Brenda Battel

Professional Journalist

United States

Award-winning, community journalist who produces compelling, accurate content under persistent deadline pressure. Areas of reporting expertise include government, local news, agriculture and renewable energy, with an emphasis on enterprise and investigative methods.

Portfolio

Best Enterprise Reporting, third place, Michigan Associated Press Media Editors: 2016, 2017, 2018

Huron Daily Tribune
10/12/2016
Township clerk criticizes resident for seeking public information

LINCOLN TOWNSHIP - The Lincoln Township clerk publicly criticized a resident for filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, saying it cost the township thousands of dollars. Clerk Irvin Kanaski also called upon township residents at Monday night's meeting to chide Arlene Schipinski for seeking the information surrounding a $1,100 private donation to the township's legal fund.

Huron Daily Tribune
02/16/2017
Farmers will lose tax credits if they go solar

BAD AXE - Farmers that sign up to have their property turned into commercial solar farms cannot keep that land in the state's Farmland Preservation program. Rich Harlow, Farmland Preservation Program manager for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, told the Tribune on Wednesday that farmers would no longer be eligible for tax credits through Public Act 116 if they sign solar contracts.

Huron Daily Tribune
04/05/2018
Planners elect McLean as chair; Oakes resigns

BAD AXE - Within seconds of the Huron County Planning Commission electing Robert McLean as its new chairman, Planner Robert Oakes resigned. Just before resigning, Oakes was sworn in to a new three-year term Wednesday, along with new members Julie Epperson and George Lauinger.

Features

Huron Daily Tribune
07/28/2018
A family man remembered

BAD AXE -- Trever Engler will be remembered for a lot of things. Memories of his talent, humility and devotion to his family were common reflections among friends and family members who spoke to the Tribune over the past few days.

Huron Daily Tribune
09/16/2017
Heart of a champ: Baby battles birth defects

HURON COUNTY - By the time he was 6 months old, Ian Faist had spent most of his life in the hospital. Ian was born Oct. 22, 2016, and the 11-month-old suffers from spina bifida and other health problems. He has experienced a lot of medical complications in his young life.

Breaking News

Huron Daily Tribune
11/09/2016
Voters keep Canfield in 84th State House seat

Voters keep Canfield in 84th State House seat UPPER THUMB - Incumbent Republican Edward J. Canfield defeated James L. Wencel for the Michigan 84th District State Representative seat. Wencel received 7,846 votes, or 36 percent with 28 of 31 precincts reporting.

Huron Daily Tribune
11/09/2016
Vaughan, Talaski win Huron County board seats

HURON COUNTY - Republicans beat both Democratic candidates in Huron County Board of Commissioner races Tuesday night. Incumbent Rich Swartzendruber lost to former Commissioner Steve Vaughan by 116 votes, and 26 votes separated Republican Todd Talaski and Democrat Terry Brown.

Huron Daily Tribune
11/09/2016
Republican Mitchell chosen for 10th District congressional seat

Republican Mitchell chosen for 10th District congressional seat "It was a good race for people trying to represent the interests of rank and file voters," Mitchell said. The working class spoke and they want people to represent them who understand how the economy works, not those who have spent their lives in politics.

Photography

Huron Daily Tribune
02/15/2018
Police identify victims in Sebewaing shooting

Published 4:50 pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018 SEBEWAING - A family of three is dead after a father killed his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself. The victims have been identified as Bob Bonini, 61; Margo Bonini, 60; and Katelyn Bonini, 21. Shortly before 1 a.m.

Huron Daily Tribune
08/17/2016
Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun These sunflowers, which are part of a 3-acre plot at 135 Rapson Road,...