Stories tagged: "Owosso"

‘It’s Not a Distant Threat Anymore’: How Rural Michigan Is Grappling With COVID-19 Differently

COVID-19 is as much if not more of an issue for small town communities. Here’s how one mid-Michigan mayor has been navigating his city through the pandemic. 

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‘Anything is Going to Help’: Mid-Michigan Mayor on Infrastructure Bill

Drive through Owosso, Michigan, and you’ll realize: Crumbling infrastructure isn’t just a big-city problem. 

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The ‘Imminent Threat’ Posed By Barbershops and Salons During the Pandemic

The barber from Owosso is trying to get his licenses back, but Michigan's chief health official says that risks lives.

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More Michigan Sheriffs Are Refusing to Enforce Gov. Whitmer’s Laws About Coronavirus

The Owosso barber who defied an order to remain closed was able to do so because Shiawassee County's sheriff is the latest Michigan sheriff to refuse to enforce Whitmer's orders.

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This Barber Defied the Stay-At-Home Order. He Just Had His License Pulled.

Remember that defiant barber from Owosso? Then you probably saw this coming.

Karl Manke, 77, left, wears a mask while cutting hair, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Karl Manke’s Barber and Beauty Shop in Owosso, Mich. Manke re-opened his doors on Monday in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order mandating salons, barbershops and other businesses to stay closed. He has already given nearly 100 haircuts, and fields more calls than that daily, all while continuing to cut hair. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
This Barber Would Rather Risk Jail Than Unemployment: ‘I Don’t Need the Governor to Be My Mother”

This small town barber says he’ll still keep cutting hair and racking up fines for defying our statewide protections during the pandemic.