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As investigators start to piece together the cause of a fire that destroyed a 45-year-old Wasilla commercial building on Tuesday, stories emerged of the support locals are giving those displaced by the blaze, and the firefighters who fought it. 

Zaz Hollander
A former Valley Dairy co-owner and federal agriculture official was sentenced to prison time plus fines and community service for her role in what prosecutors called a partner's scheme to take grant funds and funnel them into another business.  Now, she's vowing to appeal.Zaz Hollander
The fire, which was first reported shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday, was declared under control around 11 a.m. A family of four was displaced from the primarily commercial building, and businesses and nonprofits housed there were affected as well.Zaz Hollander

A stubborn fire burning for hours Tuesday morning in a commercial building just outside downtown Wasilla drew a massive response from Matanuska-Susitna Borough firefighters but caused no injuries, authorities say.

Alaska Dispatch News
Months after people started complaining about the long waits at the Palmer post office -- and a few elected officials got involved -- the U.S. Postal Service says new hires are coming to help.Zaz Hollander

The Clayton Allison murder trial began on Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Palmer. Allison is charged with homicide in the death of his 15-month-old daughter, Jocelynn Allison, who died in 2008.

Marc Lester
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is seeking candidates to fill the Assembly seat left vacant by Jim Colver, who was elected to the Alaska Legislature. Zaz Hollander
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is creating a 17-member committee to advise it on marijuana issues and sending the Alaska Legislature a list of issues it seeks to clarify, including whether future regulations will differentiate between cannabis for recreation and medicine. Zaz Hollander
A Wasilla man was arrested on a warrant after fleeing police on a stolen ATV and barricading himself inside his home, Alaska State Troopers said.Megan Edge
The Federal Transit Administration last year demanded the Mat-Su Borough pay back more than $!2 million in grants spent on the beleaguered ferry Susitna. Officials last week countered with an offer that hinges on the as-yet uncertain sale of the vessel and blames an array of factors outside the borough's control on the ferry's failed journey to Cook Inlet. Zaz Hollander