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About Eric Sagonowsky

Eric is the News Advocate’s city and crime reporter. You can reach him at (231) 398-3109 or erics@pioneergroup.com.

Minimum wage workers receive a raise

Minimum wage workers receive a raise

MANISTEE — Minimum-wage workers in Michigan saw the first of four increases with their hourly pay on Monday. Michigan’s minimum wage increased from $7.40 to $8.15 per hour on Monday, a 75-cent increase. Next, it will increase to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2016; to $8.90 on Jan. 1, 2017; and to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2018. […]

Prominent citizens of Kaleva’s past recognized

Prominent citizens of Kaleva’s past recognized

KALEVA — Three business and public service leaders from Kaleva’s past were recognized as “branches” of the community on Friday with the unveiling of a sculpture honoring their contributions. Arthur Luhtanen, Norman Kaskinen and Weikko Pihl were all recognized and members of their family spoke to a crowd during the ceremony. At the event, Kaleva leaders […]

Brethren Days underway

Brethren Days underway

Weekend of activities kicked off by memorial ceremony BRETHREN — Before the excitement of Brethren Days began on Friday night, a group of community members came together in the afternoon to honor the area’s World War II veterans. Several dozen people attended a ceremony unveiling a new World War II memorial at the Dickson School with […]

Democratic candidates rally supporters

Democratic candidates rally supporters

Local Dems celebrate opening of campaign headquarters MANISTEE — Two Democratic candidates visited Manistee on Thursday to meet with supporters as the November election draws near. Jerry Cannon, retired military general and the former sheriff of Kalkaska County, is running against Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Iron River) in Michigan’s 1st congressional district. Cannon talked on Thursday about the […]

Kaminski sentenced to prison

Kaminski sentenced to prison

Guenthardt murder case comes to a close after 16 months MANISTEE — Though her attorney vouched for her personal development and asked for a lighter sentence, Manistee County’s 19th Circuit Court Judge James Batzer sent Sarah Kaminski to prison on Monday. Kaminski, 21, of Manistee, pleaded guilty to robbery in the case which led to the […]

Blight removal planned for Sixth Avenue

Blight removal planned for Sixth Avenue

MANISTEE — The former Manistee Plating facility and a neighboring building will be torn down in early September to clear room for possible redevelopment and eliminate blight in the City of Manistee. Last week, the Manistee Housing Commission awarded a contract to Swidorski Brothers to handle the demolition and cleanup of the old facility at […]