March 19, 2017
MARQUETTE, MI – March 19, 2017 – The U.P. Football All-Star Game created quite a buzz this year by changing the most basic premise of the game, how the teams are divided. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the U.P. summer football classic. The biggest change for this year’s game is that the teams will not be aligned East vs West, or North vs South, which has been the case each of the first nine years of the game. Instead, all players selected as all-stars were “drafted” by the coaches, just like fantasy football leagues. The players are on either the Red Team or the Black Team.
The draft took place on Saturday, March 18th, at Buffalo Wild Wings in Marquette, and the picks were reported live on social media for all who wanted to follow the progress. … Read the rest
March 16, 2017
Lansing, MI – Increasingly more difficult to achieve in today’s political climate are long-term strategies designed for the greater good—both for citizens and for multiple, diverse industries. However, when Governor Snyder released the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report last month, it was quite clear that Michigan’s ambitions were exceptional. And when the coordinated, comprehensive plan to rebuild Michigan’s infrastructure comes to fruition, the state will secure its position as one of the nation’s best states in which to live and do business, particularly for those in the food and agriculture industry.
The report includes more than 100 recommendations to address the state’s infrastructure challenges, under the main categories of energy, transportation, water, and communications. Among the numerous areas of focus—and of particular interest to the state’s food and agriculture industry—are roads; water and drains; and access to high speed internet.
In an official statement, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams said, “These recommendations are the first step in putting a better foundation in place to keep Michigan’s rural communities and food and agriculture growing.… Read the rest
March 15, 2017
LANSING –The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has created an online tool to assist Michigan consumers with the filing of electronic complaints. DIFS’ Office of Consumer Services (OCS) will use this tool to start the initial review of complaints against insurance entities, banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, payday lenders, vehicle loans, personal loans, money transfers, and debt management transactions.
The Department soft launched the new tool in August 2016 to help push out any technical issues and between August and December received 476 out of 1,961 complaints via the new portal.
“One of our goals this past year was to provide more online services to consumers so they can file their complaints, get a response back and be able to do it all online,” said DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin.
March 14, 2017
Last year, the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) established its pilot cohort of candidates for Michigan’s first EE certification process. As interest grows and more candidates are entered into the program, the EEC continues to align itself to be customer friendly. While much of the EEC process is done by an individual at their own pace, one mandatory component is offered several times a year in a workshop format. This component, known as Strand One, will be offered as a Pre-conference workshop at MSTA on March 23 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
March 13, 2017
When Michigan Technological University (MTU) offered to partner with DNR to offer a new Upper Peninsula version of ANR, a pilot program was held in August of 2016. The pilot gave select educators an opportunity to participate and evaluate the program. They then assisted in planning and designing future ANR North courses. This August, ANR North will debut for the first time beginning the evening of Sunday the 6th and ending Thursday evening, the 10th. Sunday and Friday allow travel time to and from the western UP.
ANR North will be an introduction to the vast and magnificent natural resources of the western UP and include sessions on forestry, parks management, fish and wildlife, copper mining impacts and tribal resource management. The fee for five nights lodging (single room), 13 meals, instruction and field trip costs is $350. ANR North will be held at MTU’s Ford Center and is limited in size to 20 educators so expect it to fill up quickly.… Read the rest
March 12, 2017
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has expanded its Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) program offering it online for the first time. Typically, MEECS is only offered through a workshop format, but now teachers can access MEECS modules in a new partnership with Grand Valley State University and PBS. Check out PBS Learning Media and type MEECS in the search bar.
Of course, face to face experiential learning, with a trained MEECS Facilitator, is always the most rewarding option. These formal workshops (4-6 hours in length) cover different Michigan environmental topics. Peer reviewed and highly educational curricula binders focus on Air Quality, Water Quality, Ecosystems, Land Use, Energy Resources, Climate Change and Land and Environment. Many Michigan educators spend years seeking training workshops to learn these lessons and pick up materials. This summer, DEQ and DNR have partnered to offer all seven units at the July Academy of Natural Resources in a course entitled, MEECS WEEK.… Read the rest
March 11, 2017
This summer, July 9-14, the DNR will offer its 10th Academy of Natural Resources (ANR) and registrations are at an all-time high. One class is already closed and the others are 50% of capacity. “Even though July seems like a long way off, there is a really increased interest this year” said Kevin Frailey, ANR Coordinator. “Our registrations aren’t usually this high until around April.” Known as ANR (or RAM Camp), the summer academy is a week-long immersion into natural resources management and environmental education. Held at the DNR’s Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on the north shore of Higgins Lake, the RAM center offers an amazing retreat site for education workshops such as ANR. Five nights lodging, fifteen meals and instruction are included for only $395. Scholarships from Novi Chapter Safari Club International can lower the price to $295. Graduate credits and SCECH are also available.… Read the rest
March 10, 2017