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Editorial

Time again to get that flu shot

It’s autumn. Days grow shorter, trees are starting to turn color. More mornings and evenings carry a chill. Birds are headed south. Another sign of the season: Flu shots are returning in the region. A number of area sites will offer annual flu vaccinations, beginning at the end of this ...

Music festival was a great day

This week’s bouquets go to: From Nick Nolde of Escanaba: I’d like to sincerely thank the citizens of Escanaba and the surrounding area for supporting the Lake Shore Live 2019 music festival. Our biggest crowd to date was able to enjoy a day full of great music, great food, and great fun ...

Final Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of year starts Saturday

As summer gives way to fall, volunteers will soon fan out along Michigan state roadsides looking for trash during the year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup. Thousands of volunteers in the popular Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program will be picking up litter from Saturday, Sept. ...

Michigan residents to receive additional Home Heating Credit

Many Michigan residents will receive some good news with their heating bill this month. Approximately 288,000 Michigan households who received Home Heating Credits in 2018 will get an additional one-time payment of $22 this month to help keep their homes warm. The payments are the result of a ...

NMU continues trend of growing its overall enrollment

There was positive news recently from the campus of Northern Michigan University. NMU continues to buck state and national trends by growing its overall enrollment, something most colleges and universities only dream of these days. According to the school’s all-important 10th day enrollment ...

Whitmer going after vaping industry in Michigan

With the number of serious health cases approaching 500 nationwide related to vaping, we believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on the right track in banning flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on ...

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week starts

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is reminding parents and caregivers about the importance of keeping children safe when traveling as part of National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, Sept. 15 -21. CPS Week is a national initiative to raise awareness about car seat use and ...

Ladies Day at fair was special

This week’s bouquets go to: From Patricia Hoffmeyer of Wilson: Although I always enjoy Ladies Day at the U.P. State Fair, this year was extra special for me. I was the lucky recipient of the 41st, 2018 annual quilt made from the 2018 quilt block contest. The theme was “Barns.” Living ...

Eagle Mine life extension good news

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree. Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in ...

VA recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month

In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is bringing awareness to its #BeThere campaign by encouraging community leaders, colleagues, and veterans’ families and friends to help prevent suicide by showing support for those who may be going through a ...

Health officials: Avoid alcohol while pregnant

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michigan women about the importance of avoiding alcohol while pregnant in recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation which declared Sept. 9 as FASD ...

Move to terminate top state official well founded

We support the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Commission’s move when the panel sent the agency’s director packing. The commission voted 5-2 Tuesday night to fire Agustin Arbulu, following a controversy regarding remarks he had made that many found sexist and intolerable. According ...

Burner replica will enhance community

This week’s bouquets go to: This past year a historic landmark disappeared. For many who live or enjoy Nahma it was tragic when the 120 year old Nahma burner fell to the ground this year. Doug and Sue Lalonde are avid Nahma campers and along with their family have enjoyed the view of the ...

Michigan’s roads need to be addressed by state Legislature

Right now, our roads are crumbling as our state lawmakers do what politicians do best: continue to debate with no resolution in sight. But the problem is, there’s a deadline in sight, and it’s coming up pretty quickly. The Great Lakes State needs $2.5 billion to fix the roads, and at ...

UAW’s Jones should stand aside

Labor Day weekend arrives with the United Auto Workers facing one of the darkest periods in its history, engulfed in an ever-growing scandal that now touches the very top ranks of the union’s leadership. Federal agents investigating corruption within the U.S. auto industry carried out raids ...

Be prepared for emergencies

Michigan residents should prepare for emergencies and disasters by making an emergency plan with their loved ones, building an emergency preparedness kit and learning life-saving skills like first aid and CPR during Michigan’s Preparedness Month, according to the Michigan State Police, ...

Running a red light can be a risky decision

Think you can beat that red light? It’s a gamble you might not survive — or, if you do, someone else might not. More than two people are killed every day on U.S. roads by impatient and reckless drivers blowing through red lights, according to data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation ...

Enjoy the outdoors this Labor Day

Since its creation in the late 19th century as a celebration of American workers and their achievements, Labor Day has marked the traditional end to summer. The holiday gives workers some valuable time off, an opportunity to head out to their favorite campsite, lake or beach for one last ...

Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Michigan Governor Whitmer has declared September 2019 as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month to highlight the importance of preventing sleep-related infant deaths. A baby in Michigan dies nearly every other day due to sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment – that’s over 140 babies every ...

Recycling has been, will continue to be, a personal choice

Residential recycling has been something we’ve heard quite a bit about in recent years, but recycling in the workplace hasn’t always been at the forefront of the discussion. That’s unfortunate, considering the workplace is where many of us spend a good chunk of our time during the week ...