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Community mourns loss of LSSU's President Pleger

May 07, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State University President Thomas Pleger passed away suddenly on May 7 after undergoing brain surgery in Petoskey, Michigan. He was 48. Read More

Another legal lap ahead in horse pulling doping dispute?

May 05, 2017


Capital News Service


LANSING — It has taken five years, four judges and three rounds in a lawsuit to decide a doping scandal between a state horse pulling association and one of its members.


And it’s still not over. A fourth round is possible.


Many thought it was over after a three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel ruled in favor of a Chippewa County man accused of breaking competition rules.


The case started in 2012 when a horse owned by David Esslin of Goetzville, then a member of the Bear Lake-based Michigan Horse Pulling Association, tested positive for an illegal substance. Esslin was fined and suspended from the association.


Esslin fought the drugging allegations by suing the association, successfully, for thousands of dollars. Read More

Legislation would increase sentences for animal abuse in domestic violence

May 05, 2017


Capital News Service


LANSING — Proposed bipartisan legislation to stiffen punishments for abuse to pets during domestic disputes is headed to the full Senate with the unanimous approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Supporters say the increased penalties would help prevent both animal abuse crimes and domestic violence.


“It addresses a gap in the law right now,” said Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, the primary sponsor. “The current statute doesn’t deal with the situation where someone is using the torture of an animal to torture a human being.


“The bills are as much domestic violence prevention as they are animal abuse prevention.” Read More

Bill seeks to reduce penalty of expired concealed pistol license

May 04, 2017


Capital News Service


LANSING — People with concealed pistols could avoid felony charges for expired licenses under a bill introduced by Rep. Shane Hernandez, R-Port Huron.


Under current law, anyone with an expired concealed pistol license who still carries his or her concealed weapon could be charged with a felony, even if it’s only been a few days since the license expired, Hernandez said.


Hernandez said he was inspired to introduce the bill after hearing about a staffer’s friend who faced such a charge because of a recently expired license during a routine traffic stop. Read More

Election Update: CTE millage passes

May 03, 2017

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Results of the May 2 election are in. The ballot measure to provide career and technical education to students in the Eastern Upper Peninsula School District has narrowly passed, 2756-2713.


The funds can only be spent to establish and operate classes and activities that are designed to prepare students for useful employment in recognized occupations.  All funded programs will be open to all EUP students.

The measure calls for 1 mil for ten years that will produce $2.3 million per year to establish and operate CTE programs for all EUP juniors and seniors. The cost for property owners will be $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value. 

House adopts Rep. Chatfield’s resolution to build new Soo Lock

May 03, 2017

State Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering  spoke in support of House Concurrent Resolution 2, which he introduced and the full Michigan House adopted with strong bipartisan support on April 25. The resolution calls on the president and Congress to fully fund construction of a second lock at the Upper Peninsula facility to protect national security and Michigan’s economy. The construction was approved by Congress 31 years ago, but funding has yet to be provided. The resolution now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Bills would eliminate concealed-carry regulations

May 03, 2017

Capital News Service

LANSING — Some lawmakers are working to remove the licensing requirement for concealed pistol carriers.

Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, has introduced bills to eliminate concealed pistol license, or CPL, laws.

Cole said he doesn’t want to make it easier to obtain a gun or loosen those regulations, but he wants to ensure that “law-abiding citizens” don’t need to jump through hoops to carry a concealed pistol for self-defense.

“The idea is to promote constitutional freedom,” Cole said.

Cole also argues that current law can create “inadvertent criminals.” Read More

DNR seeks public input on draft strategic plan for Michigan's state park and recreation system

May 02, 2017

In an effort to guide the future management of the state's park and recreation system, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking feedback on the draft Parks and Recreation Division Strategic Plan 2017-2022: Connections. The draft plan is available for public review and comment.

The DNR Parks and Recreation Division manages 103 state parks and recreation areas, totaling 306,148 acres across Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. It also manages the state’s boating program, the state motorized and non-motorized trail system and 138 state forest campgrounds. Read More

Alberta House galleries full for the month of May

May 01, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE — Artist’s Choice, the Annual Juried Exhibition of the Olive Craig Gallery, opens Tuesday, May 2, in Alberta House Arts Center, filling both galleries with a wide assortment of both two and three dimensional work by artists from Hancock to Sturgis, Michigan and from the Algoma Region of Ontario.  


The public is invited to attend the reception and awards ceremony on Friday, May 5, between 5 and 7 p.m.  First Place wins $300; Second Place $200 and Third Place $100. There are also Purchase Awards from War Memorial Hospital, Central Savings Bank and Pam and Kevin Cooper. The exhibition’s judge is LSSU Art Professor Lloyd Eddy. 

Along with the usual oils, acrylics, collages, watercolors, pastels and photographs, viewers will find found object and metal constructions, precisely crafted wood boxes, decorative ceramics, comical wood carvings, wall hangings, rug hooking, needle felting and more.  The exhibition will be in place through May 31.

Alberta House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free of charge.  The big, blue Victorian building is located at 217 Ferris Street, just a quarter of a block south of the Soo Locks—and there is no better time to check it out!

The monthly “Alberta House News” is available online at as a free download, and many photographs of items in the exhibit are in it. 

For more information e-mail: or call Alberta House at 906-635-1312 during open hours.

Pipeline Safety Advisory Board will meet in June in Petoskey

April 27, 2017

LANSING – The next meeting of the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) has been scheduled for June in Petoskey.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 12, in the auditorium of the Petoskey Middle School, 801 Northmen Drive, Petoskey, MI.

There will be a public comment period from 9 a.m. to noon, the meeting will then break for lunch, and continue from 1 to 3 p.m. with the remainder of the agenda.

The board, created by Executive Order 2015-12, is charged with ensuring the safety upkeep of the state’s network of pipelines. Co-chaired by Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy, and Heidi Grether, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, it is also charged with advising state agencies on matters related to pipeline routing, construction, operation, and maintenance, as well as ensuring public transparency.

Keep up on PSAB activities by signing up for its listserv.

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Steve Hamilton returns to Bayliss Public Library

One of the U.P.’s favorite authors—Steve Hamilton—will make a return visit to Bayliss Public Library on Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

He will be on tour for Exit Strategy, the second book in his Nick Mason series that will be released a few days prior to the event. The action-packed crime thriller follows Nick Mason on his next mission set in the Appalachians and in New York City.

Steve Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers in the world, and one of only two authors to win Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards for both Best First Novel and Best Novel. His Alex McKnight series includes two New York Times notable books, and he has had two recent titles on the New York Times bestseller list. Steve has either won or received multiple nominations for virtually every other crime fiction award in the business.

The Sault’s Book World store is providing copies of Exit Strategy in hard cover and The Second Life of Nick Mason in paperback for purchase and signing at the event. The latter novel came out in 2016 and is the first in Steve’s new series; it is just out in paperback.

Come to the library event and find out when Steve will be returning to his Alex McKnight series set in the U.P. and the latest on his movie deal. For more information about the author, check

The event is on a Friday night when the library is not usually open, so please enter by the front door. The Friends of Bayliss Library will provide refreshments.

Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library, is located at 541 Library Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. For more information, check


Winter Farmer's Market

Saturday, May 6
Bayliss Public Library
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Don’t forget to visit our local Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Conveniently located inside of Bayliss Public Library, you can shop and support local vendors, while remaining warm and dry. 

This will be the last indoor market- the next one will be taking place outdoors!


Donations needed for auction

Best of Friends Humane Society is taking donations of gently used goods (except clothing) for a fundraising auction to be held on May 13.  The event will be conducted by Royale Treasures Auction with proceeds going to help EUP animals in need.  Over the past five years, the organization has assisted more than 500 low income pet owners with their pets’ veterinary care.   Call Best of Friends 906-440-8309 for drop-off locations in the Soo.  Pickup may be available.  See items to be auctioned on Best of Friends Humane Society’s Facebook  page.

The time and date of the auction will be announced in the coming weeks.

Spring Cleanup planned for forest

The Spring 2017 St. Ignace Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 6th.  The group will be meeting at Castle Rock in St. Ignace at 9 a.m., and plan on working until 2 p.m., lunch will be provided for the volunteers.

If you plan to attend, please dress appropriately for the weather; tools, gloves and other safety equipment will be provided. According to the rangers, the public is a huge help with this effort, and is encouraged to participate  again this year. 

Contact Justin Bomers at 906-643-7900 x 137 or Tom Briggs at 906-748-6567 with questions

Craft show planned

A Craft Show will be held on Saturday, June 3 at the American Legion Post #393 in Hulbert.

Contact Heather Frank at (906) 274-5228 or email: for more information.

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