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Citizen cub reporters sought for bear survey

Got a trail camera or two out there? If one of them turned up a bear in 2016, especially a female with cubs, there’s a man from Marquette who wants to hear from you. Veteran outdoor writer Richard P. Smith is conducting his Michigan Bear Count for 2016 and needs the public’s help to make ...

Warmer weather prompts warnings on ice conditions

As the unusually warm February weather continues, warnings are going out to those who would venture out on the ice in pursuit of a few fish. The state just had its free fishing weekend for the winter, apparently without mishap. But with temperatures even in the Upper Peninsula soaring into ...

Florence County Red Kettle effort in 2016 a success

Bouquet From Karen Wertanen, Spread Eagle, Wis., coordinator of the 2016 Florence County Red Kettle campaign: Dedicated volunteers, participating businesses and generous donors helped the 2016 Red Kettle Campaign reach a total of $5,185. A sincere thank you goes to all of our bellringers, ...

DNR officer’s actions saved life of Gladstone boy

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Beware the extra sugar in drinks for kids

There was a time when mothers, especially in the South, were advised to give young children sugar or honey wrapped in cloth to suck on as a form of pacifier. Even today, a debate continues about whether sugar or sugar water can help alleviate pain in babies. For now, however, the majority ...

Standing fast for truth in difficult times

For journalists, scientists, educators and all truth tellers, these are times that try the soul. The enemies of truth have always been around, mostly hiding in the tall grass. But the dawning of the information age, which has spread powerful technology to users who by and large remain ...

Unfunded public benefit liability needs reform

State government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and elsewhere say governments at all levels no longer can afford. Conservatives are pushing reform in the face of $14 billion in unfunded ...

Gorsuch merits consideration for Supreme Court

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, is now making the rounds on Capitol Hill, meeting with senators as is the usual procedure before confirmation hearings eventually begin. That Gorsuch is qualified is not expected to be an issue. On the surface, ...

A week to honor, thank region’s veteran patients

Bouquet The week of Feb. 12-18 is designated National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. The employees and volunteers at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and its seven Community Outpatient Clinics across the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin salute America’s heroes ...

Don’t compare U.S. to Russia

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Wise choices can help guard against infant heart defects

This week of American Heart Month focuses on protecting the smallest and perhaps most vulnerable of hearts. Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, marked annually from Feb. 7 through Valentine’s Day Feb. 14, aims to educate parents in general and pregnant women in particular about how to ...

Purchase of solar energy good for future environment

Plans announced recently by the Alger-Delta Electric Association to purchase power generated by solar panels is a very definite step in the right direction. The power will be generated by hundreds of thousands of solar panels WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resource plan to construct near the ...

Knowing the drill if cardiac arrest happens

Staff and students in schools across Michigan this week will have a different kind of drill, one that doesn’t focus on protecting themselves but on saving someone else if the need arises — and hopefully it never does. With February being American Heart Month, the state’s Department of ...

More notice needed in filling city council seat

When it comes to government, there is a significant difference between what can be done by law and how it should be done as representatives of the public interest. Iron Mountain officials recently provided an example of something done legally, yet in many ways wrong in terms of public ...

Nice gesture to veterans’ families

Bouquet From Jeanette DeNell-Brazeau, Iron Mountain: My deceased husband, John, was the sergeant-at-arms for The Military Order of the Purple Heart for the state of Michigan. He was very proud of this. Thank you to the MOPH and the other veterans’ organizations for remembering the ...

The dangers posed by tipping furniture, appliances at home

It was a chilling sight: Twin toddlers in a Utah home, caught on video in January trying to climb a dresser that topples over, pinning one underneath. One brother managed to free the other, avoiding a tragedy that has happened all too often with young children and heavy pieces of furniture, ...

A vaccine that prevents cancer

People long have dreamed of a vaccine that could protect them against cancer. One does exist — for the human papilloma virus, or HPV, known to be a major cause of cervical cancer in women. It also can protect women and men — yes, men — against other cancers. Yet too few get this ...

Staying safe on the ski hills

With the recent snowfall and a cold snap to come that will break the string of warmer weather in the region, skiers likely will be out in force on area hills this weekend. Michigan offers 55 licensed ski areas that operate more than 300 ski lifts,  from rope tows to high-speed, detachable ...

Stop, because trains can not

It should be obvious by now that a car or truck stands little chance against a train if they collide. Yet drivers still seem willing to risk just such a collision. After a train last week clipped the pup trailer on a loaded logging truck in Menominee Township, Menominee County Sheriff Kenny ...

Expert: UP needs to be marketed as a region

A top economic developer from the Twin Cities told Upper Peninsula business officials last week that the U.P., with its substantial natural resources assets, should be marketed as a regional package. “Every region has to be authentic and unique into itself and its solutions, but there’s ...