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MMA annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Merchants Association will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. The hunt, for all children 10 and under, will begin at 11 a.m., on the playgrounds of Emerald Elementary School.

The “Easter Bunny” will be on hand to greet children, followed by a search for candy-filled eggs, as well as special eggs containing slips of paper redeemable for Easter baskets at participating businesses.

The small front parking lot at the school will be closed during the hunt. All attendees should use the main parking lot, located on Cattaragus Street just north of the school.

Organizers are once again asking for cooperation from the public to ensure that the hunt is fun and fair. All children, no matter how young, are encouraged to stop by and get an egg from the bunny. However, once the hunt begins, the search should be limited to children who are toddler age and above – in other words, those who can hunt on their own, without assistance.

Everyone is also reminded to dress appropriately for hunting eggs, in light of unpredictable spring weather.

Snyder signs legislation for Oswald’s ranch

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation allowing Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry to continue its mission of rescuing bear cubs and educating visitors about the animals.

The new law allows the public direct contact with bear cubs up to 90 pounds and 36 weeks old. The Large Carnivore Act currently restricts contact with animals – like lions, tigers, leopards and bears – older than 20 weeks. Since bear cubs arrive in the spring, the bears at Oswald’s ranch grew older than 20 weeks by the end of the tourism season, and the ranch was granted an exemption. Open since 1997, Oswald’s Bear Ranch currently has 29 bears on site.

“Oswald’s Bear Ranch is an important piece of the Upper Peninsula culture,” Snyder said. “The Oswalds play an important role in raising rescued cubs to adulthood, as well as providing the public with education about black bears.”

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