Saginaw Valley State University to announce next president
KOCHVILLE TWP, MI-- The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control will be gathering for a special session Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. to announce the selection of the school’s fifth president. In November, current President Donald Bachand announced his intent to retire. Related: SVSU interviews 6 to replace retiring President Don BachandA news conference will be held on campus at SVSU at 1:30 p.m. to introduce the future president. School officials say the incoming president will not be in attendance at the special board meeting but is expected to attend the news conference in person and take questions. More from MLive:SVSU President Don Bachand retiring after more than 40 years with universitySaginaw resident set for 2-year Peace Corps mission in EcuadorSVSU raising tuition by 3.9%, partners with Wildfire Credit Union for scholarships$1.2M to help rural mid-Michigan college studentsmlive.com
Capped drug costs, billons for clean energy: Inflation Reduction Act a ‘big deal for Michigan’
The roughly $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act goes beyond addressing the immediate economic concerns by salvaging pieces of the Democrat-led Build Back Better Act. It includes a plan to cap prescription drug costs for seniors, lower costs for people purchasing private health insurance and invest billions into fighting climate change. Under the legislation, out-of-pocket prescription drug costs would be limited to $2,000 for the roughly two million Michigan seniors who rely on Medicare. Stabenow contends the bill attacks the “biggest drivers” of inflation like gas prices and prescription drug costs. Lawmakers are still analyzing the broad economic impact of the clean energy investments.mlive.com
Aleda E. Lutz VA hospital to host outreach event, classic car show
SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is hosting a community outreach event Saturday, Aug. 20, to connect eligible veterans with the health care they need. The community outreach event, featuring informational booths and a classic car show, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the VA medical center’s north parking lot and pavilion, 1500 Weiss St. in Saginaw. This event is an opportunity for veterans who are not yet enrolled to find out if they are eligible to receive VA health care services and to learn about other VA programs, according to an Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center news release. The event will also feature informational booths for the VA medical center’s Suicide Prevention Program, Homeless Program, Women’s Veteran Program and Whole Health Program. The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center operates an 81-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation Community Living Center.mlive.com
Junge wins GOP congressional primary, to face Kildee in November
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- Paul Junge, a former criminal prosecutor and television news anchor, has won the Republican primary election in the 8th Congressional District, setting up a head-to-head battle with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee in the November general election. Junge was projected by The Associated Press as the winner of a three-candidate GOP field in the newly redrawn district, defeating fellow Republicans Candice Miller and Matthew Seely on Tuesday, Aug. 2. With 44.5 percent of the vote counted, Junge had received 25,968 votes in the primary (54.8 percent) compared to 11,056 (23.3 percent) for Seely and 10,397 votes (21.9 percent) for Miller. Republicans have gained strength in their battle to unseat Kildee from Congress thanks to redistricting. In addition to much of the area that the congressman currently represents, including the Flint and Saginaw areas, the new 8th District added parts of Midland County, including Midland, which leans Republican.mlive.com
Parks and recreation funding, school millages on Aug. 2 ballot in Genesee County
GENESEE COUNTY, MI – Voters in mid-Michigan have the opportunity to greenlight parks funding, police funding, agricultural education and multiple millages for schools and municipalities this coming election. The official list of proposals for the state primary election in Genesee County will include the following:Genesee County Parks and Recreation Millage RenewalThis 10-year millage will replace the Genesee County Parks Millage set to expire in 2023 to the original amount of 0.75 mills ($0.75 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) upon the taxable valuation of property within Genesee County. These funds will operate the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission facilities and programs. The first is a renewal of the district’s operating millage from 18 mills to 19.4637 mills for a 10-year period through 2032. It’s a 10-year millage that will levy .9846 mills, raising approximately $693,679 in its first year.mlive.com
$10M grant to fund Saginaw Head Start program
SAGINAW, MI— A new $10,008,644 federal grant has been awarded to the Saginaw Intermediate School District (ISD) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Announced earlier this week by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint), the added funds aim to improve early childhood education across mid-Michigan. The funding will support high-quality learning, as well as nutritious meals, health and developmental screenings, oral and mental health support, and behavioral and special needs services in-part through the Saginaw Head Start program. Kildee said the funding was granted because childhood education is one of the most important investments America can make in its children. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than $20 million in federal grants for Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been dispersed in the area so far, including $23.8 million for early childhood education programs in Genesee County, according to Kildee.mlive.com
To restore lakes drained after 2020 flood, two Michigan counties will weigh pricey 30-year payment plan
The proposal would involve special assessment levies that hit homeowners’ wallets in both counties for the next three decades. Of that $250 million, Gladwin and Midland county homeowners would pay about $60 million via the proposed special assessment district tax, records indicate. Officials said homeowners will pay different costs depending on their home’s proximity to the impacted lakes. Four Lakes Task Force records indicate residents at some waterfront lots would pay as much as $500 yearly beginning in 2025; other homeowners would pay as low as $125 each year. Four Lakes Task Force records show officials estimate construction and restoration of the dams would finish in 2024 at Secord and Smallwood lakes and in 2027 at Edenville and Sanford lakes.mlive.com
Flint Bishop Airport awarded $3.5M federal grant to make terminal roof more sustainable
FLINT, MI -- Flint Bishop International Airport will receive a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. The funding comes from the Airport Terminal Program, a section of the bipartisan infrastructure law that allocates $5 billion in competitive grants to address aging infrastructure at airports. I am proud to announce this federal grant to help Flint Bishop International Airport make necessary improvements,” Kildee, D-Flint Township, said in a Thursday, July 7 news release. “In Congress, I will continue working to bring federal resources back home to improve mid-Michigan infrastructure.”Nino Sapone, CEO of Flint Bishop, said the investment is “crucial” to maintaining its facility. “Flint Bishop Airport is growing and it’s important the terminal has up to date infrastructure to support the growth.mlive.com
Nearly $24 million secured for early childhood education in Genesee County
FLINT, MI -- Two new federal grants will help fund Head Start education programs in Genesee County through a combined $23,808,091. announced the two federal grands that were awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, July 5. The grants will support high-quality early childhood education for children in Genesee County, including meals, health screenings, mental health support and special needs services, according to a news release from Kildee’s office. Genesee County will receive $10,421,276 and the Genesee Intermediate School District will receive $13,386,815, according to the release. “Head Start is a life changing early education program that gives children and their families a brighter future,” Kildee said.mlive.com
Lake Fenton fireworks show on Fourth of July draws crowd
FENTON, MI -- The annual Lake Fenton fireworks show always draws a crowd on Fourth of July weekend. This year’s show was held on Saturday, July 2 on the water in front of the Fenton Township Hall. The event was organized by the Lake Fenton Property Owner’s Association. The show is one of many around Genesee County for the Fourth of July weekend. Here’s a full list of shows in the mid-Michigan area:Fenton Annual Freedom Festival at Silver Lake Park, 16000 Jennings Road, Monday, July 4, at duskLake Ponemah Fireworks: Sunday, July 3, at duskOtter Lake Fireworks at Otter Lake Village Campground and Park, 5900 Genesee Ave., Sunday, July 3, at duskLapeer 4th of July Fireworks at Rolland-Warner Middle School, 3145 W. Genesee St., Friday, July 8, at duskHolly Fireworks Display at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery, 860 Thomas St., Monday, July 4, at duskSt. Clair Fireworks at Palmer Park, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Monday, July 4, at duskFireworks at NTC Church in Burton, 3484 S. Belsay Rd, Sunday, July 3, at duskOrtonville Food and Fireworks at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road, Sunday, July 3, at duskRead more at The Flint Journal:Here’s all the 4th of July fireworks displays taking place around Genesee CountyKyle Kuzma, Winnie Harlow tour Genesee County Sheriff’s Office programs in Flint visit‘Best friends’ Kyle Kuzma, Monte Morris dreamed about playing on same NBA team$750K in funding toward community health efforts secured, Kildee announcesMDHHS mobile food pantries in Flint scheduled through JulyFour Flint schools earn Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase honorsNinth year of Movies Under the Stars in Flint begins this weekBallot gets late approval by Genesee County Election Commission upon state recommendationJack White expands tour to include Flint show in AugustNew basketball courts at Windiate Park in Flint unveiled by FlintNOW Foundationmlive.com
Mid Michigan College donates theroforming tech to Beaverton Community Schools
BEAVERTON, MI-- Mid Michigan College, with main campuses in Harrison and Mt. Pleasant, has donated thermoforming equipment to Beaverton Public Schools in an effort to support student training for local skilled trade careers. The donation will expand Beaverton’s STEM education program for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders, while also preparing students to begin local careers or pursue Advanced Integrated Manufacturing degrees. For more information about the Mid-Michigan College Skilled Trades program, visit you can visit their Skilled Trades page, contact Dean Shawn Troy at 989-386-6658 or by email at email@example.com, or learn more through the school’s admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-386-6661. Here are a few things to knowMid-Michigan Children’s Museum hosts 9th annual Touch-A-TruckOne of Saginaw’s newest principals takes home national educator ‘Oscar’ for her time as a teacher$1.2M to help rural mid-Michigan college studentsmlive.com
Your guide to mid-Michigan’s 2022 Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks
Learn more about the 2022 Bay City Fireworks Festival here or visit baycityfireworksfestival.com. SaginawThis year’s Saginaw Area Fireworks display, billed as the state’s largest fireworks show, is expected to be the biggest yet. The Frankenmuth Fireworks Display sponsored by the Frankenmuth Jaycees will start at about 9:30 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes. Read more on MLive:Going to the Bay City Fireworks Festival? It’s March, but organizers are readying for a record July 4 Saginaw fireworks show alreadymlive.com
Where’d the Pride Center go? LGBTQ+ services join the SVSU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
The new redirection currently goes to a blank page that stems from the SVSU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Going back a page onto the office’s main offshoot from the SVSU homepage, visitors are greeted with a group photo and a blurb about services offered by Multicultural Student Affairs. Roberto Garcia, doctor of education and director of the Multicultural Student Affairs office, gave a brief history of both multicultural affairs and the pride center. Garcia said the school does still have a Pride Center but in November 2021 it was rebranded and relocated. As far as goals, Garcia said the MSA and LGBTQ+ services plan on increasing their presence and communication with the rest of campus.mlive.com
Here’s all the 4th of July fireworks displays taking place around Genesee County
FLINT, MI -- Genesee County residents won’t have to travel far to see Fourth of July fireworks. The weekend is full of fireworks displays all over mid-Michigan from Genesee to Lapeer counties for the Monday holiday.mlive.com
Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum hosts 9th annual Touch-A-Truck
SAGINAW, MI– The Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is inviting families with children of all ages to hit the brakes and climb aboard a variety of large trucks and public safety vehicles at this year’s 9th annual Touch-a-Truck. Heavy-duty trucks, construction vehicles, first responder vehicles, race cars, and more will be on display for kids to explore. Some other big vehicles stopping by: food trucks from around the Tri-City area for lunch for those enjoying the annual event. Vehicles will be on display in the parking lot behind the museum at 315 W. Genesee Ave. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or to learn more about the event, call the Saginaw Children’s Museum at (989)-399-6626.mlive.com
United Way of Bay County partnering with Wirt Family Foundation, offers back-to-school clothing and backpacks
BAY CITY, MI—Summer may seem like it just kicked off, but it’s never too early to prepare for the next year of school. That’s why the United Way of Bay County is once again running the Helen Wirt Lee Back to School Clothing & Backpack program, in partnership with the Wirt Family Foundation. By sending children to school prepared, she says students are more likely to be able to focus on their academic success. According to the United Way- In Bay County, 21% of families are within the ALICE threshold and an additional 15% are in poverty; a total that means roughly 36% of the community is struggling to meet their everyday needs. To apply or for more information, visit the United Way of Bay County’s back-to-school program page or call (989)893-7508.mlive.com
$1.2M to help rural mid-Michigan college students
FRANKENLUST TWP, MI—Congressman and Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, Dan Kildee (D-Flint), has announced a new federal grant program to help rural mid-Michigan students prepare for and succeed in college. The new $1.2 Million federal grant was awarded to Saginaw Valley State University through the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development (RPED) program and will support students from rural communities as they prepare for and attend college. He says the federal grant will help more students from the rural communities in the area graduate with the skills they need to secure good-paying jobs. The federal funding will help expand existing programs, like career services, and develop new programs to improve college preparedness, access and success. By meeting the unique needs of rural students, these programs will help increase rural enrollment and graduation rates and long-term career success.mlive.com
Saginaw council could sweeten deal to open tallest apartment complex in the city
The Saginaw City Council will weigh establishing an obsolete property rehabilitation district for 12 years at the 12-story Huntington Bank building at the intersection of Genesee and North Washington. Michigan Community Capital features a history of transforming legacy buildings into apartment complexes. Today, Huntington Bank operates a branch on its first floor. Closer than Flint, the only building reaching higher heights than the downtown Saginaw site is Bay City Hall, at 180 feet. Calculation error could cost Saginaw General Motors foundry $462K fineRecord-breaking heat Wednesday could sizzle Saginaw, Bay City.mlive.com
Power returning to Saginaw County communities left in dark following storm
Crews were expected to restore power by 12:30 p.m. to about 100 customers that remained in the dark in that corner of the county. Crews were expected to restore power to those areas between noon and 3 p.m., Consumers Energy records showed. In the mid-Michigan region, nearly 6,000 Bay County Consumers Energy customers lost power at one point this morning. Click here to access the Consumers Energy outage map. Read more on MLive:All the kids are cooling off in Saginaw Township’s new splash pad.mlive.com
Record-breaking heat Thursday could sizzle Saginaw, Bay City. Here’s how to stay healthy.
Weather forecasts show Saginaw temperatures could reach a high of 97 degrees and Bay City could hit 94 degrees on Thursday, June 15. Heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and — the most serious — heat stroke, he said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an average of 658 U.S. residents die of heat-related illnesses yearly. “Extreme heat is especially dangerous in humid climates when sweat evaporates very slowly, losing much of its cooling effect,” McLean said. To avoid heat-related illness and to ensure others don’t suffer from extreme temperatures, McLean recommended six tips to follow.mlive.com
Rare two-story farmhouse hits the market in Hemlock
HEMLOCK, MI - A two-story farmhouse on 2.84 acres is on the market in Saginaw County. Located at 16680 Ederer in Richland Township, the home is listed for $274,900. Related: Modern farmhouse for sale in mid-Michigan is ‘just gorgeous’Realtor Kelly Zielinski of Brookstone Realtors said homes like this one are rare. It’s really hard to find farmhouses that are updated and more modern,” she said. 40 Rare two-story farmhouse hits the market in HemlockSee all 40 photos of the home above or click here.mlive.com
160-foot-tall water tower could neighbor Saginaw Water Treatment Plant
SAGINAW, MI — A 160-foot, 3-million-gallon water storage tank could one day add to the aesthetic of the district featuring the city’s Water Treatment Plant and adjoining reservoir. If Reinsch is successful, crews could build the hulking water storage tank as early as fall 2023. Outages can result in a loss of pressure generated by water treatment plants — which, in turn, can impact the treatment process — leading staff to advise at least some customers to boil their water before consuming it. As for the size of the steel water storage tank: A comparable structure — which also holds 3 million gallons of aqua — towers over Farmington Hills. Officials also would install a water main beneath the land separating the tower from the treatment plant, Reinsch said.mlive.com
Michigan AG orders tree service to cease and desist amid price gouging accusations
Related: 2 killed, 44 injured after tornado tore through Gaylord mobile home park and business districtThe state has received six executed affidavits from Michigan residents that interacted with Canary Tree Service last summer. “Canary Tree Service also shows a pattern of charging grossly excessive prices for its tree services. Recent social media posts from Canary Tree Service show the company mobilized in the Gaylord area, compelling state officials to issue the notice ahead of an anticipated court filing. “The attorney general will not tolerate any effort by Canary Tree Service to persist in imposing inappropriate economic stress upon the victims of storm damage,” the noticed states. Canary Tree Services’ time in mid-Michigan began in the wake of another devastating natural disaster, as owner Justin Hartmann traveled from his home in Florida to Midland County after the historic flooding in May 2020.mlive.com
Colorful new toy store, Joyful Tantrum Recess, invites kids to stay and play
MIDLAND, MI — Joyful Tantrum Recess, a toy store and gift shop where customers are encouraged to play and stay awhile, is now open in Midland. Joyful Tantrum Recess opened at 4000 Jefferson Ave. in May. She also owns Serendipity Road, which opened in 2017 in downtown Midland, and Joyful Tantrum, a smaller-format toy store, which opened next door to Serendipity Road in 2019. Instead, Kepler calls it “a toy store unplugged, so you can plug in with those you love.” Some small toys and gifts are $10 or less. Joyful Tantrum Recess is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sunday.mlive.com
Bay County’s small business owners could get $20K if they apply by May 31
BAY CITY, MI — The deadline for Bay County’s small business owners to apply for grants of up to $20,000 is fast approaching. Bay Future officials seek to remind area business owners that the deadline to apply for the $1 million Bay County Small Business Grant Program is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. Bay Future will notify awardees no later than Thursday, June 16. All applications will be reviewed after the application closes, according to Bay Future. Click here for more information on $1 million Bay County Small Business Grant Program.mlive.com
Here are the 2022 Memorial Day events happening in mid-Michigan
SAGINAW, MI — Mid-Michigan will observe Memorial Day with patriotic parades and military ceremonies taking place across Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties. Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May each year. This year, Memorial Day is Monday, May 30.mlive.com
Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA hospital now at high COVID-19 protection level as cases climb
SAGINAW, MI — With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise across the state, Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Hospital is increasing its related health and safety precautions. The Veterans Health Administration’s COVID-19 health protection levels are part of the VA’s consistent, nationwide approach for facilities to adjust COVID-19 safety protocols locally as needed, the release states. Starting this week, Aleda E. Lutz VA Hospital is at protection level high. The VHA COVID-19 health protection level will be updated as needed on Mondays. For more information about VHA COVID-19 health protection levels, visit www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/.mlive.com
Here are Memorial Day events set for the Flint area
With Memorial Day events spread throughout mid-Michigan, local residents have plenty of options to choose from to honor those who’ve died in military service to the country. Burton’s 50th AnniversaryAlongside its yearly Memorial Day parade, fireworks, 5K race and ceremony, Burton is celebrating its 50th year anniversary this weekend. Blessing of the Bikes Memorial Day ObservationA Blessing of the Bikes Memorial Day Observation will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Ray C’s Harley-Davidson of Lapeer, 1491 S. Lapeer Road. Great Lakes National Cemetery ceremonyThe Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. Owosso Memorial Day paradeThe city of Owosso’s Memorial Day parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 30 on Washington and Oliver streets.mlive.com
Stores left holes in Michigan malls, then came Black entrepreneurs
But as shopping centers look for new ways to attract customers—in part by attracting a mix of tenants—Black entrepreneurs are filling vacancies at malls across Michigan. The owner of Platinum Keyz Recording Company, Williams initially turned down the idea of setting up shop in the Lansing Mall because of its limited hours. She eventually outgrew her home business and moved into the Lansing Mall in late 2019. “Our main thing is we want to see this Lansing Mall flourish and revive itself even after the pandemic,” Williams said. Woodland Mall also led the effort to host the first Black-owned business expo among the 19 PREIT malls, its parent company.mlive.com
Protest planned in Saginaw as future of Roe v. Wade remains uncertain
SAGINAW, MI - A demonstration will be held this weekend in Saginaw County as the Roe v. Wade debate continues at the federal level. Planned Parenthood is holding a national day of protest on Saturday, May 14. As a part of this nationwide event, supporters of abortion rights in Mid-Michigan are planning on gathering from 11 a.m. to noon in front of the Saginaw County Governmental Center, 111 S. Michigan Ave in Saginaw. Rivet is running as a Democrat for the seat overseeing the newly created 35th District. The new district encompasses communities in Bay, Saginaw and Midland counties.mlive.com
Saginaw Township dad accused of making terrorist threat against school pleads to misdemeanor
SAGINAW, MI — A Saginaw Township father initially accused of making a terrorist threat against a middle school has pleaded down from a significant felony to a misdemeanor. When staff gave Perkins the dates, he replied with “you’ll be on lockdown by then,” said Saginaw Township Police Chief Scott A. Malace. In that incident, four students were killed and six more and a teacher suffered gunshot wounds, marking the deadliest school shooting since 2018. A rash of threats against Michigan schools occurred in the immediate wake of the Oxford shooting. Read more on MLive:Saginaw Township dad charged with making terrorism threat against area middle schoolBay County teen in custody after allegedly making threat against Midland County high schoolRash of social media threats hit mid-Michigan schools in wake of Oxford High School shootingmlive.com
Ex-Brinks driver accused of stealing more than $1 million from mid-Michigan banks
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A former driver for Brinks is headed to trial next month after he allegedly stole more than $1 million from several ATM’s in the mid-Michigan region last year. Carman allegedly stole the money during a six-week span that started on Nov. 15 and ended on Dec. 28 when he stopped showing up for work. Investigators accused Carman of taking the money out of various machines while working for Brinks in which part of his duties were to transport money from various banks. However, roughly $22,000 of the stolen money has not been recovered. Carman allegedly told investigators “that his father had recently passed away and his mind was not right when he was stealing the money,” according to the criminal complaint.mlive.com
Saginaw women develop product to reunite missing children and adults with their families
SAGINAW, MI — Shalana Spellman knows how it feels when a loved one is missing. “It was very traumatizing for our family for my daughter to be lost in the community,” Spellman said. “(SoetICE ID tags) would reduce the reconciliation time with their caregiver or their family or wherever they belong,” Patman said. Spellman, a licensed practical nurse who works with patients with cognitive impairment, said this type of product could have helped her reunite with her lost daughter more quickly. “It was very scary for her.”SoetICE ID tags are available for purchase online at soetice.godaddysites.com for $24.99.mlive.com
Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA hospital recruiting nurses at May 19 career fair
SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is hosting a career fair Thursday, May 19, to recruit nurses. The VA medical center has immediate openings for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants within its community living center and primary care and specialty care teams. Job candidates should bring a resume, two pieces of identification, three references, including one from a supervisor, and unofficial transcripts (RN, LPN). VA officials encourage applicants to email a copy of their required documents and unofficial transcripts to vhasagNurseRecruiter@va.gov to help streamline the job fair experience. The VA medical center may also offer a sign-on bonus.mlive.com
Artisan Urban Bistro’s ‘Grateful Pasta’ gives back in Saginaw
SAGINAW, MI — On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Old Town Saginaw’s Artisan Urban Bistro offers a fine dining experience where customers can enjoy short ribs braised in garlic, red wine and herb demi-glace paired with house-made cabernet sauvignon by candlelight. “Beautifully decorated and painted by local musician/artist Jim Perkins.”But on Wednesday nights, the vibe at Artisan Urban Bistro, located at 417 Hancock St., is a little different. Paser started hosting these “Grateful Pasta” nights in December as a way to drum up business and give back to Saginaw. Grateful Pasta is served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Visit www.artisanurbanbistro.com or find Artisan Urban Bistro on Facebook to learn more.mlive.com
When is last freeze normally at your Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland locations?
I don’t like the “average last freeze date,” as that means half of the years still have a freeze occur after that date. (Data/map provided by Iowa State University)The data shows Flint has only a 10% chance of a freeze after May 22. From the map, Saginaw and Bay City are actually at about the same freeze date. (Data/graph provided by Iowa State University)The Saginaw and Bay City areas can get a freeze also in late May. Midland is in that same pocket as Saginaw, Bay City and Flint, where a freeze could occur in late May.mlive.com
2022 Freeland Walleye Festival and garage sales start today
FREELAND, MI — The Freeland Walleye Festival is back for its thirty-sixth year with all the usual events, plus a few new ones. Mid-Michigan’s annual walleye fest begins today, Thursday, April 28, and continues through Sunday, May 1, bringing four days of competitive fishing, garage sales, games, food and entertainment to Freeland. The festivities begin Thursday with the official start of the communitywide garage sales, a high-stakes poker tournament, duck races and more. On Friday, check out the carnival rides, walleye parade, beer tent and casino, live entertainment and fireworks. Click here to view the complete 2022 Freeland Walleye Festival schedule.mlive.com
Your guide to the 2022 Freeland Walleye Festival
FREELAND, MI — The 36th Annual Freeland Walleye Festival begins Thursday, April 28 and continues through the weekend. The four-day event features a walleye fishing tournament, community-wide garage sales, high-stakes poker tournament, parade, carnival rides, beer tent and more. Community-wide garage sales begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and continue until 5 p.m. MLive previously reported more than 100 households participated during the 2018 walleye fest. Click here to view this year’s garage sales maps. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Freeland Lions Club, a local philanthropic nonprofit.mlive.com
Reimagined Alden B. Dow-designed conservatory at Dow Gardens to reopen this summer
MIDLAND, MI – The reimagined Alden B. Dow-designed conservatory at Dow Gardens is nearly complete and is expected to reopen to the public in late summer. The four-year-long construction project was aimed at creating a multi-use, energy-efficient facility to expand Dow Gardens’ core educational and programming mission, according to Dow Gardens officials. “I hope that, in the end, we’re giving guest a new experience in a familiar space,” WTA’s Paul Haselhuhn, the project’s lead architect, said in a statement. The popular Butterflies in Bloom exhibit will return in March of 2023. Midland’s 110-acre Dow Gardens welcomes thousands of guests per year.mlive.com
Michigan’s Best Local Eats: I Heart Mac & Cheese has ‘tacoroni’ and more cheesy comfort foods
SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw Township’s new I Heart Mac & Cheese and more is a cheese lover’s dream. Build-your-own grilled cheese, short rib Philly mac and cheese, lobster and white truffle mac and cheese, and “tacoroni,” mac-and-cheese-stuffed tacos, are just a few of the menu offerings. “I’m torn between The Best of Both Worlds, which is a sandwich: macaroni and cheese, barbecue sauce, more cheese, and the chicken parm,” Randle said. Find I Heart Mac & Cheese - Saginaw on Facebook to learn more. Would you like MLive to feature your restaurant in Michigan’s Best Local Eats?mlive.com
Value City Furniture investing in one of Tittabawassee Road corridor’s oldest commercial sites
KOCHVILLE TWP, MI — Value City Furniture, which left the Saginaw area market when it closed its Bay Road location years ago, is returning to the area and investing in one of Kochville Township’s oldest commercial sites. The building, located at 2800 Tittabawassee Road, dates back to the late 1970s and was home to Toys R Us for decades before permanently closing in 2018. “People have been asking for years, ‘What’s going on with Toys R Us?” said Kochville Township Manager Steve King. “It’s exciting to see a well-known commercial tenant moving in and giving the site some new life for hopefully years to come.”King said there aren’t many details to share yet, but Value City Furniture has a lease on the site and plans to make improvements to the building and landscaping. “We’re excited to see their investments in that property,” he said.mlive.com
Michigan warns of increasing COVID-19 cases, especially in southeast, as BA.2 circulates
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents that yes, COVID-19 remains a threat. Overall, the seven-day average of new, confirmed cases in Michigan is the highest it has been since February. RELATED: Cases, hospitalizations up again: Michigan COVID data for Thursday, April 21This is not unexpected, according to the health department. The state health department encourages people to test before group celebrations and gatherings, especially when vulnerable people, older people and residents with pre-existing medical conditions, will be in attendance. Last week, about 1,600 people received a first dose, according to the state health department.mlive.com
Book Fair and pop-up shop to highlight Saginaw area ‘authorpreneurs’ with stories to tell
SAGINAW, MI — A book fair and pop-up shop celebrating Saginaw area authors and entrepreneurs are coming to the Andersen Enrichment Center later this month. Writing on the Wall Authorpreneurs Book Fair takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Newman said the event started as a way to highlight “the amazing amount of talented authors here in the Saginaw area,” then grew to include other area entrepreneurs and small business owners. “I wanted our community to know we are here, and we all have a story to tell,” she said.mlive.com
Bay City’s DoubleTree by Hilton added to The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame
Bay City, MI — DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront has been named to The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Exceptional wedding professionals who have earned four or more of The Knot Best of Weddings awards are inducted into the prestigious The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, according to a DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront news release. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals, the release states. Bay City’s DoubleTree by Hilton is located on the East bank of the Saginaw River at 1 Wenonah Park Place, two miles east of I-75 off of US-10. For more information about booking your wedding or next event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront, call 989-891-6000.mlive.com
Flushing man killed in head-on crash in Flint Township
FLINT TWP., MI – Flint Township police are investigating a two-vehicle crash from Sunday morning that left a 76-year-old Flushing man dead. Officers with the Flint Township Police Department were called out around 11 a.m. Sunday, April 17, to the area of North Dye Road and Maplekrest Drive for a traffic crash. A preliminary investigation has revealed that a black Hyundai Sonata was headed south on North Dye Road when it hit a southbound black GMC Yukon head on. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the fatal crash, police said. Flint Township police were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police.mlive.com
Man charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment of two women in St. Clair County
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI – An Ira Township man has been released from jail on a GPS tether, days after authorities with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said he physically assaulted two women and threatened to shoot himself while barricaded inside a home. The victims were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment while Clay Township police set up a perimeter around the house and called for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team. Hart then forced his ex-girlfriend into his car and drove to his house, making the other victim follow them. The two women were able to escape the house and run across the street to call the police for help. A probable cause conference is scheduled for Wednesday in St. Clair County District Court.mlive.com
Job fair works to fight unemployment rates in Flint
Flint Service Center plans to host a multi-employer job fair and provide new and unique opportunities to community members. The job fair will introduce several local job positions from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at the center, 711 N. Saginaw St., #300. Residents will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to speak directly with prospective employers and learn more about various firms that are hiring in hopes to further decrease local unemployment rates. Anyone with questions about the upcoming job fair is asked to call the GST Michigan Works! Flint Service Center at 810-233-5974, ext.mlive.com
Passenger dies after vehicle flees traffic stop in Flint, police say
FLINT, MI – A 45-year-old Flint man died in a crash after police said the vehicle fled from a traffic stop at a high rate of speed. Michigan State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop shortly after midnight Sunday, April 17, near the intersection of Pierson and Clio roads in the city of Flint. The stop was for a traffic violation, the MSP Flint Post stated in a news release. Police said the vehicle fled from the traffic stop, going south on Clio Road at a high rate of speed. The driver, a 44-year-old Flint man, and passenger, a 45-year-old Flint man, were injured.mlive.com
Three men injured in overnight shooting in Southwest Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Three men showed up at a hospital with serious gunshot injuries following an overnight shooting in Southwest Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids police said the shooting happened outside of an event venue in the 400 block of Hall Street SW about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, April 16. Officers arrived to find no one there with injuries, but multiple shell casings in a parking lot. Police said three adult males soon showed up at a local hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at 616-456-3380 or anonymously through Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or at silentobserver.org.mlive.com
Crews to lower spillway connected to failed Michigan dam
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)EDENVILLE, Mich. – Crews will begin lowering a spillway connected to a dam that failed last year and contributed to massive flooding in parts of mid-Michigan. The Edenville Dam Tobacco River spillway will be lowered by more than 20 feet (6 meters) starting Feb. 24 to help prevent future flooding, according to Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. More than 11,000 people in the Midland area had to be evacuated last May after heavy rains stressed the Edenville Dam, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Detroit, and the Sanford Dam, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) downriver. The nearly century-old Edenville Dam had been the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators.
Michigan National Guard deploys additional troops to assist state with COVID-19 response
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard (MING) is expanding its COVID-19 response force for vaccination and testing efforts across the state. Almost 300 additional guard members are being deployed to support this mission. The surge of Soldiers and Airmen will be assigned directly to specific regions of the state including northern Michigan, mid-Michigan, western Michigan and southeast Michigan. As of Jan. 23, 2021 the Michigan National Guard has administered almost 32,000 vaccines to Michiganders. “From the city of Detroit to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan National Guard will continue to assist our communities in this very important mission.”Coronavirus in Michigan
Truck crashes into Michigan house, killing woman asleep on couch; Driver fled
One person dead after truck crashes into house in Saginaw. SAGINAW, Mich. – A pickup truck crashed into a Saginaw home early Thursday, killing a woman sleeping inside on a couch, police said. She apparently had been sleeping on her couch when the truck crashed into her home, Gerow said. The driver of the truck fled the scene on foot before officers arrived, The Saginaw News reported. The crash severed a natural gas line, prompting Consumers Energy personnel to respond to the scene, Gerow said.
10 most-read ClickOnDetroit stories of 2020 that weren’t COVID related
Between a global pandemic, social unrest, a major U.S. election -- and everything else happening in the world -- the news did not stop in 2020. We’re taking a look at the most-read local stories on ClickOnDetroit this year, minus COVID-19 related coverage (because pretty much every most-read story was COVID related). Art Van closes all storesFrom March: The Warren-based furniture chain Art Van Furniture announced it would close all stores. Art Van was founded by Art Van Elslander in 1959. Flight to Michigan makes emergency landing after bloody fightFrom May: A Macomb County woman said she was in shock when a fight broke out as she was flying back home.
Michigan man charged in killing, mutilation is fit for trial
CORUNNA, Mich. – A Michigan man charged with killing and mutilating a man he met through the dating app Grindr has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Monday. Shiawassee County District Judge Ward Clarkson ruled Mark Latunski was fit, said Doug Corwin, Latunski’s public defender. Previous: Police release disturbing details in murder, mutilation of Michigan manHe was charged with murder and mutilation of a body in the Dec. 28, 2019, death of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon. Police said Latunski admitted to killing Bacon and eating parts of his body. More: ‘He didn’t deserve this:’ Friends grapple with brutal murder of 25-year-old Michigan man
Review concludes Michigan’s Dam Safety Unit is understaffed, constrained by time and budget
LANSING, Mich. – The Association of State Dam Safety Officials' (ASDSO) review of Michigan’s Dam Safety Unit was presented at a meeting of the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force. READ: Michigan department publishes dam failure reportIt concluded that Michigan’s program is understaffed and constrained by limited time, resources and budget. Officials said Michigan’s investments in dam safety have been lacking for decades, which increases the risk to public safety and the environment. Currently, Michigan’s program has two dam safety engineers and one supervisor with a third dam safety engineer to be hired soon. In the Fiscal Year 2021 there is funding for hiring two more dam safety engineers.
President Donald Trump campaigns first time in Michigan since pandemic
FREELAND, Mich. – Thousands of people turned out Thursday night in mid-Michigan at the MBS Airport to hear President Donald Trump speak. “Michigan will decide whether we return to prosperity,” President Trump said. “...Tell your governor to open your state.”The president had a lot of criticism for Gov. He also mentioned Biden visiting Michigan Wednesday in Metro Detroit. Polling released by Local 4 has Biden plus five over Trump in Michigan, which is a one-point above the margin of error.
Watch Local 4 News at 11 -- Sept. 10, 2020
Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at 11:President Trump criticizes Gov. Whitmer during Michigan campaign rallyThousands of people turned out Thursday night in mid-Michigan at the MBS Airport to hear President Donald Trump speak. About 5,000 people were allowed inside, leaving another thousand outside watch as the Air Force One touched down. Those in attendance had to wear a mask to get in and have their temperatures taken but social distancing inside was not a possibility.
New York Times correspondent Kathy Gray says Trump campaign removed her from Michigan rally
FREELAND, Mich. – A New York Times correspondent attending a rally held by President Donald Trump in Freeland said she was tracked down by the Trump campaign and removed from the rally. READ: President Trump to visit mid-Michigan todayTweets are embedded below:First for me: Trump campaign tracked me down from pics i tweeted and escorted me out. — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020I’ve just been kicked out of the trump rally. — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020And so it begins pic.twitter.com/fuLY4oasjP — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020Air force one just landed — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020Crammed in crowd in the rain for trump rally in michigan. Not many masks pic.twitter.com/5DZ6JBVNK8 — Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Sept. 10, 2020
What to know today Whitmer to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) updateMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update Thursday on the states handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. President Trump will speak in Freeland at 7 p.m. on Thursday at airport hangar AvFlight Saginaw. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 108,595 as of Wednesday, including 6,552 deaths, state officials report. New COVID-19 cases and deaths remain flat in Michigan.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Warren
WARREN, Mich. With less than two months to go before the presidential election, Michigans status as a battleground state is starting to emerge. President Donald Trump has a stop planned in mid-Michigan for Thursday. Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Warren. READ: In Michigan, Joe Biden slams Trump over Woodward book revelation on downplaying virusHe knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months, Biden said during his speech in Warren. Biden pitched his Made in America plan, which includes raising the corporate tax rate, penalties for offshoring jobs, increasing the tax rate on profits from goods made overseas, and a 10 percent tax credit for businesses who invest in domestic jobs.
Watch Local 4 News at 4 -- Sept. 9, 2020
Heres whats coming up on Local 4 News at 4:Joe Biden wraps up campaign stop in MichiganWith less than two months to go before the presidential election, Michigans status as a battleground state is starting to emerge. President Donald Trump has a stop planned in mid-Michigan for Thursday. Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Warren.
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.
Mid-Michigan man dies after confrontation with officers
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. A mid-Michigan man has died following a chase and confrontation with officers, police said. The 22-year-old Marshall man was driving toward officers when they opened fire on him early Saturday, the Battle Creek Police Department said. Two Battle Creek officers traveling in the same patrol vehicle attempted to stop a suspected drunken driver whose SUV was veering into oncoming lanes of traffic, police said. As officers walked toward the SUV, the man suddenly drove toward them, and the three officers shot into the vehicle, police said. Investigators said its unclear how many shots were fired, and whether any of the shots hit the man.
President Trump to visit mid-Michigan Thursday
U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks in mid-Michigan on Thursday -- one day after former Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit the state. President Trump will speak in Freeland at 7 p.m. on Thursday at airport hangar Avflight Saginaw. The news of Trumps visit comes just after it was announced that former Vice President Joe Biden will also be visiting Michigan on Wednesday. He is the Democratic partys presidential nominee for the 2020 General Election. More: 2020 General Election coverage
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020
DETROIT U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks in mid-Michigan on Thursday -- one day after former Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit the state. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Cloudy, mild Saturday evening with some showersSaturday evening mostly cloudy and mild. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s. Saturday night will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers departing by dawn. 4 Fast FactsFriday, Sept. 4, 2020 --
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.
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.
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.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Wednesday, June 10, 2020
DETROIT Power outages should be expected with damaging wind gusts being forecasted for Wednesday afternoon. Local 4 will be tracking the DTE Energy and Consumers Energy power outages in the link above. WATCH Local 4 News at 114 Fast FactsBe InformedA state representative wants Michigan Gov. Rep. Luke Meerman (R-88th District) wants the top boss of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency removed. Ford is recalling about 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because of a nagging door latch problem and a brake fluid leak.
We thought we would retire in next few years -- Northville familys cottage destroyed in floods
NORTHVILLE, Mich. A Northville family whose cottage was destroyed when dam failures caused catastrophic flooding in mid-Michigan said they thought they would retire in the next few years, but thats no longer the case. Julie Ann Van Ameyde said her family is still reeling from the floods and feels forgotten by the government. This was going to be our retirement home, Van Ameyde said. Van Ameyde lives in Northville, but she and her husband had a retirement home in Beaverton. An act of God, Van Ameyde said.
6 dams in SE Michigan considered ‘high hazard potential dams’ -- here’s the list
It turns out six dams in the area are considered “high hazard potential." A high hazard dam might cause serious damage to homes, buildings, highways and lives, according to experts. The Pontiac Lake Dam is also considered a high hazard potential -- upsetting news to those who live and fish on the lake. According to EGLE, there are 85 high hazard potential dams in the state. The Defenders asked for copies of the inspection reports and lists of violations for the six high hazard potential dams in Southeast Michigan, but we are still waiting for that paperwork.
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
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.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer says entire state will move to phase 5 of reopening plan in coming weeks
We owe it to our front line workers to keep doing our part.On Friday, Whitmer announced regions six and eight would move to the fifth phase on Wednesday (June 10). On Sunday, the state announced 513 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as an additional 28 deaths. As the daily rate of new cases and deaths continues to decline and overall testing ramps up around the state, Whitmer has started reopening certain sectors of the economy. Michigans economy got a much-needed boost when Whitmer announced she would reopen manufacturing, including the Big 3 automakers. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler would be allowed to reopen at the beginning of the following week, Whitmer announced May 7.
Heres which Michigan colleges will have in-person, online fall classes -- or both
Central Michigan UniversityCentral Michigan University will welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. The college will then offer online courses, online and in-person hybrid courses and web-enhanced courses -- which are mainly for health and occupational students and consist primarily of in-person classes with online educational tools. Northern Michigan UniversityNorthern Michigan University will resume in-person classes in the fall one week early beginning August 17. The college says that enrollment for classes is open, but it is unclear if in-person classes will resume in the fall. Western Michigan UniversityWestern Michigan University has not yet announced a plan for the upcoming fall semester.
More mid-Michigan residents sue Edenville, Sanford dam owners after flooding devastation
DETROIT – Buckfire Law Firm announced Tuesday two class-action lawsuits filed against Edenville and Sanford dam owners and the state of Michigan following the devastating flood emergency in central Michigan last month. Nearly 11,000 mid-Michigan residents evacuated their homes on May 20 after multiple dams were breached, causing a massive flooding emergency in the region. Tuesday’s lawsuits are part of a series of filings against the dam owners and state for allegedly neglecting to ensure the dams operated in accordance with federal guidelines. The dam owners have previously received multiple citations from federal regulators for failure to meet safety guidelines over the last decade. MORE: Residents want answers in Edenville Dam failure that led to devastating floodsBuckfire Law is representing 19 mid-Michigan residents in the federal class-action lawsuit against dam owners Boyce Hydro and its manager Lee Mueller.
Michigan National Guard to support Grand Rapids peace, clean-up efforts following violent protests
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. The Michigan National Guard was activated Sunday at the request of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to support the city after protests turned violent Saturday night. Protestors moved through Grand Rapids later Saturday night and into Sunday morning, setting fires, smashing windows and looting after a day of peaceful protests. READ: Grand Rapids clean-up underway after night of fiery protestsOfficials say guard members will support civil authorities to maintain peace and repair property damage in Grand Rapids. The Michigan National Guard is already assisting with humanitarian efforts in communities across the state. We welcome the Michigan National Guard as an additional partner to increase our public safety preparedness as issues evolve.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order across state, reopening restaurants, more
Gretchen Whitmer has lifted the stay-at-home order for the entire state, meaning restaurants, and much more will be able to reopen as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) slows. On Sunday, the state announced 513 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as an additional 28 deaths. As the daily rate of new cases and deaths continues to decline and overall testing ramps up around the state, Whitmer has started reopening certain sectors of the economy. Michigans economy got a much-needed boost when Whitmer announced she would reopen manufacturing, including the Big 3 automakers. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler would be allowed to reopen at the beginning of the following week, Whitmer announced May 7.
Michigan stay-at-home order: Heres where entire state stands heading into this week
LANSING, Mich. The entire state of Michigan is still under restrictions as Gov. BREAKING UPDATE: Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order across entire stateExplaining current situationOn Sunday, the state announced 513 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as an additional 28 deaths. As the daily rate of new cases and deaths continues to decline and overall testing ramps up around the state, Whitmer has started reopening certain sectors of the economy. Michigans economy got a much-needed boost when Whitmer announced she would reopen manufacturing, including the Big 3 automakers. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler would be allowed to reopen at the beginning of the following week, Whitmer announced May 7.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Wednesday, May 27, 2020
DETROIT A Michigan lawmaker whose mother has now tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) said Gov. Public health officials said the Swiss cheese approach to reducing the risk of being infected can help keep people safe. Gretchen Whitmer to allow them to reopen, even creating an eight-step plan to do so safely. A decision was all but guaranteed by Kilpatricks family and supporters, but on Tuesday night, federal officials announced his request was denied. Gretchen Whitmer held a news conference on Wednesday to provide an update on the states response to the historic flooding event in Midland County.
Debris line neighborhoods in mid-Michigan as community deals with damage from devastating floods
MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. – On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was back in Midland County to announce an investigation into why the Edenville and Sanford dams gave way. A week later, piles of debris lined neighborhoods. READ: Shocking mid-Michigan flood pictures show ravaged roads, underwater houses, floating carsNeither of them know if their homes are stable enough to move back into. MORE: More than 800 volunteers visit Midland to help flood victims despite pandemicWatch the video above to hear from Coulson and Mills.
Debris line neighborhoods in mid-Michigan as community deals with damage from devastating floods
Debris line neighborhoods in mid-Michigan as community deals with damage from devastating floodsPublished: May 27, 2020, 5:17 pmOn Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was back in Midland County to announce an investigation into why the Edenville and Sanford dams gave way.