Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A nonprofit organization wants to gain ownership of four Michigan dams, including two that failed in storms on May 19. The Four Lakes Task Force representing Wixom Lake property owners in the Midland area wants to restore the infrastructure and shoreline of Wixom and Sanford lakes, while saving local residents’ houses from being lost to the eroding edges of what were once the lakes. Meanwhile, nature is returning to craters left from the lakes drained by two dams that failed in May. But not always in a good way. Initially, they were dry, but wet weather has caused plants and trees to start growing.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden recently talked with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who traveled to Delaware to meet with Biden as he neared the announcement of his vice presidential choice. That is according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats. The officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, say Whitmer visited Biden last Sunday. It’s his first confirmed in-person meeting with a potential pick. Whitmer, the first-term governor of a battleground state, has long been on his short list of possible running mates. Flight records show a chartered flight left Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport for Delaware Coastal Airport.
WAYLAND, Mich. (AP) — Two western Michigan boys who found a wallet filled with cash are being praised for turning their find over to local police. The Wayland Police Department says the two boys, identified only as Austin and Logan, approached officers outside the department’s headquarters and gave them the wallet. MLive.com reports the officers found that the wallet contained $364 in cash and a deputy later delivered it to its rightful owner, a man from the nearby community of Hopkins. The police department declared in a Wednesday posting on Facebook that “Logan and Austin are Wayland Police Citizens of the Day,” adding “Way to go gents!”
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city is moving ahead with a nearly $34 million project to equip its wastewater treatment plant with a egg-shaped device that will break down waste and turn it into a fuel. The Holland City Council voted Wednesday to approve a contract calling for construction of an anaerobic digester tank at the Holland Board of Public Works’ wastewater treatment plant. The Holland Sentinel reports that the digester will break down solid waste left after the wastewater treatment process and produce biogas, which can be used to provide heat or electricity at the plant.