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By The Associated Press • May 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Northern Michigan official voted out after anti-Muslim posts

KALKASKA (AP) — Voters have tossed a northern Michigan official out of office after he refused to apologize for anti-Muslim Facebook posts.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's recall election show that Jeff Sieting was voted out as village president in Kalkaska and that voters elected Harley Wales to replace him, MLive.com reported. Sieting held the post for more than five years.

A recall petition was filed in November 2017 over complaints that included Sieting's social media posts. The Facebook posts called for the killing of "every last Muslim" and for nuclear weapons to be used on the world's 10 largest Muslim-majority cities. Another post suggested violence against members of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sieting also voted to approve a budget that had a $500,000 deficit, according to the petition.

Wales will serve the rest of Sieting's term and plans to run for re-election in November.

Upper Peninsula bridge repair prompting highway closure

MORAN TWP. (AP) — A major bridge repair project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is closing a stretch of U.S. 2 through the summer.

State highway officials said the 3.6-mile highway closure in Mackinac County's Moran Township started Wednesday. It's prompted by $4.8 million in repairs to the Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge. Work includes structural and expansion joint repairs as well as painting.

The closing and detour are expected to last until September, and the project is set to be finished in November.

The bridge is between Epoufette and Brevort, about 26 miles northwest of St. Ignace. The 640-foot long, cantilevered deck truss bridge was originally built in 1947.

Michigan elections bureau rejects challenges to El-Sayed

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan elections bureau has rejected challenges to the candidacy of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

The bureau wrote a letter Wednesday saying El-Sayed has been continuously registered to vote in Michigan since 2003.

Democratic rival Shri Thanedar and three other residents had asked for an investigation since El-Sayed worked and voted in New York before moving back to Michigan in 2015.

At issue are provisions in Michigan's Constitution and election law. A gubernatorial candidate must have been a registered and "qualified" voter in Michigan for four years before the election.

Michigan Elections Director Sally Williams said El-Sayed's voter registration couldn't have been canceled unless the state received specific written confirmation that he changed his residence for voting purposes or until two straight federal elections passed without him voting in Michigan.

West Michigan girl taking food to homeless struck by car, dies

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Police said an 8-year-old girl has died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a roadway in Grand Rapids to feed homeless people in a park.

The crash happened Tuesday night near a bridge over the Grand River. Officers who responded found Nevaeh Alston unconscious in the roadway. She was taken to a hospital, where police say she died.

Relatives said Nevaeh, who was with her mother, was carrying fresh fruit. Her uncle was across the street.

Nevaeh was a student at Kent Hills Elementary School. Principal Benjamin Rogers said in a letter to parents that she would be "greatly missed."

Police said the driver of the vehicle is a Grand Rapids resident, and neither alcohol nor speed appeared to be a factor.

Michigan-based Boyne completes purchase of 6 ski resorts

BOYNE CITY — Michigan-based Boyne Resorts has completed its purchase of six ski resorts it was operating under long-term lease agreements from Maine to British Columbia.

CEO Stephen Kircher called the closing with Oz Real Estate this week "exceptionally gratifying" because he'd long wanted to own the properties outright.

Boyne now owns Brighton Resort near Salt Lake City; Cypress Mountain in British Columbia; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine; and The Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle. Also included is the scenic Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Boyne also has three ski resorts in Michigan and the Big Sky Resort in Montana. In a statement, the company described its portfolio as the most geographically diverse among North American ski companies.

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