Author: Emily DeRuiter

Spectrum Health Opens 14 Drop-Off Locations for Medical Supply Donations

The dire need for medical supplies across the U.S. is also being felt in Northern Michigan. Spectrum Health says it has received an “outpouring of community inquiries and offers of support.” In response to the public’s desire to help, it is opening 14 drop-off sites for donations. Starting at noon Tuesday, drop-offs of the following items can be made to…

Michigan’s Small Businesses, Farmers, Nonprofits Offered Low-Interest Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering help to Michigan small businesses affected by the coronavirus state of emergency and resulting restrictions. The disaster declaration means the entire state has access to $2 million worth of low-interest federal disaster loans. Economic Injury Disaster Loans have an interest ranging between 2.75 and 3.75%, and can be used to help pay debts,…

Mackinac Bridge Authority Urges Caution for Wind Speeds

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says windy conditions could affect some travelers’ commutes. It warns certain vehicles could be affected more than others, including pickup trucks with campers, motor homes, vehicles pulling trailers, and enclosed semi-truck trailers. Drivers are asked to drive no more than 20 miles per hour, turn on their four-way flashers, and use the outside lane.

Spectrum Health Restricts Visitor Access to All Hospitals

Spectrum Health announced Thursday morning it is restricting its visitor access in response to Michigan declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus. The new rules apply to all hospitals: Visitors are limited to one per patient, unless that patient is a child under 18 or a maternity patient, they can have two visitors. No children under 12 are allowed….

Atlanta Community Schools Closes for ‘Water Issues’

Atlanta Community Schools is closing Thursday because of “water issues.” A Facebook post says school buses full of students are being turned around and sent back. The school, located in Montmorency County, contacted 9&10 News about the closing to say it “doesn’t have water” and doesn’t know the cause at this time. They are working on assessing and repairing the…

Newaygo Co. Stabbing: 1 Killed, 1 Arrested

A 64-year-old man is dead after being stabbed by another man in Newaygo County Sunday night. The sheriff’s office says the man was stabbed multiple times at a home on Maple Street in Croton Township after 11 p.m. Deputies say the man died at the scene. Max Carle is now charged with first-degree murder in the case. He is also…

Gov. Whitmer Endorses Biden for President

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s backing Joe Biden for president. It comes just a few days before Michigan’s presidential primary. The governor’s endorsement gives Biden another boost after winning a majority of the Super Tuesday states. She applauded Biden’s work with President Obama to add health coverage for millions of people and to save General Motors and Chrysler from financial…

International Bridge Schedules Closure for First Nations Water Ceremony

The International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie is closing from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. It’s for a First Nations water ceremony being performed by tribal elders at the bridge’s halfway point. Bridge administrators say the closure is “in the spirit of goodwill, collaboration and reconciliation.” Traffic will be barred from crossing on both the U.S. and Canadian…

The Perils of Winter Roads: Essentials to Keep in Your Car

Gusty winds are blowing and drifting snow across Northern Michigan. It’s a snow day for many kids, but adults often go about their business. If you have to be out on snow-covered roads, drive cautiously and give yourself plenty of time. It’s often recommended to keep a kit of essential items in your vehicle, including a blanket, radio, shovel, salt…