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Recall involving crock pots

Sunbeam Products is recalling nearly one- million crockpots sold by retailers including Amazon, Target and Walmart after roughly 100 people were burned — some seriously — when the lids blew off.

 

A notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission says the recalled Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked, causing the lid to suddenly come off in use, posing burn risks to consumers.

 

Sunbeam has received 119 reports of lids detaching, resulting in 99 injuries ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns.

 

People who have the crockpots should call Sunbeam Products to get a replacement lid.

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Three week ban on in-person restaurants and bars being challenged in federal court

The three-week ban on in-person dining at restaurants across Michigan is still in place for another week, and now it's being challenged in federal court.

 

A hearing will be held today as the restaurant association says the restrictions on bars and restaurants violates state law as well as the interstate commerce clause of the constitution, but the same judge denied bars and restaurants a restraining order previously.

 

The judge hinted that the state health department may have more authority in times of a pandemic than the governor had when the state supreme court found the governor could not limit bars and restaurants earlier this year

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Suspect crashes vehicle after running from deputies in Mecosta Co.

A man pulled over for a traffic violation in mid Michigan's Austin Township, west of Mecosta took off Sunday afternoon and then crashed.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office reportedly says he was driving a stolen car .

 

The 33-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids for non-life threatening injuries.

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Police in Mecosta Co. looking for retail fraud suspect

 

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Mecosta County Sheriff Office is looking for the public's assistance in identifying the male in the photo. 

 

He is wanted for questioning in related to two separate incidents at businesses last evening in the City of Big Rapids and Big Rapids Township.   

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Brian Miller of the BRDPS at 231 527-0005, or Deputy Andrew Duddles of the MCSO at 231 592-0150.

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MHSAA announces plan to finish fall sports tournaments

It looks like the Reed City High School Football team may have a chance to continue its playoff run as the MHSAA announced plans to finish fall sports tournaments on Wednesday. 

 

High School sports practices will resume December ninth if the state Health Department lifts the latest restrictions as planned. If the Health Department allows practice to resume, the High School football playoffs would continue December 15th and 16th with the finals at Ford Field on December 28th and 29th.

 

Volleyball finals would be played on December 19th. Swimming and Diving finals would be conducted December 22nd and 23rd.

 

Under the current plan, practice for winter sports would start December ninth, with the first games planned for January 4th

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Fall tournaments suspended; winter sports put on hold according to MHSAA

The latest restrictions will be affecting high school sports.

 

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended its Fall tournaments, including football and volleyball. In addition, all winter practices and games, which were scheduled to start over the next three weeks have been suspended.

 

The association's Executive Director says he understands the need for action, and will look at options to complete the fall sports tournaments when the restrictions are lifted.

 

The association will be assessing all sports over the next three weeks in hopes of coming up with a plan for future seasons

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Gov. Whitmer issues three week restrictions in order to combat COVID-19 surge in Michigan

New restrictions are in place in Michigan as state leaders try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Sunday evening, Governor Whitmer announced a three-week pause in some activities. A graph from the Michigan Health Department says from November 18th, which is this Wednesday, thru December 8th, high schools and colleges will be remote only.

 

School districts will be able to choose between in-person or remote learning for pre-k thru eighth grade classes.

 

Restaurants and bars will be closed except for outdoor dining, carryout or delivery. Casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys and ice rinks will be closed. Stores, hair salons, gyms, health care offices and other personal car facilities will remain open.

 

Family gatherings are limited to two different families and only ten people.

 

The Governor said if aggressive action isn't taken, Michigan could have one-thousand deaths a week in the coming weeks.

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Coyotes & Stags to Square Off for District Title

Reed City and Kingsley, both unbeaten, will square off at 7 p.m. Friday night at Reed City High School in the MHSAA Division 5 District 1 championship game. The game is a rematch of last year's district semifinal, when Kingsley knocked off the Coyotes 48-36.  

 

Both teams feature highly potent running attacks. Reed City is led by its quartet of seniors, Landen Tomaski, Alex Wirgau, Payton Hansen and Noah Jones. Against a much larger Kingsford team last week, the Coyotes managed to run for 358 yards. Jones led the way in the 32-14 win, scoring three times and gaining 159 yards. 

 

The Coyotes also had success through the air last week. Quarterback Isaac Williams hit Seth Jackson for an acrobatic 26-yard touchdown. Jackson was one of eight Coyotes to be named First Team All-CSAA Gold. Williams was the Coyotes' lone honorable mention selection. 

 

Other Coyotes named to the division's first team were Joe Shewan, Chaz Davis, Teddy Cross, Wirgau, Hansen, Jones and Dylan Schebil. Schebil was on crutches during the Coyotes win over Kingsford, so his status for Saturday is in doubt. 

 

Starting center Kyle Crusan left the game in the fourth quarter last week with an injury. If both he and Schebil are unable to play against the Stags, expect Logan Ringler and Kaiden Burgess to step in. 

 

Kingsley has a solid stable of backs as well, led by Aidan Shier, Owen Graves and Connor Scheuller. Each of the three had long touchdown runs in the Stags' win over Gladwin. Graves led the team in rushing with 154 yards while quarterback Evan Douglass completed 5-of-7 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. 

 

Neither team throws the ball much, however they'll struggle given the talent in the opposing secondary. Jackson is arguably the area's best safety when it comes to athleticism, while Kingsley's Jayden Inthisone picked off three passes last week. 

 

The winner of this one will be the team who plays the cleanest game. Both squads know exactly what they want to do and rarely deviate from their game plans. For that reason, limiting turnovers and controlling the time of possession becomes paramount. 

 

Whichever team keeps the ball the longest will likely hoist a trophy when the dust settles. 

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Spectrum Health Hospitals update visitor policy amid increasing COVID-19 cases

Another Michigan hospital system is changing its visitor policies as the number of coronavirus cases skyrocket.

 

Spectrum Health says effective today, adult patients will not be allowed to have family members or visitors with them unless they have cognitive impairment or need significant assistance with day-to-day activities.

 

Staff at the hospitals will work with those patients to develop virtual visits. Exceptions include labor and delivery patients who will be allowed one visitor, ICU patients can have one visitor between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., surgical patients can have one visitor in the waiting room and pediatric patients are allowed two adult family members.

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House fire in Big Rapids leaves one man dead

A 58-year old man is dead following a fatal house fire in Big Rapids.

 

It happened early Tuesday morning at a residence on Sanborn.

 

Investigators say when firefighters arrived to the scene they were notified not all residents where accounted for.

 

Fire crews were able to extinguish a lot of the fire, when they arrived inside in the home they contained the rest of the fire and located a 58-year old man in a back bedroom of his apartment.

 

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

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Construction students complete shelter structure in Big Rapids' Brutus Dog Park

Dog owners in Big Rapids can now stave off a soaking or other weather-related issues during visits to the Brutus Dog Park, thanks to a 304-square-foot structure recently installed by Associated Construction Students from Ferris State University.

Junior Jay Janutol, of Troy, is the ACS chapter president, who said crews of six to eight students took part in the installation the weekend of Oct. 9-11, followed by the last round of work on Friday, Oct. 16. The Janutol, a Construction Management major, said the gazebo on posts has a roof that peaks at 11 feet high, with corrugated metal to keep out rain and frame the structure.

“The east and west sides are open to the elements, but there are sliding Plexiglas windows on the north and south sides of the gazebo, which should accommodate several dog owners and their pets if there is a sudden change in the weather,” Janutol said. “The plans were drawn up by an Architecture student several years ago, and the city’s Civil Engineering Technician Cody Wyman approached our registered student organization to take up the project.”

 



Janutol said a variety of sponsors provided materials to build the gazebo. The organization received a positive reaction to its work, based on comments during the students’ first weekend on-site. Big Rapids City Manager Mark Gifford, a Ferris alumnus, said that this project meets a significant need for park users.

“There are many people at the park each day, both year-round city residents and students from Ferris, who bring their pets,” Gifford said. “At one point a few years ago, those residents who were bringing their dogs in the winter had a makeshift shelter in place. We are so thankful that the Architecture program presented the original design. It is wonderful that the ACS students were willing to see this through and put the structure in place before the season changes.”

“This was originally supposed to be taken up last Spring, but as with many things, the COVID-19 pandemic set the work aside,” Janutol said. “We would be interested in using our talents in the construction of another structure at the park, but our next volunteer project will find us working on a build at the New Hope Center homeless shelter in Cadillac, yet this month.”
Gifford said that many people and their pets should benefit from this collaborative effort.
“It shows the immeasurable value that Ferris presents in our community,” Gifford said. “I know that the users of Brutus Dog Park are ecstatic about what has been put in place.”

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High powered offense meets stifling defense Saturday when Reed City hosts Kingsford.

Reed City looks to secure its first District Championship game appearance Saturday when it takes on Kingsford. The Flivvers will be making a 370 mile drive from the Upper Peninsula to try and knock off the unbeaten Coyotes. 

 

The Coyotes, who have revived the punishing run game of years past in the form of a four-headed monster, come into Saturday's MHSAA Division 5 District Semifinal unbeaten and averaging 46 points a game. The Flivvers, who enter the game at 4-2, have allowed just over 10. 

 

It will be a battle in the trenches. The Flivvers have plenty of size all over the field, including on the defensive interior. Elliot Johnson, a two-way tackle, stands 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, making him a tough matchup. The Coyotes will attempt to counter that with a front five that has had a lot of success over the course of the season. 

 

The Coyotes hold the advantage in the backfield. Led by four seniors, Noah Jones, Landen Tomaski, Payton Hansen and Alex Wirgau, the Coyotes have run the ball at will against its first seven opponents. It may be difficult to run between the tackles against the physical Flivver offensive line, however Reed City can run wild if it is able to get to the edge. 

 

Offensively, the Flivvers are led by Michael Menguzzo. Coach Mark Novara has plenty of weapons at his disposal, including running backs Carter Kreski and Ben Rumpf and lanky receivers Hunter Bilgreen and Zachary Person. 

 

Both Person and Bilgreen stand above 6-feet tall, which spells trouble for the Coyote cornerbacks Tomaski and Isaac Williams. The size is a weakness, however Tomaski and Williams are good enough athletes to be competitive. Additionally, safety Seth Jackson has been outstanding in pass coverage this season. 

 

The Coyotes should be fine against the run, as the front seven has been good all year long. Teddy Cross is as good a defensive lineman as they come, and the duo of Wirgau and Hansen stops runners from getting to the secondary. 

 

Reed City may not win the battle of size Saturday afternoon. However, the Coyotes have more than enough athletes to win this game. It will be more competitive than last week's rout of Cheboygan. Yet, coach Scott Shankel should have his team ready for this test. 

 

This will be one of the better games in Division 5 this week. It's only fitting that there is a trip to the district championship game on the line. 

 

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Brower County Park Expanding Off-Season Recreational Opportunities

The Mecosta County Park Commission finalized a plan during their October 20 th meeting to expand off-season operations of Brower County Park.

 

Beginning Friday, November 6th Brower Park will open the gates to allow access to the deep-water channel boat launch, boat trailer parking areas and parking areas for use of the Brower Park Loop portion of Michigan's Dragon Trail at Hardy Dam.

 

Park Superintendent Jeff Abel stated, “Barriers are in place to keep vehicle traffic isolated to only these areas of the park, however foot traffic is welcome throughout the entire park and campground areas.” This operational change is expected to be a tremendous expansion to the off-season opportunities offered by the Mecosta County Park Commission.


The change will allow for trail visitors, boaters, shoreline fisherman and ice fisherman to experience portions of the park that were previously closed during the non-camping season.


Superintendent Abel stated, “We are really excited about expanding our operations to provide this opportunity for county residents and visitors to the area with intentions to have these changes become the permanent operating standard for Brower Park. This change is in line with where the Park Commission is focused by prioritizing park amenities and opportunities for county residents above and beyond the camping opportunities currently available within the
county parks.”


Vehicle permit fees of $7 per day are required for access and can be paid by utilizing a fee pipe and off-season payment station being installed within the park. Mecosta County Parks annual vehicle permits are valid with no additional payment required to use the facilities.


Additional off-season recreational opportunities offered through the Mecosta County Park Commission include rustic camping at Tubb’s Lake and Haymarsh State Game Areas, day use of the White Pine Valley Recreation Area, parking with access to the White Pine Trail and Muskegon River in Paris and day use access at Davis Bridge County Park.


For additional information on the Mecosta County Parks visit www.MecostaCountyParks.com or contact the parks administration office at 231-832-3246. For additional information on Michigan’s Dragon Trail at Hardy Dam visit www.thedragon.us.

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Biden and Trump making final pitches in Michigan

The countdown is on to Election day with Congressional, state and local candidates making their final push for votes.

 

While there have been a record number of absentee ballots cast, voting will continue through eight o'clock tomorrow (TUES) night.

 

Both President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden campaigned in Michigan over the weekend. President Trump is scheduled to hold rallies today in Traverse City and Grand Rapids.

 

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she is expecting more than five million votes in the election. 2.7 million absentee ballots have already been cast.

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Houghton Lake teen suffers minor injuries following rollover accident in Mecosta Co.

A 17-year old driver from Houghton Lake came away with minor injuries following a rollover accident in Mecosta County on Sunday.

 

Deputies say it happened on US-131 near 22 mile Road.

 

That's where a 17-year old female driver was traveling and lost control of her vehicle on the icy roads and overturned.

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids.

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