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My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: MDCH awards $292,000 in Building Healthy Communities planning grants

My Town: MDCH awards $292,000 in Building Healthy Communities planning grants

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As part of continued efforts to promote community-based systems of care, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Building Healthy Communities (BHC) program recently awarded seven local health department more than $292,000 in grants to create three-year strategic plans to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases at the local level.

Montague leaders ask residents to run water


MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) - Residents in Montague are being advised to run their water by city leaders. The city's Public Works crews have already responded to 23 calls for frozen services.

When running water to keep pipes from freezing experts suggest running it at a small pencil lead size stream.


Rothbury man dies in garage fire


OTTO TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - An elderly Rothbury man is dead after a garage fire.

Oceana County deputies were called to the home of Jack Fielstra, 71, because friends and family who talk with him daily hadn't heard from him. Deputies arrived to find the home's unattached garage heavily damaged by fire. In the garage, they found Fielstra's body. Deputies believe that Fielstra was in and around the garage to blow snow.

Deputies believe the fire happened on Wednesday. Fielstra was discovered Thursday. No fire response was ever called.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

My Town: Muskegon-area students advance to HOSA state conference

My Town: Muskegon-area students advance to HOSA state conference

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More than 400 high school students went head-to-head at the Feb. 6 Region 6 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference, with 152 students earning medals and 330 students qualifying to advance to the Michigan HOSA State Leadership Conference. It is set for April 16-17, at the Grand Traverse Resort, Williamsburg.

The regional conference was held at the new Health Science Center at Baker College of Muskegon. Approximately 40 faculty, staff and students from the Baker College health sciences programs judged the 39 HOSA skills and knowledge events in the areas of health professions and emergency preparedness. The top 10 students in each event qualified to participate in the state conference.

Power restored to 2,300 customers in Oceana Co.


SHELBY, Mich. (WZZM) -- After one of the coldest mornings of the season, power has been restored to thousands of Consumers Energy customers in Oceana County.

The outage hit just before 5 a.m. Friday, affecting more than 2,300 customers around Shelby, New Era and Rothbury, according to Consumers Energy. It was caused by a wire snapping and falling onto power lines.

Power was restored to about 1,600 customers around 7:30 a.m. The remaining customers were back online by noon.

RELATED: Consumers Energy outage map

Most businesses in New Era were closed Friday morning and some were using generators to run heaters to keep pipes from freezing.