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Editorials

Make sure seniors are OK during shutdowns for virus

The rise of COVID-19 has Michigan and Wisconsin canceling classes both in public schools and colleges and advising people remain apart as much as possible. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer now has ordered all restaurants and bars be closed to dine-in customers, effective at 3 p.m. today, to ...

Never too late to spread goodness

It’s not too late. Heck, it’s never too late to do good. Friday was a special day for that, Spread Goodness Day, launched by local resident Anna Dravland but reaching much farther than just Superiorland. This nonprofit event inspires a global day of simple goodness by encouraging ...

Effects of virus start to be felt here

So is it panic? Or prudence? The cascading decisions this week to close down schools, colleges, large public gatherings, entertainment and sports venues to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19 have both been praised and criticized. By late Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had moved to shut ...

Red Cross urges giving blood amid coronavirus concerns

The American Red Cross has raised another concern about the outbreak of coronavirus in the United States: a potential blood shortage. Cold and flu season already has hampered blood donations. With the rise of coronavirus, the number of people eligible to give blood for patients in need could ...

DCHS taking steps to deal with virus

As the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak evolves, hospitals and health systems know our patients and communities are increasingly concerned whether and how the virus is spreading in communities. That’s why we are working closely with our federal, state and local partners to respond to this ...

Latest scam involves fake voicemails

Most people know to be on the lookout for phony emails — especially at work. Scammers can easily make messages that appear to come from anywhere — from the boss’s account to the office printer. But what about voicemail? Scammers now are using new voice-mimicking software to create ...

Reason to go to polls Tuesday

Many Upper Peninsula voters have good reason to go to the polls Tuesday, even if the field for the presidential primary has become somewhat diminished. For the Democrats, it’s basically down to former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont. On the ...

IM grad says congratulations on new hill record

Bouquet: Congratulations to the Iron Mountain Kiwanis Club ski jump organizers for another successful tournament. The new record jump of 472 feet brought back many memories of my attending the tournament in the 1940s and ’50s. Those were always exciting times for the community and it was ...

Women a growing part of VA services

This Women’s History Month, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center invites women veterans to continue making history with the department. “For the Department of Veterans Affairs, Women’s History Month means more than just celebrating our women veterans — it means making sure they’re ...

Teaching as a profession falling on hard times

There is a tired, shop-worn narrative that swirls around the area, region, state and nation that holds, approximately, people go into teaching because it’s a cushy job with great pay, plus you get your summers off. If it were true, we’d ask, why are fewer and fewer people actually going ...

BBB: Beware of rise in scams over cryptocurrency

Well, that didn’t take scammers long. Two years ago, cryptocurrency scams were just emerging as a problem on BBB Scam Tracker, mostly a subset of investment scams. The Better Business Bureau didn’t add cryptocurrency as a scam category until 2019. It quickly shot up to become the ...

Nothing personal behind FOIA requests

A recent Freedom of Information Act request for Kalkaska County officials’ emails, text messages, letters and memorandums about the point-of-sale septic inspections debate rang in at $396.90 for 95 pages. We appealed the $4 per page cost Dec. 18, which was denied, with a colorful ...

Sportsman’s Seminar event again a success

Bouquet: The recent event put on by the Rev. Kevin Sullivan, pastor of Family Baptist Church in Kingsford, along with his wife, Sandy, and all his staff was again a huge success. The annual Sportsman’s Seminar held last week drew many people of all ages and all enjoyed it. Displays and ...

St. Vincent appreciates help with IM food pantry

Bouquet: To all of the generous people of our extended community in Dickinson County and northern Wisconsin who help out St. Vincent DePaul throughout the year with donations of toys, food, clothing, time, monetary gifts, personal delivery of items, we say thank you. Your dedicated efforts to ...

Freeman says thanks for Valentine’s Day gifts

Bouquet: Freeman Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the employees at Family Dollar in Kingsford for their wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts to our residents. Our residents loved their gifts and it made a special day even more ...

Trenary Outhouse Classic offers fun amid the long winter

When speaking to people of a more southern climate, they often hear tales about our Upper Peninsula winters and wonder — don’t you have to be crazy to live up there? And maybe we are a little bit crazy… But we sure know how to have fun and make the most of it. The Trenary Outhouse Classic ...

Virus worries sparking a new wave of scams

As scientists try to gauge the threat posed by the new coronavirus spreading around the globe, Michigan officials are warning residents to watch for scams related to the disease. These scams include websites selling fake products, and fabricated emails, texts and social media posts used to ...

DNR reminds snowmobilers to ride responsibly

While the opportunity to take a snowmobile out this year appears to be waning, enough time remains that officials again are advising caution and safety when riding the trails. Three people died this weekend while snowmobiling in Wisconsin, bringing the total to 17 deaths for the season, ...

State doesn’t need an election holiday

Michigan Democrats seem to be forgetting that citizens now have more options to ease voting than ever before. Casting a ballot no longer has to wait to Election Day, so the idea that workers should get the day off to vote is obsolete. Still, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined the ...

A week to recognize those who practice family medicine

Most families have a specific physician or nurse practitioner they’ve perhaps seen for generations. But those who practice family medicine are becoming more scarce, leading to care shortages in some areas. This is Family Medicine Week in Michigan, as designated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, ...