Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Great Lakes Ice Cream Co.’s Gingersnap Cookie is a holiday treat
MIDLAND, MI — The holidays are here, and Great Lakes Ice Cream Co. is ready with seasonal flavors perfect for gifting, hosting or simply treating yourself. Gingersnap Cookie, made with ground ginger and spicy gingersnap cookies, is now available as a traditional ice cream flavor or a dairy-free dessert. “We get tons of requests for non-dairy flavors,” he said. Great Lakes Ice Cream Co. has locations in Midland and Shields. Visit www.greatlakesicecreamcompany.com or find Great Lakes Ice Cream Company on Facebook to learn more.mlive.com
Party palace: Giant home with indoor pool, sauna, bar and 2-story library on the market in Midland
MIDLAND, MI — There’s a home for sale in Midland that features an indoor pool, bar, humidor, two-story library, and more than 6,000 square feet of living space. The home, located at 5606 Pondview Drive in Midland, is listed for $899,900. This custom Martelli Construction home is MLive’s House of the Week. Homes across the state are featured every Wednesday.mlive.com
‘Be a Hero, Fight COVID’ pediatric vaccine clinic set for Tuesday in Midland
MIDLAND, MI - Youth in the Midland area will get a chance to roll up their sleeves and be a public health “super hero” on Tuesday. Molina Healthcare of Michigan is partnering with the Midland County Department of Public Health to offer a “Be a Hero, Fight COVID” pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 810 Cinema Drive, in Midland. A parent or guardian must be present for children to receive the vaccine. Participants will get a chance to meet super heroes, get a free balloon animal and a free gift from Molina. Michigan reports highest single-day positivity rate since start of pandemic, 21034 new COVID casesmlive.com
See inside CMURC’s Midland CoWork office
MIDLAND, MI — Central Michigan University Research Corp.’s Midland CoWork space opened last year, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place in November. The 9,000-square-foot coworking space, located at 801 Joe Mann Blvd., first opened in March 2020. A 2,500-square-foot corporate training room provides support services for entrepreneurs, growing businesses and corporate partners, according to CMURC officials.mlive.com
Junior League’s Festival of Trees fundraiser returns this weekend
MIDLAND, MI - The Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s annual Festival of Trees fundraiser is back for 2021 after a year of hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival is the league’s largest annual fundraiser and has been going on for more than 35 years, festival chair Lindsay Lydy said. More than 130 festively decorated items including trees, wreaths and garlands will be raffled off over the course of the weekend. The event will also feature 19 vendors selling everything from chocolates to toys to art, Lydy said. For a full list, visit the league’s website here.mlive.com
Serial Child Sex Offender Convicted of Child Exploitation Offenses
A federal jury convicted a Texas man today for multiple child exploitation offenses involving an 11-year-old child. Renteria was convicted of production of child pornography, sex trafficking of a child, possession of child pornography, and committing a new crime against a child while registered as a sex offender. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.justice.gov
$54.5M awarded to Midland and Gladwin area for 2020 flooding recovery
MIDLAND, MI - Flood impacted areas in mid-Michigan are getting a boost in funding to help with ongoing rebuilding efforts. A $54.5 million federal grant is set to make its way to the Midland and Gladwin region to assist local communities in the continued rebuilding of infrastructure, housing, and economic revitalization related to the 2020 dam failures, according to a press release from Congressman John Moolenaar’s office.mlive.com
Dow Tennis Classic veteran Caty McNally brings ‘mind games’ to 2021 WTA event
MIDLAND, MI – Caty McNally has already established herself as one of the top young doubles players in the world. But she returned to the Dow Tennis Classic in Midland for the fourth time, entering the WTA tournament as the No. I had a stress reaction to my hand, so I decided not to play doubles. The Cincinnati, Ohio native does have success in singles and can claim the 2019 Dow Tennis Classic singles championship. She teamed with Kaitlyn Christian to win the 2018 Midland doubles title over Maria Sanchez and Jessica Pegula, 7-5, 4-6 (10-8).mlive.com
Check out 53 photos from Division 2 football district semifinal between Bay City Western and Midland Dow
MIDLAND, MI - Midland Dow hosted Bay City Western on Friday evening for the Division 2 district semifinal. Bay City Western took home the win 25-23. RELATED: Mystery kicker boots it through the rain, through the uprights, gives Bay City Western win for agesThe Warriors will advance with their 8-2 record to Traverse City Central for next week’s title game. This is Bay City Western’s first district final in 13 years. Read more on MLive:See photos from the first week of high school football playoffs across MichiganHigh school football first-round playoff scores in the Bay City areaSee Saginaw-area football scores from first round of Michigan high school playoffsFreeland defense overwhelms Goodrich in playoff openerMichigan high school football scores from first-round playoff gamesmlive.com
Mystery kicker boots it through the rain, through the uprights, gives Bay City Western win for ages
MIDLAND, MI – Eli Meylan just put his name in Bay City Western football lore. In the biggest moment of the biggest game of a wondrous season, the Warriors put their fate on the foot of a sophomore, late-season-callup kicker with zero experience. Western (8-2) travels to Traverse City Central (9-1) for next week’s title game. And their current first-string kicker was a new-to-the-team 10th grader who had been standing on the sideline the entire game. But the Western defense kept Dow out of the end zone on back-to-back trips inside the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter and that would loom large.mlive.com
‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’ coming to Midland Center for the Arts
MIDLAND, MI — “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” is coming to Midland Center for the Arts this November, and tickets are on sale now. “The most famous reindeer of all” will fly into Midland Center for the Arts for three performances of this critically-acclaimed live stage show on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20.mlive.com
Isolation and quarantine emergency guidelines issued for K-12 schools in Midland County
MIDLAND, MI - The Midland Department of Public Health issued an emergency order relating to the isolation and quarantine of students in K-12 schools. The order, which went into effect on Monday, Oct. 25, sets a framework of emergency procedures that are to be followed by K-12 schools. The order states that it also applies to educationally affiliated extracurricular activities, including school athletics. The order states that those who are identified as close contacts can choose to remain in school by opting to participate in ‘serial testing’. Schools are also required to publish and post the new health order so that it is visible to all staff, students, attendees or visitors.mlive.com
Midland woman killed in Ottawa County two-vehicle crash
JENISON, MI -- A 19-year-old Midland woman died in a two-vehicle crash in the Jenison area, police said. The crash happened about 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 on Fillmore Street near 28th Avenue in Georgetown Township. Police said the Midland woman was driving east on Fillmore Street when she lost control of the vehicle and it crossed the center line. Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies said the collision caused the Midland woman’s vehicle to go off the road. More from MLiveWoman killed in Southeast Grand Rapids shooting was part of Kent County commissioner’s familyHuman remains found in Barry County identified as those of missing womanmlive.com
Saginaw-area football highlights: Heritage offense ends losing streak to Midland
Saginaw Heritage ended a nine-game losing streak to Midland High, crushing the Chemics, 56-28, in a Saginaw Valley League North game Friday to improve to 4-4. Midland, 2-6, took a 21-12 lead after one quarter on a 51-yard TD pass from Drew Barrie to Gabe Malace, a 28-yard TD pass from Barrie to Jason Davenport and a 2-yard run by Barrie. Barrie also threw for the game’s final score with a 32-yarder to Jalen Brown.mlive.com
Midland corn maze honors medical professionals; ‘the real stars of the pandemic’
MIDLAND, MI - A Midland area farm used its annual corn maze to honor medical professionals. Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch announced that its 2021 corn maze was designed this year to be a special tribute to medical professionals. “After the past year it didn’t feel right to feature a celebrity when the professionals in the medical field were the real stars of the pandemic,” said Amanda King of Grandma’s Pumpkin patch. The maze will be open from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. for a special flashlight corn maze event the last two Fridays and Saturdays of October. Aside from the multi-acre corn maze, Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch also offers other fall activities such as hayrides, cow train rides, pig races, inflatables and a petting farm.mlive.com
Caro trooper honored by Michigan State Police for work on child sexual assault
CARO, MI - A trooper assigned to Michigan State Police’s Caro Post is the department’s “Trooper of the Year” for the Third District, which includes the thumb and Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas. Bethany Craig has served at the post since 2001 and has dedicated her career to investigating incidents of child physical and sexual abuse, according to a news release from MSP. Craig is also involved in the community through assisting the Sanilac County Child Advocacy Centers with a “Kid’s Empowerment Camp,” fundraisers and prevention education. Craig is also the district’s nominee for a department-wide accolade given later in the year, the “Dr. Bethany Craig’s diligent work to solve complex child sexual and physical assault complaints, leadership skills, and personal dedication to her community make her an excellent selection as the Third District Trooper of the Year,” Third District Commander Cpt.mlive.com
Saginaw-area high school football rankings heading into Week 7
Saginaw-area high school football rankings heading into Week 7:Saginaw United (0-6): United returns to Arthur Hill for a home game against a strong Bay City Western team that is coming off a 54-8 win over Midland High. Midland High (2-4): Midland has faced one of the toughest schedules in the area, falling in Week 6 to Bay City Western, 54-8. Mount Pleasant (6-0): Mount Pleasant continues to roll, adding a 37-6 win over Bay City Central. The Oilers will try not to get caught looking ahead to a Week 8 showdown with Bay City Western. Freeland (5-1): Freeland rebounded from its loss to Frankenmuth with an impressive 46-14 win over Bay City John Glenn.mlive.com
Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Mounds-flavored cookie flying off the shelves at Aviator Cookie Co.
MIDLAND, MI — If you like Mounds chocolate bars, you’ll love Aviator Cookie Co.’s chocolate and coconut cookie. ...I like experimenting and doing new things,” Welch said, noting that he has developed dozens of recipes for his bakery. Aviator Cookie Co. is located at 230 E. Main St. in downtown Midland and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Find Aviator Cookie Company on Facebook to learn more. Would you like MLive to feature your restaurant in Michigan’s Best Local Eats?mlive.com
See photos as Bay City Western bounces back with dominate win over Midland
BAY CITY -- Bay City Western senior running back Joey Wiedyk maneuvered around a couple blocks and had nothing but green grass between him and the endzone. Two quick touchdowns -- the second off a fumble recovery -- and two successful two-point conversions put Bay City Western up 16-0 over Midland within the first few minutes of the first half. Coming off a one-point loss to Midland Dow, Bay City Western bounced back with a 54-8 blowout win on Friday, Sept. 30, 2021 at Western Middle School in Auburn. RELATED: From reeling to rejoicing, Bay City Western makes improbable recovery to stun MidlandWiedyk put on a performance for the ages. The 46-point margin is Midland’s largest defeat in records that go back to 1950, surpassing 38-point losses to Bay City Central in 1953 and Saginaw High in 1998.mlive.com
Our 48 favorite photos from Week 6 of high school football across Michigan
Welcome to week six of Michigan’s high school football season as teams try to shore up their playoff resumes. MLive photojournalists documented the action and atmosphere at seven games across the state. We captured moments from halftime shows, marching band performances, homecoming, student sections and more. RELATED: Michigan high school football scores from Week 6Check out photos from all of the games in the gallery above, or click here for a direct link to the gallery or to purchase prints. Baldwin fulfills promise to mother to help Huron football top Dexter on senior nightHudsonville Unity Christian uses efficient attack to overwhelm Spring Lake in battle of unbeatensmlive.com
From reeling to rejoicing, Bay City Western makes improbable recovery to stun Midland
AUBURN, MI – Bay City Western’s epic loss to Midland Dow was the like the grisliest gut-punch. Bay City area scoreboard for Week 6Bay City Western senior running back Joey Wiedyk, 6, breaks a tackle and scores a two-point conversion during a game against Midland on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Western High School in Auburn. But 1:21 into the game, Western owned a 16-0 lead. Bay City Western defense celebrates a sack during a game against Midland on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Western High School in Auburn. With three games left in the regular season, this team already ranks seventh for most points in a season in Western history.mlive.com
2021 Northwood University International Auto Show begins Friday, Oct. 1
MIDLAND, MI — The 2021 Northwood University International Auto Show, North America’s largest outdoor new car show, begins Friday, Oct. 1, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 2. The show takes place from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Northwood University, 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland. All are welcome, and guests will hear from speakers including Northwood University President Kent MacDonald. A ribbon-cutting takes place at 1 p.m. Visit blogs.northwood.edu/autoshow/ or find 2021 Northwood University International Auto Show on Facebook to learn more.mlive.com
$19M secured for improved dam safety in response to severe rainstorm that hit Midland County
Gretchen Whitmer signed a $70 billion state budget that includes some slices of funding for projects that will impact Mid-Michigan directly. MLive previously reported that the state budget, which is being hailed as a bipartisan effort, overall includes $50.7 billion in spending on state agencies and programs and $2.2 billion for higher education. It also includes the city of Midland, the village of Sanford and the townships of Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee, Lincoln and Midland in Midland County. The Community Center and the Center for the Arts both make Midland a better place to live, work and raise a family. According to the release, Glenn also secured $19 million for improved dam safety in response to the severe rainstorm that hit the area in May 2020 and devastating flooding after the Sanford and Edenville dams failed.mlive.com
‘Fast and Furriest’ races being held in Midland to benefit rescue animals
The Great Lakes Bay Animal Society is hosting its 9th annual ‘Fast and Furriest’ 5K run/walk in Midland this year on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Midland City Forest. After this date the registration fee increases to $35 and participants may register at Midland City Forest on the morning of the race. All proceeds from this special fundraiser will directly benefit Great Lakes Bay Animal Society’s goal of providing quality care for animals in transition to their forever homes, according to organizers. The Great Lakes Bay Animal Society takes in abandoned pets out of over-crowded area shelters and places them in foster homes while providing services for the rescue animal such as skilled veterinary care, vaccines and spaying/neutering. The races without dogs will start at 9 a.m. while the races with dogs will start at 9:15 a.m., with both races slated to end approximately at noon.mlive.com
Saginaw-area football rankings heading into Week 6 of high school season
The 2021 Michigan high school football season is into the second half of the regular season, with teams still fighting for playoff berths and conference titles. After Week 5, the weekly Saginaw-area rankings are also becoming clearer as teams separate themselves. Division 2-3Mount Pleasant (5-0): Mount Pleasant finished off its Midland swing, beating Midland High, 26-19, a week after knocking off Dow, 33-10. Midland High (2-3): Midland’s challenging schedule continues this week with a game at Bay City Western, which is still angry after falling to Dow. The Huskies head into a conference game at St. Charles, which is coming off back-to-back COVID forfeits.mlive.com
50 local artists chosen to represent the Great Lakes Bay Region in Studio 23 showcase
BAY CITY, MI - A biennial event is returning in 2021 to honor the some of the region’s top artists. The event showcases the work of 50 artists who live and/or work in Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Isabella, Gratiot, Clare, Gladwin, and Arenac counties. A panel of experts in the visual arts and community leaders from the region selected the artists from 108 entries. Jurors from Bay City, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant, and Midland studied over 300 images to select the final 50 artists. The first 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region was held in September 2017.mlive.com
Midland’s Aviator Cookie Co. launching new online ordering, nationwide shipping services
MIDLAND, MI — Downtown Midland’s Aviator Cookie Co., a small local business that got off the ground during the COVID-19 pandemic, is launching new online ordering and nationwide shipping services. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 28, Aviator Cookie Co. fans can order their favorites, like chocolate chip, lemon, and cranberry white chocolate, to be delivered directly to their door. “I didn’t fly a single trip for nine months.”He developed dozens of cookie recipes and opened Aviator Cookie Co. in March 2021. Aviator Cookie Co. merchandise, including T-shirts, hats and stickers, are also available. Find Aviator Cookie Company on Facebook or visit www.aviatorcookie.com to learn more.mlive.com
Midland’s H Hotel named Dolce Hotel of the Year
MIDLAND, MI — Dolce Hotels and Resorts by Wyndham has named Midland’s H Hotel its “Hotel of the Year.”The award, which is given annually, recognizes the brand’s top-performing hotel and its staff, according to a company news release. “Receiving this honor is a testament to our team’s incredible work in delivering top-notch hospitality day in and day out, even with all of the challenges the travel industry has faced in the past year,” Derek Grimaldi, the hotel’s general manager, said in a statement. “We are so proud that despite these challenges, we have won the hearts and loyalty of guests by maintaining a quality hotel and cultivating a staff that’s passionate about service,” he said. “This inspires us to continue striving to set the bar even higher.”The H Hotel features 130 contemporary guest rooms and suites, state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor pool, more than 8,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and banquet space, and three on-site dining experiences: Café Zinc, ONe eighteen and and Oxygen Lounge. Read more on MLive:Celebrate all things fall with these upcoming events across mid-MichiganAs Bavarian Inn diners demand takeout more than ever, Frankenmuth icon adds online ordering, curbside pickupBay City’s 2022 Tall Ship Celebration postponed to 2025 over Covid uncertaintyMichigan’s Best Local Eats: Beatles and Beans serves coffee with a splash of 1960s nostalgiaMichigan’s Best Local Eats: Fireside Cold Brew with marshmallow, aged barrel notes on Cafe 476′s fall menumlive.com
Great Lakes Loons, Dodgers prospect Andy Pages cap historic season
Two seasons later, Pages has grown older if not old, playing as a 20-year-old for the Great Lakes Loons, the Dodgers’ Single A team in Midland. Loons’ Andy Pages (44) avoids a ball during the Whitecaps season opener against Great Lakes at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Pages set Loons records and led the High A Central League in homers (31), games played (120) and on base/slugging (.945). Pages led a Loons’ offense that set the franchise record with 127 homers this season. But we’ve had a core group of guys here that have stayed the whole year.”MOREGreat Lakes Loons celebrate first no-hitter in franchise historymlive.com
Top 2021 boys cross country times in Michigan as of Sep. 17
Here are the top boys cross country times in the state through Sep. 16 competition, according to athletic.net. TOP 10 IN MICHIGAN1, 12, Riley Hough, 14:41.2PR, Hartland, Aug 282, 11, Hunter Jones, 14:54.2PR, Benzie Central, Sep 113, 12, Jack Kelke, 15:23.0PR, Romeo, Sep 114, 12, Matthew Zeleke, 15:24.0PR, East Lansing, Sep 15, 12, Matthew Crowley, 15:29.6PR, Midland, Sep 116, 12, Jeremy Williams, 15:31.9PR, Lapeer, Aug 287, 12, Caleb Jarema, 15:37.8, Pinckney, Sep 28, 12, Brady McArdle, 15:41.9PR, Davison, Aug 209, 11, Jonah Hochstetler, 15:42.5PR, Traverse City West, Sep 1110, 11, Braydon Honsinger, 15:44.7PR, Freeland, Sep 11LOWER PENINSULA DIVISION 11, 12, Riley Hough, 14:41.2PR, Hartland, Aug 282, 12, Jack Kelke, 15:23.0PR, Romeo, Sep 113, 12, Matthew Zeleke, 15:24.0PR, East Lansing, Sep 14, 12, Matthew Crowley, 15:29.6PR, Midland, Sep 115, 12, Jeremy Williams, 15:31.9PR, Lapeer, Aug 286, 12, Brady McArdle, 15:41.9PR, Davison, Aug 207, 11, Jonah Hochstetler, 15:42.5PR, Traverse City West, Sep 118, 12, Owen Sharnas, 15:44.8PR, Romeo, Sep 119, 12, Luke Venhuizen, 15:47.3, Traverse City Central, Aug 2810, 12, Klay Grant, 15:51.3PR, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, Aug 28L.P. DIVISION 21, 12, Caleb Jarema, 15:37.8, Pinckney, Sep 22, 11, Braydon Honsinger, 15:44.7PR, Freeland, Sep 113, 9, TJ Hansen, 15:49.7PR, Freeland, Sep 114, 12, Garrett Winter, 15:53.0PR, Parchment, Sep 15, 12, Tinsae Nelson, 15:58.9PR, Grand Rapids Christian, Sep 116, 12, Nick Cockerel, 15:59.6PR, Otsego, Sep 117, 10, Connell Alford, 15:59.8, Chelsea, Sep 148, 12, Ian Hill, 16:05.4, Spring Lake, Aug 289, 11, Aiden Sullivan, 16:06.8PR, Forest Hills Eastern, Sep 110, 11, Carter McCalister, 16:07.2PR, Monroe Jefferson, Aug 31L.P. DIVISION 31, 11, Hunter Jones, 14:54.2PR, Benzie Central, Sep 112, 12, Noah Morrow, 15:55.7PR, Manton, Sep 83, 12, Tyler Guggemos, 15:55.8PR, Kalkaska, Aug 204, 12, Sam Peterson, 16:03.0PR, Charlevoix, Sep 15, 11, Nathan Jenkins, 16:18.9PR, Grandville Calvin Christian, Sep 16, 10, Collin Farmer, 16:21.7PR, Pewamo-Westphalia, Sep 27, 12, Jacob Walker, 16:26.2PR, Brooklyn Columbia Central, Sep 18, 11, Cal Benjamin, 16:31.7PR, Harbor Springs, Sep 19, 12, Dan Kehoe, 16:34.7PR, Grandville Calvin Christian, Sep 110, 12, Josh Otten, 16:37.0PR, Lansing Catholic, Sep 9L.P. DIVISION 41, 11, Lezawe Osterink, 15:57.5PR, Wyoming Potter’s House, Aug 272, 12, Mason Sumner, 16:05.2, Breckenridge, Sep 13, 12, Nathan Lott, 16:42.2, Webberville, Sep 14, 12, Isaac Bos, 16:48.3PR, Kalamazoo Christian, Sep 155, 12, Nile Devers, 16:49.0PR, Gobles, Sep 16, 9, Theodore Davis, 16:54.4PR, Dansville, Aug 287, 12, Isaiah Beiter, 16:58.0PR, Lawrence, Sep 18, 12, Brock Lynch, 17:00.1, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart, Sep 89, 12, Emil Schlueter, 17:11.3PR, Hillsdale Academy, Sep 110, 11, Jacob Wartenberg, 17:14.4PR, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Aug 28UPPER PENINSULA D1-31, 11, Drew Hughes, 17:10.9, Gladstone, Sep 32, 12, Eric Weiss, 17:12.4PR, Houghton, Sep 93, 11, Cody Aldridge, 17:29.4PR, Sault Ste. Marie, Sep 24, 11, Colin Vanderschaaf, 17:41.2, Marquette, Sep 95, 12, Luke Janofski, 17:49.7, Marquette, Sep 146, 11, Brady Ketzenberger, 17:53.6PR, Marquette, Aug 277, 12, Nikolas Thomas, 17:54.3PR, Dollar Bay, Sep 98, 12, Jonathan Willis, 18:02.9PR, Sault Ste. Marie, Sep 29, 12, Jonah Nordine, 18:04.5, Ewen Trout Creek, Sep 910, 10, Cullen Papin, 18:22.5PR, Marquette, Aug 27MORETop 2021 boys cross country times in Michigan as of Sep. 3Top 2021 boys cross country times in Michigan as of Sep. 10mlive.com
Midland woman accused of making child porn for boyfriend’s ‘sexual gratification’
BAY CITY, MI — A Midland woman is facing federal charges for allegedly producing child pornography at her boyfriend’s request. During the interview, Troutman admitted to taking the explicit photos “for the sexual gratification of her then-boyfriend,” the agent wrote. The photos depicted the child in “various stages of undress,” with her privates visible in some of them, the affidavit states. Troutman said she took at least one of the photos in her Midland living room in the fall of 2019. One Toshiba hard drive seized from a residence where the man was living with his girlfriend contained 74 images of child porn.mlive.com
Midland library offering outdoor, apple-themed story time for families
MIDLAND, MI — The staff of Midland’s Grace A. Dow Memorial Library invites area families to attend an outdoor, apple-themed story time on the library lawn Thursday, Sept. 16. The event begins at 10 a.m. Young children will practice pre-literacy skills while reading, singing and dancing, according to a library news release. Attendees will also receive a take-home goodie bag that will include a book and other fun activities. Register via the library calendar at gadml.librarycalendar.com/events/family-storytime-apples. The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is located at 1710 W. St. Andrews Road.mlive.com
Saginaw Valley League adds Traverse City West, Central football programs
The Saginaw Valley League and the Traverse City Area Public Schools have agreed to the addition of Traverse City West and Traverse City Central to the league for football only, starting in the 2022-23 season. The North will consist of Traverse City West (1,629 enrollment), Traverse City Central (1,417), Midland High (1,281), Midland Dow (1,269), Bay City Central (1,263), Bay City Western (1,153) and Mount Pleasant (1,072). Midland High played both Traverse City West and Central in 2020, opening the season with a 53-13 win over West. Thorington is a Traverse City Central graduate. We know both have reliable programs on all three levels.”Thayer emphasized that the Traverse City teams are associate members of the Saginaw Valley League, not full members.mlive.com
Investigators pin Edenville Dam failure on ‘static liquefaction’
LANSING, MI — A sudden loss of soil strength under saturated conditions likely caused the catastrophic failure of the Edenville Dam near Midland last spring, according to an investigation report commissioned by federal regulators. The dam failed at 5:35 pm that day, releasing the Wixom Lake impoundment on the Tittabawassee and Tobbaco rivers and unleashing waters that overtopped the downstream Sanford Dam. The disaster sparked an audit of Michigan’s dam safety regulatory program that urged the state to reduce the risk of more failures with new dam licensing requirements and new financing for dam maintenance, repair and removal projects, as well as emergency responses. Republican legislation introduced this May would provide $500 million for dam safety upgrades as well as restoring the failed mid-Michigan dams. Related stories:Lawmakers unveil $500M for dam safety upgrades$15M fine levied on former Edenville Dam owner‘Grave situation’ awaits Michigan without dam safety fixesDebris removed from Sanford Dam months after floodAging hazard dams force a reckoning in MichiganTimeline: The Edenville Dam saga (before, during and after)Zombie flick to film on flood-drained lakebedsmlive.com
Tri-city area schools see new COVID cases in first weeks
Bridgeport-Spaulding Community Schools and Saginaw Public Schools have the lowest case counts of those reporting with just one confirmed positive after one and two weeks of classes, respectively. Saginaw Public Schools is the only district in the county to require universal masking so far. Midland Public Schools has by far the largest outbreak of any district maintaining a public dashboard. The district has reported 98 cumulative cases so far for the school year and is dealing with 41 current cases. Read more:Saginaw Public Schools stand alone as other county districts waive mask mandatesMidland Public Schools requires masks for K-6 students, staff after Covid cases emergeAll but 1 Saginaw County school districts starting before Labor Daymlive.com
Midland asks residents to ride a bus and share their experience
MIDLAND, MI — City of Midland officials are asking residents to take a bus ride and share their experience. During the event, attendees will board and ride a City of Midland Dial-A-Ride (DART) bus to experience the Bay City Road corridor via public transportation. Attendees can board the bus in the parking lot of the Midland Civic Arena, 405 Fast Ice Drive. To learn more about the City Modern master planning process and how residents can get involved, visit www.midlandcitymodern.com. For more information about Dial-A-Ride, visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/dart.mlive.com
Man crashes stolen vehicle after series of home invasions in Bay, Midland counties
AUBURN, MI — A man suspected of several burglaries in Bay and Midland counties was jailed after crashing a stolen vehicle. Troopers’ preliminary findings were that the suspect may have perpetrated several similar home invasions overnight in Bay and Midland counties and that he stole a vehicle from one such home. Shortly after troopers spoke with the most recent victim, police located the stolen vehicle crashed on Wilder Road near Eight Mile Road. Police conducted an extensive search of the area, using a helicopter and K9 teams, along with assistance from Bay County Sheriff’s deputies. After he was discharged, police lodged him in the Bay County Jail on multiple felonies.mlive.com
Check out 90 photos from Midland High, Lapeer football game
MIDLAND, MI - Midland High hosted Lapeer on Friday evening for a football game. They stayed ahead the rest of the game, taking home the win 49-27. RELATED: Saginaw football highlights: Midland High struggles to stop LapeerMLive was there to document scenes from the game. Check out 90 images from the evening in the gallery above or click here for a direct link to the gallery. Read more on MLive:Michigan high school football in pictures: Scenes from Week 2Flint-area football highlights: Davison falls to 0-2, Lapeer drubs MidlandBay City area high school football scoreboard for Week 2Saginaw-area highlights: Millington, Frankenmuth offenses on early-season rollsFlint-area football scoreboard for Sept. 3, 2021Bay City area high school football results, recaps, reactions for Friday of Week 2Flint-area football highlights: Lake Fenton gets payback, Montrose rolls againmlive.com
Saginaw football highlights: Midland High struggles to stop Lapeer
The last time Midland High started a football season at 0-2, the Chemics reached the Division 2 semifinals. Midland struggled running the ball, gaining just 37 yards, while Lapeer finished with 562 yards of total offense. Lapeer scored the first two touchdowns, but Midland came back to keep the game close. Lapeer scored again to take a 35-20 halftime lead. If you would like your local high school sports news delivered free to your inbox daily, click here and sign up for one of our local high school sports newslettersMORESaginaw football scoreboard for Week 2Luke Saunders uses experience to lead Breckenridge past Michigan Lutheran SeminaryThursday’s Michigan high school football scoresMad Bavarian’s Saginaw-area football predictions for Week 2Saginaw-area football rankings after Week 1Friday Michigan high school football scores from Week 2Saginaw-area high school football highlights from Thursdaymlive.com
Midland County Habitat for Humanity breaking ground on its first multifamily housing units
MIDLAND, MI — In an effort to better meet the housing needs of low- to moderate-income families, Midland County Habitat for Humanity is breaking ground on a new, multifamily home construction project in the city of Midland. The results were very informative of the housing needs in our community,” Jennifer Chappel, president and CEO of Midland County Habitat for Humanity, said in a statement. The urban planning group czb conducted a housing analysis in Midland County and the results revealed a real need for more affordable housing options for low- to moderate-income households, according to Midland County Habitat for Humanity officials. Between 2000 and 2015, the poverty rate increased by 7% and the median income decreased by 17% in Midland County. “The housing study suggested building a variety of housing types including multifamily construction to address the need for affordable housing in Midland.mlive.com
Savage Forecast: Grand Blanc, Davison to play two powerful non-league teams
Prediction: Davison 34, DCC 14Linebacker Cross Dobbs will be seeking a 2-0 start this week in Grand Rapids. Prediction: Grand Blanc 24, Forest Hills Central 20Brayden McKenna (left) will likely be a key for Lapeer vs. Midland. Prediction: Lake Fenton 30, Swartz Creek 14Fenton will be trying to avoid an 0-2 start this week in East Lansing. East Lansing came to Flint last week and lost 40-34 to Grand Blanc in a game that wasn’t decided until time expired. A win here won’t be crucial for either team’s playoff hopes but at the same time neither wants to start the season 0-2.mlive.com
Midland Public Schools requires masks for K-6 students, staff after Covid cases emerge
MIDLAND, MI - Starting Monday, Midland Public Schools is requiring students and staff in grades K-6 to wear masks while indoors. In a joint statement released Saturday, Aug. 28, Superintendent Michael Sharrow and Midland County Department of Public Health Director Fred Yanoski announced the changes. Students and staff in grades 7-12 are highly encouraged to wear masks indoors whether or not they are vaccinated, according to the statement. The district and health department strongly recommend vaccination for all who are eligible, according to the statement. Since beginning fall classes Monday, Aug. 23, there have been 15 cumulative positive cases, 12 of which are currently active.mlive.com
Youth Development Corporation building ‘automated indoor farm’ in Saginaw
SAGINAW, MI - Saginaw Youth Development Corporation, a nonprofit YouthBuild skilled trades organization for high school dropouts and at-risk youth, is teaming up with a Midland company to build a pilot version of an automated indoor farm. YDC is partnering with Agrolytics Corp., a company that specializes in control systems, to put together the project. The 7,000 square-foot facility will be located in a preexisting building in the area of 5th and Janes Avenues, Eggleston said. The larger farm based on the pilot, which will likely feature three floors the same size as the pilot facility, could begin production in April 2022, Eggleston said. “We are excited, our YouthBuild program is not one of the best, we are the best,” Eggleston said.mlive.com
Forty years later, Midland Valley Mechanical’s 34-inning softball game still amazes
The game started at 5:58 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 and ended at 1:24 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. “My index finger swelled up and split, and I probably had to get a new glove sooner than I wanted to because of that game,” Tolfree said. “After a while, you started to adopt a robot attitude to just go out there inning after inning. “This wasn’t just another game or another tournament … this is the ISC World Tournament, the biggest tournament going on,” Bedford said. “Of everything we’ve done, people still talk about that 34-inning game,” Tolfree said.mlive.com
Results from 47th Dexter-Ann Arbor Run
The Dexter-Ann Arbor Run returned on Sunday with runners back in the prestigious after a year’s hiatus. More than 2,000 Participants took to the streets to partake in the 5K, 10K and half marathon that took runners through Dexter and Ann Arbor with several scenic views, including the Huron River. Check out the Top 5 finishers for all three events below. --Half Marathon(Name, city, time)MenChristopher Reischel, Midland (1:09: 12.17)Omar Abdi, St. Louis, MO (1:09.21.38)Bo Shepherd, Ann Arbor (1:09.38.89)Geoffrey Burns, Ann Arbor (1:10:28.17)Zach Duval, Goodrich (1:11:51.41)WomenSydney Devore, Ferndale (1:14:51.14)Anna Nagelhout, Ann Arbor (1:20:29.56Sophia Afridi, Perrysburg, OH (1:21:39.11)Angela Taylor, Mercer, PA (1:23:41.70)Erica Shell, Franklin (1:24:03.03)--5KMenAlex Ralston, Highland (15:56.04)Peter Shambaugh, Ann Arbor (16:11.80)Brendan Washburn, Rochester (16:42.60)Kevin Egan, Toledo (16:46.07)Michael Huebner, Ypsilanti (17:34.68)WomenJennifer Blindert, South Lyon (18:56.64)Zuzana Tomas, Ann Arbor (19:06.63)Melissa Broyles, Milford (20.49.75)J. Broyles, Midland (20:48.14)Alicia Kevelin, Ann Arbor (23:09.08)--10KMenNathan Martin, Spring Arbor (29:26.65)Zacchaeus Wildner, Lansing (30:29.63)Daniel Garza, Dearborn (32:02.79)Ben Utz, Horton (32:25.79)Keegan Oldani (32:49.96)WomenErin Larusso, Saline (40:45.00)Victoria Waidley, Detroit (41:32.67)Catherine Zettner, Detroit (42:36.09)Laura Lioy, Ann Arbor (44:44.99)Stephanie Egan, Ottawa Hills, OH (43:28.15)--To see full results of the races, please click here.mlive.com
Midland production to stage a ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ musical remixed for modern times
His preparation for playing Jesus Christ in some ways kicked off with rehearsals in June. “Many people envision Jesus with blonde hair, blue eyes; I was looking for a Black man to play Jesus,” Anderson said. After learning about the casting call for “Jesus Christ Superstar,” he produced and sent an audition recording — singing “This Is the Moment” from the 1990 musical, “Jekyll and Hyde” — that won over Anderson. “He has the long hair, the beard, and the kindest face.”She isn’t the first “Jesus Christ Superstar” director to cast Jesus as a Black man. The cast of a Midland Center for the Arts production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" prior to August 2021 performances.mlive.com
Emergency sites for migrant children raising safety concerns
A surge of migrants on the Southwest border has the Biden administration on the defensive. President Joe Biden’s administration has been sharply criticized for its response to a surge in crossings of unaccompanied immigrant children. “I feel like I have to wait and try again.”The Biden administration is not expelling immigrant children unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. But Pfluger and other Midland officials said the Biden administration wasn’t answering their questions or giving them assurance that officials would keep the surrounding community safe. HHS opened the Midland site without notifying some top local officials who say many of their questions aren't being answered.
Michigan task force set to make dam safety recommendations
The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force has been working on recommendations that would require Legislature approval to reduce the threat of dam failures after two dams failed in Midland County last May, forcing the evacuation of 10,000 people. The task force is asking for an annual $20 million revolving fund for the next 20 years to maintain and remove dams. To address hazard cleanup for when a dam owner fails to act, the task force is asking for a dam safety emergency fund. AdTask force chairman Evan Pratt said he values the sense of urgency the language provides, referring to dam safety issues in Michigan as a “ticking time bomb.” He said recommendations won't stop dams from failing, but the task force must reduce the frequency and severity of failures. “You know, how many 300-year rains has Midland seen in the last five or six years?"
Winter Weather Advisory issued for Metro Detroit, other counties until 4 p.m. Tuesday
DETROIT – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for 11 counties -- Genesse, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne -- until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Between 3-5 inches of snow is expected to accumulate in Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday. READ: Metro Detroit weather: Forecasting snowfall amounts, timing for upcoming winter stormThe snow is expected to move in north of the Interstate 69 corridor after 4 a.m. and reach the Tri-Cities and Northern Thumb by 7 a.m. Snow is expected to move north of the Ohio border after 4 a.m. and sweep northward during the morning. Heavier snow is expected in Metro Detroit between 6-9 a.m. before transitioning to freezing drizzle after 9 a.m. into the afternoon.
Michigan family reunited with cat lost during devastating Midland floods
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – It’s been eight months since the devastating floods in Midland County. “She did find us for a reason, I believe,” Ashley Flood said. “And so, we actually, we definitely played our part, I think.”On a cold snowy winter day, The Flood family heard a cat outside meowing for hours. “It seemed well fed and its coat was rather clean,” Ashley Flood said. They took the cat to the Humane Society of Midland County and found out the cat was micochipped.
Dry lakebeds pose risks to adventurers in Michigan’s Midland area
Or rather, what was Sanford and Wixom Lake. In May, the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams led to the drainage of Sanford and Wixom Lake. While a smaller river continues to run through the lakebeds, new, hazardous features have been uncovered. “Winter changes everything, if it’s snowing and you can’t see very far,” Gladwin County Emergency Director Robert North told the Midland Daily News. These two construction projects make the Tobacco River arm of Wixom Lake unusually dangerous this winter.
9 Michigan businesses violate COVID-19 safety rules -- Here’s what state says they did wrong
Nine Michigan businesses have been fined for violating COVID-19 safety rules and putting workers at risk, state officials said. “The employer was also cited for an other-than-serious record keeping violation.”Reason for inspection: Employee complaintClick here to view the full citation document. Not training employees on the steps the employees must take to notify the business or operation of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 employees on COVID-19. Reason for inspection: COVID-19 Retail State Emphasis ProgramClick here to view the full citation document. River City Reproductions and GraphicsLocation: KentwoodFine amount: $2,100Violations:Lack of a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
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.
Michigan man sentenced in drowning death of toddler
MIDLAND, Mich. A 24-year-old Michigan man has been sentenced between 25 and 50 years in prison for the drowning death of a toddler. He appeared in court Friday to be sentenced on a second-degree murder charge for the death of 1-year-old Skylar N. Pappel. The child died in September last year when Garrett was giving the girl a bath at her mothers apartment in Midland. The child fell and hit her head on the faucet and fell face-first into the water. Im not perfect -- please believe me when I tell you that Im remorseful.Before the plea agreement, he faced charges of felony-murder and first degree child abuse.
Sanford Lake residents optimistic things will return to normal
LANSING, Mich. – Labor Day Weekend on Sanford Lake is typically filled with boats and people having fun on the water. After May’s dam failures emptied the lake, many residents are left wondering how long it’ll take to come back. Residents are still hopeful things will return to normal. The state ordered Boyce Hydro -- the owners of the dams -- to make emergency repairs Tuesday, but since the company filed for bankruptcy, the state will likely be forced to foot the bill. Edenville faces Labor Day weekend without their beloved Wixom LakeYou can watch Tim Pamplin’s full stories above in the video players above.
Michigan department publishes dam failure report
The report provides an update on the ongoing investigation into the Edenville Dam, plans to restore the Tobacco River's flow and the lack of coordination with the dams' owner Boyce Hydro. But while awaiting the conclusion of the investigation, EGLE provided the first of a series of reports requested by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that will provide information about how the dam failures came to be and reviewing dam safety policies in Michigan. The report doesn’t address any parties at fault for the dam failures, but addresses what EGLE will do next to address the safety concerns left by the Edenville dam. Read more: Frustrated Michigan officials issue emergency order to Edenville Dam owners ignoring deadlines
Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed
Nature is returning to the dry beds of a string of mid-Michigan lakes that drained in May after two dams failed during torrential rains. (AP Photo/ Jeff McMillan)LANSING, Mich. Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. It hopes to restore the infrastructure and shoreline of Wixom and Sanford lakes and prevent homes from being lost to the eroding edges of what were once the lakes. Under eminent domain, the owners, Boyce Hydro and and Boyce Hydro Power, could be ordered to sell the properties to the task force as the governmental body representing the counties, task force spokesperson Stacey Trapani said. Four Lakes Task Force estimates it will cost more than $30 million to stop the erosion, remove the debris left by the flooding and stabilize all four dams.
Trump to discuss energy, tour oil rig, raise money in Texas
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump will shift his focus to American energy dominance during a stop in Texas later this week that will include his first visit to an oil rig. During the stop Wednesday at Double Eagle Energy in the west Texas city of Midland, Trump will discuss how the U.S. is achieving energy dominance by cutting regulations, simplifying permitting and encouraging private investment in energy infrastructure, the White House said. While in Texas, Trump will raise money for the Republican Party and his reelection campaign at a fundraising luncheon with supporters in nearby Odessa. It will be Trumps 16th visit as president to Texas, the White House said. The White House said Trump has taken steps to help the energy industry recover after the coronavirus outbreak caused demand for energy and prices to plummet as people stayed home to avoid becoming infected.
Federal disaster declaration to aid Midland County flood response approved
Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday afternoon President Donald Trump declared a major disaster area for mid-Michigan counties affected by widespread and severe flooding and dam failures in May. “Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me,” Whitmer said. She later expanded her declaration to include Iosco County. Persistent steady rain resulted in excessive two-day rainfall totals reaching record levels at some locations. MORE: ‘Looked like Niagra Falls’ -- Dam that created Wixom Lake gives way, flooding mid-Michigan communitiesMultiple residents impacted by the flood have taken part of two federal class-action lawsuits filed against the dam owners.
Horses displaced by Midland floods find home at west Michigan rescue farm
WEST BRANCH, Mich. Several horses displaced by the pandemic and flooding across parts of central Michigan have found a new home at a rescue farm. WATCH: Aerial footage of Midland flood devastation on May 21Since then, D&R Acres Hobby and Rescue Farm has received several equines. The 20 acre farm and 13,000-square-foot barn and riding facility is now home to 38 horses, donkeys, mules, ponies and miniature horses. Were kind of the retirement home for horses, said Dolores 'Doris' Harris, chief financial officer and founder of D&R Acres, of West Branch. Although many animals stay at D&R Acres for the rest of their days, the farm does adopt out equines once the animal adjusts to the situation.
Michigan village not waiting for federal, state flood relief
FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, two cars are flipped over after major flood damage, in Sanford, Mich. Sanford village, with a population of 859, is pulling together after the devastation of two dam failures in May. Volunteers are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed since there's no telling when major state and federal help will come. Although state or federal government aid would be a huge help, Ricards said Sanford could not wait. We celebrated birthday parties, their graduations, anything you can think of there.The goal is to keep people in the village, Cole said. I think its better just to help than to sit back and wait" for state or federal funding, Cole said.
New York Times features Michigan Gov. Whitmer, her response to 2020 crises
In the article Whitmer says that she knew she was on her own to fend for Michigan after a call with Trump in mid-March. Whitmer had asked the federal government to supply Michigan with needed N95 masks from the national stockpile, and Trump reportedly declined and insisted states acquire their own supplies. Whitmer has since stood by her executive orders and is currently reopening the states economy in phases. A study by Imperial College London and Oxford University found that Whitmers rapid and aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic could have saved tens of thousands of lives. The author does say that based on the many conversations theyve had over the last few months, Gov.
Mothers ashes recovered after being swept away during Midland floods
When the village of Sanford was hit by massive flooding in May, Kathy Parsch set out to find her mothers ashes. ORIGINAL STORY: Sanford woman kayaks to floating home swept away by flood to recover mothers ashesSurrounded by unthinkable destruction, there wasnt a dry eye as Parschs ashes were pulled from mud. She was joined by friends on kayaks to paddle through the wreckage to find Parschs home in a river. After visiting the house seven times, Parsch couldnt find her mothers ashes. Her mothers ashes were found the day before Sanford officials would start scooping up debris to haul away.
Dozens of residents join lawsuit against dam owners following devastating mid-Michigan floods
MIDLAND, Mich. As many as 60 residents have joined a class-action lawsuit against the owners of the dams that failed and caused catastrophic flooding in mid-Michigan. READ: Investigating who is responsible for Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsTheres a lot of finger pointing as residents join a class-action lawsuit against the dam owners and the state. We moved up here because we wanted to be by the lake (where) we grew up as kids, Tom said. Lantzys law firm is representing more than 60 families in the class-action lawsuit against dam owner Boyce Hydro. The lawsuit looks to hold Boyce Hydro negligent and liable for damages, including medical expenses, property damage and property value.
LIVE STREAM: Michigan officials provide update on flooding aftermath in Midland County
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will host a news briefing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to provide an update on the aftermath of the Edenville and Sanford dam failures and subsequent flooding in Mid-Michigan last month. You can watch the briefing live in the video player above at 3 p.m.Nessel will be joined by the director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Liesl Clark and the director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Dan Eichinger. The briefing comes almost three weeks after nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan residents evacuated their homes due to a massive flooding emergency caused by breaches in the Edenville and Sanford dams. The flood damaged countless homes, businesses and roads in central Michigan. Whitmer requests investigation of dam breach that caused massive flooding in mid-Michigan
Michigan counties in line for $1.3 million in emergency aid for veterans
LANSING, Mich. From Muskegon to Midland to Marquette, Michigan counties are securing and distributing COVID-19 emergency funding to veterans through the states new County Veteran Service Fund Emergency Relief (CVSF-ER) program. To date, 12 counties have been approved for a total of nearly $1.1 million in CVSF-ER funding, while eight other counties are close to securing another $253,819 in the emergency relief assistance for a working total of $1.3 million. In addition, at least 16 counties so far are either participating or plan to participate in a CVSF-ER grocery voucher program for veterans through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and Meijer. As the central coordinating agency for Michigans 550,000-plus veterans and their families, the MVAA facilitates the CVSF-ER program. The CVSF-ER program is another premier benefit that makes Michigan an ideal place for serving veterans and their families.Related headlines:
LIVE STREAM: Gov. Whitmer holds briefing on Midland County flooding response
MIDLAND, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will offer an update on the state’s response to the devastating floods in Midland County last month. Whitmer will provide a brief update alongside local officials on the state’s response to the historic flooding in Mid-Michigan. Afterward, she will volunteer at the flood relief donation distribution center. The briefing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. -- you can watch it live in the video player above.
Congress demands answers into Michigan dam failures
DETROIT A U.S. House of Representatives Committee is now investigating the State and Federal Governments oversight of the dam failure in Midland County. Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingle and Fred Upton, along with the House Energy and Commerce Committee is demanding answers within two weeks to specific questions about how the Edenville Dam was inspected and allowed to operate. How did EGLE label the dam in fair structural condition when it took authority back in October 2018? A copy of Dingell and Uptons letter to FERC is available here. A copy of Dingell and Uptons letter to EGLE is available here.
Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca
The lower level of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, which houses the children's section and the city's public television studio, also flooded. McDonald recalled spending time as a child in the midcentury library and sitting on Barcelona chairs and stools, a classic midcentury furniture design, in the gallery and other spaces. This is an incredible town, said Charles Mikkelsen, for whom living in a midcentury home had been a longtime dream. This time their home, which was built on a concrete slab and overlooks a creek, was filled with about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water. In 2017, it was flooded by less than a foot (0.3 meters) and it took 9 months to restore.
Communities chip in for family expecting child who lost everything in Midland flood
Communities chip in for family expecting child who lost everything in Midland floodPublished: May 27, 2020, 6:18 pmWhen flood waters came through Midland County last week, it pushed Sam and Richie O’Keefe’s home against the post office.
Gov. Whitmer requests investigation of dam breach that caused massive flooding in mid-Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer held a news conference on Wednesday to provide an update on the state’s response to the historic flooding event in Midland County. “This flooding forced thousands to evacuate their homes, destroyed public infrastructure, ruined homes and businesses, and caused major natural resource damage,” said Governor Whitmer. The Kriegers and Sperlings own adjacent properties and homes on the banks of the Tittabawassee River less than a mile south of the Edenville Dam. Whitmer extended the state of emergency for Midland County to include three additional counties last weekend. U.S. President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for Midland County last Thursday.
Communities chip in for family expecting child who lost everything in Midland flood
When flood waters came through Midland County last week, it pushed Sam and Richie OKeefes home against the post office. The couple is expecting to give birth to their daughter Sydney Thursday. Everything the family had prepared for baby Sydney was washed away when the dam broke. RELATED: Midland County residents sue state of Michigan over Edenville Dam failureThe couple shared their story on social media and people rushed to help -- one person drove three hours to drop off some baby items. The couple said its overwhelming how helpful others have been for Sydney.
Midland County residents sue state of Michigan over Edenville Dam failure
A 28-page complaint was filed in the Michigan Court of Claims by Edenville, Mich. residents David and Andrew Krieger and James and Margaret Sperling. The Kriegers and Sperlings own adjacent properties and homes on the banks of the Tittabawassee River less than a mile south of the Edenville Dam. According to the complaint, the 96-year-old earthen embankment failed after several days of heavy rain on May 19, 2020. The complaint states that the failure of the Edenville Dam and subsequent flooding of a large area in Midland County was caused, in part, by a failure of EGLE to order the necessary repairs to the dam. For decades, federal regulators had demanded changes to the design of the Edenville Dam to improve its ability to withstand flooding, and federal regulators had warned since at least 1993 that the dam failed to meet safety requirements, reads the complaint.
PGA professionals collect donations for mid-Michigan residents after flooding devastation
MIDLAND, Mich. Professional golfers in southeast Michigan are collecting donations to aid individuals and families affected by the massive flooding emergency in Midland last week. READ: Catastrophic flooding, evacuations in mid-Michigan as dams fail: What to knowPGA members Jordan Young and Brian Cairns are leading an initiative to collect two trailers worth of supplies and high demand products to donate to mid-Michigan residents. Officials said high priority supplies include nonperishable foods, personal hygiene products, blankets, new socks and clothes, gift cards, diapers and cleaning supplies. High priority is for nonperishable foods, personal hygiene products, blankets, new socks and clothes, gift cards, diapers and cleaning supplies. Learn more about volunteer or donation opportunities and disaster resources available to help mid-Michigan residents here.
Four Lakes Task Force halts purchase of mid-Michigan dams following floods
EDENVILLE, Mich. A task force that was set to acquire and improve mid-Michigan dams has halted the purchase after dam failures caused historic flooding last week. About 10,000 people in mid-Michigan were asked to evacuate their homes after multiple dams were breached, causing a major flooding emergency. Here is the full statement from the Four Lakes Task Force:"Recent events related to the Edenville dam failure were terrible and tragic for our community. All of us on the Four Lakes Task Force are devastated by our individual and collective losses, and our hearts go out to everyone who is impacted. The Four Lakes Task Force is collaborating with the Counties, lake communities and regulatory authorities on the best path forward as we assess the issues and work toward recovery.
Michigan National Guard rescues books in waterlogged Midland
MIDLAND, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard rescued 80,000 items from the basement of a Midland library that was flooded when rain swept through the area and dams failed. “There’s no way we could have done it without them,” said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. Most books and other items in the basement are going to be OK, the Midland Daily News reported. Guard members had to use the stairs because the elevator was out. Library staff over the weekend focused on removing moisture from the lower level.
Livonia teen raises money for victims of Midland floods
LIVONIA, Mich. A teenager from Livonia said she knew she had to do something when she saw the devastation caused by the floods in Midland County. When Caitlin Jodway was a junior in high school, she organized a swimathon for a friend with muscular dystrophy and a hundred swimmers participated. My grandmother lives on Wixom Lake, Jodway said. Just Devastating -- Wixom Lake becomes muddy field after dam failuresThankfully, the home wasnt destroyed but the Livonia family knew they wouldnt be spending the Memorial Day Weekend there. They will be dropped off at an area high school and be distributed by the United Way.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Saturday, May 23, 2020
DETROIT Instead of gathering with loved ones this Memorial Day weekend, more than 800 volunteers traveled to Midland to take part in a massive cleanup effort. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Warm Saturday evening, showers laterSaturday evening will be mostly cloudy and warm. A Flood Warning is in effect along the Huron River near Hamburg in Livingston County. A Flood Warning is in effect along the River Raisin near Monroe in Monroe County. 4 Fast FactsFriday, May 22, 2020 --
Donation drive for Midland flood victims taking place in Livonia Sunday
LIVONIA, Mich. On Sunday, May 24 a donation drive will be held in Livonia to help flood victims in Midland. The event is taking place today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m in the parking lot of Las Palapas Mexican Restaurant at 33308 Plymouth Road in Livonia. On Saturday more than 800 volunteers traveled to Midland to help flood victims despite the threat of coronavirus. Many of the volunteers were from Metro Detroit. More coverage on the Midland flooding crisis:
More than 800 volunteers visit Midland to help flood victims despite pandemic
MIDLAND, Mich. – Instead of gathering with loved ones this Memorial Day weekend, more than 800 volunteers traveled to Midland to take part in a massive cleanup effort. In the midst of a pandemic volunteers from across the state descended on Midland early Saturday morning. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spent days collecting pumps, cleaning supplies, boots, gloves and masks for volunteers. Michiganders dealing with the pandemic are coming together to help families who have lost everything. And we’re quickly seeing that others are joining us,” said Bishop Monte Searle with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Michigan environmental group urging Midland area residents to follow its guidelines for managing debris
From addressing immediate hazards to exploring disposal options, EGLE urges residents to follow guidelines set by the state. Itemize items on property, with special attention to hazardous materials such as paint, motor oil and solvents. For a list of common types of household hazardous waste and local household hazardous waste collection contacts, visit Michigan.gov/EGLEHHWUse caution when walking through standing water or large debris piles to avoid hidden hazards, such as nails and other sharp objects. For questions about emergency disposal permits, contact the MMD Solid Waste Section at 517-284-6588. For EGLE guidance on storm debris, visit: michigan.gov/documents/egle/egle-tou-mmd-ManagingStormDebris_688194_7.pdfAdditional resources:PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer adds 3 counties to flood-related state of emergency
Gretchen Whitmer has added three counties to her state of emergency issued as a result of two dam failures that caused devastating floods in the middle of the state. Arenac, Gladwin and Saginaw counties have been added to the state of emergency that was issued for Midland County. “I have declared an emergency to provide much needed assistance and have added Arenac, Gladwin and Saginaw counties to the declaration to ensure access to critical resources. (WDIV)Officials evacuated 750 Saginaw County residents, 500 Arenac County residents and more than 100 Gladwin County residents due to rising waters. By adding them to the state of emergency, Whitmer allows these three counties to receive law enforcement and shelter support, road repair help, search and rescue services and more.
Michigan Republican Party asks attorney general to give feds control of investigation into Midland tragedy
DETROIT – In recent days the Detroit News and Bridge Magazine have published stories about Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against the owner of the Edenville Dam, which tragically failed on Tuesday forcing thousands to evacuate their homes because of the floods. Nessel wanted more water added to promote the safety of freshwater mussels, which she alleged were being damaged by the low water levels. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox is calling on Nessel to recuse her office from the investigation of the Edenville Dam tragedy and transfer the inquiry to federal authorities. "With these troubling new revelations that the state’s lawsuits may have played a role in this tragedy, it is clear that Attorney General Dana Nessel should not lead this investigation. Therefore, the Michigan Republican Party calls for the Attorney General to turn over the investigation of the Edenville Dam’s failure to federal authorities.
Red Cross shelters open to help residents impacted by devastating mid-Michigan floods
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Historic flooding caused by dam failures forced thousands from their homes in mid-Michigan. The Edenville dam and Sanford dams failed. At about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Edenville Dam that created Wixom Lake gave away. MORE: Residents in Midland County return after evacuationsThe American Red Cross is still helping residents impacted by the floods. READ: Residents want answers in Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsView the list of shelters below: