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LANSING – The sun was already perched high above Lake Huron when I stepped through the mayfly-covered screen door of the keepers’ quarters, down three creaky steps and into my first day as lighthouse keeper at Tawas Point in Iosco County.

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EAST TAWAS – Mayor Bruce Bolen, who ran unopposed; Councilmember Blinda Baker, Councilmember Molly Collier, and Councilmember Joseph Kolts were sworn in as members of the East Tawas City Council at the regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 21.

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TAWAS CITY – In an unanimous vote during their Nov. 21 meeting, the Tawas City Council adopted a resolution in favor of the 2023-2027 parks and recreation plan.

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EAST TAWAS – On Monday night, Nov. 21, the East Tawas City Council room was filled with local property owners who expressed their opposition to the proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance #359. The public hearing and first reading of the ordinance took place during the Council’s regular meeting.

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TAWAS CITY – In a motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Brian McMurray, and supported by Councilwoman Jackie Masich, the adoption of a marijuana ordinance for Tawas City was narrowly passed by council members at their Nov. 14 meeting.

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TAWAS CITY – The Iosco County Veterans Affairs Office (VA) could be getting a new home, one that is better suited for the public to come and go, with the authorization by the Iosco County Board of Commissioners for the department to put in an offer on a Tawas City building.

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HALE – The Iosco County 4-H program recently held its annual 4-H Awards and Recognition program to mark the end of another successful 4-H year. This year marked the 74th anniversary of the Awards Banquet and 4-H members, families, volunteers, and supporters gathered at the Plainfield Townshi…

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EAST TAWAS – The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) held its annual meeting on Nov. 3, to celebrate its members and their commitment to the community, to one another and to the Chamber, to help achieve “Prosperity in Business” and “Strength in Community.”

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HALE – All 346 students who attend Hale Area Schools came out on Veterans Day to honor veterans in their community. Superintendent Jeff Yorke, who is new to his position, welcomed veterans, students and community members to the annual event held in the high school gymnasium.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments in February over a legal challenge by six Republican-led states to the Biden administration student borrower relief plan. Until the arguments are heard and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction […]

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Public employee pension systems are some of the largest financial liabilities on state government balance sheets. The 50 states have over $4.5 trillion in cumulative pension liabilities combined, roughly double the amount all 50 states spent in fiscal 2020. For years, state pension systems were woefully underfunded in much of the country, but according to […]

With a month still to go in 2022, a recent analysis found there were more than a hundred incidents nationwide targeting drag performances. GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization, released what it is calling “the first comprehensive count and analysis” of increased threats, protests and violent action against specific drag events. In all, […]

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The votes in more than 600 precincts across Michigan will be recounted after an Oakland County man filed paperwork Wednesday alleging “fraud or error” in balloting for voting and abortion rights proposals that were approved by voters on Nov. 8. The petitions, signed by Jerome Jay Allen of Bloomfield Township, make disproven claims about software […]

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LANSING – An undercover sting operation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula resulted in the arrest of a local man for seeking out an officer posing as an underage girl online for sex, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

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WEST BRANCH – According to District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2), Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is spreading quickly in its four-county region.

MIDLAND – Loneliness is a serious issue than can affect the physical and mental health for many older adults. During the COVID-19 pandemic, community members faced an increase in social isolation, according to officials at MyMichigan Health.

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After a year off due to COVID-19 concerns last year, Perchville USA returned to the Tawases for its 71st annual rendition. This video is of the Perchville parade on a sunny Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2022 taken in downtown East Tawas, Michigan. It was a balmy 10 degrees out when the parade re…