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Michigan Hospitals Restrict Patient Visitors In Wake Of Widespread Flu

Michigan hospitals are restricting visitations to protect vulnerable patients from the flu. All Beaumont Health hospitals, Ascension Michigan hospitals, and the McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey have set new rules restricting who can visit patients during the 2019-2020 flu season. To visit patients, visitors must be healthy, must be at least 12 years old, […]






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Ghosts on Main Street: January-Marion Michigan

Lake in December 1979. Marion’s gigantic, long time trademark water town was demolished. Riverside Electric employees on he picket line in March of 1971. Marion’s giant fiberglass Santa was purchased by Bronner’s and left town in 1979. This week we look at a sampling of January news from the pages of our Marion Dispatch/Marion Press […]






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Civics and Kurds Need More Consideration

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist It’s time to bring back “civics” as a required course in our high schools. I propose “civics” or home economics, as some might want to call it, because so many millennials and teenagers have no clue as to how to balance a checkbook, or what the three branches of government […]






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Gonna Do In The New Year

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist Well, the hoopla is over and it’s time to get going on all of those things you’ve set aside for winter. You know what they are. I don’t have to remind you of all you’ve postponed and ‘saved’. Chances are these projects are the same ones from last […]






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Whats Coking?

Carol Cope Cooking & Recipes What a beautiful day we have with sun and some more warm temperatures.  Wonder how long this will last and are we going to pay for this in February??  All we can do is hope for the best and live with what we get…. I hope that the people that […]






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May I Walk With You? New Year

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com Wow! It’s hard to believe that its 2020. It’s January and if you haven’t taken an assessment of the past year, its ups and […]






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Tiny Houses Could Relieve Northern Michigan’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Tiny houses could fill the gap in affordable housing in Northern Michigan. According to the Crawford County Avalanche, local developers have proposed to build tiny houses on two parcels of land near downtown Grayling to help combat Northern Michigan’s affordable housing crisis. Preliminary plans for the development were recently presented to the City of Grayling’s […]






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New Novi Auto Show Fills Void For Metro Detroit Dealers

The new Southeast Michigan Auto Show in Novi welcomed 20,792 car enthusiasts over the weekend. Featured vehicles at the auto show included model year 2019 and 2020 vehicles along with historical and classic cars. Although ticket saleS numbers haven’t been released, the director of marketing and public relations for the auto show, Frank Novak, says […]






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Bring Out Troops Home!

Mike Wilcox Mike’s Musings Columnist Here’s a worthy New Year’s resolution. How about our federal government remove American troops from Afghanistan? I’ve never understood this war, or conflict the government calls it. It began in 1998 when we began shelling the Taliban, but technically the start date was 2001, in response to the 2001 World […]






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New Year, New Decade

Julie Traynor Postcards from the Pine Columnist The new century is coming of age. We are no longer toddlers in a new millennium, but young adults soon to be of voting age. We have apparently become comfortable enough with things in the new century. We all heaved a sigh of relief when the Aztec calendar […]






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