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U.P. Children's Museum opens its doors to federal workers

MARQUETTE, MI-- The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum wants to help federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. Museum Director Nheena Weyer-Ittner says federal workers who are furloughed and their families can go to the Children’s Museum free of charge, as often as they like, until the shutdown is over. She adds parents of children who have birthdays during the furlough can also get help to throw a party. “Give us a call. We’ll make it happen for you here, free of charge,...

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James Muncy can trace his breathing problems back to the 1990s, when he was still mining coal. "I couldn't cut grass hardly," he says. "When it's hot, [I] couldn't breathe."

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum wants to help federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. 

Museum Director Nheena Weyer-Ittner says federal workers who are furloughed and their families can go to the Children’s Museum free of charge, as often as they like, until the shutdown is over.

She adds parents of children who have birthdays during the furlough can also get help to throw a party.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Conservation officers are conducting snowmobile patrols in the Upper Peninsula to promote safety and enforce state laws. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says weekend patrols started Jan. 11 along the state-managed trail system in Houghton County and on Jan. 12 in Ontonagon County.

The patrols continue as the DNR says police agencies in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula investigated the deaths Friday of two snowmobilers in Gogebic County and one each in Luce, Alger and Kalkaska counties.

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