Warm temperatures prompt concerns about ice safety

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Warmer than average temperatures are expected to continue through the end of this week. And that means ice on area lakes and rivers is starting to melt.


Law enforcement officials say ice rescues are not unusual at this time of the year… but they would rather people avoid going on the ice altogether, than have to call for help.

Michael Boguth (bo-gith) is a meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He said ice fishermen need to take extreme precautions.

“If anyone is going to venture out ice fishing, please use extreme caution. You know with this warm up the ice is rapidly deteriorating. So please take your time and make sure you check that ice thickness.”

Officials said you should use the buddy system while out on the ice, have rope to use for rescues, and have a communication device to call for help.

Special Olympics aims for $1.2 million Polar Plunge goal

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Special Olympics Michigan is looking to raise over $1.2 million through its Polar Plunge events.

The Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge alone raised over $80,000 for the Special Olympics. Several other events took place in Saginaw, Cheboygan and Alpena among others this past weekend. Continue reading

Data finds link between Flint water and Legionnaires Disease

file0001912523872New test data from the Centers for Disease Control may show a link between Flint’s water during the water crisis to an uptick in cases of Legionnaires Disease.

But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.

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Great Lakes ice cover remains low this winter

IceCoverAvg1973_2016_mediumLast week, 15 percent of the Great Lakes was covered in ice. That’s the highest level of ice cover recorded so far this winter and far less than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 64 percent prediction. A lack of ice could have lasting implications for this year and beyond.
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