Battle Creek

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When Michigan voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2018, Tyler Dornbos was excited. He says he can’t buy the drug where he lives in Jackson County, so he’s been shopping elsewhere – including at a newly opened provisioning center in Battle Creek.

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, is a critical form for anyone who wants help paying for higher education. But Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan’s FAFSA completion rate was only about 56 percent last year.

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An apparent second hate crime occurred at a Battle Creek synagogue over the weekend, after another incident just six weeks ago.

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Jane Simons says people reading stories from Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave On the Ground series in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo will find some commonalities between the two cities. Those include people wanting to make positive change in their communities. But Simons, who is Project Editor for On the Ground Battle Creek says Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are different, and the stories show those characteristics.

On the Ground Battle Creek Engagement Editor Jeff Cotton says Battle Creek is still struggling with its identity right now. He says the stories in the On the Ground series may help with that effort. He says they are finding the people and getting them to share energy with the city. 

Battle Creek City Hall - file photo by WMUK

Mark Behnke will serve as Battle Creek’s mayor for the next year.