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Deer crash odds getting worse in Michigan

September 22, 2016 It’s the time of year to watch for deer. In fact, Michigan drivers are 14 percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year, according to recent data. more »»

Challenge may sprout good ideas, good jobs

September 21, 2016 We grow it. Despite our location here, in what some might consider the Great Frozen North, Michigan farmers are national and world leaders when it comes to growing food. more »»

Senate pot bills ensure patients fair access

September 20, 2016 The Senate last week passed a package of bills to substantially alter the state’s medical marijuana program, which has been vague ever since its 2008 passage. The vote is a mixed bag. more »»

Michigan trails are something to celebrate

September 19, 2016 With more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails that connect communities, provide health and economic benefits, and attract outdoor enthusiasts, it’s no wonder Michigan is known as “The Trail... more »»

Zero tolerance for hate crimes

September 16, 2016 As a nation, we Americans are a good, fair, compassionate people. Nearly all of our neighbors are that way. more »»

Brewers guild should fix park mess

September 15, 2016 Anyone paying attention knew it was going to happen sooner or later, that one or more of the big-ticket festivals sited in the city of Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park would inflict significant... more »»

Pass comprehensive energy legislation

September 13, 2016 It’s no secret Michigan is at an energy crossroads. Coal plants continue to come offline, and over the next 15 years that alone will reduce the state’s total electricity generation by 30 percent. more »»

Vacation authorities put dogs on the menu

September 13, 2016 Michigan lawmakers are back on the job after their summer vacation. A month off work probably does make them tourism experts. They made progress on another bill designed to boost tourism in Michiga. more »»

Endangered animals need our help

September 12, 2016 Humankind has not done a very good job of stewardship involving the animal kingdom. more »»

Cheerleaders say thanks for help with fundraiser

September 10, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: The Gladstone varsity cheerleaders would like to send a huge thank you to Elmer’s County Market for allowing us to have a brat sale fundraiser last week. more »»

Competition needed in health care market

September 9, 2016 In both 2014 and last year, Mylan Pharmaceuticals made more than $1 billion on its EpiPen. more »»

Blood donors of all types needed

September 8, 2016 The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need. more »»

Mandates, good or bad, still need funding

September 7, 2016 In 2006, Michigan lawmakers passed House Bill 5240 and Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed it into law. more »»

Schools are still missing the mark

September 6, 2016 The test results released this week by the Michigan Department of Education put into focus how much work is needed to improve student learning in the state. But there is an upside. more »»

Skimmers continue to plague Michigan

September 5, 2016 Credit card skimmers are still being found in Michigan more than one year after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found the state’s first skimmer in the Grand Rapids area,... more »»

Right to Life thanks volunteers

September 3, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From Right to Life: Special thanks to each and every person who volunteered their time or donated funds and offered to help make the Choose Life outreach booth at the U.P. more »»

The dangers of distracted driving

September 2, 2016 Time to put down the cell phone. Or the lipstick and mascara. Stop fiddling with the radio. Its time to stop distracted driving. more »»

New state troopers have challenging road ahead

September 1, 2016 The decision to enter law enforcement as a career isn’t an easy one, these days. Start with the fact that it’s a dangerous way to make a living. more »»

Helping youth stay tobacco-free

August 31, 2016 According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11.8 percent of Michigan high school students currently smoke cigarettes, 6.9 percent use smokeless tobacco, and 10.7 percent currently smoked cigars. more »»

Obamacare comes with high price tag

August 29, 2016 Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. more »»



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