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      Happy birthday, Champion!

      Champion residents celebrated a very special birthday Saturday.

      It was Champion's birthday. The small town in western Marquette County is now 150 years old. Volunteers organized a parade for the sesquicentennial around Berle LaPin Veterans Memorial Park. Afterwards, visitors learned a bit about Champion's history and then they cut the cake. Some Champion residents who attended the 100th anniversary celebration in 1963 stood together for a photo.

      "Well I just love it. It's so exciting for a little town like this to be doing what they're doing," said Aili Hanks, one of Champion's oldest residents.

      Organizers say the event was a big success and that it was an excellent opportunity for neighbors to bond as a community.

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