December 2, 2020


BAY CITY, MI — Two Bay County women have died after a car they were in was submerged in the Saginaw River.

The Bay City Department of Public Safety confirmed that Janet Korpal, 81, and Nicholette Korpal, 52, died the evening of Monday, Nov. 30. The women were mother and daughter, police said.

A few hours earlier, at about 2:20 p.m., Bay City Public Safety personnel responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven into the river from a parking lot near Bigelow Park on Middleground Island. A witness had said two women were in the vehicle, described by Public Safety Deputy Director Caleb Rowell as a black Mercury Milan.

After floating for a brief time, the Milan became submerged in the water with both Korpals still inside, police said.

Emergency responders pulled the women from the car. The Korpals were taken to McLaren Bay Region hospital and died sometime after 5 p.m.

Autopsies are planned to determine the Korpals’ causes of death. Police did not say who had been driving the Milan.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene and lent assistance, including the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police, Essexville Department of Public Safety, Medstar Ambulance Service, and the Bangor Township Fire Department.

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The Ninnescah River is a river in the central Great Plains of North America. Its entire 56.4-mile (90.8 km) length lies within the U.S. state of Kansas. It is a tributary of the Arkansas River.[3]


The Ninnescah River originates in the Wellington Lowlands of south-central Kansas. It is formed in southwestern Sedgwick County by the confluence of the North Fork Ninnescah River and the South Fork Ninnescah River. From there, it flows southeast into the Arkansas River Lowlands. It empties into the Arkansas River roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Oxford, Kansas in eastern Sumner County.[4]

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  1. ^ “Ninnescah River”. Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
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  2. ^ “Water-Data Report 2013 – 07145500 Ninnescah River Near Peck, KS” (PDF). U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 29, 2011
  4. ^ “2003-2004 Official Transportation Map” (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  • Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. Volume II. Page 370.

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Historically, societies have always located near water, due partly to the
fact that water enables more efficient travel compared to going over land.
Waterways are critically important to the transportation of people and
goods throughout the world. The complex network of connections between
coastal ports, inland ports, rail, air, and truck routes forms a
foundation of material economic wealth worldwide.

Within the United States, waterways have been developed and integrated
into a world-class transportation system that has been instrumental in the
country’s economic development. Today, there are more than 17,700
kilometers of commercially important navigation channels in the lower 48

Early History of Water-based Transportation

The historical development of water-based transportation is connected to
the importance of domestic and international trade. Early exploration of
North America identified large amounts of natural resources such as
fisheries, timber, and furs. Trade centers were established along the
east coast of North America where goods could be gathered together and
ocean vessels could transport them to consumers in Europe and other
foreign areas. The success of commercial trading companies spurred the
introduction of

Waterways in developing countries are critical avenues for local and regional commerce. Fruit and vegetable vendors flock to floating markets on rivers and canals, such as this one in Bangkok, Thailand.

Waterways in developing countries are critical avenues for local
and regional commerce. Fruit and vegetable vendors flock to floating
markets on rivers and canals, such as this one in Bangkok, Thailand.

more colonial settlements that in turn resulted in additional increases
in population, economic activity, and trade.

From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, small subsistence farms
were prevalent among the American colonies. Eventually larger farms
emerged and produced crops such as wheat, tobacco, rice, indigo, and
cotton that were commercially marketable in Europe. Ocean vessels
transported the bulk, low-value goods from the colonies to Europe and
returned with high-value, low-density goods such as inks, linens, and
finished products that had a much higher return on the investment per
vessel trip.

Agricultural production continued to grow and support the growing
colonies’ economic development. The speed and low cost of
transporting goods by water influenced the locations of population
settlements near navigable water (rivers, lakes, canals, and oceans).
Goods produced on inland farms were transported via inland waterways to
the coastal ports. Goods shipped by smaller vessels from surrounding
ports were transported to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, and
exported on larger oceangoing ships. These ships from the smaller ports
then transported imported goods back to the surrounding ports.

During the 1700s, the British government passed many acts, such as the
Navigation Acts and the Stamp Act of 1765, designed to collect taxes
from the colonists. The acts affected trade, and were met with
opposition from the colonist. In Philadelphia during the fall of 1774,
the “Declarations and Resolves of the First Continental
Congress” called for non-importation of British goods, and became
a catalyst for the American Revolutionary War (1775–1784). The
resulting independence for the United States allowed trade a free rein,
and it flourished.

Westward Expansion.

The westward expansion of the United States exposed a wealth of natural
resources and an increased production in agricultural goods. The inland
transportation infrastructure


PRSD Transportation Information 

Each day in our community, 75 School Bus Drivers transport approximately 3000 students 11,848 kms with a total service area of 12,378 square kilometers!

The Transportation Department, under the Management of John Przybylski and Transportation Manager David Rushton is located at 9530-90 Avenue, Peace River, AB. Transportation has repair and maintenance garages in Fairview, Manning and Peace River. We conduct bus driver training and safety programs with in-house trainers. The Department provides transportation to the public and separate schools within the Division boundaries.  There are 117 Drivers, Mechanics, Support, Training and Managment staff employed with the Transportation department. For Transportation to run smoothly, everyone must work together;  employees, parents and students. This site was designed to provide information and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to browse around, and remember, check for updates as we continue to build and add to our site.


Peace River School Division (PRSD) Transportation Bus Note Communication

June 25, 2019 — In following up to a letter dated March 5, 2019 that was issued to schools by PRSD Transportation Manager, David Rushton, PRSD Transportation department will implement the use of a common school authenticated school bus transportation note for all schools effective September 1, 2019.

Peace River School Division (PRSD) Transportation department has amended Administrative Policy 560 (AP 560) and has implemented the need for school authenticated bus notes (TF-304 Transportation Bus Note).

As per newly amended AP 560, specifically Section 6.2 – 6.4, commencing on September 1, 2019, if for any reason a student needs alternate school bus transportation other than his or her designated bus or designated stop, he/she will require PRSD’s TF-304 Transportation Bus Note to be issued by your child’s school office manager a minimum of one day prior to the date of change in transportation.  The school authorized note will be issued to the student to give to the bus driver the day of change in transportation.

Parents may print this bus note, fill it out and pass it to the school office manager to be authorized and processed or parents may send a note or call the school to arrange plans with the school office manager for authorization and distribution to the Transportation office no later than one day prior to the date of change in transportation.

In the event of an unavoidable same day emergency, transportation will only be provided with the direct approval of the Transportation Manager or designate by calling 780.624.3006.

For further clarification, please call PRSD Transportation department at 780.624.3006. 


Did You Know…..

84% of our drivers have been employed with PRSD for over 3 years

86% of our drivers are female

70% of our drivers value the flexible hours that come with driving school bus

94% of our drivers feel respected by Peace River School Division as their employer





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