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Kemp Road crash closes U.S. 131 Friday

PETOSKEY — An accident involving at least two vehicles has temporarily shut down U.S. 131 near Kemp Road in Petoskey today, Friday, May 27. At the time this article was published, portions of the highway were still shut down for through traffic, according to Michigan State Police Seventh District Public Officer and Lieutenant Derrick Carroll.
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Men rummaging through debris at Gaylord mobile home park identified

OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Police say they have identified two men who were seen rummaging through debris at the Nottingham Mobile Home Park on May 21, according to Michigan State Police. Troopers with the MSP Gaylord Post were called to the Nottingham Mobile Home Park on May 21 at...

Kendall Stanley: The winds of spring

It was amazing, really, that only two residents of Gaylord lost their lives to the EF-3 tornado that roared down M-32 into the heart of the city on Friday, May 20. Here’s how the National Weather Service catalogued it:. EF-3 rating with maximum winds of 150 mph. Path length...

These Kayakers Fought for Survival After Big Waves Overturned Their Boats

It was meant to be another boys’ trip, the latest in a tradition that stretched back more than two decades. Every other year, the old friends—Jim Farrington, 49, an electrical lineman in Alden, Michigan; Sean Royston, 47, an electrical grid systems manager in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin; and Tolan Annis, 53, the co-owner of a craft distillery in Grand Ledge, Michigan—had kissed their wives goodbye and headed out on an expedition. This time they decided to kayak Lake Superior’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a challenging out-and-back route.

Sixth Street Drugs in Traverse City to pay $1.5m settlement after DEA investigation

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Sixth Street Drugs in Traverse City agreed to a $1.5 million settlement after allegations pharmacists filled illegitimate prescriptions for controlled substances. Sixth Street Drugs, Inc., a Munson Healthcare subsidiary, agreed to a three-year Memorandum of Agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to resolve...

Gaylord Making Progress on Clean-Up Efforts One Week After Tornado

It’s been one week since an EF-3 tornado hit Gaylord, destroying many homes and businesses in its path, and the city is still making progress on getting back to normal. Gaylord Department of Public Works employees are still cleaning up remains of several businesses on Main Street, and help is being offered to those that have been affected. The city has taken control of all clean-up efforts, starting immediately on Saturday, and are now in the process of wrapping up debris management.

TC West tops Midland in district opener 4-1

TRAVERSE CITY -- Traverse City West is moving on in the girls soccer district tournament after defeating Midland at home on Friday. The Titans had a 1-0 lead at halftime before scoring three more times in the second half for a 4-1 win. They will now host BNC rival Alpena...

MSP: US-131 closed after head-on crash

EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- US-131 near Kemp Road outside of Petoskey is closed after a crash, according to Michigan State Police. It happened Friday around 1:30 p.m. Police said the highway is expected to be shut down for several hours. Detours have been made available. Police say a southbound...

FEMA Assesses Damage From Gaylord Tornado

(CNN) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency assessed damage in Gaylord, Michigan on Wednesday. The city was hit by an EF3 tornado last week leaving two people were killed, 44 others were injured. FEMA spokesperson Mark Peterson says it doesn’t determine whether or not the area should received federal aid that’s up to the state to apply for it. “There’s no specific criteria that relates to individual assistance, our program that we’re looking at here,” said Peterson. “What we are looking at is, is the overall impact of such a severity that the community and the state cannot recover without federal assistance.” Peterson tells...

Michigan AG orders tree service to cease and desist amid price gouging accusations

LANSING, MI -- A notice from the state of Michigan calls on a Florida tree-trimming company to immediately cease and desist what the state calls unlawful business practices. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a notice of intended action Thursday against Canary Tree Service, following previous complaints of price gouging, and recent social media posts that show the company operating in Gaylord following a devastating tornado event in the area, officials said in a news release.