Author Archives: Anthony Rizzo

New Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger train idea being discussed

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Land Use Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Land Use Initiative.


An exploratory project is being launched to bring back passenger train service to a rail line that still exists through central and northern Michigan.
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Congressman Benishek announces Veterans Action Initiative

Photo of Dr. Dan Benishek, R-Michigan's First Congressional District.

Photo of Dr. Dan Benishek, R-Michigan’s First Congressional District.


Michigan’s first congressional district is one of the most veteran-dense populations in America, yet resources are scarce for those vets, according to Congressman Dan Benishek, a republican serving the northern Michigan.
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DNR rejects massive U.P. land sale, for now

Canadian-based Graymont is pursuing a purchase of more than 10,000 acres of mineral rights in Michigan's U.P.

Canadian-based Graymont is pursuing a purchase of more than 10,000 acres of mineral rights in Michigan’s U.P.

A Canadian-based mining company, called Graymont, is interested in bringing business to Michigan, but the land sale that would go along with the initiative is being debated.
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Cloverland responds to UP energy crisis resolution


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An eastern U.P. energy provider is reacting to a recent agreement made aimed to cure the U.P energy crisis. Cloverland Electric says the agreement is lacking a short-term plan.
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Experts urge safe driving with extreme cold temperatures

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It isn’t only snow and ice that can pose risks to Michigan drivers during the winter, but also brutally cold temperatures. When temperatures dip below zero as they have in recent days, Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs with AAA, said drivers should never hit the road with a tank that’s close to empty.

“Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car at all times during cold weather to avoid engine freeze-up,” Jarmusz said. “That way, if you do get stranded, you have enough gas to periodically run the engine to keep the car warmed up.”

In addition, Jarmusz said it’s best to check your vehicle’s battery before a cold spell. Faulty batteries cause more car-starting problems than any other factor. He said, at zero degrees, even a good battery has about 35 percent less starting power.

If a car is to break down, state courtesy vans and police are often on the lookout for stranded drivers. If your car freezes up or breaks down, or if you get in a wreck, Jarmusz strongly recommends staying with your vehicle.

“If you start venturing away from your car, the elements are going to be a bigger danger to you than if you were to stay and wait,” he said. “If you’re on a road you can either flag down help or wait for an emergency vehicle. If you have your cell phone, you can call for help.”

Perhaps most importantly, Jarmusz said, is to take precautions before even beginning a drive. When roads are slippery, he said, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive can help a great deal to get a vehicle going – but once it’s at cruising speed, they do nothing to help you slow down or stop. Also, he said “no” to cruise control on snowy or slippery roads.

“It maintains a specific speed, and if you begin to slide, the vehicle is going to want to keep the wheels spinning at the same rate, in order to maintain the same speed,” says Jarmusz. “What it’s going to do is contribute to loss of control, and if you run into a less-traction situation, the wheels are going to keep spinning.”

If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, he said applying constant, firm pressure is best to bring the vehicle to a controlled stop under slippery conditions.