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The investigation into the cause of a wildfire that burned over 60 acres in southern Marquette County is continuing. The fire started late yesterday afternoon near county road 581 in Ely Township near Ishpeming and spread quickly…bolstered by a strong north wind. A Department of Natural Resources airplane kept a close watch on the direction of the fire before crews were able to bring the blaze under control. No homes were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
A Marquette County high school student testified in Lansing today for his right to play basketball and other high school sports. 19-year-old Eric Dompierre of Ishpeming, who has Down Syndrome, appeared with his father Dean before the Senate Education Committee. The Michigan High School Athletic Association is refusing to allow Dompierre to play his senior year due to age restrictions. State Senator Tom Caperson introduced a resolution last week urging the athletic association to waive its policy in certain, limited conditions. The Escanaba Republican says the rule unnecessarily punishes students with disabilities. 23 other states have already adopted a similar policy.
A Lower Michigan man is this year’s “Biggest Loser.” Jeremy Britt of Rockford won 250-thousand dollars by winning the 13th season of the NBC reality show. The 22-year-old Britt shed 199 pounds, more than half of his original body weight, during the course of the competition. His 24-year-old sister Conda lost 115 pounds on the show giving herself a loss of over 39-percent and was in the top three at the end. Other Michigan contestants included Northern Michigan University student Cassandra Sturos of Fowlerville who lost 92 pounds, Ben Shuh of Howell who lost 139 pounds and Nancy Rajala of Fowlerville who lost 56 pounds.