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Editorial

Sesquicentennial committee says thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Chris Bergquist, Bark River Sesquicentennial Committee member: A big shout out of “thanks” to everyone who helped make the 4th of July Sesquicentennial Celebration at Bark River such a success. There are too many people to thank individually, but for ...

Fundraising effort for vets is commendable

We laud U.S. Army Sgt. Tyler Pynnonen on his wonderful effort to raise funds for combat-wounded veterans. Negaunee native Pynnonen — a snowmobile athlete with Nitro Circus — is riding his Honda CT70 motorcycle 1,776 miles across the country, an effort he has named Operation: ...

Avoid E. coli by staying dry after a storm

Water tests sometimes show high levels of E. coli bacteria in local waters. The bacteria can appear at any time, sometimes for no obvious reason. That’s why the water at 16 area beaches is tested weekly all summer. Routine sampling on June 23, for example, found E. coli levels at eight ...

Act now to prevent future flooding disaster

Disastrous flooding across Metro Detroit last weekend damaged vehicles, stranded motorists, flooded basements and closed freeways for days. This isn’t the first time flooding has brought the region to a standstill, but it should be the last. Our state’s elected leaders must ensure this ...

Protect yourself against tick bites

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to take steps to avoid tick bites when enjoying the outdoors this summer. Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, are increasing across the state. Lyme disease, caused by ...

NMU on track in handling of tuition increase

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees set tuition and fees for the 2021-22 academic year on Monday, increasing tuition $252 per semester for resident undergrads, or 4.2%. However, it recognized the fiscal challenges students and their families face because of the COVID-19 ...