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Editorials

NMU handing out Naloxone kits very appropriate

Northern Michigan University officials are out front — appropriately, we believe — in action they took last week in the never-ending battle against opioid overdoses. Some 72 kits of Naloxone, a nasal spray that is used to reverse the effects of opioids, were handed out, courtesy of a ...

Red Cross thanks businesses for Sagola support

Bouquet: Your local Red Cross would like to thank the following area businesses for their generous donations that helped provide food, water, coffee and shelter to the volunteers who served the First Responders at the accident in Sagola on Monday. The Randville Bar and Grill suppled 12 pizzas ...

Campaign to ‘Drive Sober’ yields results

It would appear a 20-day, stepped-up effort to enforce the rules of the road in Michigan had some success. Law enforcement officers from 93 police departments, sheriff’s offices and Michigan State Police posts increased patrols across the state during the end-of-summer Drive Sober or Get ...

GOP must focus on Michigan first

Republicans arrived on Mackinac Island last week to begin planning for what promises to be their toughest battle in decades: reclaiming the ground they lost in last year’s election, preserving their influence in Lansing and helping President Donald Trump repeat his unexpected 2016 win in ...

State education budget a good place to start

Although it seemed to satisfy few, the budget underwriting state support for public schools was approved by the Michigan Legislature late last week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has complained the funding was insufficient to the needs districts face, is expected to sign the measure into ...

Need to heed lights, gates at rail crossings — and stay off tracks

Today, the Wisconsin State Patrol has partnered with local law enforcement agencies across the state to enforce laws and help educate travelers on the dangers associated with disregarding rail crossing signs and gates and trespassing on railroad property. Sponsored by Operation Lifesaver and ...

New state police mobile app has practical uses

Just when you thought you had loaded every possible mobile app onto your smartphone that you could possibly want or need, the Michigan State Police have another one you might consider. And unlike what a lot of people have on their phones now, which often are little more than time and battery ...

Final Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of year starts today

Bouquet As summer gives way to fall, volunteers will soon fan out along Michigan state roadsides looking for trash during the year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup. Thousands of volunteers in the popular Michigan Department of Transportation program will be picking up litter today through ...

Heating credit appreciated but sum is modest

It may not be a whole lot of money but a fair number of Michigan households — 288,000 to be exact — are in line to receive an out-of-the-blue payment from the state government this month. The money, $22 per household, will be paid to those which received Home Heating Credits in 2018, ...

Time again to get that flu shot

It’s almost autumn. Days grow shorter, trees are turning color. More mornings and evenings carry a chill. Birds are headed south. Another sign of the season: Flu shots are returning in the region. A number of area sites will offer annual flu vaccinations, beginning at the end of this ...

Village wrong to ban all holiday-themed civic decorations

Bah, humbug. That is the phrase to sum up the Village of Shorewood’s proposal to ban all religious decorations or displays that could be portrayed as secular from public displays. This stemmed from discussion about a menorah being put on public display in a park. At that point, the ...

NMU continues trend of growing its overall enrollment

There was positive news recently from the campus of Northern Michigan University. NMU continues to buck state and national trends by growing its overall enrollment, something most colleges and universities only dream of these days. According to the school’s all-important 10th day enrollment ...

A week to focus on safely transporting children in vehicles

This week aims to emphasize making sure the youngest and smallest of travelers are properly secured in vehicles. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning reminds parents and caregivers about keeping children safe as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which extends through ...

Thanks to Girl Scouts for ‘Cancer Care Backpacks’

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president, Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, Kingsford: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to thank Girl Scout Troop No. 5190 for thinking of our cancer clients. These Girl Scouts gave of their time and money to assemble ...

Whitmer going after vaping industry in state

With the number of serious health cases approaching 500 nationwide related to vaping, we believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on the right track in banning flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on ...

VA Medical Center recognizes Suicide Prevention Month

In Suicide Prevention Month, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is bringing awareness to the #BeThere campaign by encouraging community leaders, colleagues and veterans’ families and friends to help prevent suicide by showing support for those who may be going through a difficult ...

Remembering 9/11 on the 18th anniversary

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Eagle Mine life extension good news for area

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree. Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in ...

MSP’s IM Post looking for ‘angels’

Are you willing to serve as an angel in the community for those looking to break away from the demons of addiction? The Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post seeks volunteers to assist with the Angel Program, which allows individuals struggling with addiction to walk into any post and ask ...

Predators thank area businesses for snack support

Bouquet From Denise Lind-Bruemmer, Niagara, Wis., Northern Elite parent council member: The Northern Elite Predators Football Team recently ran its second-annual Snack Drive. The team consists of a co-op of three schools, Niagara, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine and Goodman-Armstrong Creek. They meet ...