Category Archives: Michigan

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UP Health System Portage: February is American Heart Month

UP Health System in Hancock is kicking off February which is American Heart Month with some free cholesterol screening and more. Preventive screening could save you or your love ones.

The following from  UP Health System Portage. Continue reading UP Health System Portage: February is American Heart Month

Jig It Ice Fishing, It Was All For Big Brothers and Big Sisters

The Jig It Ice Fishing tournament was held yesterday Little Bay De Noc. All had fun for a great purpose, all for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Continue reading Jig It Ice Fishing, It Was All For Big Brothers and Big Sisters

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MIS / NACAR Brings New Merchandise To Track Experience

Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills of Michigan along with NASCAR is teaming up with NASCAR Team Properties (NTP) and Fanatics to bring a bigger and better venue for racing merchandise all fans look for while taking in great racing.

With the 2015 season just around the corner it’s time to plan your time at the fastest track in NASCAR.

The following from MIS Speedway.  Continue reading MIS / NACAR Brings New Merchandise To Track Experience

A buck and a doe peer intently at a sound that disturbed them. (image from Michigan DNR)

Michigan Hunter Fined For 18 Pt Buck

A lower Michigan man was fined for a deer hunting violation around an 18 pt buck. 

Scott Malinowski, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a general violation of wildlife conservation, a misdemeanor, according to court records.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Ken Kovach said the 18-point buck was Malinowski's third antlered deer of the season.

Read story via Michigan hunter fined $15,000 for poaching.

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Upper Michigan School Celebrates Punt, Pass and Kick Champion

A student from Newberry Michigan got a surprise at her school after returning from Seattle Washington as a Punt, Pass and Kick Champion.

NEWBERRY -- Newberry Elementary School students gathered on Wednesday, to celebrate one of their own, Katie Rahilly.
Katie is the first one ever from Newberry to win the National Punt, Pass and Kick competition, which took place in Seattle, WA over the weekend.

Full story via Surprise celebration held for Punt, Pass and Kick champion : News :

Congratulations to Katie.

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Michigan Lake Effect Snow

Those who live along the Great Lakes know full well what lake effect snow is and how much of the white stuff can accumulate. So why does most lake effect snow not show up on local radar?  Continue reading Michigan Lake Effect Snow

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Hancock: (Portage Health) UP Health System Visitor Restrictions Announced

The following is from the UP Health System – Portage Family Birthing Center and PortagePointe.


HANCOCK — December 10, 2014

Due to high occurrences of illness to children in the area, the UP Health System – Portage Family Birthing Center and PortagePointe will be temporarily closed to visiting children, including siblings.

Although we recognize the inconvenience of this necessary and temporary change in policy, the change in visitation is effective immediately and is being put in place to protect the health of our newborns and elders. This is effective for children under the age of 18, and anybody experiencing any respiratory illness symptoms.

Healthy adults are still allowed to enter the birthing center and PortagePointe during regular visiting hours, but until Portage officials feel the number of local illnesses is significantly lowered, children will not be allowed to enter.

Visit for the latest updates.

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Menominee Mi. Gas Price $2.53 / Gal

Gasoline prices in Menominee Michigan are down to $ 2.53 gal.

See Menominee prices and more via Gas Buddy Menominee Gas Prices – Find Cheap Gas Prices in Menominee, Michigan.

Those of you with a Menards Big Card get 5 cents off your gas at all Holiday stations. Wow, that’s $2.48 a gal!

How much is gasoline in your area?

PS, we drive a Ford F150. We fillled up for under $50.00 this past Saturday. That hasn’t happened since 2008 when George Bush was President.

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Apply For Michigan 2015 Campground Hosts

Michigan is taking applications for camping hosts for 2015.

Yes, there may be snow on the ground as of today but just think, in about six months, it will be time to enjoy Pure Michigan and help campers across the state. If you love camping and want to be a Michigan Camping Host, volunteers can spend their summers camping for free at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds.

The following from the Michigan DNR.

Michigan state parks accepting applications for 2015 campground hosts

Each year during the warmer months, hundreds of volunteers spend their summers camping for free at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds in exchange for their service as campground hosts.

Although the 2015 camping season is still several months away, the Department of Natural Resources is accepting campground host applications now, with positions available as early as April and as late as October.

Campground hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week, including directing visitors to their campsites, answering questions about the park or recreation area, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Volunteer duties take place throughout the summer (including weekends and holidays), with a minimum commitment of four consecutive weeks.

Individuals and/or teams (such as husband and wife) at least 18 years old are eligible to apply for campground host positions. Hosts must furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items.

Hosts are screened and interviewed by site managers and selection is based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area.

New campground hosts are required to attend training, which will take place June 3-4, 2015, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center in Roscommon, Michigan.

For additional information about the DNR’s Campground Host Program and how to apply, go to or contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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MIchigan DOT: New Traffic Signal

The Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding drivers of new traffic lights in some areas of the U.P..

Use caution, drive safe.

HARVEY — The Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to pay attention to a new type of traffic signal. A flashing yellow arrow for left turns is now being used at six different intersections across the Upper Peninsula. National studies by the Federal Highway Administration have shown that the new signals are safer and more efficient at moving traffic through the intersection. Intersections in Harvey, Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and Houghton have implemented the new signal.

Full story via MDOT reminds drivers of new traffic signal : News :

Will there be more or less fender benders with the new traffic signals?