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BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI

November 12, 2018

AP-Michigan stories for Nov. 18 and Nov. 19. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.

For use Sunday, Nov. 18, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-CLASSICS RESTORED

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Michigan father and son team is restoring old cars at their auto service shop. Garfield Auto Service Center performs the usual oil changes, brake service and engine repairs that most garages offer. But it also cranks out four or five classic car restorations each year, vehicles so pristine they look like they just rolled off the factory floor. Jeff Koch, 47, and his father, Jack Koch, 73, are proud of the quality of their work. By Dan Nielsen, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 789 words.

EXCHANGE-CITY PIG

HOLLAND, Mich. — A Michigan family with two large dogs, two cats and several backyard chickens just gained its newest member: Holland’s first city pig. Will, a two-year-old, 50-pound miniature pig, moved in with the Spidahls after Holland City Council approved an ordinance amendment in October that allows residents to keep mini pigs as pets. By Sydney Smith, Holland Sentinel. SENT IN ADVANCE: 512 words.

For use Monday, Nov. 19, and thereafter

EXCHANGE-SOYBEAN PUSH

COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A soybean group in Michigan wants to draw attention to an oil that doesn’t have trans fat. Jim Domagalski wants soybean growers to know that, despite tariffs and low prices and bad weather, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Domagalski grows soybeans, wheat and corn on 600 acres in Columbus Township. He is a director with the United Soybean Board. The big thing the board has done is come up new varieties of soybean that produce what’s called high oelic soybean oil. By Bob Gross, Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 526 words.

EXCHANGE-CANINE PROTECTOR

LANSING, Mich. — A Lansing Police Department K-9 has received a gift that may save his life while out in the field. A German shepherd named Chief received a 5-pound bullet and stab protective vest recently from Vested Interest in K-9s Inc., a nonprofit organization. He’s the only K-9 on the police force that currently has a vest. Officials are hopeful that five other K-9s they rely on for things such as search and rescue missions can also obtain vests through the organization. By Eric Lacy, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 296 words.

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