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Editorials

Mental health support available amid tough year

A new federal grant will help the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration continue a crisis counseling program for Michigan residents experiencing mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1.9 million Regular ...

Regional Blood Center grateful for blood drive support

Bouquet: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Taydch’s Family Market and First Lutheran Church for helping coordinate the blood drive in the month of August. As a result of their efforts, we collected 43 pints of blood. I would also like to thank all the ...

Learn to ‘Be There’ during Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants to remind veterans and their loved ones through the Be There campaign that small actions can make a big difference to veterans experiencing difficult times. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron ...

‘Dark stores’ affects all communities

By now, many people have at least heard of the “dark store” theory. The practice — which entails “big box” stores using the Michigan Tax Tribunal to lower their property taxes by 50% or more in some cases — has been going on for more than a decade. For example, Marquette Township ...

State seeks election help on Poll Worker Recruitment Day

The Michigan Department of State is encouraging anyone interested in serving as an election worker to sign up to be part of Michigan’s Democracy MVP campaign in celebration of National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, which was Tuesday. With the coronavirus pandemic, the ranks of election ...

Help children in their fight against cancer — give blood

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 15,000 children and ...

Be wary of callers who claim to be from Social Security

Yet again, local residents need to beware of scammers trying to get their Social Security number or other personal information. This time, robocalls in the area claim the person’s Social Security card has been fraudulently used. The call then provides a number to call to supposedly rectify ...

Hope Starts Here Challenge a great way to give back

Bouquet: When a person is diagnosed with a brain tumor, it can be a life-changing situation that impacts many facets of life for the person and their loved ones. Due to this, Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center — a collaboration between Northern Michigan University and UP Health ...

Census is important, so get counted before it’s too late

Regardless of when the U.S. Census gathering ends — either September or October, at this point — the clock is ticking to get your information filled out and submitted. Why is that important? Hundreds of thousands of dollars in the region are at stake over the next 10 years if the area ...

Delta County bust: Puppy mill horror must be stopped

Puppy mills are horrific places and if anyone needs proof of that, they should visit the Delta Animal Shelter’s Facebook page and look into the face of a dog recently rescued from a suspected local puppy mill. It began with troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone post checking on ...

Know the rules on where to place political signs

With candidates now set and the Nov. 3 general election not all that far away, time for some reminders on what can — and can’t — be done with political signs. Rules include: — Signs adjacent to county roads must be a minimum of 14 feet from the outside edge of the road’s ...

Absent voter ballot application period begins in Michigan

The application period to request an absent voter ballot for the Nov. 3 general election opened Thursday and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson encourages voters to sign up to vote absentee and return their ballots as early as possible. “With a record-breaking number of absentee ballots cast ...

US Postal Service changes coming at the wrong time

It’s safe to say the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin fall solidly in the category of rural America. For this region, a strong U.S. Postal Service is a vital necessity, beyond just getting subscriptions and bills, much less absentee ballots. So reports of cutbacks in the USPS — ...

Thanks to station attendant for finding dropped hearing aid

Bouquet: On Monday, Aug. 17, I purchased gas at the Krist station across from the Midtown Mall. On my way in, I was putting on my mask when one band broke, causing me to remove it. At the time, unknowingly, I also lost my hearing aid in the parking lot. After arriving home, I discovered the ...

Additional jobless benefits better than getting nothing at all

There is some additional relief on the horizon for Michigan residents — not what many were hoping for but still better than nothing. Michigan has applied for federal funding to provide an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic — less than the $600 ...

Hope for the best, expect the worst

The news shouldn’t have been a surprise to any of us. But the arrival of the inevitable doesn’t make the cancellation of the fall high school football season any less devastating for players, coaches and parents. It’s also a foreshadowing of what we can expect as our children return ...

Immunization is power to protect

Vaccines are proven to protect people from serious diseases at every age. During National Immunization Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services urges talking with the family’s health care provider to ensure all are up-to-date on recommended vaccines. National ...

State of Michigan, others providing free face masks

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is putting her masks where her mouth is, so to speak, in rolling out a new component of the Mask Up Michigan effort. The state, in conjunction with several other entities, will provide up to 4 million face masks to Michigan residents who want and need them. Low-income ...

August is Child Support Month

The Michigan Child Support Program strives to help families support each other both financially and emotionally. In recognition of tireless efforts to support Michigan children and families by child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners, Gov. ...

First-ever virtual livestock auction a success in IC

Bouquet: The Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council would like to thank the following buyers who purchased a market livestock animal at the 2020 ICYMLC virtual auction Aug. 7: Pat Sommers, Sommers Sausage; AutoDoc; Darrell Danell Construction; Simbob Heating and Cooling; Williams Redi-Mix; ...