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GRAYLING — A bull elk was poached in the Pigeon River State Forest, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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A century ago, Traverse City was experiencing incredible growth and undergoing an important transition from a logging town to a diversified economy driven by manufacturing, agriculture and tourism.

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SUTTONS BAY — Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik and Commissioner Melinda Lautner were headed to Gaylord on Monday to meet with Michigan State Police officials regarding an internal investigation into road closures during the Ironman event.

CUTTING THROUGH the big intake pipe at the water works without shutting down the pump that supplies the entire city with water, was a remarkable feat accomplished at the water works yesterday. Had the water been shut off, serious consequences would have ensued as it would have been impossible to turn it back on until the work was completed, and at the time there were four fires. A special machine secured by the A.P. Smith Manufacturing Company of Newark, New Jersey enabled this process to take place.

TRAVERSE CITY — Wellpath Founder Gerard Boyle will face charges amid accusations he bribed a Virginia sheriff to secure contract extensions.

BEULAH — A court’s take on three hard-to-define words — “noise,” “reasonable” and “normal” — could decide whether St. Ambrose Cellars violated a sound ordinance, or if owner Kirk Jones is being personally targeted by a Homestead Township official.

SUTTONS BAY — The purchase of a property in the path of a runway protection zone at the Cherry Capital Airport was unanimously recommended for approval by the Leelanau County Commission last week.

TRAVERSE CITY — Alden Wack heads to Traverse City West Senior High every school day sporting his favorite red hat with “Keep America Great” stitched in that familiar white font on the front.

Do you remember what Donald Trump said when asked how he was able to pay no federal taxes for many years? His response was “It’s called depreciation.”

TRAVERSE CITY — Shaped from dance, inspired by architecture and forged in motherhood, interdisciplinary artist Jen Sperry Steinorth published her first book of poems this fall.

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TRAVERSE CITY — At 90, Marie Zyren supplements her health plan — a mix of Medicare, supplemental coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Part D for her prescriptions — with a low-sodium diet and twice-per-week gym classes.

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The ground had a thin layer of snow this morning. Our leaves are still not raked up. Maybe snow will cover them. Out of sight — out of mind. I’m just not ready for snow but we will take whatever the good Lord sends our way. Snowflakes are lightly falling as I write this.

I miss Gourmet magazine. The glossy photos, globe-spanning recipes, and writing from the likes of James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, and Madhur Jaffrey (and yes, the endless ads for luxury lifestyle items I would never be able to afford) all combined to create a world apart from the day-to-day tedi…

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 400 pages of documents and communications shed light on recent questions about the relationship between Traverse City Area Public Schools, its former superintendent and Raymond James Financial Services.

TRAVERSE CITY — The hunt is on for a site where Bay Area Transportation Authority can build a new headquarters and operations center.

TRAVERSE CITY — A man accused of vandalizing a Peninsula Township development’s sign and the property of the developer who owns it is taking responsibility.

KINGSLEY — Investigators seek no suspects in the shooting deaths of corrections officers Angelina Winn and Tara Kelley.

Grand Traverse Mall, 3200 W. South Airport Rd., Garfield Township, new retail shoe store, $317,329

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