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Editorials

A week to recognize Master Gardener volunteers in area

Bouquet: The Wisconsin Master Gardener Program just celebrated Master Gardener Volunteer Week. Master Gardener volunteers are an important part of University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension-Florence County. Volunteers make a positive difference in Florence County lives and surrounding ...

Precautions still needed to stem virus surge in Michigan

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for more than a year now, and Michigan — and the rest of the world — has gone through many phases, from getting personal protective equipment, wearing masks and social distancing to testing and now vaccinations. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a tough ...

Distracted driving can put yourself, others in danger

Glance at phone messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle? Even worse, try to respond? That’s not just illegal in Michigan — it could prove to be deadly. Law enforcement agencies in the state and across the country will try to make the dangers of such behavior clear this week ...

Drinking more than usual? So are a lot of other people

One of the significant and largely untold stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic relates to the amount of alcohol Michigan residents consume. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the average Michigander consumed nearly 956 alcoholic drinks in 2020, an average ...

Whitmer and lawmakers need to get it together

We were dismayed to see the headline in the March 27 edition of The News saying Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, had again vetoed $652 million in coronavirus relief as she and the Republican-controlled Legislature continue to battle over pandemic policy. Whitmer says the allocation ...

All of us must do part to stave off fourth virus surge

Philosopher George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It appears that many Americans are fitting the profile. President Joe Biden and a top health official warned March 29 that too many Americans are declaring virus victory too early. ...

Food pantry says thanks for support

Bouquet: To all the generous people in Michigan and northern Wisconsin who make our work possible: Thank you! Your dedicated effort to contribute financially, with food items and by volunteering your time in this problematic COVID-19 year are appreciated and very important to our mission of ...

Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide detectors save lives. That’s one of the messages of Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Month, which kicked off Thursday. “Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel,” said Orlene Hawks, ...

MSP correct in program to become sensitive to autism

Give the Michigan State Police credit for trying to get ahead of addressing calls for service that may involve a person with autism. It’s called Action for Autism and it’s a program which provides training on autism awareness and equips officers with calming bags to carry in their patrol ...

Leave young animals alone in the wild

As signs of spring arrive, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds the public to give baby animals plenty of space. Each spring brings a new generation of wildlife. While you’re enjoying the sights of the season, allow wildlife to raise their young while you watch from a ...

State can’t further delay guidance on spring graduations

Walking across the graduation stage and the formalities of that ceremony are an important gateway to adulthood. Last year, the pandemic threw those events awry and threaten to again, if the state’s restrictions stay in place. Schools and universities have no clear guidance on what Gov. ...

Presence of virus variant a cause for concern in the UP

These past couple of weeks, we have been blessed with what seems to be an early wave of spring — but it has been accompanied with another cause for concern. Additional cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in Marquette County by the Michigan Department of Health and ...

Grant appreciated at Light at the Inn

Bouquet: Recently, Light at the Inn was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Dickinson Area Community Foundation. This grant will be applied to our 2021 programs to enable us to supply emergency housing, meals and further assistance to the people in Dickinson and Iron counties who may find ...

Thanks, 100-Plus Women, from Cancer Loan Closet

Bouquet: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to thank members of the 100-Plus Women teams who donated this quarter to our organization. With the pandemic still front and center in the lives of our community, the DCCU’s fundraising ability has still fallen ...

Yarn — lots of yarn — looking for a good cause

Bouquet: A reader in the Iron Mountain area recently contacted The Daily News looking to donate yarn — “a lot of yarn” — that she’s accumulated over the years but no longer can use due to health issues. She would prefer to see the yarn go to a group that produces items for charity. ...

Benefits of having a family physician recognized this week

Chances are you grew up with a family physician who saw you as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. But family physicians are more scarce these days, as ...

Michigan needs better child care, as soon as possible

Even during the COVID-19 crisis, child care remains a concern. It has ramifications for Michigan’s economy, child care providers and the working families on which they rely. A recently released report from the Michigan League for Public Policy titled “Child Care Financing Reform: A ...

Munising News ending 125-year run in Alger County

We note with sadness the apparent end of The Munising News, a weekly which has served Alger County for 125 years. Owners Willie and Nancy Peterson announced the paper and the Alger County Shopper, as well, will be ending their runs this month. Willie Peterson has been in the news business ...

Tornado drill set as Michigan marks Severe Weather Week

Though some snow still lingers and substantial ice remains on area lakes, signs of warmer times to come already have appeared in the north with several days of temperatures in the 60s. It also means chances will rise in coming weeks for dangerous storms as spring advances. With that in ...

NMU could lead region, state on carbon neutral plan

Northern Michigan University has long been cherished as an institution that affords its students, staff and faculty a wide array of academic and research opportunities in a pristine location that offers a wealth of natural beauty and chances to recreate. However, a changing climate threatens ...