Tonga volcano eruption shock wave makes it all the way to Michigan
The sound and pressure wave traveled quickly, and was even observed on weather instruments in Gaylord, Michigan. When the volcano erupted Saturday, it sent out a sound wave, which also can be called a shock wave. As a sound wave blows past an area, the density difference in the air will trigger a change in air pressure. Barometer recording a quick air pressure rise as sound wave from Tonga volcanic eruption moves through Gaylord, MI. Their calculations show that the sound wave from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano arrived just at the time of the big air pressure rise.mlive.com
Northern Michigan resort offers guided Headlamp Snowshoe Hikes after sunset
Treetops Resort is rolling out a series of guided Headlamp Snowshoe Hikes after sunset this winter. Here’s how Treetops is describing the event: “A family-friendly guided snowshoe hike under the moonlight with headlamps provided for those who wish to partake. Barry Owens, general manager at Treetops, said the evening snowshoe hikes were designed to offer a fun adventure and a time for families to make memories. It’s a great family bonding time.”Treetops, known for its skiing and snowboarding, also offers a long list of other outdoor winter activities. These include its Extreme Tubing park, dog sledding, sleigh rides and culinary events like the Skiable Feasts.mlive.com
Treetops Resort opens Extreme Tubing park with new Sidewinder thrill hill
GAYLORD, MI - Treetops Resort has added a handful of new things for this season, but the biggest thrills - and shrieks - might be found at its newly expanded Extreme Tubing park. Now twice the size of its original tubing area, a new run called Sidewinder is making its debut this winter, right next to the original Thunderstruck run. Owens said the resort’s snow farming team also has added a permanent tower-style snow gun in the tubing park. It’s all part of making Treetops a winter playground, he added. Pro tip from Owens: If you’re coming to Treetops to go tubing, make sure to get your tickets online first.mlive.com
Michigan Snowmobile Festival set for February with $1K Fun Run, cash prizes
GAYLORD, MI - The Michigan Snowmobile Festival will be held in Gaylord next month, and will feature what’s being billed as the state’s “richest snowmobile Fun Run,” with a grand prize of $1,000 in cash. Hosted by the Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau, this two-day event is planned for Feb. 25 and 26. The tourism team explains how it will work:“Participants have two days to visit nine Gaylord area businesses and drop registration slips at each stop. The event concludes on Saturday at the Eagles Hall at 515 South Wisconsin Ave., featuring live music with Exit 282, beverages, complementary food, prizes and the $1,000 cash drawing. The festival’s grand prize is $1,000 cash, 2nd place is $500 cash and 3rd place is $250 cash.mlive.com
Ready to race in the snow? Northern Michigan hosting winter triathlon in early 2022
GAYLORD, MICH. -- Michigan athletes won’t have to wait until the return of warm weather to get their triathlon fix. Officials this week announced the new Gaylord All Outdoors Tri-45 Winter Triathlon, scheduled to be held Sunday, February 6, 2022. The Tri-45 consists of a 5k cross-country ski on groomed trails, an off-road 10k fat-tire mountain bike, and a 5k run on mixed roads and trails. The race will take place on the grounds of Treetops Resort and is the only winter triathlon in Michigan this season, officials said. RELATED:Bob Ross-themed 5k run returns in 2022, benefits Michigan state parksU.P.’s Copper Harbor ranked as top ice fishing destination for 20228 places to witness the magic of frozen waterfalls in the U.P.mlive.com
Wild weather swings across Michigan this weekend, very balmy south to very snowy north
The zone of wildly varying weather is going to set up across Michigan this weekend. Most of us in the southern Lower Michigan will experience a very mild weekend. If you are traveling to far northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, it is going to be very snowy at one point. Here is the radar forecast through the weekend, showing the snow running across northern Michigan. Amounts will be fairly light across southern Lower Michigan.mlive.com
Man charged in fatal motorcycle crash in Northern Michigan
GAYLORD, MI -- A 38-year-old man has been charged with multiple felonies after he allegedly struck a motorcycle driver head on while under the influence. According to the Gaylord Police Department, Douglas Bunker was traveling near South Otsego Avenue and Johnson Road in his truck when he hit the motorcycle being driven by a 49-year-old man. An investigation revealed Bunker was allegedly under the influence at the time of the crash. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital following the crash. READ MORE:18-year-old suspect in hit-and-run that killed girl, 6, turns himself into policeMissing Northern Michigan woman, 76, found deceased near home‘One of the most senseless acts I’ve ever seen.’ Man sentenced to 30 years for fatal Jackson shootingmlive.com
First snowman made in Michigan, more than 7 inches of snow has fallen in some areas
Lake effect snow has been falling overnight across Michigan’s lake effect snowbelts. As of 8 a.m., the heaviest snow report comes from Watton in Baraga County, with 7.7 inches of snow. Vanderbilt, in Otsego County, reports the highest amount of snow in Lower Michigan, with 3.5 inches of snow. More snow is on the way to the same lake effect snowbelt areas of Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Another 4 to 6 inches of snow are likely between Gaylord, Mancelona and Kalkaska in Lower Michigan.mlive.com
Snowflakes? We better start thinking about when first flakes normally fly
The National Weather Service in Gaylord posted this following information about the first flakes of snow. Average first snowfall dates for northern Lower Michigan. Otherwise first snowfall dates seem to fit what we would expect as far as earliest snows north. We also see that inland areas of northern Lower Michigan have earlier snows than lakeshore cities such as Traverse City and Petoskey. If you are wondering about the earliest flakes on record, Marquette had its first flakes on Sept. 13, 1923.mlive.com
Northern Michigan resort hosts Totally 80′s Murder Mystery Dinner
Otsego Resort in Gaylord is hosting a Totally 80′s Murder Mystery Dinner event this fall, and vintage style will be considered completely appropriate - fer shur. “Grab your most righteous ‘80s concert gear to rock out in style while you solve a crime with your friends,” resort staff said. “Jean jackets and spandex leggings, big hair, bangles, leg warmers, and ripped jeans will be all the rage at this totally rockin’ murder mystery dinner.”The Oct. 23 event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. The pre-show dinner will offer three meal options, in addition to a salad and dessert. The premise of the show: “Poison Regenstein is in town for a killer concert, but his fans may be looking for a refund after this twisted tour turns tragic with a murder and a mystery to solve.mlive.com
Woman accused of interrupting neighbor’s party, throwing drink, choking guest
GAYLORD, MI – A woman is accused of assaulting two people when she showed up at a neighbor’s party uninvited, police said. Kristina Marie Rutterbush, 45, of Gaylord, claims she was walking her dogs past her neighbor’s home when she was assaulted but witness accounts contradict her, police said. The neighbors and witnesses allege that Rutterbush entered the property uninvited while a gathering was in progress, police said. She is accused of throwing a drink at one of the attendees. She is charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and one count of assault and battery.mlive.com
Northern Michigan resort offers midweek golf special on championship courses
One thing in the lineup stood out on our never-ending quest for travel deals to share with readers: A midweek golf special that includes both of the resort’s PGA championship courses. Details: The Midweek Golf Special includes a one-night stay that offers one round of golf on the resort’s Tribute course the afternoon you arrive, and then unlimited rounds on its Classic course the day you check out. The Tribute is the resort’s premiere course and was recently named the 8th Best Public Golf Course in Michigan by Michigan Golf Magazine. Here’s how the resort describes the two courses:The Tribute: “Our newest masterpiece, a Robbins/Koch design, is a 1,100-acre tour of the majestic Sturgeon River Valley. The Classic is a favorite among golf course traditionalists, the golf course sits in a beautiful parkland setting overlooking the famed Sturgeon River Valley just one mile from downtown Gaylord.”Looking for another kind of golf deal?mlive.com
Owosso softball holds off Gaylord for first-ever state finals appearance
EAST LANSING – It wouldn’t be an Owosso softball game without a little excitement at the end. Thursday’s Division 2 state semifinal game at Michigan State was no different as the Trojans squeaked out a 2-1 win to defeat Gaylord and advance to the program’s first-ever state championship game. Owosso (36-3) will now play the winner of Chelsea/Marysville for the state championship on Saturday back at Michigan State’s Secchia Stadium. All Owosso needed was a little breathing room and a little help from Gaylord early on in Thursday’s showdown between Top 5 teams in D2. Owosso also outhit Gaylord 9-3 with Somers, Lexi Hemker and Reyn Tuttle all finishing with two hits apiece for the Trojans.mlive.com
Michigan team eliminated from ‘LEGO Masters’ for second-straight week
For the second week in a row, a Michigan team was sent home on FOX’s imaginative reality TV show “LEGO Masters” on Tuesday. RELATED: 5 Michigan residents hope to become ‘LEGO Masters’ in new season of imaginative reality showBrickmaster judges Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard ultimately eliminated the Crolls because of the relatively plain nature of the build. “LEGO Masters is something we can reflect back on and say, we got to share that, wasn’t that cool? Dawn Sloboda, from Coopersville, and her brother, Jack Schwarz, from Ohio, were eliminated last week, leaving the Straatsmas as Michigan’s final team still competing. New episodes of “LEGO Masters” air on FOX every Tuesday at 8 p.m.mlive.com
Gaylord freshman ends Unity Christian’s season with blast off scoreboard
It was good.”Gaylord freshman catcher Taylor Moeggenberg answers questions after hitting a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mi., on June 15, 2021. Unity Christian jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead, but the Blue Devils tied it with two in the second and one in the third. Blue Devils pitcher then Jayden Jones struck out the final two hitters to keep the game tied 7-7. Hudsonville Unity Christian's Tory Decker rounds third base during the Crusaders' Division 2 state quarterfinal game against Gaylord on June 15, 2021, in Grand Rapids, Mi. The Blue Devils start six freshmen, two sophomores and a junior.mlive.com
Luxury RV park planned for Northern Michigan vacation destination
CRAWFORD COUNTY, MI – A luxury RV park is planned for the Gaylord area and could open early as summer 2022. The 15-acre park would be situated off M-32. It would include RV sites, a pool, restaurant and other amenities, WPBN/WGTU reports. M32 Development Group, which is behind the park, also plans to build a convenience store, retail space and a carwash on 5 acres adjacent to the park. “It’ll be great for the tourism,” Gaylord City Manager Kim Awrey told the TV station.mlive.com
Iron Pig owner files lawsuit against governor, MDHHS over COVID-19 bans
The owner of a Gaylord restaurant that was forced to close after defying state bans on in-person dining and other coronavirus protocols has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.petoskeynews.com
Gaylord Alpenfest returning in 2021
GAYLORD, MI -- Dust off your dirndls and lace up your lederhosen, Alpenfest is returning in 2021. Like many of Michigan’s marquee events, the annual festival in downtown Gaylord was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but festival organizers announced this week that a scaled down version of the festival will return this summer. “The Alpenfest Board in partnership with the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce has been working diligently to be able to provide the community with a safe and fun smaller version of Alpenfest,” a Facebook post reads. “Businesses, individuals, and Alpenfest have all been impacted by COVID and the effects of a global pandemic.”The 2021 event will feature a carnival with a fully vaccinated staff, crafters, and concerts each night. Masking and social distancing will be required, and the festival board is working closely with local health departments to stay up to date on the ever-changing COVID situation.mlive.com
Northern Michigan resort offers Wine Walks in May
GAYLORD, MI - Otsego Resort in Gaylord is offering guests two opportunities to Wine & Shine this spring. These wine walks are slated for Saturday, May 8 and Saturday, May 22. Resort staff describes the walk-and-sip events this way: “Enjoy a leisurely walk along a scenic trail while sampling wine from three tasting stations, paired with light food fare.”The walks run from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Headed to Gaylord? Check out these fun tips and destinations:How to spend a Michigan’s Best Day in GaylordThis Gaylord spot puts you inches from some of the wildest animals on the planet7 reasons Hartwick Pines is a Michigan must-seemlive.com
Treetops Resort hosts first Red, White & Booze event with wine, spirit tastings
GAYLORD, MI - Treetops Resort in Gaylord is kicking off spring with its first-ever Red, White & Booze event this Saturday. The indoor-outdoor event will feature more than a dozen different wine and spirit vendors, appetizers and music. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the event, which is being held at the ski hill’s Halfway Cafe. Here are the details:Red, White & Booze (Red wine, White wine & spirits)When Saturday, April 10, 2021Time 6-8 p.m. Treetops Spa & Salon will be offering Red, White & Relax packages, which include two-for-one pedicures and massages.mlive.com
Hilton opens new hotel in Northern Michigan
GAYLORD, MI – A new hotel is open in Gaylord, a Northern Michigan tourism destination known for its golf courses, elk viewing and ski resort. The four-story Tru by Hilton is open at 1048 W. Main St. in Gaylord. “We are very excited to bring this fun and modern Hilton brand Tru to the Gaylord community,” said Nicole Echols, sales manager for Namora Hotels. Tru features smaller, efficiently designed rooms with “comfortable beds” and mobile desks. The hotel includes modern features like mobile check-in, lobby tablets and an abundance of electrical outlets.mlive.com
Photos: See images from Fremont’s second-straight regional wrestling title
FREMONT – It took Bay City John Glenn about 2 ½ hours to make the bus ride to Fremont Wednesday. Fremont wrestling defeats Escanaba 48-29 in D-2 action for a second-straight regional title. @FHSPackers pic.twitter.com/4McRnIUzBn — Scott DeCamp (@ScottDeCamp) March 25, 2021Fremont defeated John Glenn in the regional semifinals, 46-30, then the Packers beat Escanaba in the finals, 48-29. Fremont senior Trey Breuker recorded his 150th career win in the semifinal match vs. John Glenn, then he notched No. Check out the photo gallery at the top for several images from the Fremont wrestling regional.mlive.com
Northern Michigan ski resort hosts St. Patrick’s costume contest, bead hunt
GAYLORD, MI - St. Patrick’s festivities will be celebrated a few days early at Otsego Resort this year. “We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a little different this year, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty to enjoy,” said MaKenna Mead, the resort’s marketing and social media manager. A resort-wide Bead Hunt, with judging and prizes at 4 p.m. “So keep your eyes peeled for green bead necklaces hidden all over the resort!”Craft Brew Cruise and Wine Walk both begin at noon. Along with the other St Patrick's Day Events and activities, we have both a Wine Walk and a Brew Cruise! Posted by Otsego Resort on Tuesday, March 9, 2021READ MOREWinter Wine Walks are on tap at this Northern Michigan ski resortNorthern Michigan resort turns winter hike into Craft Brew Cruisemlive.com
Mackinac Bridge under high wind warning due to gusts, blowing snow
ST. IGNACE, MI – The Mackinac Bridge is currently under a high wind warning. The Mackinac Bridge Authority said Wednesday that motorists in the area are instructed to slow to a maximum of 20 miles per hour, turn on their four way flashers, and utilize the outside lane (avoiding the metal grate on the suspended portion). A photo shared by the MBA shows limited visibility and snow blowing across the bridge so motorists should use caution while attempting to cross. According to the National Weather Service in Gaylord, snow will continue to accumulate across parts of Northern Michigan before diminishing late morning through early afternoon. “Wet snow combined with reduced visibility will lead to hazardous travel, especially during this morning’s commute,” the NWS said.mlive.com
Overnight lows plunged well below zero across much of Michigan last night
So far, the lowest reported temperature was recorded near Leota in Clare County where the low temperature hit -23 degrees. Roscommon (-22), Marshall (-21) and Charlotte (-19) also saw some of Michigan’s lowest temperatures. “It was one of the coldest mornings for Central and Southern Lower Michigan since 2019,” NWS meteorologists in Grand Rapids posted to Facebook. “The lowest temperature this morning was -23 at Leota in Clare County. Check out the NWS graphics below to see all of Wednesday’s recorded low temps.mlive.com
Treetops Resort shows off new Magic Carpet to top of 2 ski runs
The 400-foot-long Magic Carpet conveyance made its debut recently, and it’s been a hit with skiers big and small. The Magic Carpet is located between Sitzmark and Birch Run, which are two popular beginner runs. “The Magic Carpet adds a whole new dimension to our winter playground,” said Barry Owens, Treetops’ general manager. Treetops Resort has 24 ski runs, extreme tubing, cross-country skiing trails and amenities like a full-service spa and outdoor heated pools and hot tubs. READ MORENorthern Michigan resort rolls out Spud-Tacular Snowshoe Lunch seriesNorthern Michigan resort sets 5 ‘Skiable Feast’ dates for winter foodie adventureHow to spend a Michigan’s Best Day in Gaylordmlive.com
Northern Michigan resort turns winter hike into Craft Brew Cruise
GAYLORD, MI - Craft beer enthusiasts who want to pair their sampling with a brisk outdoor walk this winter have a new event to check out. Otsego Resort in Gaylord will host two Craft Brew Cruise events, on one Feb. 27 and another on March 13. “Take it easy and enjoy a scenic winter walk from the historic River Cabin to the Beaver Dam, where a roaring bonfire will be waiting!” resort staff said. Check-in will be at noon at the resort’s River Cabin, and the event is expected to end by 3 p.m.Tickets are $35 and can be reserved online. The resort is also hosting Winter Wine Walks this season, and has a free Moonlight Snowshoe Hike coming up later this month.mlive.com
Northern Michigan resort offers free moonlight snowshoe hike
GAYLORD, MI - A half-moon will be hanging in the sky later this month when Otsego Resort in Gaylord hosts a free, guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. The local White Birch Outfitters will be on hand, and outdoor snowshoe retailers Tubbs and Atlas will be represented. Otsego Resort has lots of winter activities on tap. Check out Otsego Resort’s accommodations, and browse the Gaylord Tourism Bureau’s website for other local winter activities and lodging options. READ MOREHow to spend a Michigan’s Best Day in GaylordWhat is a Brick o’ Fries, and where do I find one?mlive.com
Winter Wine Walks are on tap at this Northern Michigan ski resort
GAYLORD, MI - Not every winter adventure at ski resorts is about flying downhill with the wind in your face. Sometimes it’s about a scenic hike along a snowshoe trail dotted with wine stations and snacks - a trip that ends around a big bonfire. Otsego Resort’s annual Winter Wine Walks have become so popular that organizers have added more dates this season to accommodate people interested in embracing outdoor afternoons at a little slower pace. The resort’s Winter Wine Walks have morphed a bit over the years. Winter Wine Walk ItineraryThe starting point - and the first wine stop - is Otsego Resort’s historic River Cabin.mlive.com
Northern Michigan resort rolls out Spud-Tacular Snowshoe Lunch series
GAYLORD, MI - If you like your snowshoe adventure with a side of carbs, check out the new ‘Spud-Tacular’ Snowshoe Lunch series unveiled this winter by Treetops Resort. This family-friendly trail adventure is suitable for all ages. It’s hosted on the resort’s “Potato Railroad” Trail - a former corridor used for hauling potatoes to nearby counties. Head out for an adventure on the old Potato Railroad Trail. “Guests will enjoy the main campus trail adventure – one that is fit for everyone to enjoy – winter novice to expert.mlive.com
Traverse City and Northern Michigan: Where’s the snow?
The lack of snowfall is starting to look remarkable across our normally snowy northern Michigan. I can only think of two relatively short periods of lake effect snow to this point. Traverse City has only tallied 12.8 inches of snow this winter. Gaylord, normally king of snowfall amounts in Lower Michigan, only has 34 inches of snow. Traverse City is having the most abnormal snow situation so far, with it being the second least snowy winter so far.mlive.com
8 Michigan businesses cited for COVID-19 safety violations, state says
All rights reserved)LANSING, Mich. – Eight Michigan businesses have been cited for COVID-19 safety violations, including a fire department, a public school district, Twin Peaks in Livonia and a Lapeer diner with 11 violations. Here are the businesses and the violations cited by the state:Memphis Fire DepartmentLocation: Memphis, MichiganFine: $2,000Violations:Not developing an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that helps guide protective actions against COVID-19. Reason for inspection: Employee complaint. Reason for inspection: Employee complaintClick here to view the full citation document. Reason for inspection: Employee complaintClick here to view the full citation document.
13 businesses cited for violating Michigan’s COVID-19 order, state says
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan health officials have issued citations to 13 businesses due to violations of the COVID-19 order put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services. “We continue to see improvements in the numbers, and we know that the public health orders we have put in place are working. “The number of cases, the positivity rate, and hospital capacity have declined in recent weeks, taking stress off our hospitals and health care workers,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive at MDHHS. “We will continue to monitor the data and assess for any potential surges in cases after the holidays. Most food service establishments like restaurants and bars have helped play a critical role in the existing decline by following the order.”
Northern Michigan resort sets 5 ‘Skiable Feast’ dates for winter foodie adventure
Breakfast is accompanied by mimosas, assorted wines and domestic and craft beer. Station 2: White Chicken Chili with Jalapeno Cornbread - accompanied by assorted wines and domestic and craft beer. Station 3: Beef Tenderloin Stroganoff served with Spätzle - accompanied by assorted wines and domestic and craft beer. Tickets for this winter adventure are $89 per person. If you want to combine the Skiable Feast with an overnight stay at Treetops Resort, ask for the specially-priced Overnight Culinary Adventure Package, which starts at $165 per person.mlive.com
Man threatens to blow up Monroe County Sheriff’s Office unless someone comes to arrest him, police say
GAYLORD, Mich. – A man threatened to blow up the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office unless someone was sent to arrest him, police said. Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office learned Saturday about a social media post in which Philip H. Stone, 37, of Gaylor, threatened to blow up their building if the department didn’t send someone to arrest him by Jan. 13, according to authorities. Stone also threatened to kill anyone who tried to arrest him for any reason and that his statement should be taken as a terrorist threat, officials said. He has ties to the Monroe County area and was upset about a pending Friend of the Court hearing, authorities said. Stone was formally arraigned Monday (Jan. 4) in Otsego County on one charge of making terrorist threats.
Man arrested for ‘terroristic threats’ made against Michigan department, police say
MONROE COUNTY, MI – A 37-year-old Gaylord man faces charges after police say he made threats on social media toward a southeast Michigan police department. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Sunday, Jan. 3 noting Sheriff Troy Goodnough has reported an incident of “terroristic threats” aimed at the law enforcement agency. “On Saturday, January 02, 2021 the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a social media post which threatened violence toward the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office,” per the sheriff’s office statement. The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and notified of the threats. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 734-240-7530.mlive.com
Michigan Snowmobile Festival postponed until 2022
GAYLORD, MI – A popular Northern Michigan winter celebration has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau has announced Monday that the Michigan Snowmobile Festival has been postponed until February 2022. Featuring Michigan’s Richest Snowmobile Fun Run, the festival is focused on bringing snowmobilers together to ride area trail systems. “We have plans to make the event bigger and better in 2022,” Walcott said. “We’re excited to continue offering this event free of charge to all riders to showcase what a spectacular network of trails we have.”mlive.com
Winter storm alerts issued for Northern Lower Michigan, 5-10 inches of snow expected
Parts of the Northern Lower Peninsula are under a Winter Storm Warning with a big snowmaker moving in this weekend. Gusty northeast winds are also expected to result in areas of blowing snow.”The main stretch of the storm will be Saturday and Saturday night with 5-10 inches of snow possible in heaviest areas. A winter storm warning goes into effect later tonight for areas including Ludington, Baldwin, Reed City, Clare, Hart, Fremont, and Big Rapids. A winter storm watch is in effect for most of the Northern Lower Peninsula, from Alpena to Traverse City. Mostly snow is expected north and west of a Bay City to Grand Rapids line, where 4 to 6 inches of snow is possible (a Winter Storm Watch has been issued there).
Gaylord moves ‘Ski Free Weekend’ to Dec. 18-20, see how to get the best deal
GAYLORD, MI - Gaylord’s “Ski Free Weekend” is moving to Dec. 18 - Dec. 20, giving Mother Nature a little extra time to work with the snow-making gurus who are covering the slopes at Treetops Resort. “An easy way to start the ski season is through a free ski clinic. Whether you’re trying the sport for the first time, or a seasoned skier or boarder, the Ski Free weekend makes for a great getaway,” Beachnau said. Ski Free Weekend packages start at just $42 per person/per room at some Gaylord area properties. To book the Ski Free Weekend, visit www.gaylordmichigan.net or www.treetops.com for information on reserving a room and free lift ticket.mlive.com
Storm could bring 6 inches of snow to Northern Lower Michigan this weekend
Parts of the Northern Lower Peninsula will see their first big snow system this weekend of the season. The National Weather Service in Gaylord says, “A potentially impactful storm system across mainly northern lower Michigan this weekend with accumulating snow likely Saturday and Saturday night. In Metro Detroit, the same system will bring rain to the area with highs near 50 degrees. Paul Gross: Rain here in southeast Michigan changes to snow showers overnight Saturday night, with lows in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius). Snow showers Sunday morning should end, with cloudy skies for the remainder of the day.
Northern Michigan smokehouse gets liquor license suspended for opening during shutdown
A restaurant in Gaylord is the latest to have its liquor license suspended by the state for violating Michigan’s COVID-19 prohibition on in-person dining. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended the liquor licenses at Iron Pig Smokehouse, which decided this week to reopen in defiance of the state health order. It’s the seventh restaurant to have its liquor license suspended for reopening during the three-week ban. Ironically, the liquor control official who came to the restaurant Wednesday to tear down the liquor license and pour out beer wasn’t wearing a mask, Murphy alleged. Violations of the COVID-19 shutdown order could result in a permanent revocation of liquor licenses, the state said in a news release.mlive.com
State suspends Gaylord restaurant’s liquor license for violating Michigan COVID order
A liquor license has been suspended at a Michigan establishment Wednesday for violating the state’s recent public health order meant to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission issued an emergency suspension of the liquor license at Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord. The state’s health order is currently in effect until Dec. 8. Anyone who wishes to report a violation at an establishment or suspected non-compliance with the MDHHS order can call the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s toll free hotline at 866-893-2121. On Thursday, the state reported 7,146 new COVID-19 cases and 175 new deaths in Michigan since Wednesday.
How to score a Ski Free Weekend in Gaylord this December
GAYLORD, MI - As a way to kick off the winter season, Gaylord’s tourism leaders have worked with area hotels and Treetops Resort to offer “Ski Free Weekend” vacation packages across the area on Dec. 11-13. “An easy way to start the ski season is through a free ski clinic. Whether you’re trying the sport for the first time, or a seasoned skier or boarder, the Ski Free weekend makes for a great getaway,” Beachnau said. Ski Free Weekend packages start at just $42 per person/per room at some Gaylord area properties. To book the Ski Free Weekend, visit www.gaylordmichigan.net or www.treetops.com for information on reserving a room and free lift ticket.mlive.com
Michigan’s first tiny snowman of the year appears Up North
(Shhh ... there is no way we are saying the word “winter” yet). The NWS team today debuted pictures of the season’s first tiny snowman, and he’s a cutie. “The snowman has returned!,” the meteorologists posted on the NWS Facebook page. And stay in the loop on the latest weather news by joining our Michigan Weather Facebook group. READ MOREOrionid meteor shower to peak soon, best times to see itMichigan’s fall colors: See how far south the peak color line has movedmlive.com
Saginaw-area boys soccer district brackets, schedule
Saginaw-area boys soccer district brackets, schedule:Division 1Thursday: Heritage at Midland Dow, 6 p.m. Tuesday: Traverse City Central at Midland, 6 p.m.; Traverse City West at Dow-Heritage winner, 6 p.m. Saturday: Championship at TC West-Dow/Heritage winner, 1 p.m. Winner advances to Flint Powers Regional. Winner advances to Flnt Powers Regional. Division 4At Midland Calvary BaptistThursday: Nouvel at Midland Calvary, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Bad Axe at Ithaca, 5:30 p.m.; Valley Lutheran at Nouvel-Midland Calvary winner, 4:30 p.m. Thursday: Championship, 4:30 p.m. Winner advances to Mount Pleasant Regional.mlive.com
Ruby Tuesday files for bankruptcy leaving many Michigan restaurants closed
DETROIT – Ruby Tuesday has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy leaving many of its Michigan based restaurants closed including ones in Clarkston, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Saline, Mount Pleasant, Midland and Gaylord. Despite the bankruptcy Ruby Tuesday still has Michigan restaurants open in Big Rapids, South Canton and Cadillac. We remain committed to providing our guests with safe, quality experiences at all our current locations,” said Jenifer Boyd Harmon, chief marketing officer for Ruby Tuesday. According to reports a total of 185 Ruby Tuesday restaurants will be closed across the country due to the bankruptcy filing and restructuring efforts by the company. The company reportedly started closing locations before the bankruptcy filing.
Suspect charged with open murder in connection to body found in Northern Michigan ditch
ANTRIM COUNTY, MI – A Michigan man has been arrested for the murder of a 34-year-old Gaylord man found in a ditch in Antrim County. Jacob Christian Holford, 29, of Reed City, was arraigned Thursday in the 86th District Court in Antrim County on one count of open murder. Michigan State Police previously reported the suspect in the murder of Gary Miles Pickvet Jr. was a 34-year-old man from Gaylord, but that was incorrect. The Michigan State Police 7th District Fugitive Team arrested Holford in Wexford County earlier on Thursday. Police did not say if Holford was the man with Pickvet Jr. before he disappeared into the woods.mlive.com
Michigan woman donates ’Cuddle Bears’ that police can give to child victims
The Michigan State Police Gaylord Post announced Tuesday that 31 teddy bears were donated by Ashley Brown of Boyne City to help kids who have experienced trauma. The Cuddle Bears are accompanied by a book titled “Cuddle Bear” which describes a child going through a tough or scary time. The Cuddle Bears will be distributed by troopers to help comfort children who are the victims or witnesses of crimes. “These Cuddle Bears and our ‘Handle with Care’ program will work very well together,” said Corey Hebner, community service trooper at the Gaylord post. If you would like to learn more about this program, contact Hebner at the Michigan State Police Gaylord Post by calling (989) 732-2778.mlive.com
Macomb man charged with drunk driving, having open intoxicants in vehicle
LIVINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Macomb man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident happened on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. Michigan State Police troopers from the Gaylord Post saw a vehicle on I-75 near Parmater Road in Livingston Township traveling 90 miles per hour in a 75 mile per hour zone. Police said Kevin Patrick Scully, 59, was driving and arrested for Operating While Intoxicated Third Offense. Scully was arrested after police said the had him take sobriety tests. Scully was arraigned in the 7-A District Court in Otsego County for one count Felony Operating While Intoxicated Third Offense, one count Driving While License Suspended, and one count Open Intoxicants in Vehicle.
Bay City man dies after rollover crash in Northern Michigan
OTSEGO COUNTY, MI – An 85-year-old Bay City man succumbed to his injuries and died after a rollover crash near Gaylord. Troopers from the MSP Gaylord Post responded to the single vehicle crash. Rytlewski, who was the only person in the vehicle, was extracted from the vehicle and airlifted to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, police said. A police investigation found that alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash; all tests for intoxicants were negative, police said. Troopers were assisted by the Elmira Township Fire Department, Otsego County EMS and Otsego County Fire Department.mlive.com
Michigan State Police seek missing 78-year-old man in early stages of dementia
GAYLORD, Mich. Police are looking for a missing 78-year-old man from Gaylord last seen Saturday evening. According to authorities, Nelson William Wheaton was last seen riding his green Polaris Ranger on Beechnut Trail. Police said Wheaton is in the early stages of dementia and left his phone, wallet and hearing aids at his home. Anyone who has seen Nelson William Wheaton or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Michigan State Police Gaylord Regional Dispatch at 989-732-5141.
Gaylord man arrested for felony possession of firearm, other charges in Kalkaska Township
KALKASKA COUNTY, Mich. Michigan State Police troopers arrested a Gaylord man in Kalkaska Township early Wednesday morning for possession of a handgun and other charges. The driver was placed in Kalkaska County Jail and charged with possession of firearms by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon, open intoxicants in a vehicle and unlawful use of a license plate. A passenger, 37 of Thompsonville, was cited for open intoxicants in a vehicle. Michigan State Police arrested a Gaylord man for possession of a firearm by a felon and other charges. (Michigan State Police)
Video shows ‘dust devil’ whirling in Michigan
MIO, Mich. – It’s a bird, it’s a plane -- wait, no -- it’s a dust devil! That’s right -- because 2020 just isn’t ready to stop delivering surprises, a dust devil was captured on video in Northern Michigan over the weekend. The National Weather Service in Gaylord posted video sent in by Tyra Berger in Mio, Michigan (about 30 miles east of Grayling), showing a dust devil whirling around near a McDonald’s restaurant. A dust devil is defined as: A small, rapidly rotating wind that is made visible by the dust, dirt or debris it picks up. Also called a whirlwind, it develops best on clear, dry, hot afternoons.
Woman arrested after leading police chase over Mackinac Bridge
OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich. A driver was arrested after leading police on a chase over the Mackinac Bridge on Thursday morning. Officials say the driver, a 31-year-old woman from Waterford, initially pulled over but then fled the scene. Stop sticks were successfully deployed and the Volkswagen continued to drive across the Mackinac Bridge on its rims. Police say bridge traffic was halted by the Mackinac Bridge Authority after they were notified of the situation. The woman was then arrested and transported to the Otsego County Jail.
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Health officials warn northwest Michiganders of potential exposure to COVID-19 on May 29
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has identified public locations that may have had low-risk exposure to COVID-19 on May 29. Anyone who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest to find an appropriate testing location. Businesses in northern parts of Michigan were allowed to partially reopen amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on May 22. How easily the virus spreadsHow easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.
Possible COVID-19 exposure in Northern Michigan this weekend -- here are the times, places involved
Officials have identified a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) patient who went to three businesses in Northern Michigan over the weekend and might have infected other people. They released the locations, dates and times of the possible exposure. Contact tracing happens when someone tests positive for the virus, and contact tracers track down close contacts that person had and places they visited during the time they might have been infections. READ: Contact tracers considered key to coronavirus battle, but what are they? Contact tracers will never ask you for your social security number, drivers license or credit card information.
Michigan hunter gets 5 years in prison for accidental death of hunter
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan hunter convicted of killing another hunter on the first day of the 2018 deer season was sentenced Monday to at least five years in prison. David Barber of Gaylord was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and a gun offense, about a month after a jury convicted him in Antrim County. Investigators said Barber believed he had shot a deer but instead struck Justin Beutel who was found slumped over a deer, 55 yards (50.2 meters) away. Beutel, 38, of Midland County had sent a photo of himself and his buck to family just before his death. Barber, 46, will be eligible for parole after five years in prison.
Michigan men killed when driver heading wrong way on I-75 causes head-on crash, police say
OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich. – Two Michigan men were killed Sunday when one of them drove south in the northbound lanes of I-75 and crashed head-on into the other one in Otsego County, police said. The crash happened at 4:11 p.m. Sunday on southbound I-75 near the Gaylord exit, according to authorities. Deputies said Roger Phelps, 77, of Lake City, was heading north in the southbound lanes of I-75 when he crashed into a vehicle heading south. The second vehicle was driven by Lawrence Johnson, 63 of Holt, officials said. Officials tried to treat the men, but they were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Up to 7 inches of lake effect snow expected in Northern Lower Michigan
Parts of Northern Lower Michigan will get some decent snow tonight and into Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Western part of Northern Lower Michigan, including Grand Traverse County, down to Ludington, Cadillac and Gaylord. “An arctic front will bring very cold air into the Great Lakes today into Wednesday. This cold air over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes will kick on the lake effect machine once again. The typical northwest flow snow belts should see the most snow through Wednesday.”Most of the impacted area will see 2-3 inches of snow, with an isolated six or more inches.
Off-duty Michigan State Police sergeant praised for potentially saving elderly man’s life
Michigan State Police Sergeant James Bush has been credited with potentially saving an elderly man’s life last night in Chester Township, according to MSP. Sergeant James Bush found the 79-year-old man slumped over in the snow. After following the tracks, Bush found a 79-year-old Royal Oak man who was barefoot, slumped over and couldn’t stand. Bush then carried the man, who couldn’t tell which direction his cabin was in, to his truck. Bush’s wife’s call and the fast response of Sergeant James Bush, the outcome may have been different,” the release states.
Treetops Resorts invites you to come golf and give back to a special cause
This article is sponsored by Treetops ResortIf you're thinking about taking off one more time for a round of golf before the Labor Day holiday, you might want to head to Gaylord, Michigan and Treetops Resort. You can enjoy golf at the beautiful resort and give back to a special cause. General Manager Barry Owens joined Tati Amare with details of the Patriot Golf Day Shootout being held Thursday August 29th. In addition to great golf and great food, the event pays tribute to those who have served and are serving and you are guaranteed to leave inspired. For more information on how you can take part or support the charity visit the website: treetops.com/events
Michigan Lottery: 3 players win opportunity to play 'BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE'
LANSING, Mich. – Three lucky Michigan Lottery players are headed to Las Vegas to take part in the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ after winning the GOLDEN TICKET™ second chance drawing. The lucky winners are:Karen Ferry, of GaylordMary Keitz, of WarrenSonja Zanzig, of JenisonEach lucky player will have the opportunity to play the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ and a chance to win up to $1 billion. Each $10 GOLDEN TICKET™ offers players 20 chances to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players also may enter codes from non-winning tickets for a chance to win one of six remaining trips for two to Las Vegas and for the opportunity to play the BILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE™ and a chance to win up to $1 billion. In 2016, Lottery players won nearly $817 million playing instant games.