Author: Emily DeRuiter

130-Year-Old Manistee Fire Station Hits Guinness World Record

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Piping Plover Threats: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Takes Action

Officials at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are doing what they can to protect an already endangered shorebird from rising water levels in the Great Lakes. Piping plovers build their nests and raise their young on beaches around the Great Lakes. Over time, development along shorelines has shrunk their habitat, causing their population to drop. Rising water levels this…

Chaos in Hong Kong: Protests Against Extradition Laws Continue

Mass demonstrations continue Monday in Hong Kong as protesters call on the city’s leader to resign and withdraw a plan to overhaul the territory’s extradition laws. Under the plan, people charged with crimes could be sent to mainland China to be tried. Demonstrations began last week and have continued through the weekend and into Monday, despite a police order for…

South America Investigates Cause of Enormous Power Outage

The lights are back on in South America after a massive blackout left millions without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday. Energy officials said they cannot comment yet on how it might have impacted the region’s economy one day before a national holiday in Argentina. The cause is still under investigation and a report is expected to be released…

Grand Traverse Co. Transformer Fire Leaves More Than 450 Without Power

A power transformer caught fire in Grand Traverse County early Thursday morning, leaving more than 450 Consumers Energy customers without power. Grand Traverse Central Dispatch says it happened south of M-137 and Park Lane in Interlochen. The energy company says a crew is on site, working to restore power. Right now it’s expected to be fixed around 9:30, 11 a.m….

Michigan DNR to Survey Fish Populations in Great Lakes

The Michigan DNR is tallying up the fish within the Great Lakes, conducting an official population survey. Plenty of people will be seeing one of the DNR’s four vessels this summer and fall as they tackle the task. The DNR says people are welcome to visit if they see one of their research watercraft in port. Each vessel will have…

Sudanese Protest Disrupted by Explosions, Gunfire in Military Raid

The capital of Sudan is in uproar. Reports of explosions and heavy machine gunfire accompanied smoke at the site of a protest sit-in camp at the capital city of Khartoum. Early Monday morning, the Sudanese army blocked roads leading to the camp and clashed with protesters, resulting in many injuries and more than a dozen deaths. It’s been confirmed that…

Kalkaska Co. Truck-Motorcycle Crash Kills 1, Injures Another

The Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Office says a motorcyclist died after being hit by a pickup truck that didn’t stop at a stop sign. Deputies say the crash happened Sunday around 3:15 on West Bear Lake Road and County Road 612. They say the pickup truck crossed into the path of Todd David from Kalkaska, killing him. The pickup truck then…

Safety on the Straits, St. Ignace Workshop

The U.S. Coast Guard wants to identify safety risks along the Straits. From boats to ferries and more, the Straits of Mackinac sees a lot of traffic. The USCG is looking for volunteers to help identify any safety risks and consider ways to reduce them. They’re hosting a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment Workshop in St. Ignace on July 24 and…

2nd Trimester Abortion Ban Bill Set Before Michigan Lawmakers

Michigan lawmakers are voting on a set of bills today that aim to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure. The legislation would stop doctors from performing the procedure except if it’s required to save the mother’s life. If the legislature passes the measures, they would then move to Governor Whitmer’s desk. But with her expected veto, the Right to Life…