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Michigan Boating Week

Governor Rick Snyder encourages Michigan residents and visitors to experience the many boating opportunities the state has to offer as he declared this week to be Michigan Boating Week. According to the Michigan Boating Industries Association, Michigan is the third-largest boating market in the country and the boating industry has …

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National Guard Looking to Expand

The Michigan National Guard is exploring a possible expansion into Marquette County to help improve training for Upper Peninsula Guard members. The Guard met with county officials, the Department of Natural Resources, private companies and other various agencies last week to learn more about their options in identifying land compatible …

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Eagle Mine Monitoring

The Superior Watershed Partnership has developed a simplified format for distribution of the findings of their monthly monitoring of the Eagle Mine in Marquette County. Since early 2013 the organization has provided monitoring data to the public through the independent Community Environmental Monitoring Program. The agency will now produce simplified …

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Great Lakes Water Levels

Water levels at the Great Lakes are up heading into summer, but they’re still below the long-term average. Levels at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron -considered one lake – are 13-inches higher than last year but 8-inches below their monthly average. Heavy snow and ice from the past winter and …

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State Approves UPPCO Sale

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved the proposed sale of the Upper Peninsula Power Company. Intgrys Energy Group is spinning off UPPCO to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners for around 300-million dollars. The state did make its approval contingent on Balfour Beatty meeting a number conditions, including: – The sale …

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Lawmakers Want to End “Smurfing”

It’s called “smurfing.” And state lawmakers are trying to crack down on it. The Michigan Legislature is considering a package of bills that target the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The drug is used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine. And part of the effort now moving through the Michigan …

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Fuel Economy Rates Increase

Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute say fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. set another record high last month. According to researchers, the average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in May was 25.6 mpg, up 0.4 mpg from April …

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Licensing Dietitians and Nutritionists

A move is underway in the Michigan Legislature to repeal the state law allowing for the licensing of dietitians and nutritionists. Supporters say that since no rules have ever been put in place regarding licensing of dietitians there’s no reason to allow for the state licensing of those professions. Opponents …

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Security Guards Need Training

A Michigan State University study finds security guards aren’t adequately prepared to handle their jobs. The study, conducted by MSU criminologists and published in Security Journal, found security guards were ill prepared to handle troublesome customers, deal with fights and even protect themselves. Private security guards interviewed say they need …

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Lake Trout Fest Survives Rain

The Baraga County Lake Trout Festival recovered from an hour of steady rain, and went into the books as another successful event on Saturday. The extended shower came after the conclusion of the Pequaming Run and Half Marathon, and pretty much wiped out the Tour da L’Anse bike events. By …

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