New learning center to tell story of Civilian Conservation Corps

The future site of the Pigeon River Country Learning Center

The future site of the Pigeon River Country Learning Center

Nestled 20 miles or so northeast of Gaylord is an area of forest that holds generations of rich historical significance. It is an area 120,000 acres strong and will soon be a site of discovery and learning. Continue reading

Michigan seeking bids to replace old election equipment


Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.


Michigan is accepting proposals to replace outdated election equipment.

The Secretary of State is looking to replace the more than ten-year old election equipment found at local precincts around the state. Continue reading

Summer camps encourage learning and fun


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Students have been out of school for a while now, so long that school supply displays are starting to pop up in store and parents may be counting the days until they go back.

But just because they’re not in school doesn’t mean kids aren’t learning, many Michigan students spent part of their summers at educational camps.
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State board says people with autism should be able to use medical marijuana

potA state board has approved adding autism to the list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel voted 4-2 on Friday to make the recommendation.

The final decision will be made by Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Mike Zimmer. Continue reading

Campaign promoting businesses along I-69 expands to southern Michigan

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An effort to promote economic development in Genesee and Shiawassee counties is expanding south to the Michigan-Indiana border.

The effort began 5 years ago to promote development along the I-69 corridor. This summer, the effort is expanding south to include the cities of Charlotte, Coldwater and Marshall, Michigan. Continue reading

Michigan schools continue to struggle under emergency management

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It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Michigan’s revamped emergency manager law took effect. Thirteen Michigan cities and five school districts are currently under some form of state oversight.

Regardless of your thoughts about the idea of the state appointing unelected officials to take control over cities and schools – it’s fair to say there have been some successes on the municipal front. Seven cities are now transitioning back to full local control. Only one municipal emergency manager remains on the job. Continue reading

Protesters rally against pipeline under Mackinac Strait

Protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac be shut down.

Protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac be shut down.

Environmental activists rallied at the state Capitol today to protest an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline is operated by Enbridge Energy – the company responsible for a massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in 2010. Continue reading

Three more petition drives to begin gathering signatures

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A state elections board says three more petition drives have met the technical requirements that allow them to begin collecting signatures. All of them want the force the Legislature to change laws, or put questions on the 2016 ballot.

One of the petition drives seeks to require employers to offer paid sick and family leave. Continue reading

Rise and fall of the Beaver Island Mormon kingdom

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Bands of Native Americans, Irish famine fleer’s and even a Dominican convent have all called the secluded coasts of Beaver Island home.

Also finding solace on the island, at least temporarily, was a group of Mormons who declared a kingdom on the Northern Lake Michigan Island.
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Northwestern Michigan College joins international study abroad effort

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Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has joined an international effort to boost the number of students studying abroad.

NMC has partnered with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad program to help push students to study the world. Continue reading

SVSU updates their non-discriminatory policy to include protections for the transgender community

SVSUSaginaw Valley State University is adding gender identity and genetic information protections to its non-discrimination policy.
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On The Map visits Beaver Island’s first radio station.

Winslow in the radio stations master control room.

Winslow in the radio stations master control room.

When Dennis Winslow proudly opened the door to the home of Beaver Island’s first radio station he grinned from ear to ear.

“Noone knows this is back here,” he said. Continue reading

Chippewa County prison dealing with 17 assaults in past week

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At the Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, 17 assaults have taken place over the past week.

The Michigan Department of Corrections said the assaults stemmed from a July 20th fight, that led to a series of altercations throughout the week. Continue reading