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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).

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 or (231)745-2725.

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.

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.

Ferris State's Esunge Ndumbe earns national Most Improved Player Award from Intercollegiate Tennis Association

Ferris State University men's tennis sophomore standout Esunge Ndumbe has earned the 2024 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Most Improved Player Award, a national honor.

Ndumbe, who helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2024 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, previously claimed a pair of major regional awards as announced by the ITA including the ITA Midwest Region Most Improved Player Award in addition to the ITA Midwest Region Player to Watch this campaign.

Every year the ITA recognizes coaches and players for their excellence on the court and in their communities throughout the season.

Ndumbe, a Keller, Texas native, was chosen as the national winner of the Most Improved Player Award from among the group of eight individuals previously selected as regional award recipients of the honor.

"I couldn't be more proud and happy for Esunge," Ferris State head coach Mark Doren said. "From the day Esunge stepped on campus, we knew he was going to make it a point to outwork everyone on and off the court. His commitment to improving was contagious with his teammates. "This past semester, he was one of the most coachable players I've had, and the trust of his coaches and teammates propelled him and the team to a great season."

This season, Ndumbe moved up to the number one flight in the Bulldog singles lineup and finished with a 20-7 overall record this season. He compiled a 5-1 league record in conference regular-season play at the top flight.

In doubles play, he finished 13-8 overall this campaign and recorded a 4-2 conference mark in regular-season action at the number two spot in the lineup with teammate Alessandro Santangelo. The FSU sophomore was ranked 20th nationally in the most recent ITA national singles rankings along with 40th nationally in doubles play.

Ndumbe earned All-GLIAC First Team honors this season for the Bulldogs, who finished with a 17-5 overall record. The Bulldogs won both the GLIAC's regular season and tournament championships under Doren in addition to earning the program's ninth consecutive and 27th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance this year.

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.

Huizenga leads 120 members of Congress in effort to save family farms, enact H-2A wage freeze

Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) was joined by 119 of his colleagues on a letter to House Appropriations leaders requesting an H-2A visa guestworker wage freeze in the upcoming appropriations process. This simple policy fix would help lower input costs for the agricultural community and save family farms across the nation. This level of support for freezing the H-2A wage rate is significant because it represents the majority of the House Republican Conference (110) and even includes ten House Democrats.

The “Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR),” or the required wage that farm employers must pay H-2A workers more than doubled since 2005, making agricultural labor and its products more unaffordable. With the nation’s average AEWR reaching $17.55/hr in 2024 (more than a 5% increase year over year) and other inflated input costs including fuel and fertilizer, many farms are in danger of going out of business. In Michigan, the AEWR will be a steep $18.50/hr, while our Canadian neighbors pay their agricultural workers closer to $11/hr. A temporary wage freeze is a reasonable way to alleviate this skyrocketing financial burden and give our farmers a chance to compete, stay in business, and put food on the table for millions of Americans and the world. 

The text of the letter to the House Appropriations is available below and a signed copy is available here.


Dear Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member DeLauro:

We write with shared concerns regarding the annual adjustment to the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR). Now in 2024, the H-2A labor rates paid by agricultural employers have become more unaffordable, and it will certainly increase in 2025 as well. The new rates put further financial strain on farm operations of all sizes, and we urge you to include an H-2A wage freeze in Fiscal Year 2025 appropriations legislation.

The national average AEWR has already more than doubled over the past two decades, making agricultural guest labor unaffordable for farm employers and resulting in higher consumer costs. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the national average AEWR is around $17.55, which is upwards of a mean 5 percent increase over 2023. While the AEWR varies by region, nearly half of all states have an AEWR between $17 and $19 per hour in 2024. Meanwhile, producers in Canada pay closer to $11 per hour for fieldworkers, or even approximately $1.50 per hour in Mexico. This uneven playing field greatly disadvantages our domestic producers.

For farmers and ranchers who use H-2A, the skyrocketing AEWR will only compound inflated input costs like energy and fertilizer, other guest worker expenses like transportation and housing, and burdens from several impending federal regulations and fees. USDA data shows that hired farm labor costs account for nearly 15 percent of total cash expenses. More labor-intensive industries will be hardest-hit, including specialty crop growers, who already spend nearly 40 percent of their total cash expenses on labor alone. If we do nothing, many of our constituents will be forced to shutter their businesses, despite good-faith efforts to ensure our national food security and feed families across our nation.

While more permanent solutions are needed to address the AEWR’s past impact and its future trajectory, we request that the Fiscal Year 2025 appropriations bill prohibit funds from being used to implement a wage larger than the January 2023 wage rate or otherwise freeze the H-2A wage rates at January 2023 levels. Thank you for your attention to this important matter


“Too many family farms in Michigan and across the nation are on the brink due to soaring input costs,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “Farmers, growers, and producers often work from sunup to sundown. Washington should be working with our farmers to lower costs, not raise them. I am proud to lead this effort that includes the majority of House Republicans to lower costs and help both family farms as well as the larger agricultural community.”

“I have met with fifth and sixth-generation Michigan farmers who are worried they will be the last in their families to farm unless the Labor Department stops making it harder for them to do business. The Labor Department has mandated higher wage rates out of line with reality on the ground in Michigan for ten consecutive years. An AEWR freeze, like the one in my Supporting Farm Operations Act, is a common-sense solution widely supported by the agriculture community. Thank you to Congressman Huizenga for leading this letter with dozens of members supporting our efforts. As our state’s only member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will fight for much-needed relief for farmers,” said Congressman John Moolenaar.

Agricultural leaders across America are voicing support for the inclusion of a proposed H-2A wage freeze and detailing the negative impact an increase would have on farmers, growers, and producers. 

“Farmers are committed to paying their employees a fair wage, but the Department of Labor’s AEWR rule uses flawed data to reach a flawed conclusion. Requiring farmers to pay their workers far more than the average domestic worker is earning just makes no sense, especially in the face of high supply costs, inflation, and a geopolitical uncertainty. We are grateful for the bipartisan Members of Congress who took the time to understand the impacts of this rule and are willing to stand up for common sense solutions in Washington,” said Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation. 

“The Michigan Blueberry Advisory Committee fully supports Rep. Bill Huizenga's letter for freezing the H2A wages,” said Chad Reenders, President of Michigan Blueberry Advisory Committee. Our blueberry industry has been significantly damaged from these high labor rates. As a result, many farms in the past few years have already been sold or abandoned due to these high wages. Our committee understands how important it is to keep these farms operational. The MBBAC wants to continue to work with all the organizations to make this program affordable and sustainable. Thanks to all Representatives that support this letter and are willing to work together to make the American Farms live on for generations to come.”

“The Michigan Apple industry is appreciative of the bipartisan effort to freeze H-2A wages for farmworkers, as it shows an understanding of the unsustainable increases in labor costs and overall production costs in agriculture,” said Diane Smith of the Michigan Apple Association. “The Adverse Effect Wage Rate has increased by 61% in the last decade in Michigan.  Most apple growers are losing money at this point – more than $1,800 per acre, as production costs continue to rise. We especially appreciate the support of the Michigan congress members, Representative Huizenga and Representative Kildee, who co-authored the effort, as well as other Michigan congress members from both sides of the aisle who have supported agriculture.”

“Michigan asparagus growers are being crushed by the ever-increasing government mandated AEWR.  Asparagus is the canary in the coal mine with other vegetables and fruits not far behind,” said Jamie Clover Adams CEO of the Michigan Asparagus Association. “Without a pause in the AEWR, Michigan growers and our rural communities with will be irreparably harmed. Thank you to Rep. Huizenga for his leadership and the other members of the Michigan delegation for their support. Growers look forward to this being included in the FY25 budget.”

“An H-2A wage freeze provides cost predictability for our farmers, allowing them to budget and manage labor resources while ensuring they can continue to employ the necessary labor force for crop planting and harvest while a more permanent solution is investigated,” said Kelly Turner, Ed.D, CAE. Manager, Potato Growers of Michigan.

“We’re at a crossroads and if Congress doesn’t act quickly, the very fabric of our local communities will change, making families increasingly dependent on foreign-sourced produce,” said John Kran, National Legislative Counsel, Michigan Farm Bureau. “Michigan Farm Bureau is incredibly appreciative of Michigan Representatives Bill Huizenga and Dan Kildee for leading this effort and for their many colleagues who truly understand how critical this issue is for the survival of family farms that raise specialty crops in our state and across the country.”

“America’s fresh produce industry is facing a crisis that threatens to upend our food supply chain and it is driven by out-of-control labor costs,” said Cathy Burns, CEO of the International Fresh Produce Association. “If Congress does not act, we will lose the ability to be a food secure country. Congressman Huizenga’s bipartisan effort to provide immediate AEWR relief sends a message that Congress can and must act now to save American agriculture.”

“AmericanHort commends Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Don Davis (D-NC), Rick Crawford (R-AR), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) for leading this bipartisan letter with over 120 Members of Congress requesting to freeze the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR), said Ken Fisher, President and CEO, AmericanHort. “As labor and affiliated costs continue to put pressure on our growers and the horticulture industry, placing a freeze on the AEWR will ease the high cost of labor and aid growers in planning for the future.”

“Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) thanks Congressmen Bill Huizenga and Don Davis for working in a bipartisan fashion to raise concerns on the skyrocketing Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) and its impacts on hardworking farm and ranch families,” said TFB President Russell Boening. “While TFB readily recognizes the need for comprehensive long-term H-2A labor reform, a freeze on the AEWR will provide critical short-term relief. If action is not taken, many farmers and ranchers will be forced out of business, putting our national food security at severe risk. We thank all the members of Congress who signed the letter and recognize the direness of the situation. TFB looks forward to our continued work with Congress on agricultural labor reform.”

Joining Congressman Huizenga on the letter are Representatives: Alford, Mark; Allen, Rick; Armstrong, Kelly; Arrington, Jodey; Babin, Brian; Bacon, Don; Baird, James; Balderson, Troy; Banks, Jim; Barr, Andy; Bentz, Cliff; Bergman, Jack; Bilirakis, Gus; Bishop, Dan; Boebert, Lauren; Bost, Mike; Bucshon, Larry; Cammack, Kat; Caraveo, Yadira; Carter, Earl; Chavez-DeRemer, Lori; Cline, Ben; Cloud, Michael; Clyde, Andrew; Comer, James; Costa, Jim; Crawford, Eric; Davis, Donald; De La Cruz, Monica; DesJarlais, Scott; Donalds, Byron; Duarte, John; Duncan, Jeff; Dunn, Neal; Ezell, Mike; Fallon, Pat; Feenstra, Randy; Finstad, Brad; Fischbach, Michelle; Fry, Russell; Fulcher, Russ; Gonzales, Tony; González-Colón, Jenniffer; Gooden, Lance; Graves, Garret; Grothman, Glenn; Guthrie, Brett; Harshbarger, Diana; Hern, Kevin; Higgins, Clay; Hill, J.; Houchin, Erin; Hudson, Richard; Hunt, Wesley; Jackson, Ronny; James, John; Johnson, Dusty; Joyce, John; Kelly, Mike; Kelly, Trent; Kiggans, Jennifer; Kildee, Daniel; Kustoff, David; LaHood, Darin; LaMalfa, Doug; Langworthy, Nicholas; Lawler, Michael; Lee, Laurel; Loudermilk, Barry; Lucas, Frank; Luttrell, Morgan; Mace, Nancy; Manning, Kathy; McCaul, Michael; McClain, Lisa; Meuser, Daniel; Miller, Mary; Miller-Meeks, Mariannette; Mills, Cory; Molinaro, Marcus; Moore, Barry; Moran, Nathaniel; Murphy, Gregory; Nehls, Troy; Norman, Ralph; Nunn, Zachary; Palmer, Gary; Pence, Greg; Perez, Marie; Pfluger, August; Rodgers, Cathy; Rogers, Mike; Rose, John; Rouzer, David; Ryan, Patrick; Salazar, Maria; Scholten, Hillary; Schrier, Kim; Scott, Austin; Self, Keith; Sessions, Pete; Slotkin, Elissa; Stauber, Pete; Stefanik, Elise; Steube, W.; Strong, Dale; Tenney, Claudia; Thompson, Glenn; Timmons, William; Van Drew, Jefferson; Van Orden, Derrick; Walberg, Tim; Waltz, Michael; Weber, Randy; Webster, Daniel; Westerman, Bruce; Williams, Roger; Wilson, Joe; Yakym, Rudy

City of Big Rapids letting residents pick up certain Hemlock Park playscape materials

Amidst the deconstruction of the long-lived Hemlock Park Playscape, the city of Big Rapids has announced that residents can now pick up playscape bricks, fence spindles, and other trinkets at the Bjornson Street Water Tower location.

This initiative is part of the city's ongoing efforts to repurpose some of the playscape materials and promote community engagement. The playscape has been officially closed since this past weekend.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Bjornson Street Water Tower to collect the materials. The Bjornson Street Water Tower is located at 603 Bjornson Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307.


(Map of Water Tower location for materials pickup; credit to City of Big Rapids).


Playscape bricks, fence spindles, and trinkets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is also encouraged to bring some water to read the bricks as they have aged over time and have dirt on them.

Please note the bricks are at least 50 pounds so those who want a brick may need to bring another person to lift it.

"We are thrilled to offer these bricks, fence spindles, and other trinkets to our community members," Public Works Director Heather Bowman stated. "The city recognizes the significance of the old playscape to residents of all ages, whether you have family members who helped build the playscape or if you have cherished memories of playing on it at Hemlock Park during your childhood. We wanted to give residents the opportunity to have a piece of the playscape."

For more information, please contact the City of Big Rapids Public Works Department at
(231) 592-4015 or visit our website at

Kate O'Connor tapped to be dean of Ferris State's College of Engineering Technology, helping students gain skills for evolving fields

Kate O’Connor has been selected to be dean of Ferris State’s University’s College of Engineering Technology, overseeing programs that provide in-demand skills plays a key role in developing a talented workforce boosting the state and local economy.

The college provides a range of degree programs spanning the Built Environment, Engineering and Computing Technology, Automotive and Heavy Equipment, and Design and Manufacturing disciplines.

O'Connor, who joined Ferris State in 2021, has served as the interim dean since July 2023. Prior to her tenure at Ferris State, she held a decade of leadership positions at the Marywood University School of Architecture, in Scranton, Penn.

Bobby Fleischman, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, commended O'Connor for her exceptional leadership of the college, expressing confidence in her ability to continue guiding students towards rewarding careers by equipping them with in-demand skills.

"You don’t have to spend much time around Kate to know she is passionate and charismatic," Fleischman said. "The programs in the College of Engineering Technology are already recognized as some of the best in the nation. The fields are also among the ones most quickly evolving. Under Kate’s leadership, we will continue to prepare students for careers of today, and of the future."

O'Connor holds a Master of Architecture from Tulane University and two bachelor’s degrees from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Her pedagogical pursuit explores community visioning through design thinking, and her current research interest is related to transdisciplinary leadership and creativity for sustainability.

O'Connor's has been published in several scholarly journals, such as Il Quaderno and Telesis Volume III, as well as a book chapter in Turning Points, Responsive Pedagogies in Studio Art Education. She has presented on national and international stages.

Reflecting on her new role, O'Connor emphasized the multitude of opportunities within Ferris State University's College of Engineering Technology, including interdisciplinary programs, cutting-edge technology, and innovative curriculum.

“Ferris State is excellently positioned in a competitive national market of technology-based programs and fosters a culture of inclusion and free-thinking from day one, ultimately benefiting our students, community, and state as a whole,” she said. “I am excited about leading the Ferris State College of Engineering Technology and contributing to the advancement of experiential learning, the development of market-responsive academic programs, and preparing the next-generation of builders, creators, designers, and innovators to make their mark on our world."

Mecosta County Sheriff's Office: Weekly Blotter (5/13 - 5/19)

Monday, May 13

  • At 11:59 A.M., deputies assisted with probation/parole at a residence in Green TWP. A male subject was arrested for several parole violations. He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

Calls for Service: 13

Traffic Accidents: 2


Tuesday, May 14

  • At 2:04 P.M., deputies made a traffic stop in Aetna TWP.  The traffic stop resulted in the male driver being arrested on several warrants. He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

  • At 3:01 P.M., deputies made a traffic stop in Aetna TWP.  The traffic stop resulted in a male passenger being arrested on  a warrant. He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

  • At 3:45 P.M., deputies made a warrant arrest at a residence in Big Rapids TWP. A female subject was arrested on a warrant and for possession of methamphetamine. She was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

Calls for Service: 21

Traffic Accidents: 1


Wednesday, May 15

  • At around 12:28 P.M., deputies made a warrant arrest at a residence just into Newaygo County. Deputies were assisted by Newaygo County deputies in finding and arresting two male subjects that had warrants out of Mecosta County. Both subjects were lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

  • At around 3:00 P.M., deputies investigated a theft of a lawnmower and motorcycle in Green TWP. Additional investigation led to the recovery of the stolen lawnmower and motorcycle from the suspect's residence in Green TWP. The male suspect was arrested on larceny charges, warrants, and felony firearm charges.

Calls for Service: 34

Traffic Accidents: 3


Thursday, May 16

  • At 5:09 P.M., deputies made a traffic stop in Austin TWP.  The traffic stop resulted in a male passenger being arrested on a warrant. He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

  • At 9:55 P.M., deputies made a traffic stop in Aetna TWP. The traffic stop resulted in the male driver being  arrested on a warrant out of Newaygo County. The male subject was lodged in Newaygo County.

Calls for Service: 26

Traffic Accidents: 3


Friday, May 17

  • At around 7:42 P.M., deputies responded to a domestic at a residence in Morton TWP. A male subject was arrested for domestic assault on his girlfriend. He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

Calls for Service: 12


Saturday, May 18

  • At around 3:42 hours, deputies responded to a one vehicle accident in Mecosta TWP. The male driver was arrested for OWI. He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

Calls for Service: 22

Traffic Accidents: 2


Sunday, May 19

Calls for Service: 10

Traffic Accidents: 3

Reed City Wesco closing for construction in July; eyeing expansion re-opening in December

One of three gas stations near the crossroads of US-10 and US-131 is getting more than what some would call a facelift. 

Wesco Station 161, located on 220th Avenue by McDonald’s and Taco Bell, is expanding their store with a 17-foot addition on the backside of the building. There will also be additional fuel pumps installed, DEF additives, and parking spots for customers.

A drive thru will also be placed on the west side of the building, which will serve Subway products and Wesco hot food, such as chicken tenders, sandwiches, as more.

“There's a lot of excitement about it,” Store manager Jesse Blanchard said. “There's some people who are a little upset because this is their stop and so they obviously create new habits.”

The ending of the quote alludes to the entire store shutting down July 7 for interior remodeling and the construction of the add-on portion. The current targeted opening date is set for December 16. Blanchard also says the store will be looking to hire new employees around October.

“With the expansion, we'll be looking to hire for some positions. We're going to start doing some hiring in October for all the new positions and just to kind of bolster our staff for what we're expecting with the addition."

The other Reed City Wesco, Station 50 at 602 Chestnut Street, will remain open during Station 161’s closure.


Morley Stanwood school board caught inside school during tornado warning

You can say it was an eventful school board meeting last night at Morley Stanwood public schools, as the meeting was interrupted by a tornado warning issued in Mecosta County.

According to Superintendent Roger Cole, the board was 30 minutes into a workshop when alerts started piling in.

“We started our workshop at 6:30 P.M. and then had a power outage around 10 minutes to seven,” Cole said. “Then at 7:04, we all received alerts on our phones.”


(Image of Morley Stanwood Elementary School damage; credit to Brandon Wirth).


Meeting attendees then evacuated into an interior hallway to shelter down during the storm. Power was noticed to go on and off quite a bit, alluding to potential electrical damage within the building. Structural damage from fallen trees and power lines were also found following an examination of the area this morning.

“We had a lady drive to the school in order to find shelter,” Cole said. “We are very grateful and thankful people are safe.”


(Image of Northland Drive across from Morley Stanwood schools; credit to Brandon Wirth).


Morley Stanwood closed schools Tuesday due to the damage from the storm. Severe, strong winds as well as heavy thunderstorms slammed the area in a storm system moving at speeds up to 60 miles per hour to the northeast between 7:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

When asked about the community’s response, Cole mentioned the tight-knit support is always shown in the community.

“Our small community at Morley Stanwood is great with supporting one another.”

Working crews are currently working at the school in hopes to re-open in the short future.

More significant weather is possible for this evening. Tune into WBRN on 1460 AM, 96.5 and 107.7 FM for hourly Weather Eye forecasts for updates on changing conditions.

Male subject assaulted father with knife, threatened suicide in Aetna Township incident

At around 10:32 P.M. Monday night, deputies responded to a domestic incident at a residence in Aetna Township. 

Listed details said a male subject had assaulted his father with a knife. The male subject was threatening to harm himself, including suicide, if officers tried to enter the residence to arrest him.

The Newaygo County Emergency Response Team was called out to assist deputies and a short time later, the male subject was taken into custody unharmed. The victim was treated for minor injuries. 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Newaygo County Emergency Response Team and Mecosta County EMS.

Motorcyclist injured after hitting deer on 30th Avenue near Remus

On Monday at 5:38 A.M., deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 30th Avenue and Pierce Road for a crash involving a deer and motorcycle.

The investigation revealed that a 28-year-old male from Six Lakes, MI was north bound on 30th Avenue when he struck a deer. The driver was then transported from the scene by EMS and taken to Butterworth Hospital for his injuries. 

Deputies were assisted on scene by Wheatland Township Fire and Rescue, Hill Top Towing, Mecosta County EMS, and Meceola Central Dispatch. 

Green Township ordered to comply with Gotion Inc. battery plant project following preliminary injunction

On Friday, May 17, the United States District Court found in favor of Gotion Inc. following the filing of a preliminary injunction. 

Green Township will have to comply with the original project development agreement signed on Aug. 22, 2023, by the five previous board members, who were all recalled last November.

The case was originally filed in March. Federal judge Jane M. Beckering was assigned to the case in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan court.

“In sum, the Court determines that the balance of the factors weighs in favor of issuing a preliminary injunction directing the Township to comply with its obligations under the Development Agreement,” Beckering wrote in case findings. 

The conclusion of case stated the three defense arguments by Green Charter Township, including Supervisor Chapman not being authorized to both finalize and execute the agreement, the consideration for illusory promises in the contract, and an appeal to the legislative and constitutional concerns were all found to not be supported by records.

“We are pleased by the court's decision to grant this injunction and look forward to working with the township to move the project forward,” Chuck Thelen, vice president of Gotion Inc., said in a statement.

Green Township supervisor Jason Kruse has not responded for comment at this time.

WEATHER ALERT: Severe Thunderstorm Watch into Monday Night through Central Michigan

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Monday evening until 10:00 P.M.

The watch is in effect for 19 counties across Michigan, including Kent, Mecosta, and Newaygo Counties. Some affected cities listed in the watch within our listening areas include Big Rapids, Fremont, Grand Rapids, Newaygo, and Paris.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, damaging winds and hail are possible within this storm system.

Governor Whitmer honors EMS Heroes by proclaiming May 19-25 as EMS Recognition Week

As a thank you for the life-saving health care EMS practitioners provide every day, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed May 19-25 as EMS Recognition Week in Michigan

EMS practitioners stand ready day or night to help residents in need of help. They provide critical pre-hospital care to Michiganders in both emergencies and other health care situations including preventative medicine, follow-up care, other transportation needs and more. The efforts of EMS workers help improve the survival and recovery rates of people who experience sudden illness or injury. 

“The work EMS personnel do is essential to the health and safety of our communities,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive. “Paramedics and EMTs are there when we are at our worst and need them most, and we owe them so much gratitude during this week and all year round.” 

Though Michigan is still dealing with an EMS staffing crisis, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services EMS workforce grants approved in the Fiscal Year 2022 state budget are helping alleviate this problem. So far, 432 Michigan EMTs have completed or are in the process of completing paramedic training programs throughout the state. Residents interested in a career in EMS can get involved or learn more at

“Michigan’s EMS heroes are proud to serve their communities and provide lifesaving pre-hospital care to residents in need,” said John Clayton, president of the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services and EMS manager at MyMichigan Health in Midland. “Working in EMS is a tough but rewarding career and we encourage young people to consider serving their community and joining EMS.” 

Michigan is home to 29,253 EMS providers, 798 life support agencies and 3,998 licensed life support vehicles, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of EMS and Trauma within the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness, EMS and Systems of Care. For more information, visit

Hersey man arrested after breaking window, threating with machete at graduation party

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Mt. Pleasant Post and Mecosta County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Green Township Hall in Paris at around 2:00 P.M. Saturday afternoon for an unknown man wielding a machete.

A man shattered the glass of the front door of the hall with a machete and then proceeded to an open side door and made entry into the building where a graduation party was being held. He began waving the machete while making many statements including, “Everyone was going to hell.” Three individuals from the graduation party confronted the man and were able to use a chair to push the individual out of the building.

The man left prior to law enforcement arrival and proceeded to drive onto the lawn of the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office. A corrections officer made contact with him and the male began threatening the officer by wielding the machete. Big Rapids City Police arrived on scene and both the corrections officer and city police officers were able to safely subdue the man and lodge him in the Mecosta County Jail pending multiple felony charges. He was identified as a 36-year-old from Hersey, MI. 

Thankfully no one was injured in either of the incidents. The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident on the corrections officer and the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post is investigating the graduation party complaint.

Special thanks to the Mecosta County Central Dispatchers and all involved agencies who worked diligently to bring an end to these dangerous encounters.

Ferris State softball player Alexis Kozlowski a finalist for national Freshman of the Year Award

Ferris State University softball first baseman Alexis Kozlowski added to her impressive list of rookie accomplishments by being chosen today as a national finalist for the 2024 Schutt Sports/NFCA DII Freshman of the Year Award.

The list of finalists for the prestigious award were announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Kozlowski is one of eight honorees in consideration for the award, representing the Midwest Region.

Eight finalists, one from each of the NCAA's eight regions, have been selected by the association's Division II All-America Committee for the 2024 TUCCI/NFCA Division II Freshman of the Year award.

East Stroudburg's Sarah Davenport (Atlantic), Augustana's Desi Cuevas (Central), College of Saint Rose's Kelsey Higgins (East), Ferris State's Kozlowski (Midwest), Nova Southeastern's Maliyah Lawson (South), UT Tyler's Makayla Garcia (South Central), North Greenville's Emily Blackwell (Southeast) and Western Washington's Alli Kimball (West) are now in the running for the award, which will be announced on Tuesday, May 21.

Previously this season, Kozlowski was named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team as determined by the national coaches' organization, becoming the first Bulldog softball player to earn NFCA all-region first team honors since both Amanda Harrington and Holly Bruntjens claimed the same distinction in 2009.

Kozlowski also was named this year to both the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team and chosen as the GLIAC Freshman of the Year. The FSU freshman was one of only three players from the GLIAC named to the all-region first team squad.

Kozlowski led the Bulldogs to a top-four finish in the GLIAC and a spot in the conference tournament.

She had team-leading .361 batting average overall this year with a squad-best 61 hits and 48 runs batted in to go with 19 doubles, six triples and six home runs in 52 games.

Additionally, she scored 26 runs and recorded a .651 slugging percentage and .404 on-base figure. The Gaylord native lead the conference with 19 doubles and six triples while ranking second in both hits and RBI's this year in regular-season action.

She was also listed among the league's top 10 performers in batting average and home runs. Overall, Kozlowski has also recorded two hits or more in 23 outings this season and totaled 31 extra-base hits while accounting for 110 total bases.

The Bulldogs closed the 2024 campaign with 25 victories, which represents the most wins for FSU in eight years. Ferris State had a single senior on a young playing roster this spring. The rest of the FSU roster is eligible to return next year.

Created in 2015, the Schutt Sports/NFCA DII Freshman of the Year Award honors the outstanding athletic achievement among freshman softball student-athletes throughout NCAA Division II. To be eligible, student-athletes must come from a NFCA member institution.

The NFCA is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly regarded coaches polls and All-Region awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention.

(Image provided by Ferris State Athletics).

Ferris State's Luci Archer battled leukemia, vows to use new degree to help children facing health problems

Even as a little girl battling leukemia, Luci Archer knew she wanted to be a helper.

Diagnosed at the age of 6, Archer was inspired by a child life specialist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids who helped make her cancer treatment just a little less scary.

“That kindness really impacted me and inspired me to choose a career where I can give somebody else that same positive experience,” said Archer, who graduated May 6 from Ferris State University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Child Life Specialist concentration.

Child life specialists work in healthcare settings with children and their families to help reduce stress and anxiety through education, play and emotional support.

“They were amazing,” Archer said. “They’d do really cool things like showing me how to give my baby doll medication in the same way it was going to be administered to me.”

Now in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Archer honored her road to recovery by decorating her FSU mortarboard with a photo of herself during cancer treatment and the words “A.L.L. Because She Survived.”

“Now I’m living life like normal and just hoping to make the same difference in other people’s lives,” said Archer, now 22 and living in Muskegon with her husband, Brandon.

Archer began her higher education journey as a Whitehall High School junior enrolled in Early College Muskegon County. After earning her associate degree at Muskegon Community College, she transferred to Ferris.

For three years, she made the 2.5-hour round trip in her Ford Focus from her home in Muskegon to the Big Rapids campus. Her professors and classmates were wonderful.

“I always felt very supported at Ferris,” she said.

Archer began working in January as a paraprofessional helping a preschool boy who has diabetes. She not only assists the boy with blood sugar monitoring and insulin injections, she’s helped his classmates understand diabetes a little bit better.

“I’ve talked them through why he occasionally needs a finger poke or an extra juice box, and just helped them understand that his body doesn’t absorb energy the same way ours do,” she said.

She’s also helped advocate for her ward, making sure his school lunches have plenty of protein. She credits Ferris for her advocacy skills.

“I had some awesome advocacy classes at Ferris that really taught me how to use my voice for the betterment of other people,” she said.

Archer hopes to one day earn her certification as a child life specialist and work in a children’s hospital. For now, she plans to continue working as a paraprofessional and is considering writing a book for preschoolers to answer questions about diseases like cancer in an age-appropriate way.

No matter what path her journey takes, she’ll be helping others.

“At the end of the day, I came out of my childhood cancer a better person because of my experiences and I want to give back in return,” Archer said.

Lions sign Jared Goff to contract extension through 2028 season

The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed QB Jared Goff to a contract extension through the 2028 season. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

Goff enters his fourth season with the Lions after originally joining the team via trade in 2021. In 48 games played and started for Detroit, he’s completed 1,121-of-1,686 passes (66.5%) for 12,258 yards, 78 touchdowns and 27 interceptions for a 96.5 passer rating.

In the 2023 season, Goff led Detroit to a 12-5 record, tying the single-season franchise record for victories, en route to helping the team capture its first division title in 30 years. During the postseason, he joined QBs Tobin Rote (1957) and Bobby Layne (1952-53) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to win multiple playoff games while guiding Detroit to their second-ever NFC Championship Game appearance and their first since 1991.

Among all NFL quarterbacks in 2023, Goff ranked first in passing first downs (227), second in passing yards (4,575), second in 20-yard completions (69), tied-for-third in 300-yard games (five), fourth in touchdown passes (30) and ninth in passer rating (97.9).

Over the 2022-23 seasons, Goff put together a pair of historical streaks. He started 10 consecutive games without throwing an interception, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history, and attempted 383-straight passes without throwing an interception, the third-longest streak in League history. As a Pro Bowl selection in the 2022 season, he also set franchise records for the lowest single-season interception rate (1.2%) and highest touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.14) while tying the single-season team record for the highest passer rating (99.3).

Goff was originally selected by the Los Angeles Rams out of the University of California with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, playing the first five seasons of his career with the team. Combining his production with the Rams and Lions over his eight-year career, Goff has started all 117 games in which he’s appeared and completed 2,657-of-4,107 passes (64.7%) for 30,429 yards, 185 touchdowns and 82 interceptions for a 93.6 passer rating. He has earned three Pro Bowl berths in his career and has five postseason wins, the most of any NFC quarterback since he entered the League.

Among the first eight seasons of a player’s career in NFL history, Goff ranks third in 300-yard passing games (36), fourth in completions, fifth in passing yards, seventh in pass attempts, ninth in passer rating and tied-for-12th in touchdown passes.

Ferris State alum Joseph Pistrui living in Spain connects with volleyball team on international tour

Ferris State University Joseph Pistrui headed to Spain in 1997, beginning studies leading to his Doctor of Philosophy at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. He never thought he’d be able to watch his alma mater’s volleyball team compete in his new collegiate home.

The Ferris State volleyball team is in the middle of a 10-day trip for international competition and cultural enrichment.

“When I discovered that their first official act would be a workout at the university where I work, I was over the moon,” he said. “It set the stage for me to play a unique role as a goodwill ambassador and representative of both institutions. That is special indeed.”

Pistrui earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ferris State in 1983, wrapping up a Big Rapids-based experience that included three years as a student-athlete in the men’s basketball program under a trio of Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame head coaches Jim Wink and Tom Ludwig and assistant coach and former standout player Gary Waters, a fellow hall-of-famer.

Beyond the basketball hardwood, Pistrui lettered as a student-athlete for the track and field team under another Ferris State coaching legend, Ray Helsing, where he competed in the 200, 400 and 4x400.

He is a 2021 Ferris State University Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. He has been a faculty member at IE University since 2000 and teaches entrepreneurship and innovation courses to undergraduate students and master’s students while working directly with company executives to help them develop innovation inside their companies.

“When I first learned about the women’s volleyball team’s planned trip, I was very excited,” he said. “It is not every day that I cross paths with a Bulldog in Madrid. So, the chance to do so is always compelling.”

That the volleyball team was coming to Madrid was merely the start.

Pistrui savored every moment of his ambassador role for two institutions that have had significant impacts throughout his life.

“As they entered the university, I greeted head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, whom I had communicated with before their trip, and she immediately introduced me to the team as a Ferris Alumni. That was pure pleasure,” he said. “During the team’s morning workout, I interacted a bit with other members of the Ferris team traveling, including Senior Associate Athletic Director Sara Higley, who shared some personal anecdotes about Ferris sports and all the exciting things that have transpired on and off the field.”

Pistrui was pleased the interest was mutual.

“Later, when the Ferris contingent was touring IE University, coach Brandel-Wilhelm invited me to introduce myself more formally to the team before taking a group photo,” he said. “I gave the group a quick overview of my Michigan origins, including coming from Imlay City. I told them about my time at Ferris, my recognition as a Distinguished Alumni, and my corresponding work on the Thumb 11 Endowed Scholarship Fund. I closed my remarks by expressing my joy for sharing a small part of their European experience.”

The Bulldog volleyball team, which has advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 each of the last three seasons, listened intently and expressed their appreciation to Pistrui for taking time out of his schedule to visit them.

“I received a spontaneous round of applause during the first introduction,” he said. “During my remarks, when I mentioned my roots in Miller Hall, several team members cheered. I deduced that they too were Miller Hall residents. I reminded them that back in my day Miller was a men’s-only dorm – which was a fun flashback moment.”

Pistrui noted that the arrival of the Ferris State volleyball team was far from a secret on the IE University campus. Word had already spread that the reigning Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champions, coming off a 27-8 record in Fall 2023, were coming.

“Many members of our university’s club women’s volleyball team were waiting for the Ferris team to arrive,” he said. “They served as on-the-ground peers to help the Ferris State travel group navigate the facilities, and more. Our team joined the Ferris State team for a full workout. It was not long before they formed a single group of student-athletes, which was really nice to witness. I was confident that they would be showered with more Spanish hospitality and embraced by the community of athletes from around the world.”

Reflecting on his initial introduction to Spanish culture, Pistrui did not lose sight of the significance of how he imagined this moment was for the current Ferris State volleyball student-athletes.

“It is such a nice way to be introduced to a new culture and meet locals with common interests,” he said. “In other words, it is a great learning experience for all involved.”

Pistrui and his wife, Maria Teresa, live in Spain with her extended family, which Joseph said also represents his “Spanish family.” That family circle includes two nieces, three nephews, and “an extended group too large to count,” he added.

Pistrui has remained and will continue to stay connected to Ferris State. He maintains many Bulldog connections with people who impacted his life during and since his undergraduate days.

Ferris State has been and continues to stand as a significant part of his life. He doesn’t miss opportunities to share what Ferris State did for him and others and can do for people in the future.

“I remain excited about finding new ways to support Ferris as it grows, develops, and pursues its original mission of “opportunity – industry,” he said of words stamped on the Ferris State University seal.

(Image provided by Ferris State Athletics).

Kent County Sheriff's Deputies searching for missing 31-year-old Muskegon man

Kent County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for a 31-year-old Muskegon man, Cardell Parker, who went missing Thursday around 11:15 A.M. in the area of Cascade Road and Forrest Hills Avenue in Grand Rapids Township.


(Image of Cardell Parker provided by the Kent County Sheriff's Office).


Cardell is African American, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and weighs approximately 135 to 150 pounds. He has a beard, mustache, and thinning hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with an unknown blue and red logo on the front, black pants, and yellow and white Nike Air Jordan shoes when he went missing.

Please contact 9-1-1 or Detective Holbrook at 616-632-6488 if you know his whereabouts.


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Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 3

Reed City 3 @ Big Rapids 16 (5inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 14 (6inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 9

Tri County 5 @ Fremont 1

Tri County 8 @ Fremont 5 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chippewa Hills 5 @ Grant 4

Chippewa Hills 1 @ Grant 2

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 13 @ Lakeview 1

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (5inn)

White Cloud 1 @ Morley Stanwood 2

White Cloud 11 @ Morley Stanwood 2

Tri County 1 @ Newaygo 3

Tri County 3 @ Newaygo 4


C Montcalm 4 @ Carson City 5

C Montcalm 24 @ Carson City 8 (5inn)

Manistee 3 @ Reed City 4 (6inn)

Manistee 12 @ Reed City 12 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Big Rapids 0 @ Byron Center 4

Big Rapids 1 @ Byron Center 3

Kent City 6 @ E Jordan 3

Mancelona 3 @ Kent City 0

Lakeview 3 @ Grant 8

Lakeview 1 @ Grant 13 (5inn)

Ravenna 8 @ Newaygo 15

Ravenna 1 @ Newaygo 2

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Tri County 6 @ White Cloud 8

Tri County 8 @ White Cloud 3


Inland Lakes 4 @ Big Rapids 7

Big Rapids 1 @ Beal City 11

Fremont 4 @ White Cloud 1

Fremont 5 @ Newaygo 10 (6inn)

Hesperia 2 @ Grant 12 (6inn)

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Clare 22 @ Reed City 2 (4inn)

Ludington 13 @ Reed City 1


CSAA Softball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 8 @ Big Rapids 10

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 9

Lakeview 0 @ C Montcalm 10 (5inn)

Lakeview 1 @ C Montcalm 1 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 10

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (6inn)

Big Rapids 16 @ Lakeview 0 (5inn)


C Montcalm 0 @ Sacred Heart 15 (5inn)

C Montcalm 1 @ Sacred Heart 8


Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 19 (3inn)

Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 11 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Lakeview 0 @ N Branch 10 (6inn)


Big Rapids 2 @ Dakota 12

Big Rapids 4 @ Oakridge 5

Big Rapids 9 @ Canton 4

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Holton 1 @ Reed City 1

Ludington 0 @ Reed City 7

SUNDAY - 5/19

Big Rapids 14 @ Milan 2

CSAA Softball Standings

1.) Big Rapids: 16-0

2.) Reed City: 16-2

3.) Newaygo: 11-3

4.) Kent City: 9-6

5.) Central Montcalm: 7-5

6.) Grant: 6-8

7.) Morley Stanwood: 4-7

8.) White Cloud: 3-11

9.) Lakeview: 2-12

10.) Chip Hills: 0-10

11.) Tri County: 0-10

(from available data)

CSAA Baseball Standings

1) Big Rapids: 17-1 | +172 -42 (+130)

2) Chippewa Hills: 11-5 | +91 -57 (+34)

3) Grant: 12-6 | 107 -57 (+50)

4) Newaygo: 12-6 | +104 -65 (+39)

5) Central Montcalm: 10-6 | +109 -71 (+38)

6) Reed City: 11-7 | +125 -81 (+44)

7) White Cloud: 8-10 | +79 -117 (-38)

8) Morley Stanwood: 6-12 | +57 -117 (-60)

9) Kent City: 5-13 | +86 -144 (-58)

10) Tri County: 4-14 | +89 -147 (-58)

11) Lakeview: 0-16 | +60 -181 (-121)

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