Many Michigan Schools Taking Part In ‘Bike To School Day’

More than 250 schools in Michigan will join schools around the country in observing the 6th annual Bike to School Day in coordination with ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day on Wednesday, May 10. Thousands of Michigan students, along with their parents, teachers and community leaders, are expected to participate.

Wednesday’s event is organized by the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which works to create new, safe routes for children to travel to and from school,


Snyder Appoints Wilder To Michigan Supreme Court


Judge Kurtis T. Wilder of the Michigan Court of Appeals was appointed Tuesday to the Michigan Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Judge Wilder, of Canton, fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Robert P. Young.

“Judge Wilder has long demonstrated his keen intellect, his ability to navigate complex legal issues and his aptitude for forming consensus on the court,” Snyder said. “As a veteran judge of more than two decades,


Wisconsin Governor Talks Jobs At Round Table Event In Appleton

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen as well as workforce development and Wisconsin Technical College System leaders today in Appleton for the 2017 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) roundtable discussion.

WIOA, which was signed into law in July of 2014, consolidated all federally-funded job training programs into a single funding stream.

“Wisconsin is working – at 3.4 percent, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since April of 2000 and on top of that,


Peters Asks For ‘Robust Funding’ For Farm Service Agency

Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters led a bipartisan group of 28 Senators in a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture urging them to support robust funding for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) loan programs. FSA provides direct loans and loan guarantees to help struggling family farmers start and maintain viable farming operations.

“These loans are cost-efficient and work in tandem with private credit to serve farmers in need,” wrote the Senators. “Because of these loans,


LaFave Holding Telephone Town Hall Wednesday Night

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring a tele-town hall for the residents of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties.

“Listening to people has been my priority since taking office,” Rep. LaFave said. “Even though nearly 450 miles separates my home from Lansing, I have always remained accessible. This tele-town hall is a great opportunity to establish another form of communication with the people I represent.”

The tele-town hall is scheduled for Wednesday,


State Rep. Kivela Arrested On Drunk Driving Charges


State Representative John Kivela has been arrested once again for a drunk driving offense.

Local Three News reports that, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office,  Kivela was arrested Monday for Operating Under the Influence with a Blood Alcohol Content of .17 or more.

A Blood Alcohol Content of  0.17 or higher in Michigan may result in a person being charged with a Super Drunk OWI offense that carries a harsher punishment.


O’Toole Sends Letter To Staff About City Manager Search

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This letter was sent Monday morning by Escanaba City Manager Jim O’Toole Monday morning, in the wake of last week’s removal of Jeff Thornton as the finalist for the city manager’s position. It is beingt printed here with permission:

I wanted to write everyone and advise them of what is going on with respect to finding a replacement City Manager and the possibility of me extending my employment as the City Manager.  


Public Health Holds Annual Drug Awareness Conference

The annual Drug Awareness Conference was held on Monday, sponsored by Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties. It brought together experts to talk about how to prevent…and battle against…addiction.

The below story is courtesy of our partners, WJMN-Local Three News:

“Everyone’s touched by drug addiction,” said Michelle Chaillier, Prevention Specialist for Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties. “They may not realize who around them is struggling but it’s something that is more widely prevalent than what I think people realize.”


Bay College President, Governor Mourn Pleger’s Death

Bay College President Laura Coleman reacted with shock and sadness to the sudden death of Lake Superior State University President Tom Pleger.

Pleger died after undergoing brain surgery in Petoskey. He was just 48 years old.

Coleman has worked closely with Pleger on designing programs that allow Bay College students to finish their college careers at Lake State…either in Escanaba or in the Soo.

“I am so shocked and so saddened because Tom was an exceptional partner,”

Blubaugh Appointed To 91st District Court Judgeship

Governor Rick Snyder on Monday announced the appointment of Eric Blubaugh to the 91st District Court.

“Eric Blubaugh has a wide variety of legal experience and community involvement in Chippewa County,” Snyder said. “I’m confident he will continue to be an asset to both the court and the community.”

Blubaugh, of Sault Sainte Marie, currently serves as Magistrate for the 91st District Court and Juvenile Referee/Officer for the Chippewa County Family Court,