Our View: Confused?

Do you feel confused about what is required to be safe during this pandemic? We don’t blame you. If you listen to all the voices out there, confusion is the likely outcome. This is a good time to listen to doctors and epidemiologists, and block out everyone else. The good ones will tell you what they don’t know as well […]

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are seeking information on a male fawn shot illegally Wednesday, west of Rose City in Ogemaw County.

OGEMAW COUNTY— Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are seeking tips on a white-tailed fawn that was shot illegally Wednesday near Rose City. Conservation officers were contacted directly by a concerned citizen. A homeowner and her young children were shocked when they returned home Wednesday afternoon and found the deceased fawn. Conservation Officer Kyle Bader performed a necropsy on […]

Tentworms and Gypsy Moths frustrating homeowners in Oscoda County

OSCODA COUNTY— Forest tent and gypsy moth caterpillars have hatched in Oscoda County in recent weeks and the species have caused damage to trees and manmade structures including homes, decks and porches in the area. The two caterpillars are often confused but do have significant differences according to an article by Bruce Smith for the website eHow. “The gypsy moth […]

Tri Town fire department and United States Fire Safety Service to educate area youth in fire prevention

OSCODA COUNTY— Dave Stenzel, chief of Tri Town of Tri Town Fire Department, announced the fire department is continuing a commitment to fire prevention. As part of this commitment, the department is organizing its annual Fire and Burn Safety Program for the children of Mio. Over 319 youngsters, ages five through 12 will receive educational fire prevention materials created and […]

Governor Whitmer Extends State of Emergency

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic until July 16. In doing so, Governor Whitmer joins nearly every state in the country in maintaining a state of emergency to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This executive order will allow her to continue taking action to […]

23rd Circuit Court

Recent activity in the 23rd Circuit Court in Oscoda County resulted in the following: March 9, 2020 Michael Anderson Vann, 27, of Mio for domestic violence: sentenced to 93 days in jail, credit for 43 days in jail, 50 days to be served, $985 FC. June 10, 2020 Rocky Andrew Leon-Cress, 30, of Mio, for allowing a suspended person to […]

Michigan agency: Moving firewood can spread invasive species

LANSING (AP) — State officials are reminding Michigan residents as the summer camping season begins not to transport or move firewood because doing so can spread invasive species to other locations. Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says new infestations of invasive pests or diseases pose a serious threat to the state’s agriculture, forests and the environment. Invasive species […]

State park visitors again will need pass starting Monday

LANSING (AP) — Michigan state parks will resume collecting admission fees Monday after a three-month break because of the coronavirus. The recreation passport costs $12 when renewing a license plate registration through the secretary of state or $17 at park entrances. The cost is lower for motorcycles. The pass is valid for one year or until the current vehicle registration […]

Did you know?

John Adams, a staunch supporter of American independence and a representative for Boston at the First Continental Congress, felt that, after America gained independence from Great Britain, July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate American Independence Day. July 2nd was when the vote for independence took place. July 4, 1776 was when the Declaration of Independence was […]

Benson: Voters need clear choices of how to vote in pandemic

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s chief election officer said she is cautiously optimistic about preparations for the 2020 elections amid the coronavirus outbreak, emphasizing the state can avoid failures seen elsewhere by giving people clear choices of how to vote absentee or in person. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said her office has so far recruited at least 2,000 workers for […]