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CITY GOVT. SHAKEUP:

I covered the city of Battle Creek’s leadership changes as a newly elected commission reeled from allegations of mishandlings and even corruption within the police department. The tensions between elected officials and city administration — often coupled with disagreements over whether commissioners were micromanaging — eventually led to the departures of long-time city employees.

KELLOGG CO. & ITS HOMETOWN LEGACY:

Kellogg, the breakfast giant founded in Battle Creek more than a century ago, announced it would be sending potentially hundreds of jobs from its corporate headquarters to the Grand Rapids area. The move angered residents and community leaders who had worked with the company on key local decisions in the past, signaling to them both a vast change in how the company operated with its hometown and how Battle Creek — a town of some 50,000 people — may need to up its game to hold onto a Fortune 500 company.

 

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