MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is getting a $450,000 grant to increase the study of Native issues in the social work curriculum. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Houghton County Memorial Airport is getting funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the grant Thursday. The airport is using the $1,629,463 to rehabilitate the runway and apron, and purchase snow removal equipment.

Airport Manager Dennis Hext says the grant will allow them to improve safety, help support jobs in the region, and keep the airport a dependable hub for air travel.  

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has received federal funding to expand a program that pays private owners to let the public use their land for hunting.  

The $951,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the DNR take the Hunting Access Program to the northern Lower Peninsula.

The program started in 1977 in southern Michigan, where most land is privately owned.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A collaborative effort led by Northern Michigan University to monitor coastal hazards along Lake Superior has received a $100,000 grant.  

The Great Lakes Observing System gave the money to NMU and partners the Superior Watershed Partnership and environmental consulting company LimnoTech for two observation buoys.  One will be placed near Munising.  Another, more portable buoy will monitor wave activity along several stretches of lakeshore, including Granite Island Light Station, Grand Marais, and Whitefish Point.

MILWAUKEE, WI (AP)--   A $500,000 grant appears headed to a group with ties to Republican insiders that's lobbied for less regulation of iron mining and development in wetlands. 

The United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation formed in January. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports it was the only applicant for a scantly noticed grant to promote hunting, fishing and trapping. The group has no record of its own in outdoors training.

A special panel reviews the application Thursday.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is getting $3.5 million to support substance abuse prevention efforts for young people.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says Wednesday its Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services has been awarded the three-year grant. The money is to help address underage drinking among those ages 12 to 20, and prescription drug misuse and abuse by those ages 12 to 25.

Michigan was among a number of states to apply for the funding.

MUNISING, MI--   Munising Memorial Hospital is benefiting from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. 

The hospital will use the $50,000 to purchase and install digital mammography equipment.  Officials say it will increase their capacity to serve the local community.

The money comes from the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. 

The grant was announced by Senator Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  The committee has jurisdiction over rural development projects. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency has received a grant for the "Get Ready, Get Reading" AmeriCorps program.  Marquette mayor John Kivela announced the grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service on Friday.