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Financial Error May Cost Grand Traverse Co. Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

“It’s a huge mistake; it’s a big mistake.” Grand Traverse County commissioners announced the discovery of a health insurance mistake which may cost them upwards of $140,000. At the end of Monday night’s board meeting it was announced a financial error had been discovered in the county’s health insurance. According to commissioners, the county has accidentally paid for the premiums…

Traverse City Manufacturer Receives Large Grant For Skilled Trades Training

“We’ve got to invest in our people more and more, every year.” More than 50 northwest Michigan businesses were selected to receive grants for the training of skilled trades workers in the past year. One of the largest went to a Traverse City manufacturer. The money came from the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund, totaling more than $1.3 million. Century…

Traverse City Costco Lights Causing Disagreement Among Commissioners

A few small details have the new Costco under the Traverse City planning commission’s microscope. It’s all about the brightness of their outdoor lighting. Costco sent the planning commission a request to be exempt from the ordinance, after the city notified them the lights were too bright. Costco says dimmer lights could threaten customers’ security. Commissioners discussed the request and…

‘Trees For Hope’ Helps Kalkaska Families in Need

The holidays can be a stressful time, with even the cost of a Christmas tree adding to financial burdens. It’s why Cameron Porteous of Kalkaska is organizing what he calls ‘Trees for Hope’. Cameron is accepting donations of both artificial and natural trees to pass along to those struggling with a holiday budget. He says he just wants to help…

Grand Traverse County Firefighters Go Underground For Training

Firefighters from several departments in Grand Traverse County teamed up Monday for a joint training operation that took them underground. The Grand Traverse Commons played host to the operation, which sent crews into abandoned service tunnels to search for hypothetical missing children. To prepare for scenarios involving cave-ins, confined spaces, and toxic air, crews wore oxygen masks attached to both…

Munson Healthcare Completes Major Renovations Thanks to Generous Grant

Munson Healthcare celebrated the completion of major renovations to its heart and vascular clinic, as well as the opening of a new clinic in Grayling. Munson’s Cardiac Clinic in Traverse City has nearly doubled in size, and the new clinic in Grayling expects to see 3,000 patients this year. The projects were funded by a $3 million grant from the…

Gas Stations May Use More Protections Against Criminals Following Bill Passing

“Sending a clear message to criminals, that Michigan is not a place to rip our people off.” A strong message from a local legislator after passing a bill to protect drivers at the pump. Governor Snyder signed senate bill 4-15 into law Wednesday, authorizing gas stations to use additional protections against criminals trying to install card skimmers. Once put into…

Traverse City Assistant Principal Appointed to STEM Advisory Council

A Northern Michigan educator has been appointed to a special council meant to get our state’s students prepared for STEM careers. The STEM advisory council was created to guide the state government on the best way to teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Assistant Principal Heidi Maltby-Skodack of Traverse City Central High School was recently named as the…

Glen Lake Illuminated With Floating Christmas Tree

“We’re always focusing our attention on the lake, and we thought what better place to put some Christmas decorations.” What started as a fun Christmas decoration has quickly become a holiday icon for the Glen Lake area. Many look forward to the bright lights and displays that accompany the season. Four years ago, one Glen Arbor family decided to spice…