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ONE YEAR LATER: Somber anniversary marked by state, local leaders

MARQUETTE — Several agencies and organizations have made note of the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan. The Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department issued an update on Wednesday on COVID-19’s impact on the four counties in the past year, noting it ...

Pandemic made 2020 the state’s deadliest year

LANSING — The coronavirus made 2020 Michigan’s deadliest year, driving a 17.9% increase in deaths over 2019, according to preliminary data. It was the largest annual percentage jump on record, surpassing a 15.6% increase in 1918, when the flu pandemic struck. More than 115,300 people ...

Whitmer, Bergman, Stabenow and Peters weigh in on $1.9 trillion relief bill

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet; U.S. Sen. Gary Peters D-Bloomfield Hills; and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, each released statements Wednesday regarding the passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Statements from each official are ...

Bill requires K-12 aid’s release after state’s delay

LANSING — A landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that won final congressional approval Wednesday includes a provision seeking to force states to allocate aid to schools quickly, following Michigan's delay in disbursing K-12 funding that was authorized in a previous round of coronavirus ...

Cafe Rosetta cleared to reopen, preliminary injunction lifted

LANSING — Cafe Rosetta is cleared to reopen after the Ingham County Circuit Court lifted the preliminary injunction against it Wednesday morning, potentially ending a dispute that saw the Calumet restaurant become a flashpoint in the state battle over COVID-19 restrictions. Owner Amy ...

Annual Alger County events adapt to pandemic

MUNISING — As spring approaches, Upper Peninsula residents have started planning for warmer weekends. While Munising and greater Alger County are popular summer destinations for U.P. residents and visitors alike, evolving COVID-19 regulations have led to some uncertainty surrounding the ...