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State launches ’21 to Buy, not Supply’ campaign

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State officials are launching a new campaign called 21 to buy not supply to remind young adults not to supply minors with alcohol.


Officials say most young adults know supplying minors with alcohol has serious consequences.

Diane Dovico is the executive director of the Royal Oak Community Coalition. She said she’s working to ensure people are educated on the laws.

“Our first strategy was to reach our college students throughout Michigan, because that’s where there is a huge collection of minors, and the upper classmen who have turned 21 on campus.”

Dovico said the campaign has made posters and other giveaways to raise awareness. She said penalties for supplying alcohol to minors include up to 90 days in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine.

Trump booed on Flint visit

Donald Trump campaigning in Pella, Iowa on January 23, 2016.

Donald Trump campaigning in Pella, Iowa on January 23, 2016.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kept a promise today Wednesday to visit Flint. But he was not greeted warmly in a city that’s struggling with a water crisis caused by government dysfunction.

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Experts say the urge to procrastinate is really all in your head

IMG_4018Health officials say the urge to procrastinate comes from the the limbic system in our brain. It regulates our moods-and if we feel stressed it looks for ways to distract us.
Dawn Zier is the CEO of Nutrisystem.

She said procrastination is hardwired into us.

“It’s really easy to say hey I don’t want to be stressed. I’ll deal with this tomorrow.And then you know we have to let the part of our brain that urges not to procrastinate to take over. Which is that prefrontal cortex. Where reasoning and higher thought reside .”

Zier said the urge to procrastinate is not beyond our control and there are strategies to break out it

A few ways to overcome procrastination are:

-Get rid of the “I will do it tomorrow” mantra
-Take small steps towards your goals
-And simply just do it

Climate change threatens birds migrating along Great Lakes

IMG_0137_mediumSome of the migratory songbirds that pass through the Great Lakes region are already on the move, and volunteers at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory are preparing for them. Hundreds of species – swallows, finches, warblers and more — visit the observatory on the shore of Lake Ontario, just west of Rochester.
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Organizer hopes to open free youth center in Cadillac

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A non-profit group is planning to open a new youth center in Wexford county. However the organization has a lot of fundraising to do before the doors can open.


Never Down for the Count is a non-profit group working to transform an abandoned warehouse in Cadillac into a new community center for youth.

Officials said so far they have raised 2,600 dollars towards renovations. They said to complete the project it will cost about a half million dollars.

Dana Wilson is the executive director for the center, and native to the area. He said they have a lot of work to do before the facility opens.

“The goal is to be done by the next year. To be prepared to be opening for the 2017-18 school year.”

Wilson said he’s scheduled two fundraisers in October.

SVSU professor to swim across Straits of Mackinac

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While many of us are enjoying a sunny holiday weekend, a Saginaw Valley State University faculty member is set to swim the longest race of his career.

 

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Adam Coughlin said he didn’t start to competitively swim until graduate school. On Monday he’ll swim five miles, across the Straits of Mackinac.

He said there is one thing he looks forward to most.

“Finishing! Just seeing this coming into fruition and seeing a goal I set for myself for months ago finally come true.”

The swim is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.

Coughlin said he will also be running a personal record later this month. He’ll participate in a competitive 64-mile fun-run in Livingston county.

Capital projects rescheduled

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New paint and other improvements on the International bridge in Sualt Ste. Marie have been rescheduled in an effort to save money.

Officials said two large projects will be pushed into next year. One job would install new mechanical hardware, the other is a new coat of paint. The delay will give the bridge governing board time to investigate cost saving measures.

Dan Weingarten is the spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation in the Upper Peninsula. He said the projects are not expected to affect toll prices.

“The toll rates are set by their boards, and there wouldn’t be any increase in the toll rates due to the projects. These are things that have been scheduled and budgeted well in advance.”

Weingarten said, if everything goes a planned both projects should be completed next year.

Saginaw credit union under conservatorship

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Valley State Credit Union in Saginaw has been placed into conservatorship by state regulators to address the credit union’s financial stability.

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services will act as a conservator for Valley State Credit Union.

Andrea Miller is the spokeswoman for the Department of Insurance and Financial Services. She said conservatorship will take place effective immediately.

“Upon review of a current review Director McPharlin determined that a conservatorship of that credit union was necessary to protect the public interest.”

Miller said members of the credit union will have uninterrupted access to their funds.

“On the Map” visits Alma to explore Padnos, a manufacturer in the recycling industry

Padnos signThe family owned business has been recycling materials for four generations.

Padnos settled/ opening in Holland, Michigan in 1905. The family originally went to farms and sawmills trading goods for iron. Then they shipped the iron to large cities for manufacturers to use.

The company has grown. In the last century expanded to 20 locations throughout Michigan. It employs 500 people statewide.
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Michigan Manufacturing Koegel’s

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Koegel’s has been around since Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States. A time where you could enjoy a hotdog at a baseball game, but not a cold beer, liquor was illegal. 100 years later Koegel’s is still making hotdogs, and thriving. Desiree Jordan visits the company for our On the Map tour this week, on Michigan manufacturing.


“machines going”

Koegel’s is a meat manufacturing company that produces 45,000 pounds of product everyday.

“We do ring bologna, we do polish sausage, brockwurst, we have a summer sausage,
John Koegel is company President and grandson to the founder Albert Koegel.
we do some braunschweiger, we do slice lunch and meat, sliced bologna, olive loaf, a pickled loaf, macaroni and cheese loaf, so we have about 64 different items that can be in a store. And it’s all processed right here in this facility. ”

If you believe the old adage, you don’t want to see how the sausage is made, but for John Koegel it was a way of life. He said he’s worked at the family business since he was 12-years old.

“I have been head of our company since probably 1993. Idk I would have to look it’s been so long. We are celebrating our 100th anniversary this year, I’m third generation. Our official day is September 14th, that’s the official day my grandfather incorporated here in Flint.”

Even though Koegel’s is a small company over the years it has expanded, in part, by partnering with Meijer.

“We have about approximately 100 workers that’s including management and sales, sanitation, and crew. If they make it a year, and once all the benefits kick in they usually stay with us for quite some time. We are mainly just in Michigan. We service Michigan off of our own trucks, so we have 12 trucks on the road on a daily basis. We are in Ohio but on with Meijer, Indiana, Kentucky and that’s about it. ”

Serving four states doesn’t leave room for slack. The production line is fully up and running when most of us are just wiping the sleep from our eyes.

“We are up and running 100 percent by 6:30. Back in our kitchen we kind of stagger start because we have to start grinding and chopping so those people start at 5:15.”

Koegel’s has a logical layout to it’s production line.

“So the plant is a true east to west flow. So Bishop airport is right there and it’s just a straight line. So all the raw materials come in here at the east end of our building. Just make their way through the kitchen, cooking, cooling, packaging, shipping, right out the other end. So right on the west end, straight through.”

It all starts with purchasing…

“Our meat we buy everything fresh. We buy of course beef and pork, we check it here for weight, temperature, smell, look, and then we bring it in.”

While on the subject of buying cows, bulls, and pork jaws, Koegel told me the secret to making one of America’s most famous recipes, next to apple pie.

“Now the trick to making a good hot dog is to take the lean meat, so here we’ve taken the bull and the cow and blended it together. We’ve added salt, cure, and water. And we’re extracting the protein from this. So we take the fat and capsulate the fat in a nice protein bond, the people bite the nice texture through the protein, but then we all know the flavor is in the fat, so you get the nice release of flavor in the fat. And that the secret to making a hot dog.”

After the various products are made they are sent to the smokehouses to be cooked and cooled.

“Once we get the product smoked, the coloration like we like it, and the temperature where we want it, we then come down and put it into steam boxes. We steam the product, what it does because we just went through the cooking process we took a lot of moisture of the outside, so we’re pumping the moisture back in. And the steam tenderizes the natural casing, so it tenderizes it. This is the critical control point. So have to check every temperature, and next we start the cooling process.”

The hotdogs are then sent to packaging and shipped out. After the tour of the facility, I talked to Koegel about how it felt to take over the reins at the company. He said not a lot of companies have lasted as long as this one.

“It’s an honor to be guiding a company that has been around that long. To have a product that is still the same as it was a hundred years ago, we’re still making the exact same way my grandfather you know developed it, when he built the business and started the business. So to me not a lot of companies can do that. So I feel really fortunate they allowed to come in and take over.”

Koegel said he hopes the company continues to thrive for the next hundred years and remains in the family.

“I think we are just proud of the whole bundle that we’ve made 100 years, and still going strong, and maybe the chance to go another 25 to 30 or 100 years. Ultimately if I can pass it on to the fourth generation that would be success for me.”

Koegel said it will be interesting to see where his company will go in the coming years. Koegel’s opened its doors in 1916 and doesn’t plan on shutting them any time soon. With 100 employees making hotdogs for four states, Koegel’s has put Flint Michigan on the map.

Valley State Credit Union now under conservatorship

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Valley State Credit Union in Saginaw has been placed into conservatorship by state regulators to address the credit union’s financial stability.


The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services will act as a conservator for Valley State Credit Union.

Andrea Miller is the spokeswoman for the Department of Insurance and Financial Services. She said conservatorship will take place effective immediately.

“Upon review of a current review Director McPharlin determined that a conservatorship of that credit union was necessary to protect the public interest.”

Miller said members of the credit union will have uninterrupted access to their funds.

‘On The Map’ visits Oakland County to learn about transitions taken by Leader Dogs

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Our latest “On The Map” series brings us around the state to learn about transitions involving people, animals, and technology.

Dogs that help the visually impaired are some of the most highly trained service animals.

What does it take to guide people who are deaf-blind or visually impaired?

If these dogs could talk they would say good trainers, lots of patience, and treats. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits VFW National Home helping veterans transition into civilian life

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Our latest “On The Map” series brings us around the state to visit transitions involving people, service animals, and technology.

We take a closer look now at a non-profit working to help veterans and their families transition into civilian life.

The VFW National Home for Children sits on 629 acres in Eaton Rapids.

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Kildee: Trump’s values “wrong for Michigan”

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)

Congressman Dan Kildee is among the Michiganders gathered in Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention. He spoke by phone this week with CMU Public Radio, and reflected on the campaign season so far, on the water crisis that is still affecting thousands of people in Flint, and on his own future political ambitions. Continue reading

Voter registration event comes to downtown Saginaw

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Several organizations are coming together to host an event called Pop The Polls. The price of admission is simply signing up to vote in November.

Pop The Polls is a one day voter registration drive and concert… and everyone in the Great Lakes Bay region is being invited to attend.

Benjamin Champagne is head of production for Pop The Polls. He said he loves seeing people get involved in their community. He hopes a little music, art and creativity will help more people get involved.

“I think that is is one of the most direct actions someone can take towards changing their community and it takes very little effort. You just go vote. You know? It’s not like you gotta go maintain a garden all summer or help build things in the community. It’s one simple act that has so much power to it.”

Champagne said several bands are scheduled to perform… and all people have to do to attend is register to vote. The event will take place Sunday, August 21 in downtown Saginaw.