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U.P. lawmakers outraged by SHPO board decision

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The U.P. delegation of state lawmakers this week expressed collective outrage concerning actions by the State Historic Preservation Office and the State Historic Preservation Review Board.

The board, which is staffed by and informed by the SHPO, determined the land bordering the Menominee River near a proposed mine site should be added to the federal registry of historic places. This action was taken in response to a request from a Wisconsin group that has been actively seeking to stop mining in both states for decades.

This action is a flagrant taking of private property rights and opportunities. Our state entities should not have even considered this non-Michigan group. What’s even more shocking is that property owners only get a vote to reject this, not to adopt it and that it’s based on individual owners with no weighting for acres owned.

The Back Forty project is primarily a zinc and gold operation with several smaller precious metals also in abundance. The mine site plan has been going through more than a decade of site permitting to make sure it can be done safely for people and the environment.

We are planning legislation to defund and reform the SHPO along with a formal resolution condemning their recent actions and calling for the removal of the present director and staff.

Free 2022 Hunting Update now available

Hunting is important to Michigan for many reasons.

Not only is hunting a vital part of our heritage, but it is also critical to wildlife management and the conservation of our abundant natural resources. Hunting also provides a major boost to the state’s economy and helps to support many of our local businesses and small communities.

I hope you find the latest edition of my free Hunting Update newsletter useful as you plan your adventures. It includes important season dates, fees, and program information to help make the most of the 2022 hunting season.

You can download your free copy by clicking this link.

Veterans Experience Action Center

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other veteran organizations to hold its second Veterans Experience Action Center.

The three-day event, held Oct. 4-6, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT, is an opportunity for veterans to receive one-on-one personalized assistance with their VA benefits, health care, crisis resources, and many other benefits they have earned for their service.

At the VEAC, veterans attend a virtual appointment with a local veterans service officer who can facilitate a direct transfer to VA experts and community partners who can immediately address their specific needs. The first VEAC, held in 2021, served more than 600 Michigan veterans during the three-day event.

For more information or to register for the Michigan VEAC, visit the VA website.

Fall Turkey Digest now available

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Fall turkey season is Sept. 15 through Nov. 14, 2022.

Information about fall turkey regulations, management units, hunting hours and more is available in the Fall Turkey Digest.

The digest, provided through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is a condensed collection of rules and regulations for hunters’ convenience and is available for download to your smartphone or mobile device.

Find fall turkey season dates, bag limits, hunting regulations and hours, a place to hunt and more at

Nominate the next Michigan Teacher of the Year

Behind every great student is a teacher who took the time to invest in and enrich his or her life – and Michigan schools are filled with many wonderful teachers.

Each year, one teacher is named Michigan’s Teacher of the Year. This year, Escanaba’s own Nanette Hanson, who teaches first grade at Lemmer Elementary School, was named the 2022-23 Michigan Teacher of the Year.

The Michigan Teacher of the Year serves as a representative and advocate for Michigan's more than 90,000 teachers and works with nine fellow regional Teachers of the Year to make up the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council. Each Regional Teacher of the year, from the 10 regions across Michigan, brings recognition to the district he or she represents and has additional opportunities for professional development and opportunities to share their experience and expertise. The MTOY also attends the State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member and serves as Michigan’s applicant for National Teacher of the Year.

Nominations for the 2023-24 Michigan Teacher of the Year are open from now until Oct 24. For more information about the MTOY year program, or to nominate a teacher, visit the Michigan Department of Education’s MTOY page. Nominations can also be made using the online form.

National Library Sign-up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Throughout the month, libraries nationwide join the American Library Association to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

In Michigan, the eLibrary provides free access to articles, books, and digital images. The eLibrary also provides access to an interlibrary loan system that makes it easy to borrow books from libraries across the state. For more information visit Michigan eLibrary.

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Senator Ed McBroom
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Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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