Author: Jacob Johnson

Special Report: The Heart of Sanford Part 2

On Monday, 9&10 News shared the stories of three families who lost their homes in the catastrophic flood that swept through Gladwin and Midland counties back in May. Click Here to Read Part One: The Heart of Sanford In part two, we tell you about the recovery efforts by a local nonprofit, created overnight. Immediately following the floods, a Facebook…

Special Report: The Heart of Sanford Part 1

Thousands of homeowners in Gladwin and Midland Counties are still picking up the pieces after the failure of two dams. The catastrophic flooding that swept through the area displaced more than 11,000 people. Nearly six months later, many of them still don’t have a place to call home… “The sirens just blaring, and they were saying the dam breached, leave…

2020 Presidential Election Could Make History; Voter Turnout, Race, Gender, Religion

Although the presidential election isn’t over yet, it still could be one in the history books for many reasons. “This election has been historic in a number of ways, one is just the voting in a pandemic, which we haven’t done in a while,” says J. Cherie Strachan, a political science professor at Central Michigan University. Strachan says the pandemic didn’t…

MI Court of Claims Judge Dismisses Trump Campaigns Efforts to Stop Counting of Absentee Ballots

A Michigan Court of Claims judge dismissed Trump Campaigns effort to stop the counting of absentee ballots in Michigan. Eric Ostergren from Roscommon County was a poll challenger in Oakland County. He says during the counting of absentee ballots, he was asked to leave. On Wednesday, Ostergren and the Trump Campaign filed a lawsuit to stop the counting of absentee…

Barryton Voters Decide Not to Dissolve Village

Voters in the Village of Barryton have decided not to dissolve the village. Last year, the proposal to dissolve the village received enough signatures to be put on the ballot. If passed, the village would have been dissolved into Fork Township. However on Tuesday, voters decided 118 to 57 not to dissolve the village. Barryton Village President Evelyn Jones says…

Gary Peters, John James Thank Supporters at Final Campaign Events

On Tuesday, voters in Michigan are deciding who should have a seat on the US senate, Republican John James or democrat Gary Peters. Throughout this election, James and Peters have been campaigning across northern and central Michigan. Peters held a rally in Traverse City, while James campaigned in Midland, talking to voters and getting their support. Now on Election Day,…

Houghton Lake Restaurant Creates Fun Incentive for Customers to Give Contact Information

Starting Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human services is requiring restaurants and bars to take customers contact information to help contact tracing. So, the Back Door Saloon in Houghton Lake decided to create a fun incentive instead through a raffle. When customers enter their information, they’ll fill out a ticket. By the end of the week, they’ll put…

MSP, Missaukee Co Sheriff’s Office Prepared to Keep Voters Safe on Election Day

As thousands of people here in northern Michigan head to the polls tomorrow, law enforcement officials are preparing to keep voters safe. “Be aware of your surroundings as you’re doing your civic duty,” says Missaukee County Sheriff Wil Yancer. Sheriff Yancer says he’s reached out to the county clerk to ensure voter safety tomorrow at the polls: “We’ve got a…