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My Town: Farm to turn cow patties into power

My Town: Farm to turn cow patties into power

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville farm will soon be powered by animal waste.

Sustainable Partners LLC (Spart) plans to develop an anaerobic digester for Consumers Energy and Beaver Creek Farms, located at 18080 80th Ave. The biogas plant will transform cow manure from the farm, as well as fats, oils and restaurant grease into methane using natural bacteria in an oxygen-free environment.  That methane is then used to fuel a heater and power engine that produces electricity and thermal energy.

Beaver Creek Farm owner Bill Henke says the bio digester will provide additional benefits for his farm- the manure will retain important nutrients for field spreading, but lose the odor and reduce the general hassles of managing manure.

Authorities: Seatbelt fails in Ottawa Co. crash, driver ejected


POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)— Ottawa County deputies say an 18-year-old man thrown from his vehicle during a crash Friday had been wearing a seat belt, but it failed.

The crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. at 80th Avenue and State Road in Polkton Township. Sgt. John Wolffis with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Jordan Kuperus of Ravenna was traveling south on 80th Avenue and failed to stop at a stop sign, traveling into the path of a 2001 Chrysler vehicle driven by 70-year-old Roger Holman of Nunica.

Investigators say the seat belt Kuperus was wearing tore in the crash; he was thrown from his 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. Emergency responders tell WZZM 13 Kuperus was in and out of consciousness as he was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.

The other driver was not injured.

Pickup rolls off bridge, injures 4-year-old passenger


ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A four-year-old boy was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Thursday afternoon after a rollover crash in Ottawa County's Allendale Township.

The boy was riding in his dad's truck just after noon, when his dad lost control of the vehicle on the icy 68th Ave. overpass above the Grand River. The pickup went across the center line, hit the far guardrail, and flipped over the guardrail, landing on an embankment next to the river.

The father, a 35-year-old Coopersville man, was not hurt in the crash and was able to get himself and his son out of the truck, carrying the boy to the roadside to wait for emergency responders.

The boy was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.


Coopersville kids show how they enjoyed a snow day


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- We received hundreds of notices of school closings Tuesday morning; most were inland.

Among them was one of the districts that had a number of snow days last year, too.

Coopersville Public Schools students like Cole and A.J. Baker and Gabe Van Sickle say they'll remember this snow day -- not because it's the coldest or the one with the most snow, but because it's so early.

"It is November, and I am surprised how much snow" has fallen, said Cole Baker.

Gabe Van Sickle said he was confident Tuesday would be a snow day, "because I went on the Internet."

They spent the day building a snowfort, wanting to "play as long as we can out here," A.J. Baker said.

Good Samaritan describes finding, returning lost toy


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- We told you on Monday about the good Samaritan who reunited a seven-year-old with her favorite toy. The stuffed elephant had been left accidentally on the side of the highway.

The good Samaritan didn't leave his name when he dropped the toy off, but after the story aired, his family contacted us.

His name is Jerry Dennis, and he works for Suburban Propane in Coopersville. He says he was driving home when he found the backpack that held the toy.

"I had taken the bag and opened it up to see what was in it, and my little boy saw the stuffed animals and he said, 'I bet someone is going to miss those stuffed animals,'" Dennis said. "That is when I thought I would figure out where they went and to get the bag back."

It's interesting to note, too, that Dennis's little boy is seven years old -- the same age as the girl who lost the elephant.

Woman walks away after wrong way crash on Interstate 96


Coopersville, MI (WZZM) After her car was struck at high speed by a wrong way driver on Interstate 96, a Muskegon woman says it's surprising she didn't receive serious injuries.

"I was pretty lucky," says Samantha Allman, 20. "I'm so surprised I got out of there safe."

Allman says she was driving east on I-96 about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

She was heading home to Muskegon after a class in Grand Rapids.

Suddenly, she says she saw headlights bearing down on her.

"I didn't see his actual car, just saw headlights swerve into me," she recalls. "Bam, it hit me. I think he was going pretty fast. I just spun out and closed my eyes and ended up in a ditch."

Allman says her driver's side door was smashed, but she was able to crawl out through the passenger side.

MIOSHA investigating Continental Dairy worker's death


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Coopersville dairy where a worker died Saturday has been cited in the past for health-related violations.

MIOSHA is looking into the accidental death of 54-year-old Ronald Yell. The Muskegon man was run over by a semi Saturday night.

In September 2012, MIOSHA cited the dairy for what it determined to be three serious health-related violations. Those violations were resolved with an informal settlement in which Continental Dairy paid a fine.

State records show MIOSHA also did a routine inspection at Continental Dairy in October 2013.