Missing Marinette County Woman Found Safe And Sound

There’s good news in the case of a Marinette County Wisconsin woman who was reported missing on Thursday.

52-year-old Linda Nickel from the Town of Stephenson, Wisconsin, has been found alive and well. She hadn’t been seen since Tuesday in Neenah, Wisconsin, and family had been worried about her.

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve on Friday thanked the public, news media, and other police agencies for their help in looking for her.

 

Lake Effect Snow Winds Down; 8-to-12 Inches Reported In Many Areas

The lake effect snow that pounded parts of the Upper Peninsula Thursday and Friday has come to an end, with all watches and warnings expiring early in the afternoon. However, there are still snow-covered and slippery roads to travel on in many areas of the U-P as we head into the holiday weekend.

The National Weather Service says that 12 inches of snow fell in the Kincheloe area of Chippewa County, and 11 inches near Brimley.

 

Wisconsin, Michigan Governors Make Friendly Bet On Cotton Bowl Game

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder offered up a friendly wager today in anticipation of the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the Western Michigan Broncos in the Cotton Bowl on Monday, January 2.

“The Badgers have played a great season, and even though the Western Michigan Broncos are undefeated, thus far, I am confident the leadership of the Badger seniors and Coach Chryst will guide the Badgers to victory in Texas!,” Governor Walker said.

 

AAA Michigan Offers ‘Great Pretender’ Safe New Year’s Partying Guide

As part of its ongoing commitment to traffic safety, drunk/drugged  driving prevention and public  awareness, AAA has released its new edition of The Great Pretenders Party Guide.  Just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations across the state, the guide includes safe celebration tips, delicious alcohol-free drink and appetizer recipes.

New Year’s Eve can be one of the most deadly nights of the year for alcohol and other drug-related crashes.  In an effort to promote traffic safety and also help reduce/eliminate drunk/drugged driving crashes,

 

Calley Signs Bill Ending Some School Discipline Practices

The use of non-emergency restraint and seclusion practices will no longer be allowed in Michigan schools under legislation signed Thursday by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

“By putting an end to non-emergency restraint and seclusion in our schools, we are showing kids that their safety and their academics matter to us,” Calley said. “This legislation is a great safeguard for our kids that will help them grow and thrive instead of the archaic and barbaric practices of the past that made school an unsafe place for children.”

Calley signed the bills at an inclusion rally in Troy where he was joined by nearly 300 special education advocates.

 

VA Implementing ‘Tiered’ System For Some Prescription Drugs

The Department of Veterans Affairs is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans’ outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt Veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the medication of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P) would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years.

“Switching to a tiered system continues to keep outpatient medication costs low for Veterans,”

 

Michigan DEQ Approves Two Permits For Menominee County Mine

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has announced the approval of two permits sought by Aquila Resources Inc. for the proposed Back Forty Mine Project in Lake Township, Menominee County. The department approved the company’s applications for a Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining Permit (Mining Permit), and the Michigan Air Use Permit to Install.

These decisions come after comprehensive and detailed reviews of the applications and careful consideration of the comments received throughout the review process.

 

Six People Die During Operation CARE Traffic Enforcement

Preliminary reports by the Michigan State Police (MSP) show six people lost their lives in six separate traffic crashes during the 2016 Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Lifesaver Weekend. In comparison, three people died in traffic crashes during the 2015 initiative.

The 2016 Operation C.A.R.E. Lifesaver Weekend ran from 6 p.m. on Friday, December 16, through 11:59 p.m., on Monday, December 19, 2016. These preliminary numbers only reflect fatalities reported to the MSP as of 1 p.m.

 

Traffic Stop On M-35 Turns Up Drugs Bound For Marquette

 

A traffic stop turned up a lot of drugs last week in Delta County.

On 12-21-16, at about 11:20 pm, a deputy with the Delta County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on M-35 in Ford River Twp. During that traffic stop a large amount of cash was located. After further investigation it was determined the driver was traveling from Wisconsin to Marquette to purchase marijuana. Information was passed on to the Marquette City Police Dept.

 

DNR Says Snow Not Plentiful On All Trails Across Michigan

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With varying amounts of snowfall so far this season across the northern section of the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging snowmobilers to use caution riding trails.

Groomer contracts went into effect Dec. 1, kicking off the start of another Michigan snowmobile season. Trails are being groomed in most areas. However, snow depths are limited in many places, making trail grooming difficult.

“We always want snowmobilers to use caution,