Arenac Co. Home To Smallest Village In Michigan 3-23-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Arenac Co. Home To Smallest Village In Michigan 3-23-2011

New census results show the smallest village or city in Michigan is Turner, population 114, in Arenac County.
Village clerk Yolanda Miracle says there's a grain elevator and a church but no gas station or store. The post office is open 20 hours a week but is likely to close.
Turner is 50 miles north of Bay City and 10 miles west of Lake Huron.
Miracle says she's always lived in Turner. Her 92-year-old father is village president and her husband is village treasurer. Two other married couples serve on the village board.
Miracle predicts that Turner eventually will be absorbed into the surrounding township. Despite its size, the village still plows snow and decorates Main Street every Christmas.
Census data released Tuesday showed the drop-off of more than 237,000 people in Detroit helped Michigan become the only state that suffered an overall population decline between 2000 and 2010, slipping 0.6 percent to 9,883,640. But the city, the state's largest, was not solely responsible for the dubious distinction.
The population fell 18 percent in Flint, another city heavily dependent on the auto industry and the birthplace of General Motors. Pontiac and Saginaw, which also lost jobs in auto and parts manufacturing, dropped 12 percent and 17 percent respectively.
Nearly half of the state's 83 counties lost residents, underscoring the ripple effect from Michigan's reliance on the ailing manufacturing sector. Michigan has lost nearly 860,000 jobs since 2000, and its unemployment rate has long been among the nation's highest.
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