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Meet these cute animals at Binder Park Zoo

It’s hard to narrow down the cutest of the animals at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, but here we give it a try: ALDABRA GIANT TORTOISE The oldest zoo resident is Al, the Aldabra giant tortoise. He’s been at the zoo since 1984 and they estimate his age to be around 80. They aren’t kidding around…

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Cool wedding venues for any time of year

Nowadays, you don’t have to go to the chapel to get married. Around Calhoun County, you can go to the greenhouse, or the garden or the barn, or even on top of Fragrant Hill. “The barn trend is at its peak right now of popularity,” says photographer Stephanie Parshall. Parshall covers 25 weddings a…

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7 cool campers from the Kellogg Arena show

Spontaneous adventures can be the best. Spontaneity is part of the RV lifestyle, where you have the ability to travel freely and see Michigan at your own pace. Those seeking the latest and greatest in RVs headed to the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds show last weekend at…

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How Battle Creek became the Cereal City

There have been entire books written about how the cereal industry got its start in Battle Creek. Here’s the short and snappy version: The story always starts with the Seventh-day Adventists. Founder and prophet Ellen White received a holy message: Create a healthy living institute in Battle Creek…

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Take a tour of African-American history in Battle Creek

Perry Sanford escaped from a Kentucky plantation, avoided slave catchers and ended up in Battle Creek. He was one of the African-American pioneers to begin a long, rich history in this city that was a major station on the Underground Railroad and home to activist Sojourner Truth. There are a number…

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Black History Month: Take a Sojourner Truth tour

Sojourner Truth was a dynamic voice for abolition and suffrage. She was able to escape slavery, went to court to save her son and spent time helping African Americans transistion into post-slavery life after the Civil War. She was born into slavery and given the name Isabella in about 1797. It…

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Stay healthy in Calhoun County

They say most new year resolutions fail by February. But that doesn’t mean you should give up just yet. “Maybe instead of trying to change everything at once -- because that is overwhelming -- maybe it’s just changing one thing at a time,” Dr. Lori Zettell said. Dr. Zettell founded Outside the Box…

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Gymnastics competition celebrates 25 years in Battle Creek

Sparkles and feats of strength were on display in Kellogg Arena over the weekend of February 14th. It’s the 25th year of the Cereal City Classic. The event has been happening long enough that kids who once competed as gymnasts are back as coaches. “We’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to see…

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Students benefit from ice cream industry convention

What happens when the trade show is over, and there’s still ice cream left over? It goes to prom. Last weekend, the Great Lakes Ice Cream and Fast Food Association donated ice cream to the St. Philip High School sophomore class. Jacob Thome, the sophomore class president at St. Philip High School…

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In town for gymnastics? Here are some tips

Welcome to Battle Creek! Here’s the visitors guide to Battle Creek for gymnasts, parents and officials. THINGS TO DO If you need to kill an hour Walk around downtown Battle Creek. You can start at the Welcome Center. Tony the Tiger thinks a selfie with him would be Grrrrrrrrreat! We also have…

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