Author: Zach Razminas

Manistee Awarded Money for City Project

Manistee was awarded a $700,000 grant that will help fund their Gateway Redevelopment Project. Manistee has been working on this project for more than a year. It’s a project that will bring much needed improvements to the downtown area. The project consists of the demolition of several older buildings to create a new face for the downtown area, with hopes…

Benzie Aquatic Center In Running For Grant, Their Plans For Building Integrated Wellness Facility

People still have two days to vote for the Benzie Aquatic Center in the nation-wide State Farm grant competition. If awarded, the money would be used to help the nonprofit start their journey to getting an integrated wellness facility, according to Diane Tracy, President of Board of Directors for Benzie Aquatic Center. Benzie Aquatic Center has to finish in the…

Northern Michigan Man to Host Free “Introduction to Disc Golf” Clinic This Weekend

A Northern Michigan man with a passion for disc golf is offering a free “Introduction to Disc Golf” clinic on Saturday at Maple Grove Campground in Lake City. With the same rules and terminology as regular golf, disc golf is becoming more and more popular throughout the United States. Chris Stronach, a local disc golf player, has been playing the…

Michigan Sheriff Departments Join Forces to Complete Human Trafficking Sting

Three people are behind bars after a human trafficking sting took place Tuesday night in Fremont. Five different sheriff’s offices such as Isabella, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola Counties teamed up during the sting. Law enforcement officials didn’t reveal many details surrounding the operation, or what led up to the arrests, but said they are part of an ongoing effort…

Kingsley Branch Library Holds Monarch Release Party As Butterflies Migrate to Mexico

After taking last year off due to COVID, the Kingsley Branch Library held their annual Monarch release party. The event happens every August and teaches children about the importance of the Monarch species. “The Kingsley Branch Library, and our children’s garden specifically, became a Monarch way station about nine years ago and that’s when we started doing a Monarch release…

Benzie County Overlooks Animal Control Millage Renewal

Benzie County is working to fix a ballot mistake after the millage renewal was overlooked. During their meeting Tuesday afternoon, county commissioners briefly discussed the next steps to fix the problem. If approved by voters, the millage renewal would’ve been an estimated $135,000. “We’re going to try to do everything in our power to keep the animal control stable,” said…

Michigan Health Department Reacts to Pfizer Vaccine Approval

The Pfizer vaccine, which is now being sold as Comirnaty, is the first COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA. Jennifer Morse, Medical Director for District No. 10, Mid-Michigan and Central Michigan Health Departments, said the approval was expected. Morse also said she is hopeful that those who were waiting the approval will now get vaccinated. “I really don’t expect to…

Pere Marquette Conservation Park Opens to Public

A new park is open to the public in Pere Marquette Charter Township in Mason County. The new Pere Marquette Conservation Park has been in the works for years. The nearly 300 acres of land was once owned by the Dow Chemical Company. The township acquired the property in November 2020. The township was able to acquire the land through…

Baldwin Airport Celebrates 9th Annual Jet Plane Boondoggle

People from all over the Midwest traveled to the Baldwin Airport over the weekend to celebrate the 9th Annual Jet Pilot’s Boondoggle. The event is hosted by the Lake County Modelers and Flyers Association. It gives jet plane enthusiasts a chance to bond over their love for aircrafts, which flying and showing off their remote-controlled jets. “It’s a good stress…

Up North Bike Fest to Take Place at Crystal Mountain Tomorrow

Hundreds of people will be riding their bikes around Crystal Mountain this weekend for a great cause. The Benzie Sunrise Rotary Up North Bike Fest is a tradition more then a decade in the making. “This is the largest fundraiser that rotary does,” said Bill Kennis, Event Director for Benzie Sunrise Rotary. “It’s a whole community, lifting up these  students to…