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Local News Summary - April 1, 2020 Edition

Area wireless companies waiving install fees during COVID-19 outbreak
Area wireless Internet providers are absorbing installation fees since access to 911, telephone and Internet is important during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Our mission to serve our rural community is now more important than ever,” Ron Siegel, general manager of Allband Communications, said in an e-mail to the Tribune.

Allband is continuing to operate as an essential service and is waiving installation fees. Although the office is currently closed to the public, contact can be made via e-mail at or by calling 989-369-9999. Operational changes to help stop the spread of the virus include urging customers to pay bills online, drop payments in the green box in the office parking lot or mail payments.

Construction crew members are under strict orders to wear masks and gloves while around homes, and Allband has developed ways to make connections without entering homes. The company advertises no contract, no hidden fees, no usage restrictions and $59.99 per month. Installation is currently free, however, a pre-activation fee is required in the amount of $120 for fiber and $60 for wireless unless the customer is switching from a different provider to Allband.

Barger Creek Wireless is waiving its $150 installation fee to help make service more available to “shut-in” families. Customers are required to pay $60 for a wireless router and two months of service in advance. The company advertises no contracts, no download limits, no hidden fees, true broadband speeds and plans ranging from $29-$99 per month. Contact the company at

“We want to do out part,” says Carl Cadwallader, founder of Barker Creek Wireless.

Michigan’s Tax Foreclosure deadline extended
Lansing - Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, signed an executive order taking emergency action to extend the state’s tax foreclosure deadline because of the COVID-19 National Emergency.

Under state law, properties with unpaid 2017 taxes were subject to foreclosure by county treasurers on March 31. The order moves the March 31 deadline to May 29 or 30 days after the state of emergency ends. The extraordinary measure helps families struggling financially because of the COVID-19 nation emergency. The order takes effect immediately.

Any Montmorency County property owners facing tax foreclosure under the new deadline is encouraged to call Jean Klein, County Treasurer, right away at 989-785-8086.

Area athletes recieve honors
Area conference recognition for girls’ high school basketball includes Hillman’s Bailey Schook who was named first team for the North Star League Little Dipper conference. Hillman’s Melanie Morrison and Julia Taratuta each earned second team. The Lady Tigers shared the conference title with Posen’s Lady Vikings.

For Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Tara Madej was named first team for the Ski Valley Conference. Receiving honorable mention were Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Kennedy Johnson, Morgan McVannel and Sydney Townsend.

Area boys’ high school basketball recognition includes Atlanta’s Zac Roux, who made first team for the North Star League’s Little Dipper conference. Aaron Cuzzort, Atlanta, has been named second team. In Hillman, Isaac Morrison has been named first team, and Nash Steinke earned second team.

For Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Preston Marlatt and Joey Chrencik were each named second team for the Ski Valley Conference. Matthew Davidson, Carlos Gascho and Sheldon Huff each received honorable mention.

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