The Coast Guard is warning that warmer temperatures predicted to overtake the Great Lakes region beginning today could pose safety concerns for those planning to recreate on or near ice or cold water. Unseasonably warm air temperatures will cause frozen waters to melt at an alarming rate and may cause misperceptions about Great Lakes water temperatures, which will remain dangerously cold posing safety concerns for anyone venturing onto the lakes.


MDOT has awarded state Transportation Economic Development Fund grants to nine areas, one in West Michigan, to improve roadways important to the economy. This week's release announced a 375 thousand dollar award to the Ottawa County Road Commission for drainage improvements and resurfacing along James Street from US-31 to Chicago Drive in Holland township.


State officials have served notice to area sportsmen of two key dates to mark on their calendars. The Department of Natural Resources invites everyone in Michigan to participate in another Free Fishing Weekend to be observed tomorrow and Sunday - also reminding anglers shanties must be removed from the ice in Lower Michigan by midnight March 1.