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Sheriff's Dept. apprehends parole absconder

Aug. 1, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — On July 10, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip that was submitted through the Chippewa County Sheriff’s APP. The tip stated that “Lee” Carter was living on Sugar Island in Chippewa County in a 5th wheel RV and was a parole absconder from North Carolina. Lee was on the Island with his wife “Marie Carter” and her two daughters and operating a local business. 


An investigation was initiated by Chippewa County Detectives and valid felony warrants were located for Roger “Lee” Carter II out of North Carolina and Indiana. Detectives also learned that “Marie Carter” was actually Dana Upright Royal.


On July 18, Chippewa County Detectives learned of a case from the Hamburg Township Police Department, in Livingston County. Hamburg Township PD took a report on July 5 that tied Roger “Lee” Carter and Dana Upright Royal to the theft of a 2012 Motorhome valued at $60,000. It was also reported to Hamburg Township PD that Roger and Dana were using a fake business front of

On July 19, Chippewa County Detectives found that the 5th Wheel RV on Sugar Island was also stolen by conversion from a couple out of Kentucky. A Search Warrant was executed at the Sugar Island property and the 5th Wheel RV (Valued at more than $60,000) was recovered.

During the course of the investigation it was learned that Roger “Lee” Carter and Dana Upright Royal fled the Chippewa County area. 

On July 26, Chippewa County Detectives learned of the suspects current location. The Chippewa Co Sheriff’s Office then contacted the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post who were able to locate and arrest both suspects.

Roger “Lee” Carter was transported back to Chippewa County where he was lodged on the charge of Larceny by Conversion $20,000 or more. Roger was arraigned in the 91st District Court in Chippewa County and is being held on a $5,000 bond and is being held on the warrants out of North Carolina. Dana Upright Royal was lodged in Bay County on an outstanding felony warrant for fraud.

On July 30, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Detectives gained information on the whereabouts of the stolen 2012 Motorhome. A Deputy Sheriff in lower Michigan was able to locate and recover that Motorhome.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the MSP Sault Post, MSP Tri-City Post, the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office, and Tri-Dent for their help in the investigation.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Hamburg Township Police Department and MSP Flint Post are seeking any information from anyone who may have suffered a financial loss while conducting business with RVNow Rentals which was operated out of Owosso.

Anyone with information regarding RVNow Rentals, please contact the nearest agency listed below:

•Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office-Sault Ste. Marie 
Detective Douglas Mitchell 906-635-6388


•Hamburg Township Police Department-Livingston County
Detective Sergeant Gary Harpe 810-222-1174


•Michigan State Police Flint Post
Detective Sergeant James Moore 810-733-5869

Lampricide to be applied to local creeks

July 28, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to Carlton and Beavertail creeks (Chippewa County) to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom.  Applications will be conducted on or about Aug. 7 to  16,  in accordance with State of Michigan permits.  Applications will be complete in about seven days.  Application dates are tentative and may be changed based upon local weather or stream conditions near the time of treatment.

Sea lamprey larvae live in certain Great Lakes tributaries and transform to parasitic adults that migrate to the Great Lakes and kill fish.  Failure to kill the larvae in streams would result in significant damage to the Great Lakes fishery.  Infested tributaries must be treated every three to five years with lampricides to control sea lamprey populations.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency have reviewed human health and environmental safety data for lampricides, and in 2003 concluded that the lampricides (Lampricid and Bayluscide) pose no unreasonable risk to the general population and the environment when applied at concentrations necessary to control larval sea lampreys.  However, as with any pesticide, the public is advised to use discretion and minimize unnecessary exposure.  Lampricides are selectively toxic to sea lampreys, but a few fish, insect, and broadleaf plants are sensitive.  Persons confining bait fish or other organisms in stream water are advised to use an alternate water source because lampricides may cause mortality among aquatic organisms stressed by crowding and handling. Agricultural irrigation must be suspended for 24 hours, during and following treatment.

Extensive preparations are required for a safe and effective stream treatment.  Prior to treatment, personnel collect data on stream water chemistry and discharge.  In addition, they may conduct on-site toxicity tests with lampricides and stream flow studies with dyes that cause stream water to appear red or green.

Lampricides are carefully metered into the stream for approximately 12 hours, and continually analyzed at predetermined sites to assure that proper concentrations are maintained as the lampricides are carried downstream.  Applicators are trained and are certified by Michigan regulatory agencies for aquatic applications of pesticides.

The program is contracted through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Commission initiated chemical control of sea lampreys in 1958.  Since that time the highly successful program has contributed significantly to the maintenance of the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fisheries.

For additional information in the U.S. call 1-800-472-9212 and in Canada call 1-800-553-9091.  TTY users may reach the Marquette or Ludington Biological Stations through the Michigan State Relay Service at 1-800-649-3777.

Michigan Tech study assesses impacts of worst-case oil spill in Straits of Mackinac 

July 24, 2018

LANSING – State of Michigan agencies today released for public comment a draft independent analysis of the impacts of a potential oil spill from Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

A team led by Michigan Technological University and directed by professor Guy Meadows of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center submitted the draft report “Independent Risk Analysis for the Straits Pipelines” to state officials on July 16, 2018. Read More

LSSU breaks ground on Center for Freshwater Research and Education

July 23, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Officials and guests turn the first layer of dirt on Lake Superior State University’s $13.2-million Center for Freshwater Research and Education  on July 20 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Slated for completion by summer 2020, CFRE is actually two undertakings in one.


A new 17,500 square-foot building will bear the name of Center benefactors Richard and Theresa Barch, and will anchor community, educational and research activities. LSSU’s existing Aquatic Research Laboratory  will remain open while being significantly renovated and expanded into a dedicated hatchery. From left is LSSU President Rodney Hanley; Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Tony Bosbous; Tom Gorenflo of the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority; CFRE Director Ashley Moerke; ARL Lab Manager Roger Greil; major CFRE project backers Richard and Theresa Barch; CFRE childrens’ engagement benefactor Constance Baker; Assistant Director of Research Kevin Kapuscinski; LSSU President Emeritus Peter Mitchell; Cloverland Electrical Cooperative President and CEO Dan Dasho; Congressman Jack Bergman, State Senator Wayne Schmidt; SmithGroup JJR CFRE Senior Project Manager Patrick Westerland; and Dick Posthumus, Chief of Staff for Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder. Stay informed with project details and further updates. 

July 20, 2018

Read more in this issue, including information about:

  • Michigan Lighthouse Festival

  • Brimley-Bay Mills Farmers Market updates

  • Chairman's message for July

  • Brimley School Board reports

  • Bay Mills Executive Council updates

  • Photos from STEM Camp 

Reminder: MDOT phone line open for I-75 Business Spur project in Sault Ste. Marie

July 18, 2018
SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan Department of Transportation has set up a phone line with voicemail to receive calls from residents, business owners, and the motoring public regarding the 2018-2019 I-75 Business Spur (BS) reconstruction and roundabout project in Sault Ste. Marie.

The phone line for project-related issues has been set up at the project field office. Call 906-259-0776.

MDOT and the city of Sault Ste. Marie are investing $11.2 million to reconstruct 2.2 miles of roadway and construct a roundabout combining the intersections of 3 Mile Road/Mackinac Trail and I-75 BS/Mackinac Trail in Sault Ste. Marie. The project is scheduled to be constructed in phases over two years. Work began May 29, 2018, and is expected to be completed in October 2019.

This project is expected to improve safety and traffic flow in this area.

Appraiser Mark Moran returns to the EUP

July 14, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — In August, three Superior District Libraries will be hosting Antique and Collectible Appraisal events with appraiser Mark F. Moran of Iola, WI. Due to the success of the events of the past three years, Moran is making a return visit to the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Moran has been an appraiser for more than 20 years, a contributing editor to Antique Trader magazine, and co-author of over 25 books on antiques and collectibles. He has also been a guest expert on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

He will be at Drummond Island Library on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m.; at Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville on Friday, Aug. 10, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and at Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The charge per item to be appraised is $10 (members of the Friends of the Drummond Island Library receive a $5 discount); more than one item may be appraised. Limit two items at Drummond Island Library. To register, visit the library help desks. For more information, you may call (906) 632-9331 (Bayliss); (906) 484-3547 (Cedarville); (906) 493-5243 (Drummond Island). 

Those interested must register and pay in advance at their library of choice; space is limited. No refunds. The appraisals will be verbal, not written. Estimated appraisal times will be provided, but it is best to arrive early.

The community is invited to be part of the audience for the appraisal days and watch Moran in action. He will appraise most items, including: fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, assorted toys, metalware, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments, vintage lighting, books, sporting memorabilia. He does not appraise weapons, traps, Nazi memorabilia, coins and paper money, fine jewelry, precious gems, or Beanie Babies.

Each library has a more detailed list of categories he can appraise, including some that may need advance preparation.

For a $75 fee, Moran is also available to visit homes to assess collections. There is no mileage charge if those interested live within 10 miles of an appraisal site. For more information, see

The Friends of Bayliss Library will provide refreshments on Aug. 11. Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library, is located at 541 Library Drive in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. For more information, call 906-632-9331 or check Facebook.

Note: attached flyer is for the libraries in Cedarville and Sault Ste. Marie. Please contact Drummond Island for more information about their event.

EUP Trails to be added to

July 13, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Hikers, bicyclists, skiers, horseback riders, ORVers, and snowmobile riders can rely on for information on thousands of miles of trails across the northern Lower Peninsula this summer. This site features detailed information about each trail system and nearby amenities and attractions. However, one question keeps coming up: “Where are the Upper Peninsula trails?”


The Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning Commission, along with Up North Trails Collaborative, and the Central and Western Planning Regions, has announced that by fall 2018, all land-based trails will also be available on The Regional Prosperity Initiative has funded the expansion of this resource to the entire Upper Peninsula.


The Up North Trails Collaborative has already brought together 53 organizations to map more than 5,300 miles of trails and points of interest; the number of partners and miles of trails will nearly double over this summer with the addition of the Upper Peninsula. Unlike a one-dimensional map that only shows simple routes, visitors to this website can find all kinds of information, including length, terrain, trail conditions, surface description, points of interest, photos and even near-term weather forecasts. There is also a narrative description that gives even more background for those planning a visit.


“EUPRPDC staff will be working with all trail user groups in our tri-county region to coordinate data collection and learn about local efforts and goals to expand trail systems,” said Jeff Hagan, CEO.


Working on trails is nothing new for EUPRPDC. The organization has worked with multiple groups around the region on trail mapping and development in recent years in an effort to improve amenities and awareness. Most recently, staff worked with partners to develop and continues to work on those resources for paddlers and boaters. This newly-announced collaboration with is strictly focused on dry land.


“We know the Upper Peninsula is a premiere destination for people who want to explore our thousands of miles of trails,” said Rebecca Bolen, planner for EUPRPDC. “Sometimes, though, people have trouble learning about all the opportunities that are available and this website will provide one comprehensive resource for all kinds of trails.” 


Data collection and website work is expected to take place over the rest of the summer, followed by a public meeting in the fall to showcase the newly-expanded website.


Anyone wishing to get involved as an individual or a member of a trail group is invited to contact Bolen at 906-635-1581. To learn more about this new trail resource, visit the website

Getting set to leave the nest: Falcons banded at two Upper Peninsula bridges

July 10, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — It's been a productive summer for Upper Peninsula bridges and their resident raptors, with peregrine falcons at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge successfully raising a chick and the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock seeing three hatchlings this spring.

On the eastern end of the U.P., Karl Hansen, bridge engineer for the International Bridge Administration (IBA), reported that a pair of peregrine falcons successfully nested atop the bridge between the U.S. and Canada this spring, hatching two chicks -- one of which died after hatching. 

Nest boxes for the peregrines have been installed since 2010 on the International Bridge's U.S. and Canadian arches. Last year, the same pair of peregrine falcons successfully nested on the International Bridge, hatching four chicks. The site has hatched 24 falcon chicks since 2010, when the nest box was installed and IBA staff started counting the birds, Hansen said.

The IBA has a new nest camera, the "FalCam," which has proven very popular. Since the live video stream, viewable at, went online, the IBA has seen website usage increase by 46 percent. The camera came online this spring just in time for the seasonal return of the endangered raptors.

At the other end of the Upper Peninsula, on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) installed two nest boxes in 2012 -- one each on the north and south bridge towers. A pair of falcons discovered the nesting site the next spring and has now raised a total of 15 chicks there. A webcam, viewable at, has been installed in cooperation with the Copper Country Audubon Society to allow people to watch nesting activity there.          


The chicks at the Lift Bridge were banded by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources team on June 20, while the International Bridge birds were banded by a team on June 26. Color-coded bands attached to the legs of young birds allow scientists to track the movements, reproductive behavior and population growth of the falcons.

In addition to their leg bands, the peregrine chicks received names. At the International Bridge, the bridge staff collaborated with the Sault Ste. Marie Michigan Convention and Visitor's Bureau to name their bird in conjunction with the city's 350th anniversary this summer. The chick was named Susan, after Susan Johnston (Ozhaguscodaywayquay in Ojibwe), the wife of a fur trader and a prominent Sault resident in the early 1800s. Around 1820, she helped dissuade Ojibwe leaders from attacking a treaty delegation led by Gov. Lewis Cass.

At the Lift Bridge, DNR and bridge staff named the males Hawkeye and Boden, while the female was dubbed Harmony. The new peregrines at both bridges should be ready to leave the nest in another few weeks.

Michigan lost its peregrine falcons in the 1960s and 1970s due to the use of DDT and other environmental contaminants. Since conservation efforts started in the mid-1980s, the number of peregrine nests has slowly increased. Now there are about 40 falcon pairs actively trying to nest statewide, with one to two new pairs discovered most years.

The peregrine falcon has been removed from the federal endangered species list, but is listed as an endangered species in Michigan, protected by state and federal law. Peregrines have adapted to city habitats, nesting on tall buildings, smokestacks and bridges around the world.

High-speed hunters capable of flying at 200 mph, the peregrines may help keep populations of nuisance pigeons under control. While researchers have found pigeons make up a relatively small portion of the falcon diet, the dangerous predators may play a role in frightening them away from bridges. Keeping pigeons away is seen as potentially saving MDOT and the IBA maintenance money down the line, as pigeon droppings can damage paint on metal bridge surfaces.

AARP Veterans event to be held July 12

July 7, 2018

BAY MILLS —  On Thursday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, AARP is teaming up with local veterans organizations for a resource fair. AARP Michigan will host the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to learn about benefits veterans earned through their service. There will be representatives from a variety of veterans service providers through the local Veteran Community Action Team to talk about benefits and answer questions. The event will take place at Bay Mills Resort & Casino. Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome to the event. 

Beach open

July 6, 2018

BAY MILLS — The Riverview Campground beach area, also known as the ball diamonds, is now open to swimmers. The beach was previously closed on July 3 due to high e.coli levels. 

Samples were taken by Bay Mills Biology Dept. on July 5, with clear results received on July 6. 

Biology will continue to sample the waters each week until Labor Day. 

Crews to survey for lamprey

July 1, 2018

UPPER PENINSULA — The continuing battle against sea lampreys soon will come to locations in the local area.  A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada assessment crew will conduct work on the Tahquemenon River, Pine and Carp rivers, and offshore the Carp River (Mackinac and Chippewa counties),  to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom.  Applications will be conducted on or about July 10  to 19, 2018 in accordance with State of Michigan permits.  Applications will be complete in about seven days.  Application dates are tentative and may be changed based upon local weather or stream conditions near the time of treatment. 


A first step in the control of sea lampreys is to survey streams tributary to the Great Lakes to determine the presence of larval sea lampreys.  Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes in the 1920s and have been a permanent, destructive element of the fishery ever since.  Sea Lampreys attach to fish with a suction cup mouth, rasp a hole through the fish’s scales and skin, and feed on blood and body fluids.  The average sea lamprey will destroy up to (40 lbs / 20 kg) of fish during its parasitic phase.


Sea lamprey larvae hatch from eggs laid by adult lampreys in gravel nests, and drift into silty bottom areas where they burrow and live for several years.  Also, larvae sometimes drift out of streams and settle in the immediate offshore areas near stream mouths.  Failure to detect and subsequently eliminate larvae allows the lampreys to transform into parasitic adults and kill Great Lakes fish. 


Fish biologists and technicians conduct surveys for sea lamprey larvae in hundreds of Great Lakes streams each year.  Most surveys are conducted by electrofishing, but in deep waters crews use Bayluscide 3.2 percent Granular Sea Lamprey Larvicide, a lampricide approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency.  This lampricide is specially formulated onto sand granules and covered with a time-release coating.  The formulation is sprayed over a measured surface area of water where it sinks to the bottom, rapidly dissolves, and causes the larval sea lampreys to leave their burrows and swim to the surface where they are collected.


The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency have reviewed human health and environmental safety data for lampricides, and in 2003 concluded that Bayluscide poses no unreasonable risk to the general population and the environment when applied at concentrations necessary to detect larval sea lampreys.  Applications are conducted in accordance with Michigan permits. 


The sea lamprey control program is formulated and implemented by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, in partnership with many groups including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,  U.S. Geological Survey, as well as Native American Tribal authorities and State and local governments.  The Commission initiated chemical control of sea lampreys in 1958.  Since that time the highly successful program has contributed significantly to the maintenance of the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fisheries.


The Commission is committed to delivering a sea lamprey control program that practices good environmental stewardship.  To support the continued safe use of lampricides the Commission recently conducted a series of studies at a total cost of $6 million to assess the effects of the lampricides on human health and the environment.  In addition to these studies the Commission has implemented a research program to develop alternative control techniques.  The Commission also is developing a strategy to increase the number of barriers on sea lamprey-producing streams, and is conducting research into barrier design, traps, attractants, and biological controls.


For additional information in the U.S. call 1-800-472-9212, and in Canada call 1-800-553-9091.  TTY users may reach the Marquette or Ludington Biological Stations through the Michigan State Relay Service at 1-800-649-3777.  Information about sea lampreys and sea lamprey control is available online at

Several events on tap for Friday

June 26, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Several events are taking place this Friday, June 29, as part of the annual Engineer's Day. Events begin at 10 a.m. and include:

State budget includes funding for new health care facility in Bay Mills

June 25, 2018

BAY MILLS — Plans to construct a new health care facility in Bay Mills received a boost last week, as Gov. Rick Snyder penned a $1.5 million allocation for the project into the state budget.


The need for a larger health care facility arose after an assessment determined a building nearly three times the size of the current facility would be required to address community needs adequately.  Bay Mills Health Center provides medical, dental, and mental health services to both tribal and non-tribal individuals throughout the county. BMHC is one of the few dental providers that currently accepts Medicaid in Chippewa County.


State Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, played an integral part in the request for funding, advocating for the health care center of behalf of their constituents in Chippewa County. BMHC provides services to 10 percent of the population in the local area.


Officials from Bay Mills Indian Community have been laying the groundwork for the project in recent months, with the assistance of the Indian Health Service. A final cost for the project has yet to be determined, as site selection and utility accessibility will play a large part in that figure.


The overall goal is integrated health care services: preventative care, traditional medicine, medical, dental, and mental health care, as well as substance abuse treatment and pharmacy services all under one roof.


“This funding will provide us the jumpstart we need to get this project done,” said Bryan Newland, Bay Mills tribal chairman. “I'm incredibly grateful for the advocacy of Rep. Chatfield in trying to meet the health care needs of the EUP, and also for the support of Sen. Schmidt. This project signals a strong partnership between Bay Mills and the State."

LSSU Arts Center announces upcoming concert season

June 22, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Arts Center at Lake Superior State University announces its 2018-19 concert season, with live music ranging from classical piano to Big Band to Michigan humor, through a homage to country music greats Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.


The season opens August 19 with a big band jubilee called Jukebox Saturday Night, a celebration of America’s Swing Era, featuring the hits of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and more. Vocal selections include songs by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and other vocal idols of that time. The band performs various styles of music including swing, ballads, cha-cha, waltzes, and tangos, all to keep a dancer dancing. Audiences can expect the same quality as the Glenn Miller Orchestra while hearing the biggest and best hits of the Big Band Era. Read More

June 21, 2018

Print copies of the June Summer Quarterly are available throughout Bay Mills offices and Bay Mills Resort & Casino and will be delivered in the afternoon of June 21.

Copies are also available throughout Sault Ste. Marie, including the following locations:

  • Woody's One Stop

  • U.P. Tire

  • Bayliss Public Library

  • Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

  • CORA

  • Island Books & Crafts

  • Pak n Ship

  • Tanglewood Golf Course

  • The Visitor's Center/Rest Stop by the International Bridge

  • Kewadin Casino art gallery entrance

Conservationists toast comeback of the Kirtland’s warbler

June 20, 2018

By NAINA RAO/Capital News Service


LANSING — Environmentalists are celebrating the return of the Kirtland’s warbler in the Northern Lower Peninsula.

The small yellow-breasted songbird has been on the brink of extinction since 1973. It was put on the endangered species list that same year.

The Kirtland’s warbler population has come a long way since then. Read More

Pow Wow is coming up!

June 19, 2018

BAY MILLS —  The Bay Mills 27th Annual “Honoring Our Veterans” Pow Wow will be held from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24. Grand Entry will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday. Come out for a weekend of dancing, traditional foods, craft vendors, and socialization. All events take place at the Bay Mills ball diamond at 12099 Lakeshore Drive in Brimley. The pow wow is an alcohol and drug-free event. 

Author to visit LSSU

June 13, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Lake Superior State University is hosting bestselling author Karen Dionne from 2 to 6 p.m., June 15, in its Barnes & Noble campus bookstore. Dionne will meet readers and sign her latest best-selling novel, The Marsh King’s Daughter, a psychological thriller set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Marsh King’s Daughterhas appeared on numerous Best of 2017 lists and was released into paperback by Putman on April 13. It was named a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and nominated for both the International Association of Crime Writers annual Hammett Prize and Barry Award. The book is being developed into a motion picture directed by Oscar‐nominated Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game and Passengers) that will star Oscar‐winner Alicia Vikander.

Dionne is the cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors. She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a humanities scholar, and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.

The Marsh King’s Daughter is in stock at the LSSU Barnes & Noble campus bookstore for Marsh to sign, in hardcover and paperback.

Chairman to attend meeting with EPA/DOJ

June 11, 2018

BAY MILLS — Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Chairman Bryan Newland will be attending a meeting on June 19 regarding Enbridge's Line 5. All five of the Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority tribes will be taking part in the event, which is to be held in Traverse City. 

Newland recently wrote this on the subject. 

Cloverland Electric Cooperative announces election results

June 8, 2018

DAFTER — Cloverland Electric Cooperative announced the results of the director elections at its Annual Meeting of the Members on the evening of June 7 at the Dafter Township Hall.


Cloverland is a democratically-controlled, not-for-profit electric co-op that is governed by nine directors elected by and from the members of their respective districts to serve a three-year term in office. One seat is up for election in each district each year.


Voting took place by mail-in ballot which concluded on May 31. Gerald Nettleton of DeTour Village is the newly elected director for District A receiving 1,038 votes. Andrew Brown of St. Ignace received 938 votes. Susan Rutledge of Hessel received 788 votes and Joseph Durm of St. Ignace received 234 votes. District A is also represented by Jason St. Onge of Mackinac Island and William LaLonde of St. Ignace. Jason Oberle of Sault Ste. Marie is the newly elected director for District B receiving 1,436 votes. Charles Litzner of Sault Ste. Marie received 888 votes and Raymond Johnson of Eckerman received 486 votes. District B is also represented by John Sawruk of Sault Ste. Marie and Carmine Bonacci Jr. of Sault Ste. Marie. In District C, Ron Provo of Manistique, was re-elected with 1,014 votes. Allan Ott of Manistique received 828 votes. Wayne Hellerstedt of Germfask received 505 votes and Isaac Swisher of Manistique received 345 votes. District C is also represented by Virgil Monroe of Manistique and Peter Legault of Engadine.


Prior to hearing the election results, members voted to amend the qualifications for a director candidate to include language that reads, “No one who is a registered sex offender or has been convicted of a sex related crime may run for the board of directors.”

International Bridge falcons hatch chicks

SAULT STE. MARIE—  A pair of peregrine falcons successfully nested on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge this spring. The International Bridge Administration  webcam showed a pair of chicks hatched at the nest site on May 31.

The IBA "FalCam" can be accessed at

Archived FalCam video of the chicks hatching is available at

Pesky forest tent caterpillars again are munching leaves on Michigan trees

June 6, 2018

Forest tent caterpillars are making a nuisance of themselves across Michigan, eating leaves from sugar maple, aspen and oak trees and leaving small strands of webbing as they go. 

The insects, which are native to Michigan, occur in widespread outbreaks every 10 to 15 years. The most recent outbreaks peaked in 2002 and 2010. They’ve been spotted across the Lower Peninsula and in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Outbreaks usually last two or three years; this is the second or third year for outbreaks in some areas. 

An infestation of forest tent caterpillars rarely is fatal unless a tree has other stresses, said Scott Lint, forest health specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Resources Division.

“The larvae begin feeding on new leaves in spring, and can strip the leaves from a tree,” Lint said. 

Many people also are seeing “tents” of web in trees, but don’t confuse the forest tent caterpillar with a similar pest, the eastern tent caterpillar. That one creates tents in black cherry, apple and other fruit trees. Eastern tent caterpillars are dark-colored with a light-colored stripe, rather than dots. They create localized silk tents that encase a portion of a tree, but never enclose leaves. 

“Its impact is minimal, but everybody sees the tents from alongside the road,” Lint said about eastern tent caterpillars. 

Forest tent caterpillars are dark-colored with pale spots. They spin silken threads but do not form an actual tent. They will gather in large colonies on the trunk of the tree when not feeding. Large caterpillars often will wander in search of more food as they completely strip a tree.

Caterpillars will spin a yellow cocoon in mid-June, and mass flights of moths can occur in late June and early July. Adult moths do not feed, but mate and die within a few weeks, after laying eggs. Eggs overwinter until spring, when they hatch. 

The forest tent caterpillar does have natural diseases, predators and parasites, including the large, slow-moving “friendly fly,” which lays its eggs on caterpillar cocoons, preventing them from developing into adult moths. These natural agents  eventually will respond and bring the outbreak under control.

Homeowners with trees that have been heavily defoliated should make sure those trees receive at least one inch of water per week during the growing season. Applying a slow-release tree fertilizer in the fall also will help trees recover quickly and prepare them for any defoliation that might occur next summer. 

Baker makes donation to LSSU

June 3, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University received a gift of cash and property totaling $700,000 from Dr. Constance M. Baker, retired nursing dean, to support the Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE) and its outreach and education mission. The gift will fund the Discovery Center at CFRE, which will be named in Baker’s honor.


The Discovery Center will be located at the entrance of the CFRE and includes a two-story area where children and adults can see and experience the importance of being at the nexus of the Great Lakes; the lakes account for 80% of the freshwater in the U.S. and over 20% of the freshwater on the planet.


“The Discovery Center merges my love for children and my affection for the Soo, where generations of Bakers have lived,” said Baker. “The exhibits will highlight the importance of the Great Lakes and provide visitors a tourist destination on the banks of the St. Marys River.”

Baker received several honors throughout her career including the Alumni Association Award for Nursing Scholarship and Research. She was inducted into the Teacher’s College Hall of Fame at Columbia University.


 LSSU President Emeritus Peter T. Mitchell thanked Baker for her donation.

“How wonderful that one of my last official actions as president is to accept this extraordinarily generous gift,” stated Mitchell. “Connie has become a dear friend to Becky (Mitchell’s wife) and me. Her intellect and keen wit have brought much laughter and joy to us. Her passion for children combined with her love of her hometown make this a very meaningful gift.”


Baker holds a graduate degree in philanthropy, which Mitchell stated, “is a fancy name of fundraising, so she knows the importance of major gifts to a project like CFRE.”


Baker added, “Funding the Discovery Center at CFRE reflects my commitment to investing in projects that have an impact on children’s development and also showcases women’s critical role in philanthropy.”


Baker’s $700,000 donation follows a $1 million gift by Dick and Theresa Barch and brings the fundraising total to over $3.2 million to date. Groundbreaking for the CFRE is scheduled to take place July 20 immediately following the LSSU Board of Trustee’s Meeting.


For more information about LSSU, please contact the LSSU Marketing and Communications Department at 906-635-2315 or visit

Under the Radar Visits the EUP

May 30, 2018


SAULT STE. MARIE — Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman, hosts of the popular PBS television show Under the Radar Michigan are coming to Bayliss Public Library on Thursday, June 7, from 6  to 8 p.m.


Their show and books feature the people, places, and things that make Michigan a great place to visit and explore. Several of their shows have featured locations and businesses in the Sault area and beyond. If you haven’t seen their show, look for it on WNMU Channel 13 on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. and Fridays at 5 p.m. or check their website


Tom Daldin is an Emmy Award-winning producer, actor, and writer, who has created programs that have aired on PBS across Michigan and around the U.S. He grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Journalism. Jim Edelman started out as a radio talk show producer and eventually went to television. He has a love for storytelling, especially off-beat little-known stories. Together they have created a humorous “magazine” about the state they know and love.


Their books The First 50 (2015) and The Next 50 (2018) will be available for sale and signing. They will also have some show “swag” available for purchase.


Our thanks to the Library Network together with the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) for providing this opportunity for Under the Radar folks to visit several Michigan libraries each year. Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library, is honored to have been chosen for a special visit.


Bayliss Public Library is located at 541 Library Drive in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. For more information, check Facebook and or call 906-632-9331.

State transportation group backs Soo Locks construction

May 29, 2018

LANSING — The Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials has officially petitioned the U.S. Congress to fund the construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie.

MAASTO, a group consisting of officials from 10 member state transportation departments, including the Michigan Department of Transportation, unanimously adopted the resolution at its Board of Directors meeting May 24 in Franklin, Tenn.

In its resolution, the MAASTO board noted the locks "provide a vital link between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes and the rest of the world" with more than 3,000 freighter passages each year, moving in excess of 60 million tons of iron ore, stone, coal, grain, cement, and other cargoes. "The locks are of the utmost importance to the region's economy and play a critical role in our national defense," the resolution stated.

MAASTO's resolution "urges the U.S. Congress to provide the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers the necessary and appropriate funding to construct a new large lock at Sault Ste. Marie."

Congress authorized construction of a new lock in 1986 and further authorized full federal funding in 2007, but has not yet appropriated the estimated $600 million to fund construction of the lock.

"Congress authorized a new lock more than three decades ago, but there is yet to be an appropriation for its construction," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "This is an economic imperative for Michigan, our Great Lakes neighboring states and Canada. We hope this united message will get some attention in Washington, D.C."

MAASTO works to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated and balanced transportation system that serves the needs of its 10 member states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

In another recent recognition of the Soo Locks' crucial role, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Service's report on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (HR5515), urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies to "expedite necessary reviews, analysis, and approvals in order to speed the required upgrades at the Soo Locks." The Soo Lock language was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich.

DNR's Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council to meet in Mackinac County

May 29, 2018

ST. IGNACE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss muskellunge regulations, firewood movement and introduce a new DNR forest health specialist among its agenda items when the panel meets Wednesday, June 6 in St. Ignace.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. EDT at the Little Bear Arena, located at 275 Marquette Street in St. Ignace.

“For anyone who has never attended one of our informative, engaging council meetings, this is another prime opportunity to do so,” said Stacy Welling Haughey, DNR U.P. coordinator. “Council members discuss a wide range of natural resource issues facing the region as they are provided the latest information available on these important topics. In addition, members of the general public have a chance to offer their comments to the discussion during the public comment portion of the meeting.”

Also anticipated are reports from the fisheries and legislative subcommittees, updates on chronic wasting disease communication, invasive carp and a public comment options reminder on an ongoing U.P. forest roads inventory.

The Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council and its western U.P. counterpart meet alternating months throughout the year.

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions on comment procedures, see

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the application form found on the DNR website at For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.


Snyder approves emergency rule mandating no-anchor zone in Straits

May 25, 2018

LANSING —  Weeks after an anchoring vessel caused damage to oil and electric lines running under the Straits of Mackinac, Gov. Rick Snyder took action in effort to prevent another incident. On May 24, an emergency rule was put in place signifying the area as a "no- anchor" zone. 

“Anchoring in the Straits of Mackinac poses a serious threat to the welfare and protection of Michigan and our vital natural resources,” said Snyder.  “Anchoring could cause severe environmental damage and threatens to disrupt critical energy and communication services between the Upper and Lower peninsulas. This emergency rule will help us better protect Michigan waters and residents until a permanent solution is in place.”

The emergency rule formalizes a previously informal anchor restriction in the Straits of Mackinac by prohibiting anchoring under Michigan state law. Productive discussions are underway with the U.S. Coast Guard on permanent measures that would complement the state’s temporary emergency rule.

Issued under the Marine Safety sections of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, the emergency rule will remain in place for six months, with the option of an additional six-month renewal.

The eastern boundary of the no-anchor zone is defined by the Mackinac Bridge. The western boundary is defined by a line beginning at the western edge of McGulpin Point in the Lower Peninsula to the western edge of an unnamed island immediately southwest of Point La Barbe in the Upper Peninsula. Click here to view a map of the boundaries.

Exceptions to the rule include:

  • Emergency situations;

  • Vessels operating under tribal authorities; and

  • Written requests documenting the location of the proposed anchorage and the reason for the request. These requests will be reviewed and granted at the discretion of the director of the Department of Natural Resources.

Grand Island fees updated

May 25, 2018

GLADSTONE — At a meeting in Baltimore in April 2018, the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (R9 Recreation RAC) recommended approval of the updated fees for Grand Island National Recreation Area. Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson subsequently approved the recommended fees. Read More

War Memorial Hospital Flea Market to be held

May 25, 2018

SAULT STE MARIE — The War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host the 36th Annual Flea Market on Saturday, June 2. The market will once again be held at Kaine's Rink on Easterday Avenue, operating from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. All proceeds from the sales will go to purchase equipment for the hospital. 

For more information on the market, or donating items, visit this link. 

Line 5 documentary to be shown at LSSU

May 24, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Immiscible: The Fight Over Line 5, a documentary on the Enbridge pipeline, will be shown on May 24 from 6:30 pm - to 7:30 pm at Lake Superior State University's Crawford Hall, room 207. 

Every single day, 23 million gallons of oil pump through 64-year-old old pipelines under the largest source of surface freshwater on the planet. The Great Lakes are a delicate ecosystem and a sanctuary to over 40 million citizens who depend on them for their livelihoods, whether they realize it or not. Immiscible: The Fight Over Line 5 explores the growing tension between water activists and big oil companies. The film features interviews from leading organizations in the fight to decommission Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, members of indigenous communities at risk, concerned residents, as well as Enbridge Energy’s public response to this conflict.

This film was created by four Michigan State University students (Olivia Dimmer, Daniel Stephens, Austin Torres, & Annette Kim) in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Department of Media & Information.


A discussion will follow the video.

Click it or Ticket in effect

May 23, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The annual two-week “Click It or Ticket" campaign began May 22 and local police agencies such as the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dept., Michigan State Police, and Sault Ste. Marie City Police will be on the look out for those not properly buckled up.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. Among young adults, ages 18 to 34 killed in crashes in 2016, more than half were unrestrained – one of the highest percentages for all age groups.

As the Memorial Day holiday approaches and the busy summer vacation season kicks off, drivers and passengers are being reminded the easiest way to save a life is to buckle up.

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall. Children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.


Last year, During the 2017 Memorial Day holiday period, 10 people died in traffic crashes in Michigan.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is coordinating the effort, which is supported by dedicated federal traffic safety funds.

Red Cross calls for summer blood donations to prevent a shortage

May 21, 2018


CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.


Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer break – patients need blood every minute, every day.


In the summer of 1973, Ramona Johnson was playing at the park when she was injured jumping off the swings. She was bleeding profusely from a 7-inch gash in her leg. By the time she reached the hospital, she needed an emergency transfusion. She credits the donors who took the time to give blood with helping to save her life.


Johnson’s childhood experience receiving blood compelled her to make her first blood donation more than 10 years ago. “A little voice told me that this would be a great way to give back,” she said. “I have been faithfully donating every eight weeks since.”


The public is asked to schedule an appointment to help ensure that hospitals and patients have the blood they need this summer. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).



May 23:  12 p.m.  to  5:45 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 1600 Park Street, Sault Ste. Marie

Fire danger continues to pose a threat to U.P. warns DNR

May 16, 2018

UPPER PENINSULA — Firefighters with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are reminding the public to be cautious with fire, as predicted weather conditions suitable for wildfires have heightened fire danger across the Upper Peninsula.

All areas west of a line from the Huron Mountains south to Stephenson are expected to experience extreme fire danger today. Over the next couple of days, very high fire danger is expected at least through Saturday, and possibly beyond, depending upon the significance of rainfall forecast for Saturday night.

The remainder of the U.P., east of the line, will experience very high fire danger.

During this time of year, most wildfires are caused by humans burning debris. Be sure to check whether burning is permitted in your area by calling 866-922-BURN or by visiting

Trail closed at Tahquamenon due to high water

May 15, 2018

LUCE COUNTY — High water from spring runoff has forced park staff at Tahquamenon Falls State Park to temporarily close the popular River Trail between the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls in northern Luce County.


The spring flows have not subsided and there are several sections of trail which are underwater and have become quite hazardous. 


Park staff will re-open the trail once the water level drops and the trail can be assessed for safety hazards. The latest information on the closure will be available at

Hazardous Waste Collection to be held

May 15, 2018

BAY MILLS — It’s that time of year again for Household Hazardous Waste collection and electronics collection.

As in previous years, Bay Mills Biology Dept.  will be collecting a wide variety of waste from 8 a.m.  to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday May 18-19 for Bay Mills community members to drop off HHW and e-waste. This will be concurrent with the spring cleanup dumpsters.  The collection will be at BMIC Maintenance (in the parking lot). Check out the attached flyer for more details.


Do you have old paint? We will collect hazardous paints such as oil-based, lead-based paints, polyurethane, and stain. Common latex wall paint may be safely disposed of in regular garbage.

Need to get rid of old tires? Read More

Pike and walleye opener in U.P. kick fishing season into high gear

May 14, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The Upper Peninsula’s northern pike and walleye season opener is coming soon! On Tuesday, May 15, the season opens on all U.P. waters, including the Great Lakes, inland waters and the St. Marys River.

Please note, the season opener for muskellunge in the U.P. has changed – in addition to all other waters in Michigan. On all Great Lakes and inland waters, the St. Marys River, the St. Clair River, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, the season doesn’t open until Saturday, June 2. But catch-and-immediate-release muskellunge fishing now is allowed on all waters all year. 

Anglers can currently catch and immediately release largemouth and smallmouth bass on most waters statewide. The possession season for bass opens statewide on Saturday, May 26, except for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River, which open on Saturday, June 16.

Please note, anglers fishing the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, Big Island Lakes Complex, Sylvania Wilderness Area and Seney National Wildlife Refuge should check the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide for specific regulations governing those areas.

Visit for more information about seasons and regulations. 

Great Michigan Read Author, Kekla Magoon, to visit Bayliss

May 11, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Bayliss Public Library will  2017-18 Great Michigan Read author Kekla Magoon, author of X: A Novel (co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz – the third daughter of Malcolm X).   The presentation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 in the Library’s Community Room.

A tale of reinvention and redemption, X: A Novel is a fictionalized account of the early years of Malcolm X.  Malcolm was a young man with boundless potential but with the odds stacked against him. After losing his father under suspicious circumstances and his mother to a mental hospital, Malcolm fell into a life of petty crime and eventually went to prison. Instead of letting prison be his downfall, Malcom found a religion, a voice; and the podium that would eventually make him one of the most prominent figures in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement.  

Magoon has received a NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, the In the Margins Award and has been long listed for the National Book Award.  Kekla holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College in Fine Arts where she now serves on the faculty.  She lives and writes in Vermont, where she is a full-time author, speaker and writing teacher.  At Vermont College of Fine Arts, she mentors other writers who also want to create books for young readers. 


Kekla will be touring the Upper Peninsula while visiting our Library.  The circuit begins on Tuesday, May 15, at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.  From there, she moves on to a morning event with the Munising School Public Library and then to an evening event at the Escanaba Public Library.  From there, she will heads to Bayliss Library and to Petoskey District Library that evening.  Please contact Bayliss Public Library or visit her website at for more information.


Her library programs are presented in four parts; the last two are interactive and audience participation is encouraged.

1.       An introduction to Ms. Magoon, and her overall body of works.

2.       A Discussion of X: A Novel specifically including the beginning of the project, the process of writing the story, etc.

3.       Audience members will be asked to participate in a readers theater, bringing the opening chapter of the book to life.

4.       A question and answer session


Kekla will then be available to have a time for book signing, if audience members would like to purchase books or if they have books on hand that they would like her to sign.

Experts: EUP could support $60 million in new retail and dining

May 10, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Anyone who has ever dreamed of a particular new store or other commercial business in the Eastern Upper Peninsula may be intrigued by new expert analysis of the kinds of business that could be supported and sustained in seven EUP communities.


Newly-compiled data on the topic of retail trade is expected to provide a springboard to growth for those seven communities. The seven studied were: Brimley, Clark Township, Mackinac Island, Newberry, Paradise, Soo Township, and St. Ignace. Retail Target Market Analysis was performed for each, thanks to funds from the 2017 Regional Prosperity Initiative awarded to the EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission  for the project. Birmingham-based Gibbs Planning Group performed the analysis, which was complete in early April. Read More


Tick season has arrived

May 9, 2018

More than 300 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2017

LANSING —  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state.

Although ticks can spread multiple illnesses, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Michigan. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick. Read More

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Brimley Baseball to hold raffle in August
Market vendors wanted

Vendors are needed  for a 2018 Farmer’s Market in the Brimley/Bay Mills area starting July 26 to October 25th, every Thursday 4 to 7pm.  The space for vendors is free.  If needed  canopy and table are provided.  The goal of this Farmer’s Market is to provide healthy, locally home grown and/or unique natural produce along with Native American Art from tribal members, to the community and the general public.  The market is operated and located in Bay Mills Indian Community.  It is not regulated by the State of Michigan.  The Michigan Cottage Food Law is recommended but not required.  For more information contact Connie Watson, 906.248.8363

Veterans clinic announced    

Bay Mills Indian Community will host a “Veterans Claims Clinic” to be held at the Armella Parker Building on Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Native veterans are invited to sit down with a representative from the Department of Veteran Affairs to see what benefits they are entitled to.Questions may be directed to Sara L. Tadgerson at, located at the Tribal Administration Office.

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Sault MSP post collects 15 pounds of prescriptions on National Drug Take-Back Day

May 08, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE— The Michigan State Police  Sault Ste. Marie Post collected 15 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, April 28.


The MSP partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to provide a safe, convenient and responsible venue for disposing of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.


All 30 MSP posts participated in the one-day effort collecting a total of 966 pounds of prescription drugs.


Anyone who were not able to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their unused and unwanted medications for destruction at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.


Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.


MSP collection sites can be found here. Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to

State publishes "Eat Safe Fish" guide

May 4, 2018

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released of the 2018 regional Eat Safe Fish Guides. These guides can help residents plan their fish meals to ensure they are minimizing exposure to chemicals that can build up in fish, while still getting all of the health benefits eating fish provides.

“The guide essentially provides a nutrition label for chemicals in locally-caught fish,” said Nick Lyon, director at MDHHS. “The Eat Safe Fish Guides are easy to use and important resources that help families in Michigan consume fish safely.”

MDHHS only tests the portions of fish that people eat – typically the filets. The results from the state laboratory are used to determine what is safe for people to consume over the long-term. There are many health benefits to eating fish, and the Eat Safe Fish Guides help individuals choose the fish that are best for them and their families.

Unlike the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s Michigan Fishing Guide, the MDHHS Eat Safe Fish Guides are not laws or regulations and no one is required to use them. Instead, the guides are a free resource for Michigan residents who would like information regarding what fish and how much is healthy to consume from various bodies of water across the state.

Chemicals in fish are a worldwide problem that is not limited to Michigan and other Great Lakes states, but it is important to note that fish from some areas in Michigan are more contaminated than others. By using the Eat Safe Fish Guides, Michigan fish consumers can be confident that they are making informed choices about eating the fish they catch from their local lake or river.

The chemicals most commonly found in fish are mercury and PCBs, however; the State of Michigan is working to address contamination at sites around the state related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). For a complete listing of PFAS contamination in fish, visit All updated guidelines provided to-date are included in the 2018 regional Eat Safe Fish Guides. 

Harper to speak at LSSU commencement

May 4, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Keith M. Harper, noted Native American attorney and former ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council, will be the featured speaker when Lake Superior State University celebrates its 56th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5.

The program begins at 11 a.m. and will feature presentation of a posthumous honorary doctorate to LSSU professor of history emeritus James Moody and words from student respondent Jennifer Wickens. The ceremony will also include an announcement of this year’s recipient of the LSSU Distinguished Teaching Award. The public is welcome to attend.


Nearly 500 students have qualified for degrees over the past year, and although not all of them will participate in Saturday’s program due to new jobs and other commitments, the majority of them will be walking across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Harper was appointed by President Obama as the U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, a position he held from 2014 to 2017. He is the first Native American appointed as US ambassador to such a post.

Harper is best known in legal circles for his work in Cobell v. Salazar, a class-action lawsuit – the largest against the United States in history – brought by individual Native Americans against the United States Departments of Interior and Treasury. The suit, filed in 1996, contended that these agencies mismanaged billions of dollars of income and assets held in trust that belonged to American Indians, dating back to the 1800s. Harper served as class counsel on behalf of upwards of 500,000 individual American Indians and successfully settled the case in 2009 for $3.4 billion.

Iron Mountain VA releases annual report

May 4, 2018

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has release their 2017 Annual Report. This report focuses on the 2017 highlights and performance in the five OGJVAMC Pillars:  People, Quality, Service Experience, Partnerships, and Stewardship. There are also links to program websites, their Facebook photo albums, and news clips.  READ MORE

Crews to assess lamprey

May 3, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The continuing battle against sea lampreys soon will come to locations in the local area.  A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada assessment crew will conduct work on Gogomain River in Chippewa County, Michigan during May 15 to 23 to estimate the abundance of lampreys in the river.  The information gathered will be used to determine the need for sea lamprey control. Read More


Sen. Schmidt to hold coffee hours

April 30, 2018

Sen. Schmidt to host May coffee hours


LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of May.


The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.


For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit or call 517-373-2413.

Schmidt’s May coffee hours are as follows:


Saturday, May 26

11 a.m.  to  noon

Lake Superior State University – Kenneth J. Shouldice Library, learning commons

906 Ryan Ave.

Sault Ste. Marie

Restrict outdoor burning Tuesday due to wind, dry conditions

April 30, 2018

Warm temperatures and strong wind combined with dry grass, leaves and pine needles on the ground have prompted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to ask residents to restrict outdoor burning Tuesday, May 1.


Conditions are dry across the entire Lower Peninsula and in the southern half of the Upper Peninsula from Iron County to Mackinac County.


“We are currently seeing a significant increase in wildfire activity,” said Paul Rogers, fire prevention specialist for the DNR. “We are asking residents to restrict outdoor burning due to dry conditions.” The DNR also has canceled plans for prescribed burns Tuesday. 


Temperatures Tuesday are expected to hit 80 degrees in parts of the Lower Peninsula, with winds gusting up to 30 mph in some parts of the state.


Anyone who plans to burn in the northern Lower Peninsula or Upper Peninsula must go online to to see if a burn permit is needed in specific counties and/or townships. People in the southern Lower Peninsula should check with their local municipalities for burning regulations.


Campfires are still allowed, but if you build one, make sure to have a water source and shovel available to extinguish it.

You also can check with the National Weather Service for weather-related burn advisories. 

BMIC releases Economic Impact Report

April 27, 2018

BAY MILLS — Bay Mills Executive Council has released the first Economic Impact Report for the tribe. The document illustrates the tribe's impact on the job market and local community. BMIC plans to release a report annually. 

You can view the document here.

Mackinac State Historic Parks announce opening date

April 27, 2018

MACKINAW CITY — Mackinac State Historic Parks’ family of living history sites will open for the 2018 season the first week of May.

Colonial Michilimackinac, the colonial fort and fur-trading village located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Mackinaw City will open first on Wednesday, May 2. Visitors will immediately notice that the orientation video, previously shown in the Visitor’s Center under the Mackinac Bridge, is brand new and has been moved to the King’s Storehouse, located within the fort. The building will have the look of a storehouse and will include exhibit panels exploring the history of the building. Read More

A look at current legislative efforts

April 26, 2018

LANSING — Here's a brief look at what state legislators have been up to:

Senate Bill 601, Authorize school safety spending: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate

To appropriate $18.6 million for various purposes related to school and student safety. This includes $15 million in school safety grants, $3 million for a school "panic button app" emergency notification system, and $650,000 for a student safety hotline. Read More

Treasury offers help to those who missed tax filing deadline

April 26, 2018

LANSING — Michigan taxpayers who missed the Wednesday, April 18, state income tax filing deadline have options for filing a late return, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

“Late filers should file all income tax returns that are due,” said Deputy Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “If a taxpayer owes tax and cannot make full payment, Treasury will work with them on payment options. We want to help taxpayers avoid interest charges and late payment penalties.”

Treasury recommends past-due tax filers to consider:

  • Filing a return to claim an outstanding refund. Taxpayers risk losing their state income tax refund if they don’t file a return four years from the date due of the original return. Go to to learn more about e-filing.

  • Filing a return to avoid interest and penalties. File past due returns and pay now to limit interest charges and late payment penalties. Failure to pay could affect a taxpayer’s credit score and the ability to obtain loans.

  • Paying as much owed tax as possible. If taxpayers owe but can’t pay in full, they should pay as much as they can when they file their tax return. Payments can be made using Michigan’s e-Payments service. When mailing checks, carefully follow tax form instructions. Treasury will work with taxpayers who cannot pay the full amount of tax they owe.

Taxpayers who receive a final tax bill and are unable to pay the entire amount owed can consider:

  • Requesting a penalty waiver. Penalty may be waived on an assessment if a taxpayer can show reasonable cause for their failure to pay on time. Reasonable cause includes serious illness, a fire or natural disaster, or criminal acts against you. Documentation should be submitted to substantiate the reason for a penalty waiver request.

  • Making monthly payments through an installment agreement. For Installment Agreements lasting for 24 months or less, taxpayers must complete, sign and return the Installment Agreement (Form 990). The agreement requires a proposed payment amount that will be reviewed for approval by Treasury. 

  • Filing an Offer in Compromise application. An Offer in Compromise is a request by a taxpayer for the Michigan Department of Treasury to compromise an assessed tax liability for less than the full amount. For more information or an application, visit

The last three options for final tax bills should be filed separately from the state income tax return.

To learn more about Michigan’s income tax, go to or call Treasury’s Income Tax Information Line at 517-636-4486. Taxpayer inquires can also be made online.

Letter Carriers Food Drive to be held May 12

April 24, 2018

BRIMLEY - The National Association of Letter Carriers  will conduct its 26th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community. Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.


With the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever. Not only do millions of Americans go hungry, organizations that help them are in need of replenishments. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition. Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and they believe it’s important to do what they can to help.


Last year 12 local pantries: Central United Methodist Church, Sault Middle School, Diane Peppler Resource Center, First Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church, Great Lakes Recovery Center, CLM Community Action Agency, St. Joseph Church, Salvation Army, Free Methodist Church, New Hope Church & Brimley Baptist Church received 5,086 pounds of food. Several national partners are assisting the NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, the AARP Foundation and Valassis.

Sault, Brimley High School teams take top honors at Superior Case Competition

April 20, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State University’s Lukenda School of Business hosted 22 Sault Area and Brimley high school students for the inaugural Superior Case Competition on April 6. Sault Area High School fielded four teams; Brimley, two. The top three teams received cash to benefit their schools’ business programs.

Contestants dealt with a real-world decrease in the popularity of Levi's jeans. Each team worked with an LSSU student mentor and Lukenda School of Business faculty to formulate a solution that factored in limited resources. Teams then made oral presentations to a panel of judges, composed of business professionals, including LSSU’s Professional Advisory Board chair Craig Froggett, on how Levi's might reclaim the brand and turn company sales around.

Recommendations focused on Levi's increasing an online presence and better-utilizing social media to attract younger customers.

Taking first-place honors was Sault High’s Team One of Samantha Brand, Alexis Harp, Nicholas Natzke, and Rebekka Ranta. The prize netted SAHS $500 for its business program, plus a $1,000 scholarship to any member of the team who pursues a business degree at Lake State.

Sault High Team Two - Matt McElhinny, Cassidy Mack, Kayla Wilhelms, and Jarid Demolen – took home a second-place $250 award for the SAHS business program, as did Brimley High School’s third-place finisher, Team Six, of Mason Cameron, Danny Anderson, Cory Brown, and Katelin McDonald for the BHS business program.

Follow LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business on Facebook for mention of upcoming business case competitions, open to any Eastern Upper Peninsula, Tip of the Mitt, or Algoma Region high school.

Adult education struggles with stagnant funding

April 20, 2018


By CASEY HULL/Capital News Service

LANSING — Adult education is handcuffed by a stagnant budget that critics say keeps the state from alleviating cycles of poverty amid one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation.

Over 1 million Michigan residents don’t have their high school diploma or equivalent, according to Stepheni Schlinker, a communications specialist for the Michigan Talent Investment Agency. Read More

Mackinac Bridge announces planned closure for maintenance

April 18, 2018

ST. IGNACE — To continue repainting the Mackinac Bridge's north tower, contractors need to hang a pair of custom moveable scaffold platforms above the roadway, requiring a brief closure Saturday morning. Seaway Painting, the contractor for the $6.3 million two-season project, expects to need a 30-minute to one-hour closure to install the new scaffold platforms. The closure is scheduled for 6 a.m. Saturday, April 21,  to minimize the effect on traffic and is weather-dependent.

The platforms will be lifted into place and hooked up to hoists connected to the top of the tower, allowing workers to move their work area up the tower as they progress. The system includes safety blocks on the hoists, static safety cables, and a net beneath both platforms.

This project marks the first time in the bridge's 60-year history when one of the iconic ivory towers is being stripped down to bare metal and repainted. In 2017, Seaway worked on stripping and painting within the bridge's interior "cells," as well as the tower legs beneath the roadway.


The project is required to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. The original paint is lead-based, and Seaway is required to contain 100 percent of the paint as it is removed, test it, and ship it to an appropriate landfill facility. The new paint, which is zinc-based, is expected to last at least 35 years with periodic maintenance. As painting resumes, the outside two lanes of the bridge near the north tower will be closed to stage equipment. Sweeney said closures on the northbound lanes will be lifted on Fridays and on southbound lanes on Sundays during the peak traffic weekends. Lane closures also will be removed as needed for other high traffic volume times, such as holidays.

LSSU to host evening of the arts

April 17, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE - Sault Ste. Marie’s Sunrise Rotary Club and Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center Gallery will feature work donated by regional artists with an April 20 public reception that opens the fifth-annual 5×7 Art Show. The reception is 6 to 8 p.m. in the LSSU Arts Center gallery, and features hors d’oeuvres with wine and musical accompaniment by pianist Elaine Sprague and the cellist groups, Cantus Celli and the Soo Cello Crew.

The reception will offer the first opportunity to view and purchase original works of art for $50. Each artist’s name will be hidden during the reception, to be revealed during an exhibit that runs during May. Submitted canvases on media such as painting, drawing, tile, sculpture, fabric, 3-D artifacts, and photography are variations on this year’s theme, A Slice of Life. A panel of local judges will determine best in show ($300), second place ($200), and third place ($100).

Proceeds benefit the LSSU Arts Center gallery exhibition programming and Sunrise Rotary Club’s literacy initiatives in Sault Area Public Schools. The exhibit is on display April 20 to May 31 in the Arts Center gallery, 12 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The LSSU Arts Center Gallery and Sunrise Rotary Club extend appreciation to sponsors that make the 5×7 Show reception possible. Gold Sponsors are Barnes & Noble Book Store, Central Savings Bank, Kevin Cooper DDS, Edward Jones – David Weber, Superior Health Support Systems, and Plaza Motor Motel. Silver Sponsors include Quarter to 5 and Sault Vision Clinic. A special thank you also goes to Don Bentley of The Art Store, who is the 2018 5×7 Show Canvas Sponsor.

Following the 5×7 Art Show reception, the Arts Center will announce an exciting and expanded 2018-2019 concert series. Students in LSSU’s theatre and creative writing programs will also offer a short program in the Black Box Theatre of improv comedy, original writing, songs, and dramatic scene work. Admission is free.

Many area schools closed due to weather

April 15, 2018

Old Man Winter is hanging on with a tight grip, keeping spring from making an appearance. As a result of the storm, numerous local schools are closed for Monday, April 16, including:

  • Ojibwe Charter School

  • Bay Mills Community College

  • Brimley Area Schools

  • Sault Area Schools

  • Lake Superior State University

  • Rudyard Area Schools

  • Pickford Public Schools

  • Soo Tribe Headstart

  • Bay Mills Child Development Center

  • Tahquamenon Area

  • St. Ignace

  • DeTour Area Schools

  • Whitefish Township

  • Cedarville Headstart

Bay Mills Tribal Government offices are currently on a two-hour delay. If a full closure is announced, it will be done  around 9 a.m. Otherwise staff should report at 10 a.m.

DNR’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Luce County

April 12, 2018

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss cormorant status, firewood movement and meetings on an inventory of U.P. forest roads among its agenda items when the panel meets Thursday, April 19 in Newberry.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. EDT in the lower level conference room at the Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft Health Department, located at 14150 Hamilton Lake Road in Newberry.

Also anticipated are reports on chronic wasting disease public input process and upcoming meetings, discussion of a proposed resolution in support of eastern U.P. trails, and a proposed joint fall meeting with the Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council.

The Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council and its western U.P. counterpart meet alternating months throughout the year

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions on comment procedures, see

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the application form found on the DNR website at For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.

State calls for  legal action against shipping company involved in recent pipeline damage

April 12, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder is calling on Enbridge to accelerate the identification of anchor strike mitigation measures and the evaluation of alternatives to replace pipelines that are required under the Governor’s November agreement with Enbridge. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, acting as Governor due to Snyder being out of state, also asked the Attorney General to initiate legal actions against the owners of the ship and other parties who may be responsible for recently damaging pipelines in the Straits. Read More

April 10, 2018

MAKING A PATH — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay has been busy trying to clear the ice for ships to traverse the St. Mary's River. Here the freighter James R. Barker is getting assistance along the Rock Cut. The colder than normal temps have made put the shipping season off to a slow but steady start.  — Photo Taken by BMC Nick Gould

Rural bicyclists, mindful of road deaths, look for safer measures

April 10, 2018

By MAXWELL EVANS/Capital News Service


LANSING — For bicyclists, a 2016 crash that killed five and left four injured is still a potent reminder of the importance of protecting non-motorized vehicles that take the road.

“That was an event that has been unprecedented in Michigan history,” said Aneta Kiersnowski, communications director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists. “The attention that the tragedy brought to the issue of bicycling safety really helped bring about positive solutions.”

The crash in rural Cooper Township, north of Kalamazoo, highlighted some of the issues with rural biking that the Legislature and local governments have since aimed to address.

Ten Michigan cities have adopted “complete street” ordinances and resolutions in response to a 2010 law that aimed to make all roads accessible for both motorized and non-motorized traffic. These cities include Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and Lansing. Read More

Coast Guard provides update on Straits spill

April 09, 2018

MACKINAW CITY,– The Unified Command, comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, a representative of numerous Michigan tribes, and the responsible party, American Transmission Company, continues to oversee response efforts, Monday.

Work to extract the remaining product from two cables continued through the weekend. ATC, a transmission-only electric utility, contracted North Shore Environmental to remove product from the cables. North Shore Environmental is vacuuming the mineral oil from a shoreside facility a through a less than one-inch-diameter void in the cables that stretch three-and-a-half miles across the Straits of Mackinac. Read More

Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announces 2018 Photo Contest

April 05, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The inaugural Great Lakes Seaway Partnership Photo Contest opened to entries on March 28. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning photos of vessels across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. Gather your best photos of vessels and join the competition, which can put a little extra cash in your pocket. 

The contest ends when the St. Lawrence Seaway closes for the 2018 Great Lakes Navigation Season. Winners’ names will be available online at after Jan. 1, 2019.

Learn the full contest rules here:

Local talent show is this Friday

April 05, 2018

BRIMLEY — The Brimley High School Music Appreciation class is holding their 2nd Annual "Brimley's Got Talent" show. Performances will showcase a number of Brimley students in grades 6-12, with 1st- 3rd place winners being chosen by a panel of judges. The evening show will be on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Gym. Cost is $5- all proceeds go toward the growing music program at Brimley Area Schools. Concessions will also be available for purchase.

Volunteer to help guard Michigan's sturgeon

April 05, 2018

CHEBOYGAN — The Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow in Cheboygan County is seeking volunteers to join in its effort, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement and Fisheries Divisions, to help protect lake sturgeon from illegal harvest during the annual spawning run.

Every spring, mature lake sturgeon, a fish species that is threatened in Michigan and rare throughout the United States, become vulnerable to poaching as they briefly leave Black Lake for spawning sites upstream in the Black River. Read More

ATC reports fluid has leaked into the Straits

April 03, 2018

ST. IGNACE — On April 3, American Transmission Co. shut down two submarine cables in the Straits of Mackinac that electrically connect the Upper Peninsula to lower Michigan as the result of yet-undetermined damage.


The cables tripped offline about 30 seconds apart Sunday evening, April 1. A patrol of the overhead elements of the system between Point Lebarbe in St. Ignace and the McGulpin Riser Station in Mackinac City showed no damage. The submarine cables, which contain a mineral-based fluid for insulation, were monitored overnight and subsequently determined to be leaking. At least 405 gallons of mineral dielectric compound was released into the Straits. READ MORE

Priest on administrative leave following allegation of sexual misconduct

April 02, 2018

MARQUETTE — Father Frank M. Lenz, a senior (retired) priest of the Diocese of Marquette, has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately. This action was taken as the result of a recently-made credible allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor dating back to the 1970s. Lenz has denied the allegation.

In accord with diocesan policy, the allegation has been reported to the Marquette County Prosecutor. Read More

Michigan Tobacco Quitline offering free nicotine  patches, gum or lozenges through May 31

March 29, 2018

LANSING — Thinking about quitting tobacco? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is expanding its telephone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) program to all Michigan residents through May 31.

During this time, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer a free, two-week supply of nicotine gum, patches or lozenges for all new enrollees who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Tobacco users who would like to quit may call the Quitline phone number at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Quitline serves all ages, however, callers seeking NRT must be over 18 and meet basic health requirements. Enrollees will receive a coach who will assist them in setting a quit date, choosing a nicotine replacement product that is right for them and making an individualized quit plan. The coach will provide support with up to four telephone coaching sessions scheduled around the caller's quit date.

"Callers using NRT along with coaching, such as through a telephone-based service like 800-QUIT-NOW, can increase their chances of becoming smoke-free by five times the rate of someone quitting cold turkey," said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Providing access to free NRT during this promotion might just be the jump start someone needs to quitting smoking tobacco for good.”

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service providing free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients and American Indians. More than 100,000 calls have been received since the service was launched in October 2003. 


For more information about the Quitline, call 800-QUIT-NOW or visit

Soo Film Festival open to entries beginning April 3

March 28, 2018

Soo Film Festival marks year five in 2018. The festival is once again headquartered in downtown Sault Ste. Marie,  with films screening Sept. 12 to 16 at the historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library.

The festival has issued an open call for entries beginning April 3. Documentary and all genres of fiction, feature and shorts, will be accepted online exclusively through FilmFreeway. The festival committee has set a no-fee early bird deadline of May 11. The regular deadline is June 22 and requires a $10 entry fee. Late entries must be submitted by July 9 with an entry fee of $15. The selected films will be announced the first week of August. Filmmakers will find complete details on the Submit a Film section of the festival’s website,

“This is our fifth year and it feels like we're just getting started. We are looking forward to seeing more of the fantastic talent from the Great Lakes and around the world and will enjoy in showing it off in September," said Jason Markstrom, festival president.

Soo Film Festival 2018 is open to filmmakers worldwide but will continue to emphasize and showcase work from the Great Lakes region.

The 2018 Soo Film Festival organizing committee membership consists of Jason Markstrom, Allison Youngs, Mark Dobias, Pat Egan, and Susan James.

Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers, especially from the Great Lakes of North America. 

Chippewa County Health Dept. receives grant

March 27, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently issued $500,000 in grants to 25 local health departments to help combat Michigan’s hepatitis A outbreak.

Local health departments were issued $20,000 each to increase vaccination outreach to high-risk populations. Chippewa County Health Dept. was one of those entities selected for the grant. 

Those with a history of injection and non-injection drug use, homelessness or transient housing, incarceration and men who have sex with men are thought to be at greater risk of contracting the disease.   


“This has been the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak in Michigan’s history, with more than 780 cases,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Increasing vaccination outreach to high-risk populations across the state is essential to stopping the spread of hepatitis A in Michigan.”

The funding is part of a $7.1 million appropriation approved by the Legislature in late 2017 to address the hepatitis A outbreak. It can be used for staffing to conduct educational and vaccination outreach efforts. Twenty health departments that are part of the outbreak jurisdiction have already been awarded $2.5 million. This latest round of grants covers the remainder of the state’s local health departments. To be considered part of the outbreak jurisdiction a county must have two or more cases of hepatitis A related to the outbreak strain. The 25 health departments receiving this most recent round of funding are not currently part of the outbreak jurisdiction.

Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the feces (poop) of people with hepatitis A and spread by eating contaminated food or water, during sex or by living with an infected person.

Hepatitis A symptoms can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Belly pain

  • Feeling tired

  • Fever

  • Loss of appetite

  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes

  • Dark urine

  • Pale-colored feces (poop)

  • Joint pain

Getting vaccinated, practicing good hand washing and avoiding sex with infected partners are ways to prevent getting infected. The hepatitis A vaccine is available at local pharmacies, through healthcare providers and at local health departments.

Soo Locks open for the season on Sunday

March 23, 2018

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, will open Sunday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2018 Great Lakes shipping season.


"Although, we have yet to know which ship will be the first through the locks this year, several ships are scheduled to leave their lay-up ports Friday, so we expect a very busy opening day," said Kevin Sprague, area engineer, Soo Area Office. "People can check the district Facebook page for first boat photos and updates through the weekend."


"The Soo Locks are a critical connection in the Great Lakes navigation system and we are dedicated to their reliability," said Lt. Col. Dennis P. Sugrue, district engineer, Detroit District. "Thanks to our talented team at the Soo Locks. We have completed several critical maintenance projects this winter. We are ready for another great navigation season on the Great Lakes."


The locks were officially closed on Jan. 15 and underwent critical repairs and maintenance during the 10 week long winter shutdown. Critical repairs and maintenance to the Poe Lock during the shutdown included replacement of gate anchors, miter blocks, quoin blocks, and cylinder seals. Final work on Poe Lock operating system controls was completed. The MacArthur Lock dewatering bulkheads were sandblasted, repaired and painted. Work on the MacArthur Lock included replacement of gate anchors, bevel gears and filling valve seals. The MacArthur Lock work will continue through April.

OCS bus driver charged over bus incident

March 22, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — A local bus driver has been charged with lying to police.


On Feb. 19 the Michigan State Police investigated a report that an Ojibwe Charter School bus had bullet holes in it.  The driver of the bus, Thomas Bontrager, 40, of Cedarville, reported that the bus was damaged by gun fire while traveling from Brimley to Cedarville on M-129 near 20 Mile Road north of Pickford in Chippewa County.  As a result of the report, Pickford Schools placed themselves on temporary lockdown. 


An extensive investigation by troopers from the MSP Sault Ste. Marie Post and officers from Bay Mills Law Enforcement has revealed that the damage to the bus did not occur while the bus was traveling near Pickford, and may have occurred while the bus was parked at the Ojibwe Charter School in Brimley.


Further investigation by the MSP resulted in the bus driver, Thomas Bontrager, being charged with False Report of a Felony, and Lying to a Peace Officer.  Bontrager turned himself in to police and was arraigned before the presiding district court judge in Chippewa County on Tuesday, March 20.

Bontrager has been placed on administrative leave from OCS at this time. 

United Way of the EUP announces vacancy

March 21, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula has announced their Executive Director, Suzanne Prell, is stepping down from the position. She will be returning to her hometown of Muskegon to care for family matters.


“We’re very sorry to see Suzanne leave. She has done a great job," said United Way of the EUP Board President Greg Rathje. "The entire Board understands why Suzanne wants to focus on her family, and we wish her the very best. The Board is committed to a smooth transition and search for a new director.”


Prell has been the Executive Director since August 2016. Under her management, the organization reached their fundraising goal of $300,000. This was the first year since 2010 that they made goal. During her term, the organization was awarded a multi-year federal grant to recruit retired, senior volunteers age 55 years and older (RSVP). These volunteers are placed in two impact areas of Education. Reading Buddies are volunteers that read to the Head Start 3 to 5-year old children. Youth Mentors are placed working with The Boys and Girls Club at Malcom High School, Brimley, Bay Mills, and Newberry sites.


Board President Rathje said he is confident the current staff will operate the organization efficiently during the changeover. The Board of Directors will immediately begin their search for a new director.

Sen. Schmidt announces April office hours

March 21, 2018

LANSING — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of April.


The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.


For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit or call 517-373-2413.


Schmidt’s April coffee hours are as follows:


Coast Guard to begin ice breaking operations in Whitefish Bay

March 20, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — U.S. and Canadian icebreaking vessels will begin the break out of the upper St Marys River and Whitefish Bay on Wednesday, March 21. 

On Wednesday, Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, and Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay will pass through the Poe Lock. The three icebreakers will depart the Coast Guard base in the morning, stop to disembark passengers at the South West Pier, and then proceed to the western ice edge. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will begin laying down tracks along charted shipping routes. The other two vessels will travel west to conduct ice breaking in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Marquette, Mich. All of this work is done in preparation for the March 25 opening of the Soo Locks; the official start of the 2018 commercial navigation season.

All snowmobile, all terrain vehicle (ATV) operators, ice fishermen, and other recreational users of the ice should recognize the instability of the ice, plan their activities carefully, and use caution near the ice, especially in proximity to charted navigation areas.

Arts Center juried exhibition pays tribute to Sault's 350th anniversary

March 20, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Olive Craig Gallery in Alberta House Arts Center has always had an Annual Juried Exhibition but, in a bow to the Sault’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, the show will be different this year.  The gallery is looking for work that considers “the past, present or future of the Eastern Upper Peninsula." 

This show is non-juried and open to all.  All that is required is that the work be original and the artist’s own—not a reproduction or from a pattern or kit.  Prints must be hand pulled.  All work must be ready to hang or display.

Artists may submit up to two works in any medium, for a $10 fee.  Work doesn’t have to be for sale, but if it is, the gallery will take a 30 percent commission.  There will be, as usual, multiple awards.

Important dates are:  

  • May 29 to 31:  Work may be dropped off at Alberta House between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Shipped work must arrive by 4 p.m. on May 31.

  • June 1:  Exhibit Opens

  • June 9:  Reception and awards ceremony.  7 to 9 p.m.

  • June 30:  Exhibit closes at 4 p.m.

  • July 3 to 14:  Pick up work at Alberta House.      


Applications may be downloaded from the Sault Area Arts Council  website

Soo Pilots Association EAA 1437 to host Young Eagles Program in June

March 19, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.  The Young Eagles program has flown over 2 million kids with the help of Experimental Aircraft Association’s  network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers. 


Young Eagles can join the ranks on Saturday, June 9 at Sanderson Field from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Young Eagles program, founded in 1992, has supported giving youth ages 8 to 17 their first free ride in an airplane. 


If you would like to learn more about the Young Eagles please visit  Contact Sanderson Field directly to sign up today at 906-635-0252.   This event will take place at Sanderson Field at 2144 Meridian Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783.  Open to the twin saults and surrounding community.


To stay in touch with what is going on at the airport make sure to follow the Economic Development Corporation’s Facebook page @SSMEDC.  Future events include Movie in a Hangar, which will be Disney Rescue & Fire this year, to be held on Sept. 28.

Job seekers encouraged to check out local job fairs this spring

March 16, 2018

UPPER PENINSULA — Employers and job seekers will soon have an opportunity to meet at three community job fairs during the months of March and April. 


Job seekers will be able to apply for a variety of year-round and seasonal jobs in one convenient location, while employers can save time and money by contacting prospective workers in just a few short hours.  Job seekers of all ages are encouraged to attend and to come dressed appropriately as if they were going to an interview.  These events are free to both employers and job seekers. Read More

Paying more at landfill may boost recycling

March 16, 2018

By CASEY HULL/Capital News Service

LANSING — A proposal to increase the cost of putting waste into landfills would produce an estimated $79 million annually for environmental initiatives.

The proposal was presented by Gov. Rick Snyder in late January and is pending in the House Environmental Committee.

Part of the proposal would allocate $15 million to support community recycling efforts. That would include $8 million for local recycling grants, $5 million for planning grants and $2 million for market development.

Michigan has one of the lowest recycling rates in the nation at 14 percent and throws away $368 million in reusable materials annually, according to a Department of Environmental Quality study. A recycling rate is the percentage of total waste that’s recycled rather than thrown away. Read More

Cedar Ridge Assisted Living shut down by state

March 14, 2018

ST. IGNACE — Cedar Ridge Assisted Living Facility was given an order to shut down immediately on March 12, with state investigators citing multiple violations dating back to 2014. 

The most recent infractions are severe, from not having enough staff to operate the facility as required to not having enough nutritional food. One resident was even found wandering downtown by the police and taken to the hospital for hypothermia and frostbite treatment. 

In a 48 page document, the state goes through each violation at length. Some days only two staffers were on hand, working 12-hour shifts to deal with 33 residents. The fire alarm was also not working, and a maintenance man was being utilized to provide resident care when the building was short-staffed. 

The order left residents struggling to find a place to go, as the building was to be vacated immediately. 

Officials from Cedar Ridge have 5 business days from the date of the order, March 12, to appeal. 

The full case against the facility can be read here. 

MSP to hold recruiting seminar for women

March 13, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Are you a woman interested in a career in law enforcement? The Michigan State Police will be he holding a recruiting seminar at Lake Superior State University on April 7 from 10 a.m to noon in the LSSU Library, Room 278.

This free seminar will explain the variety of career opportunities for women in law enforcement. Female troopers, supervisors and command officers will provide insight and answer questions on recruit training, the lifestyle of a trooper and positions available.


The minimum requirements for consideration of employment are as follows:


• Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, of good moral character and have no felony convictions.

• You must be a U.S. citizen and a Michigan resident at the time of appointment to the academy.

• Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED.

• A good driving record and stable credit history is required.


The starting salary at the beginning of recruit school is $45,000 annually with a $7,800 raise upon completion of one year.


To attend the seminar please RSVP Tpr. Marjorie Phillips at 313-790-0346 or email at   

Don't forget to "spring forward" on Sunday

March 09, 2018

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are being reminded  to "spring forward" safely when daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. Motorists should be aware that sunrise will occur one hour later, meaning that it will be darker later in the morning.

"Driving through school zones becomes more challenging for motorists during the first week of the time change," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Pedestrians and bicyclists should wear brighter, reflective clothing in order to be seen more easily, and those behind the wheel need to pay close attention and eliminate distractions while driving."

Brimley man killed in Soo Township crash

March 09, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — On the evening of Thursday, March 8, Michigan State Police responded to the site of an automobile accident near 5 1/2 mile Road in Soo Township. Preliminary reports indicate that Joe Bowen, 20, of Brimley, crossed the center line and collided with a vehicle driven by Mark McLeod, 36, of Sault Ste. Marie. 

Both drivers were transported to War Memorial Hospital, where Bowen succumbed to his injuries. McLeod sought treatment for his injuries and is expected to be okay. 


MSP is continuing to investigate the accident at this time.  

State shuts down Petoskey funeral home due to "deplorable" conditions

March 07, 2018

PETOSKEY — Due to multiple violations of Michigan’s Occupational Code and the Prepaid Funeral and Cemetery Sales Act and an imminent threat to the public health, safety, or welfare, the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has summarily suspended the mortuary science establishment license of Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey,  the individual mortuary science license of owner Charles Guy Parks, Jr., and the prepaid funeral and cemetery sales registration of the funeral home.

Orders of summary suspension, due to deplorable conditions, were issued by LARA’s Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing bureau. Read More

Don't forget to remove your ice shanty

March 06, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Been ice fishing this winter? Don't forget the deadlines to remove your shanty. For all Upper Peninsula counties, ice shanties must be removed by midnight Saturday, March 31. On Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, ice shanties must be removed by midnight Thursday, March 15.


Following the mandatory removal dates, ice shanties still may be used but must be removed daily from the ice.

Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of $100 to $500, or both. If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency for an amount of up to three times the cost of removal.

Take part in the annual frog/toad survey

March 06, 2018

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers throughout the state to assist with its annual frog and toad survey, an effort that helps biologists monitor frog and toad abundance and distribution in the state.

Declining populations of frogs, toads and other amphibians have been documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest amphibians are disappearing due to habitat loss, pollution, disease and collection.    

“In Michigan, over the past 20 years, we’ve noticed a decline in Fowler’s toads and mink frogs,” said Lori Sargent, the DNR’s frog and toad survey coordinator. “These are two species that have a limited range in Michigan, unlike most of the other species that occur statewide.”

Michigan’s is the second-longest-running such survey in the country, after Wisconsin’s. 

“We have collected a large, valuable data set to help us evaluate Michigan’s frog and toad populations,” said Sargent. “We’re now able to watch trends and consider how to slow down some of the species’ declines.”

The surveys are conducted by volunteer observers along a statewide system of permanent survey routes, each consisting of 10 wetland sites. These sites are visited three times during spring, when frogs and toads are actively breeding.

Observers listen for calling frogs and toads at each site, identify the species present and make an estimate of abundance.

Sargent said new volunteers are needed in all parts of the state, and that the program's continued success is dependent on strong volunteer support.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Lori Sargent at 517-284-6216 or   

More information on the frog and toad survey and other projects supported by the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund is available at

Lakers ink deal four-year extension deal with Whitten

March 02, 2018

By Cullen Maksimowski/

SAULT STE. MARIE —Lake Superior State University has announced the signing of hockey coach Damon Whitten to a four-year contract extension commencing at the end of the current academic year.

Whitten, who was named the 10th head coach in program history April, 2014, is highly respected among his collegiate hockey coaching peers and has developed a reputation as an enthusiastic, tireless worker both on and off the ice. Read More



CMU confirms campus shooting

March 02, 2018

MT. PLEASANT — Central Michigan University police confirm two individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students and police believe the situation started from a domestic situation.


There are no additional injuries; suspect is still at large as of 10:47 a.m. The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5'10" and 135 lbs. Those planning to come to campus today to pick up students for spring break should stay off campus until further notice. Please go to the Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St. University staff will be on site to support the families.


CMU police are working closely with local and state police.

Residents urged to take caution near melting bodies of water

March 01, 2018

As seasons begin to change from winter to spring, residents are being reminded of the need to recognize that dangerous ice conditions will prevail across the state. State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer is urging Michiganders to stay off the ice. 

“Thawing ice conditions on Michigan’s lakes, rivers and ponds are dangerous and will become unpredictable as temperatures rise,” said Sehlmeyer. “Late winter ice many times leads to dangerous situations that could end in tragedy.”

Sehlmeyer shared that first responders statewide have responded to numerous calls for adults, children and pets that fall through the changing ice conditions during the late winter and early spring. People need to realize that their risk increases when using makeshift bridges to get onto ice or cross a crack in the ice to get further out onto a lake or river.

“We ask parents and pet owners to keep children and pets off the ice as the melt begins,” Sehlmeyer said. “Always call 9-1-1 to report individual(s) and pets in the water needing to be rescued. Nearly 85 percent of ice rescue emergency 9-1-1 calls are a result of individual(s) or pet owners trying to save a pet who fell through the ice.”

If you should fall into near-freezing water and begin to gasp for air and hyperventilate, don't thrash. Rather, remember the 1-10-1 principle according to University of Manitoba professor Gordon Giesbrecht. In the first minute get control of your breathing. The next 10 minutes is your window of meaningful movement to escape. You will have up to one hour to escape or be rescued before you become unconscious. 

Take that first minute in the water to slow your breathing. Look around and determine where the ice is the thickest. Usually, you’ll want to turn to and face the way you came from. In that direction, the ice had been strong enough to hold you (until it wasn't). Stretch your arms atop the ice surface. Flutter-kick your feet until your body is horizontal, like a swimmer kicks. Kick harder, using your hands and arms to pull yourself onto the ice. Roll away from the hole, and then crawl until you can safely stand.

According to Sehlmeyer, you simply cannot judge or guess, ice thickness and safety, especially in late winter and early spring. Watch out for thin ice conditions that can hide cracks and weak spots such as: slushy ice; any ice with water on it; and snow-covered ice. Ice that has thawed and re-frozen is weaker and will appear milky. As the snow melt increases, ice will become thinner and more dangerous, and may melt faster due to an increase in water flow and stronger currents as lakes and rivers rise.

“If you do see an emergency on the ice or near bodies of water, always call 9-1-1 first. First responders are trained and equipped for ice and water rescues, including the rescue of pets,” said Sehlmeyer. “We want to remind the public how dangerous thawing bodies of water can be as ice melts.”

Sen. Schmidt to hold coffee hours in March

February 28, 2018

LANSING — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of March.


The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.


For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit or call 517-373-2413.


Schmidt’s March 16 coffee hours are as follows:

  • 1  to 2 p.m. at Zellar’s Village Inn, 7552 State Highway M-123 in Newberry

  • 4 to 5 p.m. at Clyde’s Diner, 5324 W. M-80 in Kincheloe

Chippewa Theater Guild announces upcoming production

February 28, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Chippewa Theater Guild of Sault Ste. Marie will present a live theatrical performance of the classic book “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” written by C. S. Lewis, adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, and directed by Kirk Mauldin.  Performance dates and times are March 9 and10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. 


All of your favorite characters from the classic story are featured by the local talents of David Weber as Peter, Faith Nayback as Susan, Rowan Mauldin as Edmund, and Anna Cole as Lucy.  Also performing are Tom Cash as Aslan, Melissa Pianosi portraying the White Witch, Michael Hangerman playing Mr. Tumnus, Gerry Boire and Caitlyn Scornaiencki as Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and many other characters you know and love from the classic book and movie.  Rounding out the cast are Ariana Atkinson, Eric Fleming, Charles Malette, Daniel Jenkins, Kai Jenkins, Sophie Swedene, Lesky Smith, Isabella Stratton, Danielle Forsythe and Ella Cole.


Performances are located at The Dream Makers Theater at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie.  Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students/children.  Tickets are available for sale online and in person at the Kewadin Casino box office. You may also be purchase at the door.  Please check the Chippewa Theater Guild Facebook page for further information.

Cardboard Battleship Competition to be held in Rudyard

February 27, 2018

RUDYARD —The Rudyard Pool Committee will be holding a Cardboard Battleship event on Saturday, March 3 at the Rudyard High Schools Larry G. Davis swimming pool.  Teams will begin construction at 10 a.m. in the high school gymnasium with the only construction materials allowed being cardboard and duct tape.  At 12:30 p.m. the battleships will then be transferred to the swimming pool where three members of each team will battle other teams with the last team floating to be declared the winners.   The entry fee is $20 per team with the winning team receiving all the money that is put in their voting bucket by individuals voting on the best battleship construction.   All funds donated to teams, other than the winning team, will go to the Rudyard Pool Committee for upkeep of the Rudyard swimming pool.  

DNR seeks instructors for ORV safety education program

February 23, 2018

Candidates must attend training in Roscommon or Escanaba

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking instructors for its off-road vehicle safety education program. This volunteer opportunity allows ORV enthusiasts to pass along their love and knowledge of the sport to new riders, while teaching them safe and responsible ORV operating skills for an enjoyable riding experience. Read More

Health Center issues statement regarding provider

February 23, 2018

The following statement was submitted on behalf of Bay Mills Health Center:

BAY MILLS - On behalf of Bay Mills Health Center and Dr. David Runyan, we want to clear up the confusion about one of our mental health care providers - Dr. David Runyan.

Dr. David Runyan is NOT the teacher who was recently accused of misconduct at Brimley High School. We realize both men share the same name and same spelling, but psychologist Dr. David Runyan at Bay Mills Health Center, is a different individual and has no relation to the former Brimley High School teacher.

Dr. Runyan has done a lot of work to become the great psychologist he is and is a valued employee of Bay Mills Health Center. We do not want this image of him skewed in any way because of this confusion.

The situation is very sensitive, but we want to make sure that the information is accurate and correct. All Bay Mills Health Center employees undergo extensive screenings to become and stay employed with us. Each employee goes through federal and state background checks, drug tests, credentialing, and are screened monthly through exclusion lists. We take many measures to make sure we are employing top professionals - like Dr. David Runyan.

We appreciate your understanding and hope this clears up any confusion. We also ask that you respect Dr. Runyan, and refrain from directing comments to him regarding recent events at Brimley Schools - they are different people. If you have any comments or questions, please direct them to Audrey Breakie, HHS director or Abby Kaunisto, clinic coordinator. We would also appreciate if you hear differently to also have them call or talk to either one.

OCS bus damaged, investigation continues

February 22, 2018

BRIMLEY — On Feb. 19 at approximately 3 p.m. the Michigan State Police responded to investigate a report that an Ojibwe Charter School bus had bullet holes in it.  The driver of the bus, Thomas Bontranger, 40, of Cedarville, reported that the bus was damaged by gun fire while traveling from Brimley to Cedarville on M-129 near 20 Mile Road north of Pickford in Chippewa County at approximately 1 p.m.  The driver of the bus was the only occupant of the vehicle at that time. 


An extensive investigation by troopers from the MSP Sault Ste. Marie Post and officers from Bay Mills Law Enforcement over several days revealed that the damage to the bus did not occur while the bus was traveling near Pickford, and may have occurred while the bus was parked at the Ojibwe Charter School in Brimley over the weekend. It is also believed that there was no one on the bus when the damage occurred. 


Additional follow-up will be done by Bay Mills Law Enforcement to identify the suspect or suspects who damaged the Ojibwe Charter School bus.  Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post were assisted by detective sergeants from the Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace posts and officers from Bay Mills Law Enforcement.   

Rudyard Lions announces "Texas Hold’em" charity event

February 21, 2018

RUDYARD —  The Rudyard Lions Club, in support of the Rudyard High School softball and baseball programs, is hosting a Texas Hold’em fixed limit cash game charity poker event on Saturday, March 10 from 6:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.  The Texas Hold’em poker games will be held at the Huck’s Pub and Grill located on Main Street in Rudyard.  The house will rake 10 percent of each pot, up to $5, and all proceeds from the night will go toward the funding of the softball-baseball teams and Rudyard Lions programs. 


Players may enter or exit the event at any time during the evening. 

“Texas Hold'em nights bring together individuals who enjoy a friendly poker game and an enjoyable atmosphere,” said Gary Davis, Lions Club chairperson of the Rudyard Lions Texas Hold'em event. “The Rudyard Lions Club have been supporting the community since 1940, and this Texas Hold'em charity poker event is fun night for all involved." 


For more information about the Texas Hold’em night contact Steve Davis at 906-630-3747 or    

United Way recruiting for Citizen Review Panels

February 21, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — United Way is actively recruiting volunteers for the Citizen’s Review Panel. “This is the most interesting volunteer opportunity that we offer,” said Suzanne Prell, executive director. “We want our panel members to have a voice in how the local dollars raised are spent providing essential human services that address problems in our community.”

This year's Citizen's Review Panels will take place on Tuesday, March 20, at the Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie. Residents from across Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties will gather to help decide how the United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula will award grants from its 2017-2018 fundraising campaign.

Local non-profit agencies seeking United Way funds will be given the opportunity to present to the Citizen Review Panel and address what services their program provides, how they will use the funds to further their mission and goals, and measurable outcomes.  Members of the review panel will then have the chance to ask questions of the agency representatives. After each presentation, review panel participants will use a scoresheet to compare the agency's request using a variety of benchmarks.

The United Way's Strategic Planning Committee utilizes scores from Citizen's Review Panels, along with the Finance Committee’s scores to make the final determination of how much funding each requesting agency will receive.  For more information on how you can sign up to participate please contact United Way at 906-632-3700 ext. 2, email, or sign up through our website by visiting You must live in the EUP to participate.

Brimley Board terminates teacher for alleged misconduct

February 20, 2018

BRIMLEY — The Brimley Area School Board removed Industrial Arts teacher David Runyan from his duties during the Feb. 19 school board meeting. Runyan was terminated for alleged misconduct that involved claims of inappropriate behavior, which included making sexually harassing statements to both students and fellow teachers. Read More

BMIC Tribal Government Offices on 2-hour delay

February 20, 2018

BAY MILLS — The closure of Brimley Area Schools due to weather activates the Inclement Weather Policy for Bay Mills Tribal Government Offices. Chairman Newland has noted tribal government offices will reopen at 10 a.m. 

School closures for today include:

• Bay Mills Child Development Center - Closed
• Bay Mills Community College - Closed

• Cedarville Headstart - Closed

• DeTour Area Schools - Closed

• Joseph K Lumsden Bahweting - Closed

• Lake Superior Academy - Closed

• Ojibwe Charter School - Closed

• Pickford Public - Closed

• Rudyard Area - Closed
• Rudyard Christian School - Closed
• Sault Ste. Marie Area - Closed

• St. Ignace Area - Closed
• St. Ignace Tribal Headstart - Closed
• Tahquamenon Area - Closed
• Three Lakes Academy Curtis - Closed

Man apprehended at U.S. Border

February 16, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Chippewa County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized a 20-count complaint charging Jason Harry Bishop with 10 counts of Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material and 10 counts of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime. The complaint, issued on Nov. 21, 2017, noticed Bishop as a Fourth Offense Habitual Offender. Bishop was arraigned before the 91st District Court Magistrate Elizabeth Chambers on Friday afternoon, Feb. 16. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond, and is scheduled to appear for a Probable Cause hearing on March 1.


Bishop was apprehended on Feb. 15 by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations as he was formally deported from Canada into the U.S., via the Sault Ste. Marie Port of Entry. The arrest predicated upon the State’s child pornography charges; federal charges are pending.

Pipeline attacks in video game sparks Great Lakes controversy

February 16, 2018

By KATE HABREL/Capital News Service

LANSING – In the “Thunderbird Strike” video game, the conflict is over oil pipelines crossing Great Lakes landscapes.

Some petroleum industry advocates say that it encourages ecoterrorism. And that’s a serious claim – a federal offense.

A quick synopsis: Players control a figure of Native American mythology on a flight from Canada’s large deposits of heavy crude oil to the Straits of Mackinac. They gather lightning from the clouds and use it to strike representations of oil and gas machinery or to resurrect animals.

“I grew up with thunderbird stories being passed on to me,” said Elizabeth LaPensée, a Native American games developer and Michigan State University assistant professor in the Department of Media & Information. Read More

Teacher salaries down statewide, with one exception

February 16, 2018

By MAXWELL EVANS/Capital News Service

LANSING — Teacher salaries in Michigan dropped an average of $333 from 2011-12 to 2016-17,  except in the smallest school districts, according to data from the state Department of Education.

Districts with enrollments below 500 paid teachers an average of $47,337 in 2016-17, an increase of nearly $2,500 over 2011-12.

For example, Hillman Community Schools in Montmorency County, a district with 437 students in 2016-17, saw average teacher pay rise 5 percent over the prior five years even as enrollment dipped by 14 percent.

But local administrators say that trends in average salary figures are misleading in small districts.

Since low-enrollment districts employ far fewer teachers, their average salaries are volatile, said DeTour Area Schools superintendent Angela Reed. Read More

DNR’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet Thursday in Luce County

February 12, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — he Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss hunter results from the most recent bear hunting season, West Nile virus in ruffed grouse, crossbows and a council resolution on the number of Upper Peninsula commissioners on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, when the group meets Thursday in Newberry.

Also anticipated are a report on chronic wasting disease, an update on wolves and cougars and election of officers.

“We have another information-packed agenda for our meeting this week in Newberry,” said Stacy Haughey, DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator. "There are several topics selected by the council members that will be of interest to people of the eastern U.P."

The Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council and its western U.P. counterpart meet alternating months throughout the year. A joint meeting, held once a year, is scheduled for March 22 in Marquette.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 15 in the lower level conference room at the Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft Health Department, located at 14150 Hamilton Lake Road in Newberry.

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions on comment procedures, see

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the application form found on the DNR website at For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.

Coast Guard issues reminder about ice safety

February 9, 2018

SAULT SAINTE MARIE — Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie reminds the public to stay away from active shipping lanes while partaking in recreational ice activities or using ice as a means of transportation.


Ice is unpredictable and dangerous, significantly ranging in thickness in even a small area.

It is recommended to wear appropriate clothing and be physically capable of self-rescue in case of falling through while venturing out on the ice. It is also best practice to leave an ice plan with someone ashore and to not go out alone. 

In accordance with 33 CFR 165.901, the captain of the port of Sault Ste Marie closed the waters between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island Jan. 10, 2018 at noon. The chart shows the regulated navigation area (green) that is closed to all mariner traffic. The black line depicts an active path that Coast Guard ice breakers transit to Coast Guard Station St. Ignace. The red line depicts an active shipping lane. The blue line depicts the approximate position of a route historically used as a tree lined snowmobile trail. Transiting the ice near shipping lanes or Coast Guard transit lanes is dangerous.

The Coast Guard continues to encourage people to remember the acronym I.C.E; Information - including current weather conditions; Clothing - proper for the water temperature; Equipment - radios, life jackets and ice awls.

Hatfield convicted of manslaughter

February 9, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Lindsey Andre Hatfield, 20, of Brimley, has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of John Henry Hanover, Jr.


The assault, which resulted in Hanover’s death, occurred on Aug. 19, 2017.


A jury of five convicted Hatfield on Feb. 8, after three hours of deliberation and two days of testimony.


Hatfield will be sentenced on March 29 at 8:30 a.m. The maximum penalty for involuntary manslaughter is 15 years in prison.

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie to be the site of several events next weekend

February 8, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — A full day of winter recreation is set for February 17th in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  This year the Downtown Development Authority combined the annual Outhouses Races and the Lockside Rail Jam to take winter to a whole new level downtown.


First on the docket for the day’s activities will be the annual Outhouse Races, near the Palace Saloon and 1668 Winery & Lockside Brewery, beginning at 2 p.m.  Teams from Lake Superior State University clubs along with local organizations compete by building unique outhouses bolted to skis.


Registered teams will have a chance to win a $300 first place prize, $200 second place prize, $100 third place prize, or $75 design prize. Outhouses must be at least 3'x3'x6' and have one person riding and four pushing/pulling. Sign-in location for teams will be on the corner of Ashmun and Portage in front of 1668 Winery (100 West Portage Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie). The registration form and more information are available at


In continuing with the day’s festivities, Bird’s Eye Outfitters will again present Kayak Pulls during the intermission portion of Outhouse Races around 3PM. Kayak Pull participants will compete for prizes in timed heat races with one person riding in a kayak while one person pulls. Kayaks will be provided onsite for teams of two to race.  Snowshoe racing will be an additional completion hosted by Bird’s Eye Outfitters. Follow the event link for more information:



Capping the day off will be the 2nd Annual Lockside Rail Jam beginning at 7 p.m.. Searchmont Resort and SAFA-The Searchmont Area Freestyle Alliance, have once again partnered with the Downtown Development Authority to bring a unique chance for snowboarders and skiers of all ages to show off their skills to compete for great prizes, including day passes to Seachmont Resort.  The event will be located on the northernmost block of Ashmun Street between Portage Avenue and Water Street near the Soo Locks, 1668 Winery & Lockside Brewery and Island Books and Crafts.  The event will also feature a live DJ and outdoor fire pits.


Participants must register prior to the start of the competition for a nominal fee of $15.  Please follow the included link for more information:

Regional Planning elects board leadership

February 7, 2018

SAULT STE MARIE - January saw the changing of the guard at the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission, when a new executive committee was elected to the organization’s board of directors.


At its Jan. 24 meeting, four individuals were elected to lead EUPRPDC’s 18-member board, whose members represent the three-county area. 

"I cannot thank our executive officers enough for their continued support and dedication, as well as the critical leadership they provide by volunteering their time serving on the Regional Planning Commission," said Jeff Hagan, CEO.


John Waltman, a member of the Luce County Commission, was elected board chair. He also serves on the UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works! County Officials Board and is active in economic development initiatives in Luce County and throughout the region. The Waltmans have called Newberry home for over 30 years. 


Joe Dobrowolski was elected as the board’s vice chair. He is the president of Superior Fabrication LLC, a steel fabrication and manufacturing company located in Kincheloe at the Chippewa County Industrial Park.


Dick Timmer will continue to serve as board secretary, a post he occupied previously. Timmer is a resident of Whitefish Township and currently serves as the chairman of the Chippewa County Road Commission. The lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula also runs Bay Mills Maple Products. 


Mackinac County’s Dean Reid is the board’s past chairman and will now serve as its treasurer. He is also the Chair of the Mackinac County Planning Commission and the Mackinac County Economic Alliance. The retired Michigan Department of Natural Resources forester is the current owner of DS Forestry Services Company.


“On behalf of the entire board of directors and the staff, we extend our hearty thanks to those stepping off the executive committee after completing their service,” said Hagan. Colleen Duflo previously served as Vice Chair and Don McLean served as treasurer. Both will continue to serve on the board.


The EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission is a State of Michigan designated Planning and Development Region, and is governed by a Board of 18 representatives from various interest groups from across the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


For more information on the Commission, go to

Check your refund status online

February 6, 2018

As the state of Michigan enters the second week of individual income tax season, the Michigan Department of Treasury reminds taxpayers who filed a 2017 state return to check the status of their refund online by going to

Individuals who e-filed can check their refund status two weeks from the date confirmation was received that the state return was accepted. The status of paper-filed tax returns can be viewed from six to eight weeks after postmarking.

The most up-to-date information about a taxpayer’s refund is on the “Where’s My Refund?” website. Taxpayers interested in learning the status of their refund are encouraged to use the website.  

“Michigan taxpayers look forward to receiving their refunds during the income tax season,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “Whether a return was e-filed or sent through the mail, taxpayers can go to this website to check the status of their refund.” 

More than 5 million individual income tax returns are processed annually, with more than 4.1 million returns being e-filed.

Last year, approximately 3.7 million returns provided nearly $2 billion in refunds. More than two-thirds of the refunds issued were directly deposited into a taxpayer’s bank account.

To ensure taxpayer privacy and security, the following information is required when checking the status of a refund at

  • Social Security Number

  • Tax Year

  • Filing Status

  • Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources (THR)

Individuals can find their AGI on line 10 of the MI-1040. Total Household Resources are found on line 33 on the MI-1040CR or line 34 on the MI-1040CR-7.

Sheriff issues news release regarding weather-related accidents

February 2, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Chippewa County Sheriff's Dept. issued the following news release regarding two accidents on Feb. 1. One accident, involving a snowmobile, took the life of a downstate individual. Read More

Flu cases in Michigan highest in recent years

February 2, 2018

By COLTON WOOD/Capital News Service

LANSING — The flu season is in full effect, and this year it’s reaching more of the population than usual.

According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, 45,521 patients have been treated for influenza over the last four weeks.

“In Michigan, we are seeing a lot more cases, hearing about a lot more cases of the flu through our surveillance systems,” said Lynn Sutfin, a department press officer.

“It’s not unusual that the season starts to revamp after the holidays — people come back to work, come back to school. They’re getting into these congregate settings where there’s a bunch of people in one area, so that’s how that spreads,” Sutfin said. Read More

Mediators needed at Community Dispute Resolution Center

February 2, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center is looking for locals to volunteer as mediators. Mediation is a voluntary process where two or more parties involved in a dispute use a neutral mediator to assist with looking for a resolution. Mediators do not give legal advice or make decisions for parties in a dispute. Mediators require good communication skills, the ability to remain neutral, and a commitment to a collaborative approach to resolving conflict/disputes. The process is an alternative to the court system.


Volunteers must complete a 40-hour mediator training course that meets the standards set by the Michigan Supreme Court. For more information, please contact the E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center at 906-253-9840, email the executive director at or visit our website at The EUPDCRC serves Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties.

Fatal crash claims two

January 31, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — At approximately 11:45 a.m. today the Michigan State Police responded to a traffic crash on Mackinac Trail near 11 Mile Road in Chippewa County.  A passenger vehicle was traveling southbound when it collided with a commercial vehicle pulling a snowmobile trailer traveling northbound on Mackinac Trail.  The passenger vehicle and the commercial vehicle came to rest on the shoulder of the northbound lane of Mackinac Trail. Two additional vehicles traveling southbound and northbound respectively were unable to stop and collided with each other in the roadway near the original crash site.    


The driver of the southbound passenger vehicle, Donald Cook, 69, and his passenger, Janet Cook, 69, both of Kincheloe, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the commercial vehicle, Daniel Brady, sustained minor injuries.  The drivers of the other two vehicles, Larry Tasker Jr. and Emily Stork, were not injured in this crash. 


Mackinac Trail was closed for approximately three hours to allow for a complete investigation of the traffic crash.  It was re-opened to vehicular traffic at approximately 2:30 p.m.    


The accident remains under investigation.  Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor at this time.  Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post were assisted on scene by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol, MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and Kinross and Dafter Township EMS.

Pendills Creek open house is this weekend

January 30, 2018

BRIMLEY — Tour the hatchery and learn about lake trout this weekend as Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery hosts their open house from 10 am. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. Read More

'BE Inspired' Talk to discuss cars of the future

January 30, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State University will host Sean Conway, director of advanced engineering at American Axle & Manufacturing, as the next speaker in its “BE Inspired” series. Conway's talk – Engineering Tomorrow's Automobile - is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in room 204 of the Crawford Hall of Science. The talk is free and open to the public.

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM), Inc., headquartered in Detroit, Mich., is a leading manufacturer of automobile driveline and drive train components and systems. Conway has been with AAM since Sept. 2015, starting as director of worldwide business development strategies for electrification systems.

Conway currently heads up a global engineering team of scientists, engineers and technicians that develop technologies to meet market demands for the company's power train and driveline product lines. Working out of the AAM Advanced Development Technology Center in Detroit, his team invents, develops proof-of-concepts, prototypes, tests, and then creates demonstration vehicles to showcase advanced technologies.

Some of these vehicles will be parked outside Crawford Hall the afternoon leading up to Conway's evening lecture.

Conway brings to AAM more than 25 years of experience in automotive engineering, marketing, business development, manufacturing, and marketing, including an 18-year career at Fiat Chrysler.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.


The public is welcome to attend the talk, as well as a reception a half-hour before the program. Admission is free.


LSSU’s “BE Inspired” speaker series is sponsored by the LSSU Schools of Business and Engineering & Technology. For more information on the “BE Inspired” speaker series call 906-635-2426.

EUPTA establishes line for ferry and bus updates

January 29, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority established a phone line dedicated to providing Ferry delay updates.You can rely on this line for information regarding any expected ferry delays for Sugar Island, Neebish Island, or Drummond Island. The Coast Guard communicates directly with the ferry captains regarding transits of ships through the St. Mary's River.


“We listened to concerns from residents, regarding communication needs to those who may not have internet service or texting availability," said Pete Paramski, executive director, Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority.  "We believe this is a cost effective and user- friendly solution to informing the public regarding interruptions to EUPTA services.”

The number to call for updates and delays is 906-632-1516. Press option 1 for Sugar Island, 2 for Drummond Island, 3 for Neebish Island and 4 for bussing.

Information on updates, delays, and cancellation is also available at, Sugar Island Ferry Facebook Page, and Drummond Island Ferry-EUPTA Facebook page.

“Our hope is that by providing this service, communication will improve and more people will be prepared when there are cancellations or delays,” said Paramski.

Mackinac Bridge closed due to falling ice

January 26, 2018

ST. IGNACE — Currently the Mackinac Bridge is closed to all traffic due to falling ice from the cables and towers on the bridge.

Motorists are advised to reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is monitoring the conditions at various points along the structure. When conditions improve, the bridge will be reopened to traffic. If you are planning to travel to the Straits area, please tune to AM 530 or 1610.

Mackinac Bridge currently closed due to ice falling from cables. There is no estimated time of reopening at this time.

Legislative round-up

January 26, 2018

LANSING — A quick look at what the Michigan Legislature has been up to recently:

  • Senate Bill 749, Increase child care income tax credit: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate

To establish that an individual is entitled to claim the same child care tax credit against Michigan income tax as the credit authorized by the 2017 federal tax reform law. This is a means-tested credit that is based on a percentage of child care expenses that are related to the taxpayer having a job (up to $6,000, or $3,000 if there is just one dependent). The credit would not be "refundable" (meaning the taxpayer would not get a check from the state for the amount the credit exceeded their income tax liability). Read More

U.S. Homeland Security Dept.: Michigan complies fully with federal REAL ID law

All licenses, ID cards accepted for all purposes until Oct. 1, 2020


January 26, 2018

LANSING — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially confirmed this week that Michigan fully complies with the federal REAL ID Act.


The state’s full compliance status means all Michigan driver’s licenses and ID cards will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2020, to board domestic flights, or enter federal buildings, nuclear plants or military bases.

On Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents will need REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or ID cards or another accepted identification document to board flights or enter federal sites.

People who do not apply for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card when they renew will receive a standard one with “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION” printed on it. Having a noncompliant card does not affect a Michigan resident’s ability to vote, drive, purchase firearms, buy age-restricted items or apply for federal benefits.

Learn more about the upcoming changes here.

Sault Winter Ice Festival is this weekend

January 25, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the activities in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. From ice carvings to the winter farmer's market, there is something for everyone. View the map and activity calendar here. 

Mackinac Bridge conditions now available via text alert

January 24, 2018

ST. IGNACE — With the assistance of Mackinac County 911/Emergency Management, you can sign up now for Mackinac Bridge Authority text updates when the bridge is closed for poor weather or high winds, and when it reopens.


Mackinac County 911, using its RAVE Alert System, will send updates and information from the MBA to users’ cell phones any time the bridge has a partial or full closure due to weather or other conditions. Messages also will be sent when a full closure is reduced to a partial closure or when the bridge reopens to all traffic.


“For many years, the MBA has posted current closure information on our website,, but travelers aren’t always able to access this information when on the road,” said Bob Sweeney, executive secretary of the MBA. “We really appreciate Mackinac County 911/Emergency Management’s willingness to use its system to notify bridge customers directly and quickly when closures occur.”


There is no cost to receive these updates, aside from any texting fees from the participant’s mobile coverage plan.


To opt in to this text alert system:

  1. Text “MacBridge” to 67283

  2. Users will receive a reply: “Welcome to Mac Bridge. Reply STOP MacBridge to Cancel. MSG & Data Rates May Apply MSG Frequency Varies,” verifying participation in the text alerting system.

  3. A second reply will follow: “Welcome to the Mackinac Bridge Text Alerting System. TO OPT OUT of this alerting system reply STOP MacBridge.”


Mackinac County 911 also made this texting system available for notifications prior to the 2017 Annual Bridge Walk. At its peak, about 17,000 people signed up for those alerts. A separate text update program will be available prior to the 2018 Annual Bridge Walk.

Sugar Islanders prepare for another round of ice jams

Coast Guard escorting a ship through the St. Mary's

January 23, 2018

SAULT STE. MARIE — On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW will escort the tank ship ALGONOVA through the St. Mary's River to Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. The ship is expected to arrive in Sault Sainte Marie by mid afternoon on Wednesday.

Once the ALGONOVA is moored in Sault Sainte Marie, the Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW will depart for further tasking by Coast Guard Sector Detroit. The Coast Guard Cutter MOBILE BAY will transit to Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario to escort the ALGONOVA down the St. Mary's River late Thursday night. According to the Coast Guard, every effort will be made to minimize incidental ice breaking in the harbor above the Sugar Island Ferry crossing.


The Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW or the Coast Guard Cutter MOBILE BAY will attempt to clean up any ice that may move downriver between the Sugar Island Ferry crossing during the escort of the tanker.

In recent weeks, residents of Sugar Island have been dealing with being stranded on the mainland as the ferry was unable to safely traverse the crossing. Island residents are being advised to pack and overnight bag just in case the ferry dock is iced in once again. 

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