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KAYAKER RESCUED

Coast Guard rescues kayaker crossing Lake Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a kayaker who activated an emergency beacon while trying to cross Lake Michigan from Milwaukee.

With waves 10 feet high, the man was plucked from the water and pulled into a helicopter Monday, two hours after the Coast Guard received a distress signal.

The Coast Guard says the 31-year-old man was suffering from "extreme seasickness" when he was discovered 30 miles from the Muskegon shore in western Michigan. His trip across the lake had started Saturday in Milwaukee.

The Muskegon Chronicle identified the kayaker as Matthew Frymire of Grand Haven Township.

The helicopter pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Shana Donaldson, says the personal emergency beacon had a "huge role." It made it easier for the Coast Guard to find him.

FATAL ATV ACCIDENT

12-year-old Michigan boy dies in ATV crash

NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Berrien County sheriff's office says a 12-year-old boy has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash.

Rescue workers responded to the crash Sunday in Niles Township in southwestern Michigan. Authorities say Dawson Eliason wasn't wearing a helmet and was ejected from the ATV after he hit a parked car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's department says it will continue to investigate.

FIREWORKS-HAND INJURY

Man loses much of hand in fireworks incident

NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say alcohol is a factor in a fireworks incident that left a man with two fingers on his left hand in Macomb County.

The sheriff's office says the incident occurred Saturday night in New Haven. Witnesses told deputies that the 37-year-old man was holding a mortar in his hand when it exploded.

The man was taken to a Mount Clemens hospital, then flown to University of Michigan hospital for treatment. No other details were released Monday.

FATAL BARN FIRE

Police: Michigan man found dead after barn fire

EXETER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating the death of a 54-year-old man whose body was found after a barn fire in Exeter Township.

Officers arrived at the scene early Monday morning and found the man dead inside of the barn.

A 58-year-old woman was able to escape the fire and call police. She was taken to local hospital to receive treatment for burns.

The man's body was taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

The names of the man and woman won't be released until their families are notified.

SAUGATUCK CHANNEL

Michigan activists try to rescue Saugatuck channel

SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Michigan conservationists want to reclaim land purchased eight years ago by an Oklahoma businessman.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1sUPwhZ ) the state Department of Natural Resources applied for a $500,000 grant to buy more than 150 acres north of the Kalamazoo River.

Aubrey McClendon bought 412 acres spanning both sides of the Saugatuck channel in 2006. More than 300 acres near Saugatuck Dunes State Park have yet to be developed.

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan is working with the department to raise private funds for the Saugatuck channel effort. The group ultimately hopes to secure and protect all 315 acres, which includes roughly 1,700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 2,400 feet along the Kalamazoo River.

The Land Conservancy gave McClendon $19 million for 171 acres on the channel's south side in 2009.

MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK

Robot joins governor for Mackinac Bridge Walk

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) - Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge and they were joined by one robot.

Gov. Rick Snyder led the annual trek Monday across the 5-mile-long bridge linking Michigan's two peninsulas. He walked with a robot constructed for the occasion by the FIRST robotics team from Macomb International Academy in the town of Armada.

FIRST is a program that encourages young people to learn about science and technology.

Several of the program's students, teachers and mentors joined Snyder and the robot, which can travel up to 10 mph and is known as "The Pi Guy."

LABOR DAY-DETROIT

VP Biden says workers deserve 'fair share'

DETROIT (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden told hundreds of Detroit-area union members that they deserve a "fair share" of any improvement in corporate profits.

Biden spoke Monday on the grounds of the former Tiger Stadium ahead of organized labor's annual parade Monday. He stuck with populist themes, criticizing corporate pay and companies that leave the U. S. for lower taxes.

He says workers don't want a handout. Biden says, "Just give them a chance."

Biden was preceded on the stage by labor leaders and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and Gary Peters, the party's nominee for U.S. Senate.

It is the second time in three years he has come to Detroit for Labor Day activities. The annual event celebrates the achievements of Michigan's working men and women and the state's labor unions.

PHRAGMITES INVASION

Invasive plant to be removed in Grand Traverse Bay

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan conservationists are working to eliminate an invasive grass that threatens local ecosystems and blocks waterfront views.

Maureen Pfaller is a program director at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. She says phragmites take over shorelines and impact other species.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1Cj0OTH ) conservation groups, municipalities and individuals in northwestern Michigan are leading an effort to reduce phragmites in Grand Traverse Bay by 78 percent. Volunteers make note of where the grass is found and ask property owners for permission before treating it with herbicides.

Pfaller says the goal is to reduce the plant to the point that it can be controlled without chemicals.

Surveying was completed this summer and treatments will likely be conducted between Labor Day and the first frost.

MUSKEGON RIVER-LAMPREY

Sea lamprey treatment planned for Muskegon River

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to introduce sea lamprey-killing pesticides to the Muskegon River system.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1nP8aEM ) the lampricides are meant to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed at the bottom of the river. They will be applied between Sept. 9 and 18 in Muskegon and Newaygo counties.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the chemicals have a minimal environmental impact when applied correctly. Only a few fish, insect and broad-leaf plants are sensitive to the substance that is toxic to sea lamprey.

People are advised to temporarily conduct recreational activities in different water sources to minimize exposure to the chemicals. Farm irrigation will be suspended for 24 hours following the treatment.

Adult sea lamprey are parasites that kill fish in the Great Lakes.

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