Boyne City, MI

Northern Michigan Priest to Remain on Administrative Leave Following Investigation by Diocese of Gaylord

A northern Michigan priest will remain on administrative leave following an investigation by the Diocese of Gaylord. The Michigan Attorney General’s office began investigating Father Bryan Medlin in late 2021 after the Diocese of Gaylord reported that Medlin had allegedly sent inappropriate messages to high school students. Father Medlin was placed on leave during the civil investigation and an internal canonical investigation by the diocese. The Attorney General’s office chose not to charge Medlin, saying his actions do not meet the threshold of criminal conduct.
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Kalbfell pleads guilty to two misdemeanors, pays $17,820 to City of Charlevoix

CHARLEVOIX — John Joseph Kalbfell, 73, Charlevoix, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the 90th District Court in Charlevoix to operating a commercial boat charter without a commercial operational endorsement and without a valid Coast Guard certificate of inspection. Both crimes are misdemeanors carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Judge Angela J. Lasher sentenced Kalbfell to pay fines and costs totaling $1,500 in the case. ...
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Little Traverse History Museum to host July 4 ice cream social

PETOSKEY — On Monday, July 4, the Little Traverse Historical Society will have its yearly ice cream social at the bayfront side of the Little Traverse History Museum. The event will take place at 7 p.m. after the Petoskey 4th of July parade and will continue while supplies last. The historical society invites the community to gather at the museum to enjoy ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cups and water before the fireworks.
Old Mission Gazette

Opinion: Farmers Get Weed-Whacked on Moratorium, Part 3

After plowing them under and treating them like a pesky weed, Peninsula Township has now weed-whacked the farmers and added others to their swath of destruction in a misguided attempt to whack the wineries after the drubbing the Township received in federal court. At last week’s meeting (Tuesday, June 14),...

Electric Cruising

Elk Rapids Marina—and by extension, all of us who love our sweetwater seas—has just received a jolt of good news: Swedish electric boat manufacturer X Shore has named the marina the official Midwest distribution center of its Eelex 8000, a 26-foot electric boat that can reach a speed of 30+ knots. In turn, the marina is leading efforts to create a “supercharging corridor” along Northwest Lower Michigan waters. Elk Rapids and Northport will be among the first to install charging stations with AQUA superPower, a pioneer in environmentally conscious, ultra-fast marine charging networks. Soon to follow this summer and fall: additional superpower charging stations in Charlevoix, Traverse City, Torch Lake, and Petoskey. Says Susie Cooper, the president of Elk Rapids Marina, “We were excited to help and supply the local knowledge needed to bring all of this together in our home state first. We hope to bring further allocations of boats and charges to other Midwest markets in the years to come, as all three of us ramp up production and capacity to lead the way in the electrification of boating.”

Looking Back: A schoolhouse in Charlevoix and pigeons (to eat!)

A few weeks ago, Looking Back looked back at the vast number of passenger pigeons that blanketed the treetops south of town within an area of one by three miles. On June 22, 1872, the Charlevoix Sentinel reported: “PIGEONS—A Chicago gentleman has two hundred dozens of live pigeons confined in coops in the rear of the Fountain City House (hotel on the site of the present day Weathervane Terrace). He is fatting them for market.”  ...

Harbor Springs man killed in motorcycle accident on Wednesday

A Harbor Springs man was killed following a motorcycle and deer collision accident that took place early Wednesday morning. According to a press release from the Emmet County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, officers responded to a single vehicle personal injury accident on Schmalzried Road, between Old School House Road and Hiar Road in Carp Lake Township.

Diocese of Gaylord priest on indefinite leave for inappropriate texts with teens

OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Diocese of Gaylord has issued a statement after the conclusion of an internal investigation of Reverend Bryan Medlin, who was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to high school students. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced last March that no criminal charges would be filed...

East Jordan Freedom Festival Running Through June 26

East Jordan’s pride and joy, the yearly Freedom Festival, is back. Freedom, family and friendship are all celebrated during the four day event. During that span, the festival expects 10,000 people to enjoy everything from carnival rides, to music entertainment and food booths. “Great time for everyone to get...

Harbor Hall Expanding Petoskey Treatment Center to Accommodate Even More Patients

An expansion is being built on Harbor Hall in Petoskey, and it’s giving its residents a second chance. Harbor Hall is a drug and alcoholic treatment center near downtown Petoskey, and is adding an expansion to accommodate even more patients. The expansion includes two phases, the first being executive offices and a new women’s treatment center which has already been completed.