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New State Law on Poaching Bucks

New state laws designed to deter poaching of antlered bucks, especially those with trophy-sized racks, and to reduce recreational trespass are now in effect in Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources says the new laws make several changes to the fines and restitution payments for poaching deer, including a progressive …

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More Battles On Wolf Hunt

The group behind the effort to end the hunting of wolves in Michigan is challenging a state law that bars out-of-state circulators from gathering petition signatures. A coalition of groups including Keep Michigan Wolves Protected filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit yesterday arguing that Michigan’s requirement that …

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Minimum Wage Dispute Continues

The organizers of a coalition seeking to put an increase in Michigan’s minimum wage to a vote are ready to start their petition drive. Restaurant Opportunity Center director Frank Houston told the public TV show “Off The Record” this weekend that they have one-million dollars banked for their campaign. Houston …

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Fuelwood Permits Available

Michigan’s exceptional winter weather has prompted the Department of Natural Resources to sell permits to cut firewood in state forests – a month and a half before the traditional starting date of April 1. Fuelwood permits cost $20, are for use on designated state forest land in the northern two-thirds …

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Safe Snow Removal

With the heavy amounts of snow this season, UPPCO is reminding its customers to take precautions when shoveling and piling snow near reading meters. They say that plowing snow onto meters could damage them resulting in a loss of electricity. Also large snow piling should be avoided around overhead lines …

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Meth Registry On The Way

A state Senate committee today may consider a bill creating a Michigan methamphetamine abuse registry. Under the proposal from Senate Republican John Proos of St. Joseph, anyone convicted of a meth-related crime would be required to get a prescription before being allowed to buy any simple cold medicine that contains …

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Winter Carnival Results

Winter Carnival festivities wrapped up this weekend and the Stage Revue was very entertaining with Sigma Phi Epsilon performing the best skit of the night. Overall results were also announced. Sigma Phi Epsilon took first place in the fraternities group. Delta Zeta won overall in the Women’s groups. For student …

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Schauer Visits Michigan Tech

A special guest was present for Winter Carnival this weekend. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer stopped by the Michigan Tech campus on his U.P. tour to take in the festivities. He was accompanied by Democratic Representative Scott Dianda. Schauer says he loves coming to the U.P. Schauer did speak on …

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Farm Bill Signed

A massive farm bill is in the books. President Obama signed the measure during an appearance at Michigan State University in East Lansing Friday. Leelenau County fruit farmer Ben LaCross introduced the President. The nearly one trillion dollar bill funds agricultural programs for five years. It reforms subsidies and cuts …

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Townships Looking for Help With Roads

Governor Rick Snyder has been lauded by many for his proposal to spend an additional 254 million dollars on transportation as part of his budget recommendation for 2015-2016. But townships in Michigan are not happy. The Michigan Townships Association says the governor left local roads out of the mix. The …

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