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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.
For the whole story, click here.
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

Michigan Notable Books named for 2014 include links to mid-Michigan

One of the must-read books on the Michigan Notable Books list for mid-Michigan residents has to be Tear Down: A Memoir of a Vanishing City, which is about Flint and its transition toward being a new kind of town.
Excerpt: The Library of Michigan today announced the 2014 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books celebrating Michigan people, places and events.
"Michigan is rich in talented writers, history, and resources," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. "Our Notable Books for 2014 express the wonderful variety of character, tone, and flavors that are purely Michigan."
The whole list is available online here.
Source: The Library of Michigan

Clare's Cops & Doughnuts offers up celery & carrot treats for New Year's dieters--no, not really

To counteract the slowdown bakeries see in January as people try to eat more healthily, Clare bakery Cops & Doughnuts tried a new marketing tactic.
Excerpt: The holidays are over and a new year has begun, which can be bad news for bakeries as eating right and losing weight are popular resolutions.
"This is the slowest time of the year for bakeries," said Alan White, co-owner of Cops & Doughnuts in Clare.
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Mlive.com

The latest on the East End development near Dow Diamond in Midland

New development in the heart of Midland is always a good thing, and progress is rolling right along on the major East End development.
Excerpt: Construction of downtown Midland’s East End development, a large building located across the street from Dow Diamond, is nearly complete. Tenants are taking over their spaces inside the 225,000-square-foot facility to begin interior design work.
The mixed-used development will house restaurants, retail shops and office space.
For the entire story, click here.
Source: Mlive.com

Gov. Snyder talks future of Saginaw, Flint

Governor Rick Snyder sat down for a Q& A about the future of mid-Michigan cities with the Saginaw News and Flint Journal. Police presence and blight demolitions were tops on the list of questions.
Excerpt: Gov. Rick Snyder said he is hopeful about the state's future.
The Saginaw News and Flint Journal editorial boards sat down with Snyder on Monday, Dec. 16, to look back at his first three years in office and ahead at the final year of his four-year term.
The whole interview is online here.
Source: Mlive.com

NerdWallet says Midland, Bay City are among best places to find a job

Unemployment rates and cost of living are working in mid-Michigan's favor when it comes to job hunting, according to a new ranking online.
Excerpt: Midland and Bay City are among the best places in Michigan for job seekers, according to consumer advocacy site called NerdWallet.com.
NerdWallet.com took into consideration city growth, cost of living and unemployment rates when ranking the cities. 
Midland ranked No. 2 on the list. Bay City took the No. 15 spot. 
For the whole story, go here.
Source: Mlive.com

Mt. Pleasant recognized for entrepreneurship

If you're looking for a good place to start up a new business, you could do a lot worse than Mt. Pleasant, according to a recent research project.
Excerpt: Mt. Pleasant may not be a first thought when someone plans on starting up a business in Michigan.
But the city of Mt. Pleasant is one of eight communities to be recognized as an area that fosters entrepreneurial growth and economic development by an annual eCities research project.
For the whole story, click here.
Source: The Morning Sun
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