Author: Chelsea Dickens

Reed City Has A New City Manager

Rich Saladin is not new to Reed City, but starting September 1st, he’s new to the role of city manager. “I’m fortunate to come home and live in a small town and live work, play in a small town,” says Saladin. Saladin is taking over for interim Reed City Manager, Ron Howell. Howell has been filling in as city manager…

M-STEP Results Show Student Learning Was Disrupted During Pandemic

The results of Michigan State Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) shows that student learning was disrupted during the pandemic. Test scores were lower as was the usual student participation.  Kids third to eighth grade, and 11th, take the M-STEP. The number of students testing proficient or higher in Math went down compared to 2019. Six grade saw the biggest drop…

Remembering Lives Lost On International Overdose Awareness Day

Aug. 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day: A day to remember the lives lost to overdose and raising awareness to addiction. “This story is personal to me,” says Nancy Dow, Addiction Treatment Services Family Support Coordinator. “I lost my daughter Dana a little over four years ago to a prescription opiate overdose.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, 93,000…

Baldwin Community Schools Cancels For Third Time Since Starting August 11th

A series of unfortunate events for Baldwin Community Schools. The district will close for a third time starting Sept. 1st, with classes resuming Sept. 7th. “The state requires that we have 75 percent of attendance across the entire district,” says Interim Superintendent J. Mark Parsons. “We were not making that threshold.” A majority of absent students were showing flu-like symptoms….

Michigan State Police See Increase in Methamphetamine Arrests

Michigan State Police have been seeing an increase in methamphetamine arrests.  “We’ve started looking into the increase in methamphetamine arrests in Northern Michigan,” says Lt. Derrick Carroll, Michigan State Police Seventh District Public Information Officer. “ We’ve noticed a steady increase just in the activity of the troopers so going through our analyst down in Lansing we’ve put together the…

Northern Michigan Military Families and Veterans React to Evacuation Efforts, Attacks in Kabul

A scene of desperation turned to horror in Afghanistan Thursday, when two suicide bombers and a gunmen attacked Kabul’s airport during evacuations. The attacks killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops.  Northern Michigan military families and veterans reacted to the event’s this week.  “The families of the soldiers, service members that didn’t make it back,” says Kevin McDevitt,…

Traverse City Munson Medical Center Sees Spike in COVID Hospitalizations this Week

Munson Medical Center in Traverse City has seen an increase in COVID hospitalizations over the past four to six weeks. Michigan’s statewide hospital patient census and bed tracking database says, Monday, 18 cases of COVID were reported at Munson Medical. Six people were counted in the Intensive Care Unit and a 68 percent bed occupancy. Those numbers have since increased….

Hook and Hunting: Bitely Non-Profit Allows People with Disabilities to Enjoy Hunting and the Outdoors

A tragic accident can leave a person feeling hopeless, angry and depressed. It changes a person’s life, and for some, it can bring a whole new sense of purpose.  This happened for Carson Nyenhuis of Grandville. A motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.  “During my recovery and going through that, I got home and I had broken…