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LANSING – Michigan is the nation’s top producer of tart cherries, but increasing imports from foreign countries worry the state’s growers.

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HART — The first reading of a new ordinance that would help the Hart Area Fire Department recover certain costs received Hart City Council approval April 10.

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The calendar says April, but Mother Nature was in full winter mode over the weekend, as could be seen by the coating of ice, sleet and snow that covered Oceana County after three days of winter-like weather buffeted the Midwest.

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Young people looking for an opportunity to gain leadership experience and explore outdoor recreation issues statewide should consider a stint with the Youth Conservation Council, a program started a few years ago by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. The council is accepting applicat…

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The magic of spring is almost upon us.

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New York Yankees Aaron Judge is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Editor’s note: A jail sentence “to be served at the court’s discretion” generally means jail time is suspended, but will be imposed if the person violates any laws or sentencing conditions within a noted time period.  OUIL means driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicati…

SHELBY — Shelby entered the postseason needing eight wins to claim the state championship, so coach Tom Weirich took the opportunity to borrow a famous Detroit Red Wings tradition to motivate his team.

BENZONIA — It was a banner day for Hart cross-country Saturday at the regional run, as not only did the top-ranked Pirate girls earn their expected repeat as regional champions, but the Hart boys came through and secured their own regional title, the first in program history.

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All season, the Hart girls cross-country team has thought about competing for a state championship. This weekend, that chance finally arrives in earnest when the Pirates step onto the Benzie Central course for the Division 3 regional race.

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FILE - In this June 16, 2017, file photo, Louisville coach Dan McDonnell talks to an unidentified person following team practice in Omaha, Neb. Louisville coach McDonnell is going to bat for two-way college baseball players. McDonnell’s opinion comes from his vantage point as the college coa…

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FILE - At left, in a Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Southern Mississippi's Matt Wallner pitches against Minnesota State in the top of the ninth inning during an NCAA college baseball game in Hattiesburg, Miss. At right, in a May 12, 2017, file photo, Southern Mississippi's Matt Wallner w…

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FILE - At left, in a June 9, 2017, file photo, Louisville's Brendan McKay bats during the team's NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Kentucky, in Louisville, Ky. At right, in a June 11, 2016, file photo, Louisville's Brendan McKay pitches against UC Santa Barbara dur…

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FILE - At left, in an April 17, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, in Anaheim, Calif. At right, in an April 13, 2018, file photo, Angels' Shohei Ohtani hits a double during the seco…

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NEW YORK (AP) — An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users.

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PARIS (AP) — French authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democrats are electing a new leader to spearhead the party's recovery from a disastrous election result and guide it through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official judicial news agency is reporting that police have arrested a former Tehran prosecutor who faces a two-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners following the country's 2009 protests.

Bible Studies:  Tuesdays, 10 a.m. and Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.; The Ladder Community Center, 67 N. State St., Shelby.

Earthworms are one of the first critters many of us discover as children. They can be found while digging in the garden or stretching across the sidewalk during a rainstorm. 

I recently heard about a trend that’s actually been around awhile, but that most people aren’t aware of — death cafes.