Horn Hometown Tours: Argentine Township

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, continued his “Hometown Tours” visits with a stop in Argentine Township in Genesee County. He was joined by state Rep. Joe Graves, R-Argentine Township.

“Argentine Township was a perfect fit in my goal of highlighting small, close-knit communities with hardworking folks,” Horn said. “From visiting the mill and local shops to meeting those who risk their lives in emergency services to keep the community safe, this truly was an enjoyable and educational experience for me. I look forward to learning more about the people of the 32nd District as I continue my Hometown Tours.”

The tour began at the Argentine Township Police Department, where Horn was able to briefly meet Police Chief Daniel Allen to discuss local matters and concerns among officers in his department.

The meeting with Chief Allen was followed by a stop and tour of the Argentine Township Fire Department with Fire Chief Matthew Lafferty and Township Supervisor Robert Cole. There, Horn observed firsthand the amount of gear and tools used to keep residents safe and to rescue those in need.

“The amount of gear these guys use and carry is staggering,” Horn said. “I thought the rescue boat and other methods for saving people from the water were especially interesting. The town is built on a chain of lakes, so these are very logical and important tools to have access to.”

As the group moved through town, they stopped at the Westwind Milling Company. The locally owned mill primarily works with the local agriculture community, grinding and preparing several types of wheat. It has found a niche market with restaurants in the Detroit area, and the famous Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor. Beyond that, there is a retail shop that sells healthy grains, flour mixes and gluten-free products to the public.

The last stop of the day was the Argentine Care Center, where Administrator Kerri Stiverson provided a brief tour. The historical building where the care center is located was once known as the Stages Hotel. During the 1847 transition of the Capitol from Detroit to Lansing, the old Stages Hotel housed the Capitol overnight.

“I want to personally thank Township Supervisor Robert Cole for volunteering his time to give me a fantastic tour of the community. I also want to extend my gratitude to Police Chief Allen and Fire Chief Lafferty who were kind enough to share local insight and give me a tour of their respective departments. And finally, my thanks to Kerri Stiverson for an inside look at the excellent care provided at the Argentine Care Center. I’ve learned a great deal about the communities in my district and am happy to have experienced a side of Argentine Township that most will not get to see.”

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PHOTO 1 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, sits in a patrol vehicle as he discusses local matters with Argentine Police Chief Daniel Allen.

 

PHOTO 2 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth (center right), stands with Rep. Joe Graves, R-Argentine Township (center left), Fire Chief Matthew Lafferty (left), and Township Supervisor Robert Cole as they discuss and examine the rescue boat used by Argentine Township’s rescue services.

PHOTO 3 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops for a brief chat with Argentine Care Center Administrator Kerri Stiverson as the tour comes to an end.

NOTE: See all of Horn’s Hometown Tours here.