Wheatland Township Park to get basketball courts & other improvements under grant

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is awarding Recreation Passport Grant Program (RPGP) development grants to both the City of Cadillac and Wheatland Township in Mecosta County.  The two grants total $90,000 in new projects for the 102nd District, including a playground at Lakefront Park on the shore of Lake Cadillac and basketball courts and infrastructure improvements at Wheatland Township Park. State House Rep.

AG Schuette continues fight against Asian Carp

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is continuing the battle to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Schuette announced yesterday that he has joined four states and an Indian tribe in legal action to force the Army Corps of Engineers to quickly develop and implement plans to permanently separate the Great Lakes from Asian carp-infested Illinois waterways. Schuette says this ecological disaster has been building for years, with no definitive action, and, he says, we need to permanently separate these two bodies of water as soon as possible.

Two people dead in Michigan from rare form of Meningitis

The federal government says two people have died in Michigan from a rare form of meningitis linked to tainted steroids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 20 people in the state have become ill in the outbreak. The Michigan Department of Community Health said late last week that four health facilities had received shipments of the steroids from the lab where the outbreak has been traced. The steroids were used to treat back pain.  (MRN)

Meijer to hire 12,000 seasonal workers for holidays

West Michigan retail store chain Meijer is going to add 12,000 jobs to their locations for the holidays. The Walker-based company says workers will be needed to meet demand at their locations in five states across the Midwest. Each store will average approximately 60 new employees as part of the plan. Those interested is applying for one of the jobs available can do so online at www.meijer.com. Prospective employees can also fill out an application inside the store.

Haworth to move 70 employees to its Big Rapids facility

Office furniture maker Haworth will be consolidating its facilities and moving as many as 70 employees from its Steel components plant in Holland to its facility here in Big Rapids. The announcement came Thursday by the West Michigan company. According to company officials the move will be made in phases through the end of March. In related news, the office furniture maker will be offering 400 employees severance packages and shut down its Douglas plant by 2014.

Dave Camp to undergo treatment for non-hodgkins lymphoma

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan announced over the weekend he has non-hodgkins lymphoma and will undergo treatment immediately. Camp says he discovered the large B-cell Lymphoma during a recent physical in its early stages. The Midland Republican's treatment will take place every three weeks over the next few months and will include a series of chemotherapy sessions. Camps said in a statement quote “In between treatments I will continue my work as a United States Representative for Michigan’s Fourth District and as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Osceola Co. resident arrested for meth lab

An Osceola County resident is in jail this morning on outstanding warrants after police discovered a meth lab at the residence where the suspect lived. Police say they received a tip about suspicious activity at a home on seven mile road and 90th Avenue in Evart. The Traverse Narcotics Team executed a search warrant this morning and found a working meth lab, one person was arrested. We'll have more information when it becomes available...

Stay hydrated... drink....chocolate milk?

With temperatures hitting record highs in Michigan this summer, experts say it's important to stay hydrated if you are working or playing in the outdoors. Dr. Rd Kornoelje Director of Sports Medicine at Metro Health In Grand Rapids, who says two of the best ways to hydrate are with water and sports drinks.   Kornoelje also recommends chocolate milk as a hydrating drink on a hot day, saying it has

Consumers Energy warns customers of bill payment scam

Consumers Energy is warning its customers to be aware of a utility-bill payment scam that's made its way to Michigan. Under the scam, a customer may be contacted in person, through fliers, social media or text messages.  The scammers claim that president obama will pay a person's utility bills through a new federal program. Customers are asked to provide their social security numbers or other personal identifying information in exchange for a bank routing number that will allegedly pay their utility bills.

Michigan Humane Society reminds pet owners to keep your critter cool

When the temperatures soar to triple digits, humans go for air-conditioning, cold beverages or a splash of cold water. Marie Sklaad with the Michigan Humane Society reminds pet owners, though, that animals can't cool themselves off. They need help. All pet owners, she says, need to make sure that a few things are in order to keep their critters cool like a constant supply of fresh cold water and an area of shade. Every year, sklaad says, she hears about animals perishing because they are locked inside cars during the hot weather.

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