LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering free materials to help teachers develop lessons on the state's animals and plants.

A new program called "Go Wild for Michigan's Wildlife" is designed for kindergarten through fifth grade. It offers lesson plans, posters and cards that introduce young children to wild animals.

"A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear" is for grades six through eight. Students can follow the bear's life cycle, biology and behavior and learn about how the DNR manages the state's bear population.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (AP)--   The 78-year-old Central School building in Iron Mountain is expected to be sold to a developer that plans to build senior apartments. 

The Daily News of Iron Mountain reports Tuesday that the Iron Mountain school board has approved a deal worth $445,000 with Commonwealth Development Corp. of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Six lots also are part of the agreement.

Thirty independent living units for people 55 and older are planned for the school building. Ten cottage-style homes would be built across the street.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A festival in the Copper Country this week aims to spark local interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. 

The Second Annual Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival is a partnership of local companies, universities and individuals committed to showcasing all facets of STEM in the Western U.P.  Activities include an art exhibit entitled “Layers of Superior” at the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center, the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers, Teen Science Night, Family Engineering Day, the Science Pub Crawl, and the MSU Science Theatre group.   

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has been honored for its commitment to student veterans. 

The university was recognized for helping student veterans transition from the military to college life through the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.  It places veteran resources representatives, or VRRs, on campuses throughout the state through a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan College Access Network. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Nearly two-thirds of students who enroll in Michigan universities earn a degree within six years, according to a state report. 

Just 36 percent graduate within four years.

The success rate for students at community colleges is lower. About 35 percent earn a two-year degree or a transfer to a four-year institution within six years of enrollment.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has adjusted next year’s tuition rates to comply with caps the state has set in its university appropriation guidelines.

Tuition will increase by an average of 4.2 percent for in-state undergraduates studying in the Houghton school’s most common academic programs.  Officials say the adjustment will maintain a balanced budget.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new report says Michigan lags the rest of the nation in math and reading proficiency for young children. 

The report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 71 percent of Michigan fourth-graders aren't proficient in reading and 71 percent of eight-graders aren't proficient in math. More than half of young children aren't in preschool.

The Baltimore-based foundation uses those measures to rank Michigan 40th in the nation for childhood education.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has restructured its flat-rate tuition program. 

LSSU cuts jobs

Jun 13, 2016

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Lake Superior State University has cut five positions from its employee roster. 

Officials say the June 8th action is the result of a $2 million structural deficit and trying to make the 

university more efficient.  LSSU President Tom Pleger gave an in-depth update to campus at an all-employee meeting May 12th. Employees had two weeks to share ideas with university leadership before decisions were finalized. 

The reductions affected both union and non-union positions. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University bookstore is going through some big changes. 

The store is transitioning to a Barnes & Noble, to be managed by Barnes & Noble College.  The company operates 748 campus stores nationwide.

NMU officials say the new bookstore will offer an in-store and online rental textbook program and a large selection of used, new, and digital textbooks.  It will also provide faculty with a streamlined textbook adoption platform.