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City in Michigan ranked the No. 1 coolest place in U.S. with lowest cost of living

City in Michigan ranked the No. 1 coolest place in U.S. with lowest cost of living

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy KALAMAZOO, MI - A national publication has just ranked Kalamazoo as the number one coolest city in the entire United States with the lowest cost of living.The , a lifestyle content publication, which listed the West Michigan city ahead of places like Savannah, GA, Knoxville, TN and Huntsville, AL.To come up with its top 10, PureWow says it cross-referenced data from the with some qualitative analyses, meaning, what is there to do in these places. How are the restaurant, entertainment and art scenes? The publication wanted what it says was the happy middle of...

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Michigan is state that is most interested in online gambling, sports betting, data says

Michigan is state that is most interested in online gambling, sports betting, data says

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Nearly one month after it went live, it appears Michigan has been loving online gambling and online sports betting.More than any other state if the internet chatter is to be believed.According to the online gaming and gambling industry site , which tracked geotagged tweets, hashtags, direct keyword phrases, and general interest in online gambling in each state using trends software, Michigan is more interested in online gaming than any other state.RELATED: More than 110,000 tweets with hashtags like #onlinegambling, #onlinebetting, #onlinebets, #onlinecasino,...

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In raw numbers, COVID-19 has been the deadliest event in Michigan history

In raw numbers, COVID-19 has been the deadliest event in Michigan history

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy As the United States surpasses a half-million deaths from COVID-19, many are attempting to put the death count into context.Here’s a bit of context for Michiganders: The current pandemic has been the deadliest event in state history, at least in raw numbers.Michigan reported its first coronavirus death on March 18 last year. In the 11 months since, the state has recorded 16,343 COVID-19 deaths, which includes 15,362 confirmed by a positive COVID-19 test and 981 probable deaths based on symptoms.That’s the equivalent of wiping out the entire population of...

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Lions’ Dan Campbell doesn’t care who thinks he’s a meathead

Lions’ Dan Campbell doesn’t care who thinks he’s a meathead

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ALLEN PARK -- Dan Campbell has seen what they’re saying about him after that press conference the other week. He’s heard it all. He knows some people, especially people outside of Detroit, just think he’s a meathead.He doesn’t mind.“I said this to Chris (Spielman) the other day, I was like, ‘I love the fact we’re only known as meatheads,’” the new Detroit Lions coach told MLive in a recent interview. “I’m a meathead? I have limited brain capacity? I like (that people think) that. I’m good with that, you know what I mean? I have zero problem with it.”And why...

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Kalamazoo Community Foundation ends membership with Southwest Michigan First over misalignment of ‘values and vision’

Kalamazoo Community Foundation ends membership with Southwest Michigan First over misalignment of ‘values and vision’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is the latest organization end its membership investment with Southwest Michigan First, citing a misalignment of values and vision.Southwest Michigan First has taken heavy criticism after the regional economic development nonprofit hired former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield as its CEO last week.Related: Chatfield, who served as a Republican in the House for 6 years, has taken fire for his policy stances while in the legislature, including in 2019 when he said he would not allow civil rights legislation...

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Another wolf hunt? Republicans push to open season on Michigan wolves

Another wolf hunt? Republicans push to open season on Michigan wolves

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy LANSING, MI — Republican state lawmakers want Michigan to hold another hunting and trapping season for gray wolves in the Upper Peninsula after the federal government during the final months of the Trump administration.Sen. Ed McBroom, a Republican who represents the western U.P., and Sen. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, introduced a resolution Thursday, Feb. 18, that urges the state to organize a hunting season this year because there’s “no statutory requirement or precedent” to delay one.The resolution, , was promptly scheduled for a natural resources committee...

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Use this 1742 recipe for ‘jugged hare’ to eat like Michigan’s pioneers

Use this 1742 recipe for ‘jugged hare’ to eat like Michigan’s pioneers

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Want to try something new for dinner? Why not eat like Michigan’s first colonists did?The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently shared a recipe for small game from 1742. “Jugged hare” was a common meal among early European colonists in North America and, of course, Michigan.Jugging referred to the way the meat was cooked: sealed in a jug or pot that was placed in a pot of simmering water, usually for a long time, creating what is essentially a low-tech crock pot.Traditionally the dish was made with bacon, butter and seasonal spices like thyme,...

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Another ‘Panhandle Hooker’ snowstorm will skim Lower Michigan’s highly populated areas

Another ‘Panhandle Hooker’ snowstorm will skim Lower Michigan’s highly populated areas

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A storm system coming from the south-central U.S. will bring a mature snowstorm into the Great Lakes region. The southeast half of Lower Michigan will be on the northern edge of the meaningful snow.The storm center will pass a few hundred miles too far southeast of Michigan to put the heaviest swath of snow in Lower Michigan. For those of you wanting winter to be over, that’s a little helpful. For those of you rooting for the big snow, keep rooting because this storm probably isn’t it.We meteorologists have always called these storm centers that form over the...

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Dead people voted, Shirkey claims, despite debunking from Michigan election officials

Dead people voted, Shirkey claims, despite debunking from Michigan election officials

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, claimed in a radio interview Tuesday that dead people voted in Michigan’s November election, but not enough to change Michigan’s results.Shirkey made the comment in a with ’s Greg O’Connor. It was one of his first interviews since the Hillsdale County Republican Party released a recording of a meeting with Shirkey where he called the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol a “hoax” that was “prearranged.”In the Tuesday interview, Shirkey said Trump lost Michigan by more than 150,000 votes, adding that he lost in...

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Feb 16
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Drone videos show frozen Lake Superior harbor as rare skating rink

Drone videos show frozen Lake Superior harbor as rare skating rink

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy MARQUETTE, MI – The harbor around Marquette’s iconic ore dock froze into a flat, glassy ice-skating rink this week in a rare occurrence brought on by extremely cold temperatures without much snow.Hundreds of people slid into their ice skates and trekked out onto the smooth and tranquil Marquette Lower Harbor for a bit of winter wonderland fun this week, several drone videos show. Some adventurers brought hockey sticks and pucks while others had kites and sailboat-like contraptions.“With COVID, we’ve been so isolated,” local photographer and Marquette native who...

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Police uncover remains believed to be those of missing Portage couple

Police uncover remains believed to be those of missing Portage couple

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Update: PORTAGE, MI — After more than three days of searching around the clock, police believe they have located the bodies of missing Portage couple Gary and Laura Johnson.A search that began Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the couple’s home, in the 2300 block of Romence Road, moved to an area of Gourdneck State Game Area, off U.S. 131 in Portage, near Angling Road and Vanderbilt Avenue, late Thursday night.Related: With the help of a cadaver dog marking a location, crews began excavation in the game area Friday.“As of the last couple hours, we were able to confirm that we...

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Satirical billboard south of Michigan border calls Whitmer ‘Indiana businessperson of the year’

Satirical billboard south of Michigan border calls Whitmer ‘Indiana businessperson of the year’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A sarcastic digital billboard located in Indiana near Michigan’s southern border names Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the 2020 “Indiana businessperson of the year.”Steve Swick, who owns Angola, Indiana-based with radio stations in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, as well as billboards that rent for nearly $1,800 per month, has been taking jabs at the Michigan governor and what he perceives to be her overly burdensome coronavirus safety restrictions since April, but it’s his latest foray into political satire that’s captured the most media attention, he said.The...

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Feb 17
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Michigan quietly extended 25% restaurant capacity limit, 10 p.m. curfew through March 29

Michigan quietly extended 25% restaurant capacity limit, 10 p.m. curfew through March 29

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Michigan restaurants could be stuck at 25% capacity with a 10 p.m. curfew for another month, after the state cloaked an extension of the restrictions earlier this month Restaurants were allowed to reopen inside starting Feb. 1, with the new restrictions expiring Feb. 21. But when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced changes Feb. 4 to allow contact sports to resume, the new order also quietly extended the restaurant restrictions to March 29.“She did it under the radar, but we were aware of it,” said Charles Owens, Michigan director of the National Federation of...

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Audit confirms Michigan’s election results were accurate, state says

Audit confirms Michigan’s election results were accurate, state says

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy An audit of more than 18,000 random ballots confirms Michigan’s election results were accurate, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Friday in a news release.Clerks from 1,300 municipalities across Michigan hand counted ballots for the audit. The results from the audit statewide and in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties were within one percentage point of the November totals.“This statewide audit process affirms what election officials on both sides of the aisle have said since November – that Michigan’s election was conducted securely and fairly, and the...

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Backed by dune law, Lake Michigan township vetoes beach armoring

Backed by dune law, Lake Michigan township vetoes beach armoring

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy HARBERT, MI — Ellen Sobczak doesn’t like boulder revetments.But she and her husband, Michael, a Chicago anesthesiologist, shelved that distaste when they saw how close an eroding bluff had come to their Lake Michigan home last spring in Harbert, a small lakeside community in Berrien County near Sawyer once home to poet Carl Sandburg.“It was just so shocking,” said Sobczak. “It turned us both from anti-revetment and thinking that this would run its course to feeling like we really had to do something to prevent our home from sliding down the dune.”Worried about...

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Saddiq Bey’s rookie-record night lifts shorthanded Pistons over Celtics

Saddiq Bey’s rookie-record night lifts shorthanded Pistons over Celtics

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The Detroit Pistons traveled to Boston without three of their big men, but rookie forward Saddiq Bey stepped up in a huge way.Bey scored 30 points, the most in his brief career, and sank all seven of his 3-point attempts Friday, in a 108-102 victory over the Celtics at TD Garden.Bey established a team rookie record for 3-pointers made in a game. He is just the fourth Pistons rookie to score 30 or more points in a game in the past 35 years. Bey also led the team with 12 rebounds, which was important since the Pistons, in the second game of a back-to-back, were...

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Holland restaurant ignored ban on dine-in service, judge says in upholding suspended license

Holland restaurant ignored ban on dine-in service, judge says in upholding suspended license

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy HOLLAND, MI – A judge upheld the suspension of a restauranteur’s food license after she stayed open in violation of a state dine-in ban intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.The owner of Marlena’s Bistro & Pizzeria in Holland also failed to require workers and customers to wear masks and to socially distance, Administrative Law Judge Lauren Van Steel said in a written opinion Thursday, Feb. 11.She rejected a request by restaurant owner Marlena Pavlos Hackney to dissolve the suspension.The judge ruled after a hearing earlier this month in which Allegan County...

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$60K found hidden in woman’s sanitary pads at Detroit Metro Airport

$60K found hidden in woman’s sanitary pads at Detroit Metro Airport

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ROMULUS, MI – A woman attempting to board a flight to Amsterdam was caught with more than $60,000 in undeclared U.S. currency that she tried to hide in her sanitary pads.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized the money at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Feb. 3.According to a news release, the passenger initially told CBP officers that she was carrying $1,000, however further inspection of her baggage revealed bundles of cash inside envelopes, concealed in packaging used to house sanitary pads.Officers seized the money because the passenger was...

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Michigan judges can’t stop medical marijuana use by probationers, court rules

Michigan judges can’t stop medical marijuana use by probationers, court rules

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Registered patients previously barred from using medical marijuana while on probation may now light up, .“This opinion says the law is the law,” said Komorm, who represented the appellant in the case, “and we’re going to make the ruling that the Medical Marijuana Act and the card associated with the patient protect them from ... penalty of any kind.”It’s taken 13 years, but Michigan courts are finally fully recognizing the rights instilled by the 2008 voter-passed Medical Marijuana Act, said Farmington Hills-based defense attorney.In Komorn’s opinion, although...

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84 years ago today, Flint Sit-Down Strike forced GM to recognize UAW

84 years ago today, Flint Sit-Down Strike forced GM to recognize UAW

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy FLINT, MI -- Eighty four years ago today, Flint auto workers ended a 44-day long sit-down strike after General Motors agreed to a one-page contract that recognized the United Auto Workers as their bargaining agent, giving birth to the union movement in the United States and around the world.The settling of the strike on Feb. 11, 1937, did not give the UAW everything it demanded, but it did provide exclusive rights for six months to organize in other plants and gained an assurance from the company not to discriminate against the strikers who were returning to...

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Wolf that left Michigan’s Isle Royale has had amazing 2-year journey, GPS data shows

Wolf that left Michigan’s Isle Royale has had amazing 2-year journey, GPS data shows

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy ISLE ROYALE, MI – Two years ago this winter, after an arctic blast had frozen the surface of Lake Superior between Isle Royale and the Canadian mainland, a 4-year-old female wolf walked to the edge of Michigan’s most remote island after sunset. She took a few steps onto the ice … and kept going. About 15 miles later, the 70-pound wolf who sported a distinctive black fur mantle across the back of her tan coat, , her GPS tracking collar showed.And with that one freezing, unexpected walk on Jan. 31 2019, the wolf known as W003F largely took herself out of the...

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Election witness Mellissa Carone launches state House bid to end mail-in voting

Election witness Mellissa Carone launches state House bid to end mail-in voting

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Mellissa Carone, a software contractor who preached unproven claims of a stolen presidential election, is seeking a Michigan state House seat to end universal absentee voting.Carone’s exuberant testimony as a witness for Rudy Giuliani during a state oversight committee hearing inspired a cease-and-desist letter from Dominion Voting Systems and a viral Saturday Night Live parody. The 33-year-old Republican created a and fundraising website this month to pursue Michigan’s 46th District seat in 2022.The district, currently served by term-limited Republican John...

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Michigan Democratic Party calls on Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey to resign

Michigan Democratic Party calls on Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey to resign

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy LANSING, MI - The Michigan Democratic Party made it clear what they want Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s to do next:“Resign.”The party called for the Clarklake Republican to step down after calling the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. a “hoax” in a meeting with Hillsdale County Republican Party leaders.“We have one message for , who amplified and repeated lies to undermine our democracy, openly met with militia groups and gave them messaging advice: Resign,” wrote the Michigan Democratic Party on Twitter. “His rhetoric...

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24% of Michigan adults say they don’t plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, Census survey shows

24% of Michigan adults say they don’t plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, Census survey shows

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy An estimated 24% of Michigan adults age 18 and older say they are unlikely to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new U.S. Census survey.That includes 14% who say they “probably” won’t get the vaccine; 9% who say they “definitely” will not, and 1% who have received one dose but say they are not planning to get the second dose.Vaccine hesitancy is more common among women, people under age 55, Black residents and those without a four-year college degree, the survey results show.Conversely, 68% said they “probably” or “definitely” will get the...

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Get paid $3K to create art on this remote Michigan island for 3 weeks

Get paid $3K to create art on this remote Michigan island for 3 weeks

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy RABBIT ISLAND – Artists looking for inspiration from Michigan’s natural beauty are invited to apply for a unique residency program in the Upper Peninsula.Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Rabbit Island Residency Program in which artists can get paid $3,200 to live and work on Rabbit Island for three weeks.The remote, 91-acre forested island in Lake Superior is located three miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and is home to bald eagles and thriving lake trout and salmon populations.Three residencies will be awarded for between mid-June...

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