise 800 block Tioga resident was issued a warning for noise.

@ 5:32am 600 block State St. Retail fraud- 12 pack of Truly taken. Suspect is a W/F dark hair wearing a blue t shirt and red plaid pants.  She was last seen heading east on Cedar in a silver Honda CRV.



@ 10:04am 800 block Country Way Civil/Assault. Female reported that another resident had kicked her while they were in the hallway. Both parties spoken to and neither wanted to pursue anything.

@ 11:28am 400 block Maple St. MDOP Complainant reported his truck had been damaged sometime during the night. No leads.

@ 3:07pm 1300 block N State St. Assist MCSO with a possible B&E in progress.

@ 4:17pm Assist MCSO with a CPS referral

@ 3:57pm Natural Death 100 block Parkview Village.

@ 12:09am 1200 block Perry Ave False alarm Building was secure and no keyholder responded. Possibly weather related with the high winds.

Moolenaar votes against another Democrat spending spree

Congressman John Moolenaar voted against the $1.7 trillion spending package passed by House Democrats on a largely party-line vote. In fact, the only bipartisanship came in opposition to the massive spending bill with one Democrat joining every Republican in voting against it.


“Michigan families are facing some of the highest inflation in the nation, fueled in part by the $2 trillion in spending Democrats passed in March. Now while Michigan families face higher costs for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Democrats are doubling down and passing another bill that costs nearly $2 trillion. Michigan families will be forced to pay the price while Democrats in Washington spend their hard-earned tax dollars," said Moolenaar.

“This legislation also contains terrible policies, including tax increases on 30 percent of middle class families and a federal takeover of child care that will limit the choices of Michigan parents while increasing costs. This radical legislation will expand the size of the federal government, creating a cradle-to-the-grave takeover of American life that will squeeze 330 million unique Americans with top-down policies that don’t fit their lives," added Moolenaar.


“Finally, at a time when we need to be attracting manufacturing back to America so we can secure our supply chains, the Democrats are raising taxes on businesses, which will cause them to look elsewhere for their manufacturing facilities. This is a disastrous policy that will harm our nation’s ability to bring manufacturing back to America," concluded Moolenaar.


There is a bipartisan consensus that the Democrats' spending this year has led to higher prices for Michigan families. Earlier this week, former Obama auto advisor Stephen Rattner wrote in the New York Times, "The original sin was the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March...That has contributed materially to today’s inflation levels."


An additional analysis of the legislation from left-of-center Brookings Institute found that "taking into account all major tax provisions, roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of middle-income households would pay more in taxes in 2022."

Passenger suffers injuries after ORV flips

A person from Wyoming was taken to the hospital after an ORV they were a passenger on flipped.


It happened Saturday afternoon at a residence in Sheridan Townhip.


Deputies from the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office say an investigation determined a 45 year old man from Ada was operating a side by side with two passengers when they lost control and it rolled. A 47-year old passenger from Wyoming suffered an injury as a result of the accident.


The driver and second female passenger from Ada were uninjured.


The injured passenger was transported by ambulance to the hospital with non-life-threatening injury.

Ferris State University returns to in-person commencement; More than 800 expected to graduate in December 2021

Ferris State University returns to in-person commencement ceremonies to close the Fall 2021 semester on the Big Rapids campus. The university expects to graduate approximately 860 students with degrees and certificates – including more than 641 scheduled to participate during three sessions on Saturday, Dec. 18, in Jim Wink Arena of the Ewigleben Sports Complex.


The featured commencement speaker is Patrick Bishop, a professor of Public Relations and Marketing in the College of Business. Traditionally, the fall commencement ceremony speaker is the most recent recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award in Spring 2021.


Commencement features three sessions. The morning ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and recognizes College of Arts, Sciences and Education graduates. The 12:30 p.m. ceremony celebrates College of Business graduates, and a 4 p.m. ceremony features graduates from the College of Engineering Technology and College of Health Professions to close out the day. Fall 2021 graduates and facility guests must be prepared to wear a mask from when they arrive until they depart the commencement venue. The only exception is graduates can remove their face coverings for their official commencement photo. Additional information could be forthcoming.


Graduating Ferris Statewide and Online students participating in the Big Rapids ceremony will walk with their affiliated college. Graduates who wish to attend a ceremony should contact their college’s commencement coordinator. Kendall College of Art and Design, the Michigan College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy and Doctorate in Community College Leadership annually honor graduates during spring ceremonies in May.


Graduates planning to participate in the Fall 2021 commencement receive six tickets. The tickets are required for admission, with exceptions made for children 2 years old and younger. No extra tickets are distributed by the Commencement Office or the college commencement coordinators. Lost tickets will not be replaced.


For people interested in but unable to attend commencement, the ceremonies are streamed live. Watch the online stream by clicking the link. That live stream will be available courtesy of Ferris Cable 22.


Click special accommodations for more information for attendees with special needs

Click ticket information to learn more about requirements to attend ceremonies in Big Rapids

Click commencement for general information about the ceremonies

Big Rapids Police Blotter 11/18

@ 1:04pm 15000 block 190th Assist- Child ran away from school, student found in woods behind school by responding officers.


@ 4:39pm PDA Dekrafft/Maple.


@ 5:38pm PDA State/South


@ 10:13pm 300 block Finley Harassment.  Female was receiving several calls from a male.  She was unable to block his number and wanted it documented.


@ 1:18am 100 block Locust Loud Noise.  Written warning given


@ 2:06am Baldwin & Fourth Traffic stop resulted in driver being cited for no insurance.


@ 2:16am 1100  block Maple Alarm.  Keypad was malfunctioning.

Community Giving Day set for November 30th

The 2021 Community Giving Day is just over a week away.


On November 30th, from 11am-6pm area non-profits will get together at the Big Rapids Eagles Club and fund raise for their organizations.


Event Coordinator Robyn Stratton says this is an special day for those involved.


“This day is important because it shows who Mecosta County is as a community and highlights these non-profits who are participating and how they impact the community now and into the future.” Stratton said.


The 2020 giving day raised just ever $47,000 for 29 area non-profits.


For a list or participating organizations and to donate go online at

Bulldog Bonus Scholarships worth up to $4K for Ferris State University Fall 2022 new freshman, transfer students

 It’s never too early to look ahead to Ferris State University’s Fall 2022 semester. Now, for new freshman and new transfer students, the Bulldog Bonus Scholarship and Bulldog Housing Bonus Scholarship, totaling up to $4,000, can make a Ferris education more affordable.


“This is an exciting new opportunity for new freshman and new transfer students,” said Jeanine Ward-Roof, vice president for Student Affairs. “We recognize these are important steps our students and their parents are already taking. Through the Bulldog Bonus Scholarships, we’ve added an incentive to get an early start. Completing these steps as early as possible allows students to focus on finishing their final high school year knowing they are ready to be a Bulldog with scholarship support to make a Ferris degree even more affordable.”


The scholarship funds are split into $2,000 for the Bulldog Bonus and $2,000 for the Bulldog Housing Bonus in this collaboration between the Financial Aid and Housing and Residence Life offices. The Bulldog Bonus requires admission to Ferris in a degree-granting program at the main campus, in Big Rapids, or at the Kendall College of Art and Design. The second requirement is to register for and attend a free virtual financial aid workshop on either Dec. 1 or Feb. 16. The final need is to file and submit a valid FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year to Ferris State University using the Ferris school code (002260).


For the Bulldog Housing Bonus, students must be admitted to a Ferris degree-granting program on the main campus or at KCAD, attend a virtual housing information session with options available for Jan. 13, 2022; Jan. 20, 2022; and Feb. 10, 2022. The final step is to submit an on-campus housing contract for Fall 2022. The contracts for next fall open on Dec. 1, 2021.


For both scholarships, if students complete the three steps by Feb. 1, 2022, they would receive the maximum available scholarship amount.


“We want to encourage students to find and fund their future at Ferris by creating the Bulldog Bonus Scholarship,” Ward-Roof said.


For more information about the Bulldog Bonus Scholarship and Bulldog Housing Bonus Scholarship: 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 11/17

@ 12:09pm 200blk Sanborn, PDA.


@ 5:46pm 400 block S Third Ave, Civil, Male advised he was being harassed all day by another male. The other male was extremely intoxicated and was told to leave for the night.


@ 5:28pm 200 block Second, CSC, occurred approximately 2 months ago. Victim advised she was assaulted by a male she met online. Unknown name on suspect. Under investigation


@ 7:37pm 400 block S Third Ave, Disorderly, two males began to get into an argument reference one being too intoxicated.  One male chased the intoxicated mail from the bike trail to the corner of the incident location.  No assault took place.


@ 10:36pm 1700 block S State St/ MCSO, Suicidal Subject- Male left a note and his wedding ring at his residence in the county.  He traveled to the incident location with two loaded pistols.  He was planning on harming himself but he changed his mind.  He was transported to ER for evaluation. 


@ 10:44 200 block S Third Ave Assist.  Male was having a difficult time with the voices in his head.  He voluntarily went to the hospital for evaluation.

GOP Congressmen Moolenaar & Huizenga support ending of vaccine mandate on businesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it has suspended the implementation and enforcement of President Biden’s vaccine mandate following the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit ordering the mandate be halted until further notice.


Michigan Republican Congressmen John Moolenaar and Bill Huizenga support the order. 

“President Biden’s vaccine mandate is unconstitutional, and the federal government has no business enforcing this executive overreach on businesses and workers," said Congressman John Moolenaar. "Businesses are already struggling with supply chain disruptions and a labor shortage – the vaccine mandate will only exacerbate those issues. I will continue to oppose this mandate until the courts, Congress, or the Biden Administration bring it to a permanent end."


“This mandate is an unconstitutional overreach by the Biden Administration,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “Congress has a responsibility to use the Congressional Review Act to place a check on the power of the Executive Branch and its legion of bureaucrats when it oversteps as the President and OSHA have clearly done here. Americans should have the choice to take the COVID-19 vaccine, not be forced by the federal government or lose their job.”

Earlier this month, Congressman Moolenaar introduced the No Vaccine Mandate Act. This legislation would prohibit the Department of Labor from using federal funds to administer a COVID-19 vaccine mandate should it be reinstated.

Meanwhile Huizenga cosponsored a measure today, Nov.18th  that would nulify the Biden Administration order. 

Spectrum Health hospitals seeing surge of COVID cases

In West Michigan, Spectrum Health says it's reached a new high for COVID-19 cases.


During a media briefing earlier this week, President of Spectrum Health West Michigan, Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, says what they're experiencing is unprecedented. They've seen a dramatic spike in the past week.


Helen DeVos Children's Hospital has admitted 18 kids with COVID-19, the highest number it's had .


Spectrum Health says about 85% of the COVID patients system wide have not been vaccinated.


Spectrum Health Communications specialist John Norton says locally in Mecosta and Osceola Counties, Spectrum Health continues to have high patient volume with both COVID-19 patients and other patients.


Spectrum's inpatient and ICU units (both in Big Rapids) have been at or near capacity for weeks. They have opened an overflow unit in Big Rapids to handle extra volume when necessary (currently with six patients), according to Norton.


He adds, Spectrum Health's emergency departments at both Reed City and Big Rapids have also been high, but not necessarily due to COVID.

Howard City woman injured in head on vehicle crash in Big Rapids

A Howard City woman was taken to the hospital late Tuesday night in Big Rapids after being involved in a head on collision with another vehicle. Officers with the Big Rapids department of Public Safety say they responded to the scene of S. State St and Knollview Dr. around 11:50pm.


During an investigation, it was determined a 59-year-old woman from Howard City had

turned from a side street and headed south in the northbound lanes of S. State St.


The driver of the other vehicle, a 21-year-old man from Wisconsin, was heading north in the inside lane of S. State St. Both vehicles crested the hill at Knollview Dr. at the same time and were unable to avoid the head on collision.


The female driver was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life-

threatening injuries. The male driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

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