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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

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

‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading

St. Louis residents continue to deal with Velsicol health impacts

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

The former Velsicol plant site is surrounded by several community blocks where people still live.

Originally the EPA thought the contamination from the plant could be contained within the borders of the site. However, years after the initial cleanup, EPA officials determined this wasn’t the case. Continue reading

St. Louis still recovering from Velsicol contamination

T.S Nurnberger excavation

T.S Nurnberger excavation

Dust and dirt settled around me in a mound the size of a mobile home when T.S Nurnberger Middle School’s practice football field was excavated.

The field is contaminated with chemicals that came from the Pine River. Continue reading

New statewide program to give more access to benefits for veterans

A new regional coordinator program will ensure that some 660,000 Michigan veterans and their dependents have easier access to services.03_01_01_01_Little_Logo

The Regional Coordinator Program was created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), to better service Michigan veterans.

Through the program, veterans have access to a system of coordinated services right in their own communities.
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DNR asking for input on management of Lake Michigan Islands

Beaver Island is one of several islands included in the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan, now available for review. Photo courtesy of Joshua G. Cohen, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Beaver Island is one of several islands included in the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan, now available for review. Photo courtesy of Joshua G. Cohen, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

A management plan is being created for seven islands in Lake Michigan. The DNR is asking for public input.

The plan will include ways to work with the islanders, zoning issues and using the island’s resources. Continue reading

Camp Grayling to hold thousands of soldiers for training exercises

A Michigan Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter photo by Staff Sgt. Helen Miller, U.S. Army.

A Michigan Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter photo by Staff Sgt. Helen Miller, U.S. Army.

Training exercises for the National Guard, Marines and Air Force are underway this week in Grayling and Alpena.

Northern Strike is a training exercise held by the Michigan National Guard. This will be it’s 4th year. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits America’s safest bakery: Cops & Doughnuts

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Today our On The Map series makes its next stop in Clare.

As you drive down any highway in Michigan, you may see an unfamiliar (or familiar) billboard for “Cops & Doughnuts” a ‘World Famous Bakery in Clare.’ Talking with the owners of the bakery you would never know these guys are world famous, as they act like a friendly hometown neighbor. Continue reading

Night sky cruises scheduled for Straits of Mackinac

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Aurora Borealis with stars above the Mackinac Bridge

One of Michigan’s most unique treasures, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, is taking to the water on Wednesday, July 15th with a stargazing cruise on the Straits of Mackinac.

The cruise will feature a great view of the sun setting with Jupiter and Venus coming into view… as well as a stunning display of the Milky Way. Continue reading

River restoration beginning final step

After more than 20 years, restoration work on the St. Mary’s River in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is nearly complete

Scientists from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plan to remove a blockage from the river which they say will help restore roughly seventy (70) acres of prime sport fishing area.
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More mosquitoes could mean fewer cases of West Nile

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Larger mosquito populations this year may feel like a curse, but specialists have said it could be a blessing in disguise.

“More mosquitoes can actually mean fewer mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Carl Doud. He’s a mosquito specialist with the Midland County Health Department. Continue reading

Update: Roscommon County suspect at large captured in Macomb County

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

The suspect in a fatal shooting in Roscommon County has been captured in Metro Detroit.

Francisco Arroyo allegedly shot two people in Roscommon County’s Nester Township on Wednesday afternoon. One of the victims died of a gunshot wound to the head, while the other is reportedly in stable condition.

The incident prompted a statewide response. Police initially believed the suspect was heading towards Lapeer County, but he was found further south in the City of Warren, in Macomb County.

Police say he was hiding in a relative’s house. His vehicle was found unoccupied nearby.

Arroyo was taken into custody without incident, and is being held on multiple charges including open murder.

He is currently being held in the Roscommon County Jail.

Photography class takes a snapshot of Beaver Island life

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.


In an interesting twist on a photography class, a CMU art professor left for Beaver Island with 15 honors students and a five day lesson plan.

The students were asked to explain the narrative of day-to-day life on Beaver Island, using nothing but pictures they took on their smartphones. Continue reading