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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2018. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1968, the original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located on the campus of Springfield College in ...

Dave Winkel

Winkel, Ems are champs in my book

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GLADSTONE — Not every team can win a state championship. Not every team can win a league title. And not every team can have a winning season. There are teams on the bottom of the ladder, too. Meet Coach Dave Winkel and the Manistique girls’ basketball team. The final buzzer sounded ...

Weekend of sled dog racing, events ready to launch

Editorial

It’s February, which means the U.P. 200 is just about to begin — and we’ve come a long way since that bitter Friday night in 1990 that started it all. The U.P. 200 Headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Marquette officially opened Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 19 ...

Solar lighting for Puerto Rico

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EDITOR: Puerto Rico was destroyed by hurricane Maria. Re-building is slow. Half of the island is without power. Its a tragedy. When our lights go out here for a few hours, we go crazy! Imagine being dark at night for four or five months. I had an idea of solar lights. My decorative solar ...

Finally, a unifying theme for 2018

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WASHINGTON — Democrats whom I talk to confess privately that despite President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and the fact that nearly all polls show their party with a lead over Republicans when it comes to the upcoming midterm elections, they are increasingly nervous about 2018. Fueling the ...

The war that never ends

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WASHINGTON — There is a war that has lasted longer than the one in Afghanistan. It is the so-called “war on poverty,” launched by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964. While the poverty rate dropped from 17.3 percent to 11.1 percent in the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2018. There are 318 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Dog. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in ...

Prosecutor thanked for parole board appeal

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EDITOR: The family of Todd Newman, deceased, would like to thank the Delta County Prosecutor Phillip Strom for his assistance in a parole board decision appeal before the 47th circuit Court. Mr. Strom’s hard work on behalf of the people of Delta County and empathy for our situation is ...

Debate over the prosecutor’s office

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EDITOR: Recently many letters to the Press have questioned the Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom and his office. I will refer to the two young sisters from Rapid River. Mr. Strom believes they should be united/returned to their parents. Many agree, many do not. Before you form your ...

Drowning in debt

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WASHINGTON — In “Hamlet,” Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines — and best advice — ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be...” We have ignored that advice for far too long, which is why the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2018. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1798, a feud between two members of the U.S. House of Representatives (meeting in Philadelphia) boiled over as Roger ...

Gov. Snyder plays it safe with the state budget

Editorial

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the end of the four-year program experimenting with privatizing prison food service as part of his 2018-19 budget plan. It’s an acknowledgment of a failed experiment - with maggots in food, kitchen workers accused of smuggling and staff caught having ...

Legislative bills level the financial playing-field

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EDITOR: Senate Bills (SB 100 & 101) were introduce this fall by Senator Tom Casperson. At present they have passed the Senate and are in the House. These bills named “Equal Justice in Government” or as we like to call them “Loser Pays.” These bills tip the scales of justice for ...

Is US being sucked into Syria’s war?

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WASHINGTON — Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. drone that fell into Iran’s ...

How They Voted

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House Bill 4705, Teach proper traffic stop actions in drivers ed: Passed 109 to 0 in the House To require drivers education courses to teach what to do when pulled over by a law enforcement officer. Rep. Beau LaFave, R - Iron Mountain, Yes House Bill 4528, Include EMTs in impaired doctor ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2018. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 14, 1918, Russia converted from the Old Style Julian calendar to the New Style ...

Budget targets right priorities

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder’s final budget proposal Wednesday recapped how far the state has come since he took office in 2011, and it also served as a testament to how responsible budgeting can lead to increased investments in priorities such as education and roads. Snyder’s $56.8 billion budget ...

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

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EDITOR The week of February 11-17 is designated National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. This week, VA facilities across the Nation are honoring these men and women we proudly care for and serve. Men and women who have given more than most to protect and preserve all we hold dear as ...

Tax cut is fueling stock buybacks, not wage hikes

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BERKELEY — Donald Trump’s promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers’ wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns. The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is ...