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Press Releases

PLDL announces plan to reopen

The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) will soon be able to resume library services due to the lifting of Governor Whitmer’s Safer at Home Executive Order. On Monday, June 8th, PLDL will begin the first phase of their reopening plan, which sees library staff return to work to clean the ...

VA moves forward with safe reintroduction of services

IRON MOUNTAIN – Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center (OGJVAMC) is working on a plan to reintroduce health care services as VA starts reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns. The facility will begin expanding some services June 2. “The safety of Veterans and staff is the highest priority when we ...

Virtual Summer Games announced for July 19 through 25

MOUNT PLEASANT – Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is excited to announce that the first-ever Special Olympics Michigan Virtual Summer Games is coming July 19 through 25. The Virtual Summer Games will give thousands of athletes across the state a new way to train and compete amid the COVID-19 ...

U.P. Energy Task Force to meet online June 9

The U.P. Energy Task Force’s next meeting is Tuesday, June 9, and will include an explanation of how electricity is transmitted throughout the Upper Peninsula. The Task Force will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. using Microsoft Teams with time allotted for discussion about the electrical ...

Share your thoughts with the DNR at upcoming meetings

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at meetings of ...

Lake Linden cancels July 4 celebration

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council and the Lake Linden Volunteer Fire Department have canceled the sponsored activities for this year’s Independence Day celebration, Village Clerk Bob Poirier said in a release. “We were at the point where we couldn’t continue planning, ...

MIOSHA launches new site for COVID-19 workplace safety

LANSING — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) launched a new online COVID-19 Workplace Safety site – Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety – the site provides guidance and a toolkit of resources to keep ...

Turning in tagged fish could net cash reward

People who regularly fish Michigan waters likely are familiar with the state’s marked and tagged fish program. Through assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Great Lakes states, including Michigan, are mass marking popular gamefish (like steelhead, Chinook salmon, Atlantic ...

MDHHS expands COVID-19 testing criteria to better protect residents

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today it is greatly expanding testing criteria for COVID-19 to provide access to additional residents who do not have symptoms but are at risk. The new criteria includes asymptomatic patients who are preparing ...

Consumer Alert: UIA warns of imposter unemployment claims

LANSING — The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) today warned residents of attempts by criminals to file imposter claims in pursuit of benefits. The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) recently issued a national alert regarding an international criminal ring exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to ...

NPS, Keweenaw National Historical Park award Heritage Grants

CALUMET — The Advisory Commission and National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park are pleased to announce that 17 Keweenaw Heritage Grants have been awarded for projects across Michigan’s historic Copper Country. A total of $124,574.00 was disbursed, with an emphasis on ...

And the band played on

Covid-19 quarantine bound, Adam Meckler (VPA), Michigan Tech's director of jazz studies, and his students in three of the Michigan Tech jazz ensembles, refused to let the quarantine stop the music: Michigan Tech students, from wherever the quarantine found them, teamed up via shared videos to ...

Michigan will add online purchasing, free “Quarantine Care Kits”

LANSING — To make life easier on families who need to stay home during the pandemic, Michigan families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) soon will be able to buy their food online from two national retailers. In addition, the state is also rolling out ...