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PLAINWELL, MI -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a roughly $4.4 million plan to remove contaminated soil from the former Plainwell paper mill site along the Kalamazoo River. The proposed plan would involve removing soil with high levels of arsenic and other contaminants at the 35-acre site and replacing it with clean soil, according to an EPA press release. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Fire departments were on scene shortly after 5:00 Tuesday morning

Drug and Laboratory Disposal closed Tuesday, evacuation still in effect

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Flags will be flown at half-staff Thursday in memory of a southwest Michigan soldier who died after being wounded in Afghanistan. Governor Rick Snyder issued the order Monday for Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven of Plainwell. He died in January at an Army hospital in Texas after his unit was attacked by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul in last December. He was part of a transportation company based at Fort Carson, Colorado. A funeral service for Schoonhoven will be held Thursday morning in Otsego.

Photo courtesy of T.J. Aitken

Artist T.J. Aitken will dedicate his sculpture called Renaissance Race to the City of Plainwell. It looks like large spools of paper twisting and turning in the wind, with angelic figures cut into the ends of each roll. The work represents Plainwell’s past as a center for paper manufacturing, and how residents are working to revitalize the city. Aitken says he has always been fascinated by machines.