Articles written by: Adam Niemi

Adam is a former assistant photo editor at Central Michigan Life.

Mount Pleasant

Filming of ‘Thriller’ dance involves 120 at McLaren Fitness

It’s not every day that Judi Swartz leads a dance routine from the bed of a pickup truck in a parking lot. On Saturday, however, she did. Swartz taught and refreshed about 120 people on a simple choreographic dance routine […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant / Politics

State Sen. Judy Emmons opens new office in Mount Pleasant

State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, opened her new Mount Pleasant office on Thursday. The office, located at 405 S. Mission St. Suite D, of the LaBelle Management building, was prepared with a food spread including pretzels, brownies, dips, crackers and […]
Mount Pleasant

Thriller dance promotes health, community involvement

One of the few chances people can see zombies dance in Mount Pleasant is near. People dressed as zombies, that is, but more notably the opportunity will be to dance to the late Michael Jackson’s popular song “Thriller.” The public […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant / News / Police/Courts / Top Stories
A white Geo Prizm is pulled up on a tow truck bed after a rear-end accident on Broomfield Road Tuesday evening. (Charlotte Bodak/Assistant Photo Editor)

BREAKING: No major injuries in two-vehicle Broomfield accident

A two-car accident at the intersection of East Campus Drive and Broomfield Road rendered “no major injuries,” said a Mount Pleasant City police officer. Mount Pleasant police officer Jason Powell said a white Geo Prizm rear-ended a truck. The female […]
Mount Pleasant
SLIDESHOW: Homecoming parade marches through campus, downtown

SLIDESHOW: Homecoming parade marches through campus, downtown

The Central Michigan University Homecoming Week was capped off with a complete day of events on Saturday. After a morning 5k run, some alums joined the CMU marching band in morning rehearsals before marching from campus to downtown Mount Pleasant […]
Mount Pleasant

Miles for Medals 5k raises $8,000 for Special Olympics Michigan

Kyle Madison, 6, was already awake before his grandma came to wake him at 6:30 a.m. It wasn’t a holiday – it was the morning of the Special Olympics Miles for Medals 5k and fun run held at Finch Fieldhouse. […]
Mount Pleasant
Minnesota resident Ray St. Clair lights sage in a sea shell to purify food at the feast before eating Friday evening at Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway. (Trisha Umpfenbach/ Staff Photographer)

Eagle feather feast held to honor heritage, ancestors

Ray St. Clair pinched the corner of his lip as he held a wooden staff in his hand that had a bald eagle head on the top. “I’m so blessed, dude,” St. Clair said about the eagle feathers, wings and […]
Mount Pleasant

Kevin Cotter, Adam Lawrence battle for last word in Mount Pleasant debate

One phrase was repeated throughout the debate Thursday night at Mount Pleasant Cit Hall like the steady leak of a faucet: rebuttal, please? Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, squared off against Democratic challenger Adam Lawrence in a debate ahead of the […]
Mount Pleasant
Helping Healer for Behavioral Health Beatrice Johnson, a member of the Eagle Clan, poses with her Sun Dance Feather used for health, healing and ceremonial purposes Thursday afternoon during the Eagle Feather Cleansing ceremony at the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway. "€œIt helps to purify thoughts and release negative energy," Johnson said.  "€œI used it last night at a funeral I attended to help the the family with their loss." (Brooke Mayle/Staff Photographer)

Sacred eagle feathers celebrated for tribal significance

Amid a room that smelled strongly of a cedar forest, Beatrice Jackson gave a point-blank explanation about why the bald eagle is sacred to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. “The feathers are sacred because the bald eagle flies closest to […]
Mount Pleasant
Saginaw Chippewa tribal member, Julie Whitepigeon, center, carries the remains of Native American ancestors to the Nibokaan Cemetery on Friday afternoon on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe reservation. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery following a repatriation ceremony. It is considered a high honor to carry the remains as they begin the journey for the ancestors' walk through the afterlife, according to the tribe's spiritual beliefs. (Adam Niemi/Staff Photographer)

Ancestral remains honored at Saginaw Chippewa ceremony

The human remains of 120 Chippewa ancestors were returned to their home region after being in the back rooms and museums of the University of Michigan and elsewhere. “A lot of this is celebratory,” Frank Cloutier, the Saginaw Chippewa tribe’s […]
Columns / Voices

COLUMN: Club hockey punishment is without merit

I bit into a bad apple once and haven’t done it since. I learned from it. The Central Michigan club hockey team bit into a bad apple also, but there’s a difference: they won’t have a chance to learn from […]
Mount Pleasant
People watch "The Thick Dark Fog," a film about the impact of Native American boarding schools that fractured families and communities. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is using the film to narrate its own struggle to overcome the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial School's effects on its community. (Adam Niemi/Staff Photographer)

Film event holds open forum about Saginaw Chippewa mistreatment

Mount Pleasant residents had the chance to see a film documenting the history and abuses of Native American boarding schools and the affects still prevalent today. “The Thick Dark Fog” was shown at the Ziibiwing Center, 6650 E. Broadway Road, […]


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