Category Archives: Local

The balancing act: College and politics

Central-Michigan-University-seal.svgAs potential presidential candidates start to gear up for the 2016 election, both parties have made it clear they want to target young voters.

A population that can be challenging to reach. Continue reading

Another million for Michigan waters

The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.

Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.

Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.

“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”

For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.

Catch a walleye worth $100

The DNR is giving anglers a chance to help support the Michigan Walleye fishery and possibly win $100 in the process.

Soon Walleye will be making their way upstream to spawn in the Tittabawasee, and other rivers. During that time DNR fishery biologists will catch, tag and release as many adult Walleye as possible.
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Students fund classmate’s Spring Break trip to Japan

18-year-old Kenny Berends pictured to the right. Photo courtesy of Chris Corbett and Connor Zook's "GoFundMe" page that helped raise the money to send Kenny on his trip to Japan.

18-year-old Kenny Berends pictured to the right. Photo courtesy of Chris Corbett and Connor Zook’s “GoFundMe” page that helped raise the money to send Kenny on his trip to Japan.


Who said you can’t keep a secret in a small town? The northern Michigan community of Central Lake managed to do just that.
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Tittabawassee river cleanup update

Tuesday night the EPA will give an update on cleanup work along the Tittabawassee River. It’s part of the at the bi-monthly Community Advisory Group meeting’s.

The current portion of the cleanup is focused on the floodplain of the river. It requires certain areas of soil to be removed and replaced.

The public is invited to the meeting and the local community group is looking to recruit new members.

The meeting is scheduled for the Tittabawassee Township Memorial Park Building in Freeland and begins at 6 PM.

Earlier this year the EPA estimated the entire cleanup would be completed in 2018.

Michigan Historical Commission approves four new historical markers

MI_His_CenterResidents and tourists in Michigan have some new historical destinations to learn about.

The Michigan Historical Commission has added four new historical markers to the more than 1700 green and gold signs found across the state. Continue reading

Upcoming Orchard and Vineyard Show to bring local fruit growers together after a bad year for local grapes

Fruit growers are taking some time in the middle of a cold, Michigan winter to network and talk grapes, apples and cherries.

Officials said the 2015 Northwest Orchard and Vineyard Show is an opportunity for growers to learn new techniques for better production.

They said 2014 was a dynamic year for Michigan’s commercial fruit growers because of last year’s harsh winter. And grapes in particular were impacted. Continue reading

Silver Lake dunes receiving reservation service

Changes are coming to the way Silver Lake Dunes in Oceana county allows in guests. They’re switching to an electronic system which allows people to reserve tickets in advance.

Ron Olson is Chief of the DNR’s Recreation Division. He said the new system will make drastic changes to the traffic flow through Mears.

“Course the big benefit here collectively is to basically revolutionize the way we do this. And so we set up the system as we described to you before where you can basically reserve it similar to a campsite six weeks in advance of the date you would like to come and prevent you from having to wait in a 4 to 5 or 6 mile line, and all that.”

The park is switching up the new system because lines for the park on weekends and holidays would stop traffic for miles through Mears.

Olson said this will be a trial year. The DNR will accept constructive criticism from the public to improve the program in the future.

Community support centers getting ready for the holidays

crossThe holidays are often regarded as a time for giving to those less fortunate and community support centers do just that.

Love INC is a non-profit, Christian-based organization that uses volunteers and funds from local churches to help people in the community. Continue reading

Collaboration: The future of environmental rehabilitation

Central-Michigan-University-seal.svgScientist’s aren’t known for sharing the glory of an extraordinary discovery, but some researchers working on Great Lakes restoration are trying to change that publish-or-perish mentality. Continue reading

Small businesses need ‘educating’ on liquor licenses

liquorIf you’ve ever attended a promotional event for a local business, one that doesn’t normally sell alcohol and they’ve offered you a drink, it may have been done so illegally.

A business that doesn’t have a liquor license, but gives away or encourages customers to bring their own alcohol, is breaking the law. Continue reading

November snowfall record broken in the Sault

After being bombarded by lake effect snow for nearly two weeks non-stop, meteorologists say Sault Ste Marie has broken its November snowfall record.

The record was originally set in 1989 at nearly 47 inches.

Dave Lawrence is a meteorologist from the Gaylord National Weather Service. He says this amount of snowfall is unprecedented for the Sault in this short amount of time.

“Ya know I think the only interesting thing is that they’ve seen 56.8 inches for the month and their entire season average snowfall is just over 120 inches. So that really puts it into perspective, ya know in an average season we’d see 50 inches spread out over three months instead of two weeks.”

The new record has bested the previous one by a solid 10 inches.

Preliminary testing shows contamination on highschool practice field

The St. Louis school district has sent out letters of warning to parents after preliminary testing of the high school practice football field returned a positive result for DDT contamination.

Edward Lorenz is the legal committee chairperson for the Community Action Group in St. Louis.
He says the EPA found significantly high levels of DDT.

“Where they have found contamination is on the practice field. They found DDT at 40 parts per million. So now they’re gonna do a more comprehensive sampling of the whole field and see if something has to be done.”

The amount of DDT found is 8 times higher than the allowable limit set by the EPA.

The contamination likely came from flooding of the field by the Pine River, which was originally contaminated by the Velsicol chemical company decades ago due to their chemical dumping practices.

More comprehensive testing of the practice field and the main playing field are expected in mid-December, weather permitting.

Northern Michigan ‘Food Hub’ helps local businesses to grow


Michigan foodies said there’s more to local foods than cherries and wine.

And they said lesser known specialties like venison, hummus and beer are now available at stores thanks to what they call, a food hub.
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