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Northern student critical following fall at Presque Isle

MARQUETTE, MI-- Marquette Police have released the name of a man who fell off a cliff at Presque Isle Park on Friday. Officers and the city fire department responded around 8:30 p.m. to the area of Pirate’s Cove. They say Maxwell Hardy, 18, of Kewaskum, Wisconsin, was trying to climb down the cliff to the water when he fell 20 feet to the rocks below. Hardy was with a group of friends, who removed him from the water. Fire department personnel extricated Hardy from the area using a Stokes...
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Sale of land to Marenisco Township approved by DNR

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP, MI-- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is selling six acres of land at the Presque Isle River Dam flooding area to Marenisco Township. The DNR spent $126,000 to replace corroded gates at the dam and repair a steel beam that broke in spring 2013 flooding. The Michigan Department of Conservation built the dam on the West Branch of the Presque Isle River in 1958 to provide waterfowl and fish habitat. The Gogebic County Board managed the dam. But in 2002 it failed...
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The greater sage grouse is a peculiar and distinctly Western bird. It's about the size of a chicken and about as adaptable as the dodo bird, which is to say it's not very adaptable at all — at least not in a human-driven time scale.

In biological terms, the greater sage grouse is perfectly adapted for its habitat: the rolling hills of knee-high silver scrub that's sometimes called the sagebrush sea. It's the oft-forgotten parts of the fast-changing West; The Big Empty, as settlers used to call it.

So if you add up all the college costs that students and parents probably didn't plan for — the stuff that isn't tuition and room and board, how big is that number? The National Retail Federation estimates that, this year, it will total $43 billion. That's a hard number to grasp so let's break it down to one family — mine.

With our daughter now beginning her fourth and hopefully final year in college, here's one thing I've learned: No matter how much you plan to spend, it won't cover everything. Not even close.

This has been a banner year for employees seeking greater paid parental leave.

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The title tells all: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. Author Linda Hirshman's joint biography of the first and second woman to serve on the nation's highest court is a gossipy, funny, sometimes infuriating and moving tale of two women so similar and yet so different.

Sandra Day O'Connor, raised on a western ranch and a life-long Republican who cut her political teeth as majority leader of the Arizona Senate, was named to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1981.

Stories about how Amazon and Google want to deliver packages using drones have gotten a lot of attention. But in fact, some 1,300 businesses and individuals have already received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for commercial purposes — everything from selling real estate to inspecting utility lines. But their operators are worried that recreational drone users who have been flying their vehicles near aircraft may spoil the party.

The viruses that cause the common cold are always lurking. But consider this: Even if we touch a doorknob or keyboard that's covered in cold germs from an infected person, we don't always catch the cold.

"Sometimes when we're exposed to viruses, we end up not getting sick," says Aric Prather, a psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies how our behaviors can influence our health.

In less than 24 hours, Valerie Davidson has 50 people coming to her house for dinner.

She had planned to catch and cook enough salmon for the main course. But early in the morning, Alaska opened the Kuskokwim River to commercial fishing, which means subsistence fishermen like her can't fish on it.

So Davidson and I are in her bright orange 1983 Chevy pickup stalking the "free fish" container where state biologists deposit their test catches after conducting studies after each high tide.