Editorials

Make sure to grill safely this summer

Now that the Upper Peninsula has had at least a taste of summer this past weekend, the impulse will be to fire up the grill, if it hasn’t happened already. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting ...

Father’s Day a great opportunity to quit smoking

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

Foster care an important service for children in need

Every child deserves a positive influence in their lives, and foster parents can be that role model kids need. Though May was Foster Care Awareness Month and we’re already a few days into June, that doesn’t mean you can’t think about becoming a foster parent. As a matter of fact, the ...

Leave fawns where they lay

It’s the annual time to remind residents of the region to leave the fawns they might find alone. The first week of June usually is near peak for fawns to be born in the Upper Peninsula. Like most prey species, deer tend to give birth at about the same time, a natural strategy that means ...

Anxious to see what new DNR office means

Last week came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth promoting. The new DNR ...

Schools must report bullying; it’s Michigan law

Laws are not optional. If they were, they’d be called guidelines. Yet a Lansing State Journal investigation showed the majority of mid-Michigan school districts are not following Matt’s Law, which requires all Michigan school districts to investigate reports of bullying and inform school ...

Bake sale a success for Alpha museum

Bouquet From Sharon Eaton, secretary/treasurer, Alpha Historical Museum: The Alpha Historical Museum would like to thank all the bakers and buyers in the community who once again contributed to the success of the annual bake sale. A special thanks to the Alpha Brewing Company for ...

A worrisome lack of young people pursuing teaching

A story that ran in the May 21 Mining Journal out of Lansing said only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend the job. On Sunday in The Mining Journal, Bryan DeAugustine, NICE Community Schools superintendent, wrote an op-ed in defense of a career in education. We agree with Bryan that ...

Packers legend Bart Starr will be sorely missed

Whether you are a Green Bay Packers fan, hate that team or don’t follow the NFL, you had to admire Bart Starr, the legendary quarterback who died Sunday at the age of 85. Did you ever hear anyone say a bad word about the man? Starr became a superstar under the tutelage of Vince Lombardi, ...

Judge Greeley will be missed, but his legacy will live on

On May 20, retired U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley was honored during an official portrait unveiling recognizing his retirement. When Greeley applied for the magistrate judge position in 1988, he was only 33 years old and became the youngest federal judge in the United States ...

Spring means be aware of rabies

An interaction with wildlife can seem like something magical, an experience akin to being in an animated Disney movie. With the advent of social media, such encounters have gone viral, even pursued with the goal of becoming an online sensation. But experts in Michigan warn against the ...

Remembering our nation’s veterans

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Lake Antoine help appreciated

Bouquet From Allison Lucier, Norway: The Lake Antoine Park Partners of Dickinson County would like to thank the volunteers who helped prepare the park for the upcoming camping season. A special thanks to the Menominee Range Gliders, the City Park Disc Golf Club, Dickinson County Correctional ...

Salmon in the Classroom a great addition to schools

It’s easier to understand how fish grow when you actually watch them. Throughout the school year, area schools have been participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program in which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides the fish eggs, and the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout ...

Ways to stay healthy, safe while swimming

Though the recent cool weather and high water conditions don’t exactly beckon going for a swim, the time likely will come when getting into the water will seem like a great idea on a hot day. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourages residents to ...

Lansing take note: Parents want better schools in Michigan

Michigan faces competing challenges that deserve lawmakers’ attention, from fixing the roads to reducing outrageous auto insurance rates. Parents in the state believe that improving schools is even more important, however, and that should serve as a wake-up call to elected leaders. A poll ...

DNR offers safety tips for National Safe Boating Week

With school almost over, the weather warming up and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many will begin enjoying Michigan’s more than 11,000 inland lakes and roughly 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. Saturday marked the start of National Safe Boating ...

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems a good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Appreciates county stepping up for lift station at meal center

Bouquet — Thank you, Dickinson County Board members, for allocating monies for the lift station at the Crystal Lake Community Center for the Meals on Wheels program. Thank you also to the drivers who deliver these meals rain or shine, ice or snow, on unplowed roads, sidewalks and driveways ...

Best to leave wildlife babies be

The annual springtime wave of downy hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals is close at hand. Some might already have young in nest or burrow. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the ...