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Final debate highlights candidates in 1st congressional district

file2941307482066The first Congressional District is one of the most competitive races in the state. Incumbent Republican Dan Benishek is retiring. That leaves a race between retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general Republican Jack Bergman, former head of the Michigan Democratic party Lon Johnson, Green Party Candidate Ellis Boal, and Libertarian Diane Bostow.

On Friday Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie hosted a debate between Bergman, Johnson, and Boal.

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Route to prosperity event coming to Northwest MI

Event Breakdown

Event Breakdown

The Northwest Michigan Food Farming Network is attempting to boost the amount of locally sourced food bought and sold in state.

In order to kickstart that goal, the network is holding an event at the end of the month in Traverse city.
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Lower minimum wage for ages 20 and under could become a law


The minimum wage could drop for workers under 20 years of age, under a proposal in Lansing.

The bill states that the minimum wage for workers under 20 would be reduced to $7.25 an hour. Employees could get paid as little as $6.25 an hour for training. Continue reading

Community Compassion Network food pantry to close next month

The closing of a local food pantry could affect hundreds of families in Isabella County.

The Community Compassion Network’s stationary food pantry is set to close due to high overhead costs to run the facility.

Tom Olver is President of United Way of Isabella County.

He said, “It’s a real concern. There are some 500 families that have been taking advantage of the services at the stationary pantry on a monthly basis, and we’ve spent the better part of our week communicating with our non-profit organizations and community leaders to try and understand what impact that will have across the community.”

Olver said the network’s mobile food pantries will continue to operate and serve the needs of the community until a new facility is acquired.

The last day guests will be served at the pantry is June 26th.