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Editorials

Support local, UP nonprofits on GivingTuesday

From Ontonagon to St. Ignace and everywhere in between, nonprofit organizations are hoping to kick off the season of giving on a strong note. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their ...

Drive with care on roadways as winter conditions set in

With a few autumn 2020 snowfalls already seen in parts of Michigan, the state Office of Highway Safety Planning has launched its winter driving safety campaign to remind drivers to slow down and use caution when traveling on slick and snow-covered roads. Of the more than 1.5 million total ...

Cooking tips for a safer Thanksgiving

With an increasing number of Michigan residents staying home for Thanksgiving as part of the largest decrease in seasonal travel since the Great Recession in 2008, many folks may be trimming the turkey on their own for the first time. While staying home is the safest thing you can do this ...

The most vulnerable should stay in place this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this COVID-19 pandemic year will be unlike what most of us have ever experienced. Starting with the “we gather together” part. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday offered some celebration guidance for vulnerable populations to ...

Now is not the time to panic buy again

When the first round of COVID-19 shutdowns and stay-at-home orders came down this past spring, it triggered an unusual response: people begin buying up toilet paper, along with other products they suddenly deemed “essential.” The result was bare shelves that forced some shoppers to go ...

Health care workers the true heroes in age of pandemic

Bouquet: Recently my sister and I were able to view up close the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice when our mother, Char Johnson, passed away. She was 91 years old and had been at ManorCare Health and Rehabilitation Center for several years. Her final illness was complicated by COVID-19, as ...

Grateful for chance to serve on Breitung board

Bouquet: Thank you to all Charter Township of Breitung residents for allowing me to serve on the Board of Trustees for the last six years. Your support has been gratifying, and I will fondly remember my time serving the best township in Michigan. Thanks also to my fellow board members and to ...

Work together to combat virus surge

COVID-19 is surging again, a disappointing development but one to be expected as cooling temperatures move people into closer indoor quarters and communal events — Halloween, the election — invited larger gatherings. Hospitals across the state say they are filling up with virus patients ...

Iron Mountain VA encourages vets to leave smoking behind

Today is the Great American Smokeout, the annual effort that encourages and offers support to smokers to make a plan to quit smoking. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging veterans to take that first step today to improve their physical and mental health by combining ...

Looking for the 90K Yoopers at risk to develop diabetes

If you knew you could make lifestyle changes to prevent or delay getting a very serious and expensive medical condition, would you do it? An estimated 100,000 Yoopers live with prediabetes — 1 in 3 adults and 50% of seniors — and 90%, or 90,000, don’t even know it. Prediabetes is the ...

Remember to buckle up every trip, every time

To remind everyone about the importance of buckling up, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning has launched a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that runs through Nov. 29. “Three out of four people ejected from a vehicle in a crash will die,” said Michael L. Prince, ...

App a valuable tool as virus cases rise in state, region

With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan as a whole, it is critical to have tools that help individuals and health officials track the spread of the virus. These tools can take many forms, but this past week the state of Michigan announced the statewide rollout ...

Grateful to all who helped after deer hits his motorcycle

Bouquet: On Sunday night, Oct. 11, I was involved in an accident on Breitung Avenue near the Kingsford Post Office. A deer came out of nowhere and broadsided me while I was riding my motorcycle. I was going within the speed limit and not driving recklessly. I don’t remember anything about the ...

State offers services to help vets, military families find jobs

As the state celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month in November, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity continues to expand and enhance services it provides to support veteran career-seekers and Michigan businesses. A new feature on Pure Michigan Talent ...

AAA to motorists: Don’t veer for deer

With nearly 550,000 hunters preparing to head out for the start of the firearm deer season, it is important to remember that over 43% of vehicle-deer crashes occur in Michigan during the months of October, November and December. In 2018, 42% of all vehicle-deer crashes occurred in the ...

Prepare homes, vehicles for winter weather

Warm weather in November was nice while it lasted, but winter weather is rapidly approaching. Encouraging residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed this Winter Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan. Severe winter weather poses health and ...

Michigan electorate comes through with high voter turnout

Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain about Michigan residents — we know how to make our voices heard, even in the face of a pandemic. More than 5.5 million people voted in Michigan’s presidential election — the most ever and the highest percentage of voting-age residents to ...

Listen to your heart for a healthy and successful deer hunt

Opening day of firearm deer season is just around the corner. The last thing you want to do is spend it in a doctor’s office — or worse, the emergency department — because of heart problems. The excitement of the hunt alone can increase your risk for heart attack, which is why Aspirus ...

Top 10 hunting violations during firearm deer season

As Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers gear up for the 2020 firearm deer season, they are expecting that this year’s higher hunting license sales will mean more new and experienced hunters in the woods. Here’s a list of the 10 most common hunting violations that ...

Time to check those carbon monoxide alarms in the home

As winter draws near and homes are shut up and sealed against the chill, it’s time to consider safety steps against the risk of carbon monoxide gas. “Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur almost anywhere and I hope Michiganders take this time to prepare and prevent this life-threatening ...