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Midland one of top places for the middle class

CNN Money recently noticed a couple of mid-Michigan communities on its various annual rankings, including listing Midland as a desirable location for the middle class.
Excerpt: It's no surprise to people who live in Midland that the county is on top, the only community in the state to be ranked in CNN Money's top places for the middle class…
Midland county earned the spot for its low crime rate, cleanliness, and its strong local business base.
The whole article is online here.
Source: MINBCNews.com

Bay City makes "most affordable cities" list

Bay City is one of the most affordable places to live in the country, according to CNN Money, based on home prices.
Excerpt: CNNMoney has named Bay City among the top 10 most affordable small cities in the country, but with the recent uptick in development, including Mill End Lofts and Uptown Bay City, Mayor Chris Shannon said that title may not stick for long.
The rest of the story can be found here.
Source: Mlive.com

Madonna birthplace marker gains steam

Bay City will be putting up a marker to recognize the birthplace of Madonna, sooner than later, with a more permanent effort to follow.
Excerpt: An effort to install a sign recognizing Bay City as the birthplace of Madonna moved forward this week, with city and civic leaders brainstorming ideas on how to use the Queen of Pop’s name to attract visitors to town.
Led by Bay City Commissioner Christopher Girard, 6th Ward, eight people met at Bay City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to discuss what such a sign should look like, where it should be installed and how soon it could go up.
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Source: Bay City Times

Midland company making snow for Olympics

SMI Snow Makers in Midland has a new base of operations for the time being--Sochi, Russia, as the company helps keep the needed snow on the ground for skiing events. 
Excerpt: A Michigan company is helping to create the snow for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Midland-based SMI Snow Makers is involved in snowmaking and design of the Rosa Khutor Resort, the site of the alpine, snowboard, freestyle and cross country competitions. 
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Source: Mlive.com

Saginaw contestant eliminated on American Idol

While some Michigan contestants on this season of American Idol are still in the game, Saginaw's competitor Sikenya Thompson sadly isn't one of them.
Excerpt: Saginaw's Sikenya Thompson made it through the dreaded "American Idol" group round despite falling sick before the performance.
But Thompson's luck did not last as judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. decided on 30 finalists during shows airing Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 13, on FOX.
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Source: Mlive.com

Folk songwriter from Bay City releases first full-length album

Jeff Yantz may be a well-known name among Michigan folk fans, but strangely, he's never yet released a full-length album. That oversight is now fixed with his latest release.
Excerpt: Bay City troubadour Jeff Yantz has been purveying folk pop for years, but 2014 is the one marking the release of his first LP.
"That’s the All of It" is the followup to 2011’s five-song EP "Dance in the Rain," the debut record under Yantz’s own name.
More on the story can be found here.
Source: Mlive.com

CMU class studies zombies, apocalypse

If you're obsessed with The Walking Dead (which we totally understand), a new class at CMU might make you think; at least that's what one professor hopes. 
Excerpt: A Central Michigan University faculty member is bringing philosophy and religion to life by incorporating the undead into her lesson plans.
Kelly Murphy’s class, “From Revelation to The Walking Dead,” explores apocalyptic themes in ancient texts as well as in contemporary media. 
For the rest of the story, read more here.
Source: Mlive.com

Midland schools rank in top 50 in new report

Mid-Michigan schools overall didn't do so great on the recent Bridge Magazine rankings, but Midland Public Schools is a notable exception.
Excerpt: In Saginaw and Midland counties, one district ranked in the top 50 Michigan public schools districts in Michigan, according to a new Bridge Magazine report.
Midland Public Schools is an Academic State Champion, ranked at 47th among Michigan’s 540 school districts.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Mlive.com

Saginaw teenager makes hundreds of blankets for kids in need

Nothing's better when you're feeling down or sick than a warm, cuddly blanket and a helping hand--both of which are being provided to children in need by a 14-year-old from Saginaw.
Excerpt: A love for the Charlie Brown movies and a desire to help the community led 14-year-old Bryanna Maturen to create hundreds of blankets for children in need.
The Saginaw teen was searching for community service opportunities when she found Project Linus, an organization that provides blankets for children who are in hospitals, seriously ill or traumatized.
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Source: Mlive.com

Mount Pleasant named an entrepreneurial city

It's official: Mount Pleasant is a great place for small businesses and startups, at least according to a recent study. 
Excerpt: Better known statewide for being the home of Central Michigan University, the city was recognized as one of the most entrepreneur-friendly cities in Michigan in an annual eCities study. Mount Pleasant is one of eight in the state to be recognized for fostering economic growth.
The rest of the story is online here.
Source: CM Life

Michigan's own weather-forecasting woodchuck refuses to leave house

You might look to the East Coast's Punxsutawny Phil for his annual Groundhog's Day prediction of more winter, or if you're more optimistic, the South's General Beauregard Lee, who says it'll be an early spring--but it would probably be smartest, around here, to ask Michigan's own Woody the Woodchuck.
Excerpt: Michigan’s weather-prognosticating woodchuck has made her annual Groundhog Day prediction. Well, sort of.
During today’s ceremony at the Howell Conference and Nature Center, Woody refused to leave her house, signalling six more weeks of winter.
The whole story can be found here.
Source: The Detroit Free Press

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum celebrates one-year anniversary

It's hard to believe it's been a year since the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum opened its doors. The children's museum isn't resting on its achievements so far, though; it's already planning a new expansion.
Excerpt: Continuing to provide the community with new, hands-on activities and volunteering opportunities, the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum is planning an expansion one year after its opening.
Through the use of funding from private donations from companies like Charter Communications and Isabella Bank, the Discovery Museum was able to finish construction on Dec. 28, 2012. Since then the museum has seen a steady increase in memberships and would like to expand in the near future.
The whole story is online here.
Source: Central Michigan Life

Bay City taking suggestions for new street name

The development Uptown Bay City is ticking right along, and a part of the process is coming up with a name for the new street along the development. If you want to weigh in, read on.
Excerpt: Brownhoist Avenue? Dockside Way? How about Sunset Boulevard?
Those are just a few ideas that the public has offered up to name the street closest to the Saginaw River at the new Uptown Bay City site. SSP Associates, the developer for the $50 million project, is asking fans of its Uptown Bay City Facebook page for creative street name suggestions.
The rest of the story can be found here.
Source: Mlive.com

Saginaw angler reels in surprise sturgeon

Lake sturgeon have been the focus of a lot of conservation effort across the Great Lakes, so the news of two separate ice fishermen in Saginaw catching them this winter has interesting implications.
Excerpt: While ice fishing for walleye in the Saginaw River earlier this month, Dave Tanney didn’t expect to pull a 61-inch prehistoric-looking fish from the depths of the river.
But he did. Tanney of Belding is the second angler this winter to report catching a live sturgeon on the Saginaw River or Bay.
For the rest of the story, go here.
Source: Mlive.com

Former Great Lakes Loon Kershaw signs record-breaking contract

Clayton Kershaw is making news in the sports world for his giant contract he just signed with the L.A. Dodgers, but for Great Lakes Loons fans, there's an additional level of love.
Excerpt: Former Great Lakes Loons star Clayton Kershaw signed a record $215 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to mlb.com.
The contract is for seven years, but Kershaw has an opt-out clause after five years.
The average annual value of $30.714 million breaks the record annual salary in baseball. 
For the whole story, go here
Source: Mlive.com
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