Author Archives: Jazmin Biernat

CMU students creating connections with mid-Michigan students with disabilities

The word community can define a lot of different groups. In one case, it defines a small Central Michigan University group known as Connections that Count.

Connections has been creating a community for mid-Michigan students with special needs, and their families, since 2002. Continue reading

CMU’s Speak Up Speak Out will address upcoming Michigan primary

If you have not yet decided who you will be voting for in the Michigan primaries, Central Michigan University is hosting an event that might be right up your alley.suso-logo-wh

This month’s Speak Up Speak Out series on Monday will focus on the primary candidates. In fact it’s titled, “Picking Your Candidate: Political Primaries 2016.” Continue reading

Bangor Township joins Bay City in restricting panhandling

Michigan’s 85 year old blanket ban on panhandling, was overturned in 2013.panhaldning

Solicitation is protected under the first amendment, but cities are allowed to restrict it. That’s exactly what some Michigan communities are doing. Continue reading

Michigan historical site to be revived after Enbridge gives grant

The Michigan Historical Center hopes to rebuild the Father Marquette museum in St. Ignace, almost 16 years after it burned down.fathermarquettememorial_398077_7

The center’s goal to rebuild the museum has become a reality after receiving a $20,000 grant. Continue reading

Michigan’s support for higher education receives a failing grade

A recent report gives Michigan’s support for higher education a failing grade. graduates

Michigan was graded in six categories including: cost of tuition, state spending per student, the burden placed on families, education as a state priority, state aid to students and racial equity in degree attainment. Continue reading

Michigan ranks 35th in national educational report

It appears Michigan schools have room for improvement. The recent release of a nationwide classroom
report that ranks each state’s educational quality, found Michigan to be in the lower half of the country. Continue reading

A “What Matters to You?” health survey is conducted in northern Michigan

People in the Grand Traverse region will soon have the opportunity to voice their concerns about community health. This through a new survey being offered in the new year. survey Continue reading

Fewer Canadian tourist are visiting U.S. as dollar stays strong

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What a difference a dollar makes. Officials say the decline of the Canadian dollar, is affecting the number of visitors to the United States.

Officials say travel has been declining for two years. They believe it is because of the weak Canadian dollar. Continue reading

CMU students partner with Spectrum to tackle medical device issues

A medical group out of Grand Rapids is working to improve a device that has historically been associated with complications.

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Courtesy of CMICH News

Instead of searching out medical students, they asked for help from CMU’s schools of Entrepreneurship and Engineering. Continue reading

Traverse City group helping to fight sex trafficking in northern Michigan, receives big donation

A Traverse City group is working to put an end to sex trafficking in northern Michigan. cast-logo-site

Michigan currently has the second highest rate of sex trafficking in the nation. Citizens Against Sex Trafficking, or CAST, is trying to change that.
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More travelers heading to northern Michigan during the fall season

IMG_1076Northern Michigan has rapidly changed over the last several years, seeing growth not only in visitors, but also in new businesses like wineries, breweries, and foodie restaurants.

Many of those visitors are now heading north during the fall. Business as usual is clearly changing in not only Traverse City, but all of northern Michigan.

Nearly a decade ago, Labor Day was essentially the end of the tourism season in northern Michigan. Students would head back to school, seasonal workers would depart, and many businesses would shut down for the long winter ahead. Continue reading

Legislation would strike down local dog breed bans

dogsAny local ordinance that bans specific dog breeds may soon be struck down, under legislation approved by the Senate earlier this month, with bipartisan support.

The measure would prevent ordinances that say a specific breed is not allowed, or to be controlled in a certain way.
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Nathan Wolfe, the virus tracker, comes to SVSU


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You may not know the name, but Nathan Wolfe is a microbiologist whose work has spanned the globe. He was voted one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2011, and is the author of “Viral Storm”

He recently spoke at Saginaw Valley State University on Tuesday, October 13th. Continue reading

Thirteen Michigan school are being recognized with a Blue Ribbon Award

Thirteen Michigan schools are being recognized nationally for their academic achievements.blueribbon

The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing the schools as National Blue Ribbon winners.

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