MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is making it official, announcing his bid for a second term in the battleground state where he stands as a Democratic block to the Republican-controlled state Legislature. 

Evers told The Associated Press in an interview that he decided to run again because he has unfinished business and needs to remain a check on Republicans through his veto powers.

Evers announced his plans during the Wisconsin Democratic Convention, which was held virtually Saturday for a second year in a row.

MICHIGAMME, MI--   A conservation corridor with links to existing protected areas is planned for a remote region in the western Upper Peninsula.

The nonprofit Nature Conservancy says the 6,172-acre Wilderness Lakes Reserve in the Michigamme Highlands area is being expanded by 4,854 acres of forest and wetlands. The conservancy says it will create a mostly contiguous 19,000 acres of conserved forestland when combined with neighboring Craig Lake State Park.

Wilderness Lakes Reserve is about 40 miles northwest of Marquette.

ONTONAGON, MI--   An Ontonagon man is jailed following a drug bust by UPSET last week.

Following a nine-month investigation, detectives arrested a 29-year-old man for possession with intent to deliver meth and possession with intent to deliver heroin.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   An ATV rider was taken to the hospital following a crash in Wells Township on Friday.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer outlined economic recovery plans Thursday that include state support for wage hikes and child care.

The plan would use federal dollars to help businesses boost pay rates to $15 an hour for three months to help businesses attract workers. But they would have to promise to continue that pay rate for an additional three months.

She says that would make it easier for low-income people to seek and accept jobs.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   A Negaunee Middle School teacher has been recognized for making school a place where students want to be.

Kyle Saari teaches 5th grade. He was recently featured on a statewide series about innovative ways of teaching. “BRIGHT: Stories of Hope and Innovation in Michigan Classrooms” is a podcast and blog series from Michigan Virtual. It features Michigan educators known for their innovative approach to learning, what their classrooms look like, how these changes impact students, and what advice they have for fellow teachers looking to try something new.

The Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba has many activities, classes and artwork on offer for June 2021 and for the summer. There is a photography competition with the theme "New Normal," all about how Covid-19 has changed our lives, plus a community art project called "Art in Flight," which will be an installation at the Municipal Dock in Escanaba.

Music Monday's also make a return later in June, as well as a full roster of classes for all ages, from art to cooking.

Staci Berg is the Education Coordinator at the Bonifas, and we spoke with her about upcoming events during June 2021:

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s Olson Library is laminating COVID-19 vaccination cards for free.

The service has been available to students and employees since April. The library is now extending it to the public through funding from the NMU Foundation.

Officials say lamination will protect the card from spills, tears and stains. Since it is unknown how the vaccination cards will be used in the future, including whether booster shots will be needed, librarians will make a copy of the original card and laminate that.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s top health official says long-term care facilities are accurately reporting the number of coronavirus-related deaths, amid questions over whether the tally is low. 

Elizabeth Hertel, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, told lawmakers Thursday that nursing homes have no “reason or incentive to try to hide” deaths.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Marquette County groups have joined forces to raise money for automatic external defibrillators.