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The tornado outbreak on Palm Sunday 1965 was the deadliest in Michigan's recorded history.
The series of storms April 11 killed 53 people and injured at least 100 more, according to the National Weather Service.
Twelve tornadoes were reported that day, including two F4s that followed almost the exact same path eastward through Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe counties. The first one hit at 7p.m., the second 40 minutes later.
Spinning columns of air devastated parts of the Midwest that day, including Indiana and Ohio. In 12 hours, 47 tornadoes killed 271 people, injured approximately 3,400 others and caused more than $200 million in damage ($1.4 billion in today's dollars).
The violent weather ripped the roof off a fire station in Unionville in Tuscola County; killed most of the 20,000 scattered chickens at a farm in Burnips in Allegan County; knocked down 72 telephone poles between Grand Rapids and Big Rapids; ripped the chimney off Milan Junior High School and destroyed the roof, and made six new homes in the Westgate subdivision north of Grand Rapids vanish.
Source : This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, April 8, 2012.
On this day, the Detroit Red Wings defeated Toronto and won their first Stanley Cup.
A huge crowd gathered at Michigan Central Station to welcome the team home from Toronto the day after it won Lord Stanley’s cup for the Motor City.
Historical Society of Michigan.
Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: Red Wings win first Stanley Cup", Detroit Free Press, April 6, 2014
On this day, a three- to five-fott tidal wave hit St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, possiby due to an abrupt change in atmospheric pressure.
Source: Historical Society of Michigan.
On April 11, 1884 the first effort in the country to introduce brown trout took place in Lake County.
The 4,900 fry came from Germany, and took hold in Michigan's waters.
Source: Michigan Every Day
House Dems Propose Adding Disclosure Rules For Administration Officials
Legislation that would require high level state employees, including Governor Rick Snyder and his staff, to report their income, assets and liabilities, along with requiring state contractors to disclose any family relationships that exist in the executive branch, was proposed by House Democrats on Thursday.
State Oks Detroit Property Tax Corrective Plan, City To Be Reappraised
One year after reports showed nearly half the property owners in Detroit were not paying their property taxes, the Tax Commission has approved a proposed corrective plan from the city to review and reappraise all properties before 2017.
Obama Makes A Presence In U.S. Senate Race, Criticizing Land
A comment President Barack Obama made at a Texas fundraiser has found its way into the race for the U.S. Senate race in Michigan when he criticized, though not by name, GOP Candidate Terri Land for defending the gender gap on pay.
State Faces Potential Crop, Forest Damage With Bat Disease Discovery
Bats provide substantial benefits to farmers and foresters, but that benefit could be largely gone in a few years with the discovery this winter of white nose syndrome in the state's population of bats.
Hune Out, McMillin In For 8th Congressional
The field for the 8th U.S. House District race became clearer Thursday with Sen. Joe Hune announcing he would not run, opening the door for Rep. Tom McMillin to commit to the race.
Snyder Signs Bill Combatting Scrap Metal Theft, Regulating Mobile Dentistry
Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill Thursday that provides police with tools to help combat metal theft, calling it a "brilliant exercise in relentless positive action."
Mr. Snyder signed HB 4865 (PA 100), which requires mobile dental facilities to establish relationships with local area dentists to ensure patients are referred for proper follow-up dental procedures and improved treatment.
Audit Says Fire Bureau Safety, Training Monitoring Not Effective
Michigan's Bureau of Fire Services and the Fire Marshal's office has not done an effective job in monitoring firefighter training and in overseeing fire safety inspections of a number of locations, including adult foster care homes, a performance audit released Thursday said.
Auto Parts Manufacturer Eberspaecher Announces Expansion Plans
After the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $4.5 million business development grant for automotive supplier Eberspaecher in February, the company on Thursday announced its initial stage of a five-year, $122 million expansion at its Brighton plant.
Foreclosures Down From Year-Ago Levels
Foreclosure filings for March and the first quarter of 2014 are up 4 percent from February but down 23 percent from March 2013, a report by shows.
Pharmacy Loses License For Tainted Drugs
Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy of South Lyon will not reopen as part of the sanction for distributing tainted dextrose injections in 2013, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Steve Arwood announced Thursday.
Snyder Names Four To Wayne Circuit, Including McCree Replacement
Four new Wayne Circuit judges, including one to replace former Judge Wade McCree who was removed from the court by the Supreme Court, were named Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 69, April 10, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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