Author: Josh Monroe

Northern Michigan Harbors Prepare for Winter Amid High Water Levels

High water levels are still bringing challenges to towns along the Great Lakes. Those challenges are expected to continue as we head into the winter months. Harbor masters are making preparations to make sure the high water doesn’t do damage once it freezes. They say docks should be okay, but its other parts of the harbor they worry about. Communities…

Michigan Libraries Host Organ Donor Events

3500 Michiganders are waiting for life-saving organs. Now, libraries across the state are working to inspire people to become organ donors. It’s Libraries for Life week and more than 150 libraries are hosting organ donor events and distributing information about donating. Anyone can be an organ donor regardless of age or health. Eight organs can save 75 lives. The Peninsula…

Necklace Made with Hair from Deceased 10-Year-Old Cancer Patient May Have Been Stolen

Jessica Dennis creates custom necklaces, bracelets and rings in her Bellaire studio and sells to customers all over the country through her Etsy shop. Her unique designs are so much more than an accessory, though. They’re tiny memorials. Inside each piece, she puts ashes and hair from her customer’s deceased loved ones. Dennis started the business after losing her own…

Representative Jack Bergman Tours Mancelona Manufacturing Center

Representative Jack Bergman was in Antrim County on Wednesday to learn more about local manufacturing. Northern Michigan is a hub of defense contractors, including Antrim Machine Products. Representative Bergman toured the Mancelona factory, where 70% its business is for the federal defense. The factory creates specialized aerospace products, including parts for Boeing planes. The business is growing quickly with more…

Flu Season Complicates Diagnosis of Vaping Related Illness

As research on vaping continues, doctors say the more they learn, the less safe it seems. Doctors across the country are trying to get a grip on vaping to understand just how toxic it might be. The issue is that vaping is dangerous new territory. Vaping-related illness is on the rise across the country. 23 have already died from the…

Northwestern Michigan College Announces Largest Fundraising Campaign in its History

Northwestern Michigan College is growing. Wednesday, the college launched their Be What’s Possible campaign, their most ambitious fundraising effort in history. NMC has a goal of raising $35 million to fund cutting-edge facilities, programming for students and lifelong learners, scholarships and more. The college has already received $28 million through leadership gifts. Now, they’re turning to the public for support…

State Budget Cuts Slash Funds for Charter Schools

State budget cuts have slashed funding to students in charter schools. As it stands now, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan slices $240 in per-pupil funding for those in charter schools. Nearly 10% of Michigan’s children go to charter schools. The cuts are a huge blow to the Old Mission Peninsula School, which is only in its second year of operation. “That’s…

Senator Debbie Stabenow Meets Talk Climate Change with Michigan Farmers, Releases Climate Report

Climate change may look different depending on the season. It could be the harsh winter storms, extreme spring flooding and above-average summer heat. On Michigan farms, it can look like depressed crop yields due to erratic weather patterns. On Thursday, Senator Debbie Stabenow went to Traverse City to sit down with Northern Michigan farmers. She wanted to hear about how…

Among State Budget Cuts Include County Veteran Services Fund

Among the funding Governor Whitmer vetoed includes $4 million from the County Veteran Services fund. Local Veteran Affairs offices use the money to connect veterans with the benefits they earned. “If you saw the sign when you come in, it says “honoring all who served” because we will help people no matter what their discharge is,” said Michael Roof, the…