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The Department of Natural Resources announced that the results of the 2015 bear hunting license drawing have been posted at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. A total of 6,951 bear licenses were available during the bear application period (May 1-June 1). Comments (0)

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Book Review - ‘The Invention of Wings’ by Sue Monk Kidd

On her eleventh birthday, Sarah Grimké’s parents gave her a present: a ten-year-old slave named Hetty “Handful.” This was the norm for polite genteel society in Charleston in 1803. Sarah despises slavery even at this early age and unsuccessfully attempts to reject the gift. Thus begins Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, “The Invention of Wings.” The book is the fictionalized history of Sarah Grimké, who along with her sister, was at the forefront of the abolitionist and women’s rights movements in the early 19th century. Although Hetty was an actual slave, Kidd’s account is mostly invention. The story follows the lives of these two women over the course of 35 years and their yearning and striving for freedom – Hetty from the chains of slavery and Sarah from the constraints of being a woman in the 19th century. Comments (0)

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