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Associated Press • May 31, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Here’s what’s making news around Michigan today:

Apparently homeless man dies violently in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Police say a man believed to be homeless died violently before his body was found near Boardman Lake in Traverse City.

Traverse City police Capt. James Bussell says the body of the man was found Wednesday afternoon by hikers.

Bussell says the man suffered "extensive physical injuries." He says the body was about 15 yards from the lake and 10 yards from a nearby tent.

Bussell said the man is believed to be in his 60s.The man's name hasn't been released.

The body was sent to Western Michigan University for an autopsy.

Commission OKs design for river fish sorting project

DETROIT (AP) — The Great Lakes Fishery Commission has selected the final design for a project intended to allow removal of dams from rivers without letting exotic species migrate upstream.

The "FishPass " initiative will take place on the Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan, which is undergoing a restoration program that includes removal of several dams .

At the site of the last dam to be removed, a barrier will be installed to prevent parasitic sea lamprey from swimming upriver and attacking native fish. The mechanism also will include a channel where fish-sorting techniques and technologies will be tested.

The goal will be to block the path of unwanted fish while letting the others continue upstream. A second channel will allow recreation and normal water flow.

The commission approved the design Wednesday in Detroit.

Body of 1 of 2 men from small plane found in Lake Michigan

FRANKFORT (AP) — Authorities have found the body of one of two men missing since the small plane they were aboard went down in Lake Michigan.

Michigan State Police say the body of 53-year-old Emanuel Manos of Monroe was found Wednesday night and the search for 65-year-old Randal Dippold, of Perry, was ongoing Thursday.

Searchers found the plane last week about 5 miles from Frankfort in northern Michigan. Police say Manos' body was found nearby in more than 500 feet of water.

The plane took off May 12 from Ontonagon in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and was heading to Monroe in southeastern Michigan when it reportedly had engine trouble .

Manos was president of Detroit Salt Co. Dippold owns a flight training service based in Howell.

Body of missing Michigan boater found in northeast Wisconsin

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Wisconsin have recovered the body of a Michigan man missing after a boat capsized on the Menominee River a month ago.

A fisherman found the body of 57-year-old Benjamin Tart of Iron River, Michigan, in the waters of Green Bay on Wednesday.

Tart went missing on April 29 when a boat with two men overturned near Stephenson Island on the Wisconsin side of the river.

The other man was rescued near the Highway 41 bridge, but Tart was presumed drowned after two days of searches.

Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban says the body was found in the city of Oconto.

The Brown County medical examiner's office positively identified the body.

Authorities continue to investigate.

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