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Shattered by loss; it is hard to deal with the death of a loved one

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Dear Annie: Last month, I lost the man of my dreams, my husband. It hurts so bad without him. I don’t know what to do. I miss him terribly. He was my everything for years now. He was my heart and soul. My heart is broken into a million pieces. I have talked with counselors; some help, others ...

Hancock gives preliminary OK for property sale

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HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council gave preliminary approval for the sale of the former Neil’s Taxi property on Franklin Street Wednesday night. The sole proposal submitted to the city came from Andrew Lahti Contracting. Lahti plans to convert the space to three 1,400-foot townhouses ...

‘Kaleidoscope vision’ may be a migraine aura

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DEAR DR. ROACH: Periodically, I suffer from kaleidoscope vision where my peripheral vision in the extreme right or left eye appears that I am looking through broken glass. It started about five years ago, when I was 65. After about 10-15 minutes it disappears. I never get headaches. It does not ...

County board votes down resolution recognizing US rep’s work

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in northern Michigan have voted down a resolution to recognize the service of a Republican congressman to his district. The seven-member Grand Traverse County Board voted 3-3 Wednesday on the resolution for U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, the Traverse ...

Michigan restaurants seek to tie limits to positivity rate

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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic. Bars and restaurants, which reopened for indoor ...

Class struggles: K-12 students experience more than low grades

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HANCOCK — The mental health of K-12 students as a result of COVID-19 pandemic measures continues to be a concern across the nation, as well as locally. In a Feb. 12 email to parents of the Hancock School district, Superintendent Steve Patchin touched on just some of what students have ...

Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents’ house in Orlando, ...

Tossing out Grandma’s gifts; Address your son for your grandkids

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Dear Annie: My grandchildren are not allowed to receive gifts from me. I crocheted a scarf, and it was tossed in a dumpster. I bought earrings, and the post was broken. You get the picture. So, I have been putting money in the bank instead. Problem solved? No! Now when a passbook indicates ...

UP Honor flight plans September trips

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GLADSTONE — It might be a year and a half later than they envisioned, but Upper Peninsula veterans will get to see some of the country’s most hallowed landmarks this September as part of the UP Honor Flight. Flights were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For this year, the ...

Bell’s palsy not likely attributable to COVID-19 vaccine

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DEAR DR. ROACH: In 2002, I had a severe case of Bell’s palsy that lasted eight months. I was unable to close my left eye for seven months. The doctors said there was a good chance I would not get back to normal. However, I eventually did. Only a slight indication of a droopy mouth remains, ...

Solution search: H-PT working to ease COVID stress

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HOUGHTON — As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, Houghton-Portage Township Schools is taking steps to check in on students who may have a hard time coping with the ongoing stress. At the high school, the student council is focusing on raising awareness of and supporting the high number of ...

Police chase suspect arraigned

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ONTONAGON — A Wisconsin man was arraigned in 98th District Court Monday after allegedly leading police on a chase through Ontonagon County at more than 100 mph. Travis Kosey, 26, of Rothschild, Wisconsin, was reported driving recklessly after having failed to pay for gasoline Friday night. ...

Ice on Lake Superior up nearly 25% amid subfreezing temps

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Ice coverage on Lake Superior has increased by nearly 25% over the past week thanks to the long stretch of subfreezing temperatures. The lake was experiencing historically low percentages of ice in January. But that changed Monday when nearly 32% of the lake had ice, a ...

Highlights of COVID-19 relief bill progressing in House

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WASHINGTON — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by the end of February. Democrats beat back hundreds ...

Keep pets and animals safe during cold weather

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LANSING — The cold may not have bothered Elsa, but pets and livestock are very much at risk in cold weather. It is critical that owners provide appropriate protection for them during these frigid winter months. That is the key message in one of the latest “Fresh from the Field” podcasts ...

MDHHS Identifies 90 Cases of COVID-19 Variant

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IONIA, MICH — Results from the daily testing of prisoners and staff at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, in Ionia, has resulted in the detection of 90 cases of the SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7 variant. This testing occurred after an employee at the prison was found to have the variant and the ...

Senators speak about votes: Stabenow, Peters address impeachment

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WASHINGTON — After Saturday’s U.S. Senate vote to acquit former President Donald Trump after his impeachment for allegedly instigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Michigan’s Senate delegation said his guilt remained clear. All 50 Democrats, including Gary Peters and Debbie ...