December 31, 2016



SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have taken their best "guesstimate" and released LSSU's 42nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

“Overused words and phrases are a 'bête noire' for thousands of users of the 'manicured' Queen's English,” said an LSSU spokesperson, who released the 'historic' list during a town hall meeting. “We hope our modest 'listicle' will figure 'bigly' in most 'echo chambers' around the world.”

LSSU's word banishment tradition is now in its fifth decade, and was started by the late W. T. Rabe, a public relations director at Lake Superior State University.



   January 5, 2017


Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Program will be held on Saturdays from 9 to 5 pm on Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, and May 20 At the Eastern UP Intermediate School District, 315 Armory Place, Conference Room A, Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783 Course is $300, and there are some partial scholarships available.  You must register and apply for partial scholarships online by Jan. 13. For questions, contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator,, or 906-875-0606.

January 8, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE —  At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 3, a Michigan State Police trooper from the Sault Ste. Marie Post responded to a call on Munuscong Bay in Raber Township of Chippewa County.     

A local couple from Chippewa County was ice fishi...

January 6, 2017

Also signs 11 additional measures, vetoes two bills

LANSING — Speed limits on certain Michigan roadways may increase after studies are conducted to ensure safety under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Ensuring that all Michiganders are safe while operati...

January 4, 2017

Michigan Democrat Gretchen Whitmer threw her hat into the run and became the first person to announce they will be running for the governor's seat in Michigan in the 2018 race. Whitmer made the following post on her Facebook page as the announcement began to to circula...

January 3, 2017

As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

As millions of people have been traveling for the hol...

December 30, 2016

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, a new tobacco-free policy takes effect at Bay Mills Health Center, which was approved by the executive council in 2016. 

The policy prohibits the use of commercial tobacco products, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, vapor cigarettes, snuff, chew and ho...

Drivers in Michigan will pay 7.3 cents more per gallon in gasoline taxes starting Sunday, thanks to a package of transportation-related tax hikes signed into law in 2015 by Gov. Rick Snyder. Truckers will pay an additional 11.3 cents per gallon for diesel fuel tax.


December 30, 2016

The Winter Travel Advisory operates from early December through March 30th.  It is updated twice a day or as information concerning travel conditions is received.  If you need more current or specific information, please listen to your local radio or television station...

December 30, 2016

Preliminary reports by the Michigan State Police show six people lost their lives in six separate traffic crashes during the 2016 Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Lifesaver Weekend. In comparison, three people died in traffic crashes during the 2...

December 30, 2016

Bay Mills Fire Management will be hosting a class (S130-90) on basic wildland fires. This course is required for those interested in joining the Bay Mills crew. The course will be offered from Jan. 23-27 and will cover entry-level topics such as fire suppression, techn...

December 29, 2016

WASHINGTON — As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers free tax help is available online, by phone and in-person. The IRS encourages taxpayers to take advantage of the online tools and resources at Many taxpayers, who...

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LSSU seeks proposals for TEDx event

January 03, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State University is seeking proposals for its third annual TEDx event to be held in the Shouldice library on March 23. LSSU Students, staff, and community members are all welcome to submit their ideas. The theme is, Never Stop Learning, an exploration of lifelong learning in all its forms.

Individuals, pairs, or small groups may make presentations. Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted through by Jan. 15. Presenters will be chosen in January.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience under the guidance of the international TED Conference organization. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Soo Theatre Project recruiting volunteers

January 03, 2017

Have a love of theatre? Looking to give back to your community? The Soo Theatre Project could not survive without its volunteers. They are in need of helpers of all kinds — in the office, ushering, back stage, marketing, organizing and working at special events.


The theatre is busy year-round.

In addition to a full spring, summer, and fall performance schedule which includes a straight play, two musicals, an opera, and specially themed events such as the annual Mike Dempsey Show, The Soo Theatre Project offers a wide range of class offerings.

Cloverland Electric announces rates for 2017

December 31, 2016

At its special board meeting in October, Cloverland Electric Cooperative’s board of directors voted 6 to 3 in favor of restructuring the rates. The approved plan lowers the residential energy charge and increases the facility charge for members effective in January 2017. The restructured plan results in an overall increase of 2.9 percent.

The rate plan reduces the residential energy charge for former legacy Edison Sault customers and for former legacy Cloverland Electric members to $0.09149 per kilowatt-hour. The fair and simple rate plan reduces the rate classes from 15 down to 6. The plan restructures costs to fixed costs and variable costs. Fixed costs such as taxes, trucks, poles, wires, equipment, etc. will be received through a facility charge of $23.75 per meter per month. The variable cost is what Cloverland pays for the power it generates and the wholesale power it purchases. The variable cost changes each month due to weather and usage.  In 2017, it will be reflected in the energy charge component of the electric bill that is being reduced. The energy charge is the component of the bill that members can directly influence through energy conservation.

DNR urges caution on snowmobile trails

December 29, 2016

With varying amounts of snowfall so far this season across the northern section of the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging snowmobilers to use caution riding trails.

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