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Sen. Schmidt to hold coffee hours this month

October 4, 2017

LANSING — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of October.


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 October coffee hours are as follows in the local area:


Saturday, Oct. 7

Noon  to  1 p.m.

Les Cheneaux Distillery

172 S. Meridian St.



2 to 3 p.m.

Cup of the Day

406 Ashmun St.

Sault Ste. Marie


4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

McDonald’s Restaurant

13921 State Highway M-28



Monday, Oct. 16

11 a.m.  to  noon

Audie’s Restaurant

314 N. Nicolet St.

Mackinaw City

Planned prescribed burns in Chippewa and Schoolcraft Counties

October 3, 2017

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — The Forest Service is notifying local residents of possible prescribed burning activities in the near future. Current weather forecasts suggest suitable burning weather may occur over the next several weeks. Prescribed burning is very weather dependent and most likely will occur sometime in October. If conditions are not right, the burns will be postponed until more favorable conditions arise.

On the Hiawatha National Forest's west zone, personnel are preparing to conduct the 8-Mile prescribed burn approximately 15 south of Shingleton, MI, two miles south of State Highway M-94 on Forest Road 2212. This 150-acre project is south/southwest of Indian River Campground and the Jack Pine Lodge. The purposes of the project include maintenance of fire breaks and of biological diversity; large open or semi-open savanna habitats, once more common in the Upper Peninsula due to natural disturbances such as wildfire, have become scarce in recent times.

On the Hiawatha National Forest's east zone, personnel are preparing to conduct the West Brimley prescribed fire in T46N R3W Sections 8 and 9 located southwest of Brimley. Purposes of this 180-acre project include wildlife habitat maintenance and fuels reduction near local communities.

Maps showing the general locations of these projects are available online:

During active burning, smoke may be visible from roads and other points near Schoolcraft and Chippewa Counties. Though unlikely, smoke may settle in some areas in the evening hours. If you have health problems that may be aggravated by smoke production, please contact the local District Ranger and ask to be notified prior to burning activities:

  • 8-Mile Project: Joanne Sanfilippo, District Ranger, at (906) 474-6442 extension 123.

  • Brimley West Project: Robert West, District Ranger, at (906) 643-7900 extension 113.

Prescribed burning improves the overall health and vigor of vegetation and wildlife habitat on the Forest. Prescribed fire can also help increase the safety of wildland firefighters and the public by providing fire breaks and reducing fire intensity near communities. This safety aspect is critical when dealing with fires that occur in areas with wildland-urban interfaces that inherently have higher risks and resource values at stake. These openings would help to mitigate those risks and minimize the loss to resource values (i.e. timber products, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, private property, and utilities). For more information about prescribed fire and forest management, contact your local US Forest Service office.

Turkeys in traffic just one cause of numerous wildlife-car accidents

September 29, 2017

By JINGJING NIE/Capital News Service

LANSING — Michigan drivers know to watch for deer on the road — the state recorded 46,870 car-deer accidents in 2016.

But have you ever heard of a driving hazard caused by turkeys?

Michigan police agencies reported 232 vehicle crashes involving the birds in 2016. They are among the species of wildlife that police are identifying for the first time as involved in Michigan traffic accidents. Read More

Proposed bills could undo parental education requirement for immunization waivers

September 28, 2017

By Kaley Fech/Capital News Service

LANSING — Parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids could skip an education session designed to teach them a the benefits of vaccines and the risks of disease, under legislation proposed by two Republican lawmakers.

A 2014 rule requires parents to first learn about vaccines from a county health department to get an immunization waiver, , according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The rule was put in place by a joint committee of the House and Senate, not the entire Legislature.

Michigan allows immunization waivers for medical, religious and philosophical reasons. Medical waivers are completed by a physician.The education requirement pertains only to parents claiming religious and philosophical reasons. Read More

Michigan State Waterways Commission to meet Oct. 6 in Mackinaw City

September 28, 2017

ST. IGNACE — The Michigan State Waterways Commission will hold its next work session and regular meeting Friday, Oct. 6, at the Mackinaw City Village Hall, 102 S. Huron Ave., in Mackinaw City. The work session will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the public meeting at 9:30 a.m.

The commission is an advisory group created by Public Act 451 of 1994, Part 781 to address issues concerning public boating opportunities in the state of Michigan, including acquisition, construction and maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching facilities and administration of commercial docks in the Straits of Mackinac, and to advise on regulations and grant funding for the Great Lakes Harbors of Refuge.

The complete meeting agenda can be found on the Michigan State Waterways Commission website at, under Commissions, Boards and Committees. Topics for the meeting may include, but are not limited to:

  • Plaque presentation to commissioners Gary Marowske and Alex Declercq.

  • General updates.

  • Major maintenance and construction crew update.

  • Project updates.

  • Approvals, including 2018 meeting locations.

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Memories of Camp Raco presentation at Bayliss on Wednesday, Sept. 27

September 27, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Chippewa County Historical Society and Bayliss Public Library are co-hosting an event at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to bring their stories, memories, photos, and documents relating to Camp Raco, south of M-28 in Superior Township.


Greg Swallow, an M.A. candidate in Cultural Resource Management at Central Michigan University will be at the event He is interested in collecting material from the public for his thesis. This past June he worked on an archaeological dig at the Camp Raco site and he will share information on his work.


Camp Raco was originally known as the “Lone Pine Camp.” On May 2, 1933, it was founded as the first CCC camp in the U.P and became home to Company 667. They did tree planting, truck trail construction, telephone construction, stream improvement, campground construction, fish planting, and fire presuppression. After the camp was closed, the facilities were used during World War II as a German prisoner-of-war camp.


The public is encouraged to attend this free program. Refreshments will be provided. Janet Russell, CCHS Board member and president of the Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Society was instrumental in planning this event.


Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library, is located at 541 Library Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. Please enter by the front door as the rest of the library will be closed that evening.

The Bay Mills Township 2018-2022 Recreation Plan public hearing scheduled

September 25, 2017

BRIMLEY — Bay Mills Township will hold a public hearings concerning their recreation plan on Oct. 11, before the regularly scheduled township board meeting, at the Township Hall at 6 p.m.

The document is able to be reviewed until Oct. 9. Printed plans will be available at the township halls, or at

Soo Film Festival announces winners

September 25, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Soo Film Festival took place Sept. 12 to 17 at the historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Festival attendees are asked to choose their favorites by ballot. By audience acclaim, the winning films are:

Best Narrative Feature: As You Like It, directed by Carlyle Stewart

Best Narrative Short (tie): Anna, directed by Natalie Dale and Safety Net, directed by Andrew E. Rudd

Best Documentary Feature: INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./], directed by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil

Best Documentary Short: The Stories We Share, directed by Kaitlin Lenhard (Michigan State University)

Best Animation: Horse Dad, directed by Anna Hudzik (Ringling College of Art and Design)

Best Music Video: Sarah Lenore - “If We Try,” directed by Patrick Moug

Best Student Narrative: Eat Me, directed by Thomas Butcher (Oakland University)

Best Student Documentary: Planet Campus, directed by Trevor Tarantowski (Spring Arbor University)

Best Student Animation: Horse Dad, directed by Anna Hudzik (Ringling College of Art and Design)

Best Student Music Video: Blood and Wine - “Monster's Ball,” directed by Claire Davis and Eleri Watkins (Troy Athens High School)

Best Foreign Narrative (tie): 40th Anniversary, directed by J. Enrique Sánchez (Spain) and Georgia & the Time Machine, directed by Daniel Utrilla Cerezo (Spain)

Best Foreign Music Video: Jon Kenzie - “Can You Decide,” directed by Lu Pulici (Italy)


The next Soo Film Festival will take place September 2018, celebrating its fifth year.


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 from the Great Lakes of North America while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre.  Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!


The most up-to-date festival news is online. Find the festival on Facebook at

Michigan police, civil rights groups at odds over military equipment for cops

September 22, 2017


Capital News Service

LANSING — County sheriff departments eager to acquire more aircraft, observation helicopters, camouflage and other military equipment can look forward to more opportunity to acquire them after a federal ban on some surplus was lifted.

“President Trump’s actions enable law enforcement to provide tools and equipment that comes through the federal government at little to no cost that we cannot afford on a local basis,” said Tim Parker, the sheriff of Hillsdale County. Read More

Advisory: International Bridge closing to vehicle traffic during foot races

September 22, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Sault International Festival of Races on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 7:10 a.m. and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. or as soon as the last runner clears the bridge, whichever is earlier.

A half marathon and bridge run both cross the bridge as part of their courses. This is the third and final planned public bridge event in 2017 that will require a temporary bridge closure. More information on the Festival of Races can be found at

Get involved in forest planning

September 21, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources currently is making plans for the forest in 2019. These management plans include harvesting timber, planting trees, prescribed burning and maintaining fields and open areas – activities that help to provide wildlife habitat, control invasive species and improve the overall health of the forest.

The DNR  is seeking public input regarding management plans for Ecological Reference Areas, rare or high-quality natural communities that have been relatively undisturbed by human intervention. The DNR’s long-term goal is to maintain these areas as an example of Michigan’s biodiversity. Ecological Reference Area plans have been prepared for two sites in Luce County this year, including the Pretty Lakes area and the Prison Camp Muskeg area, which is the largest expanse of muskeg in Michigan.


The public is invited to look over proposals, view maps of the affected areas and provide feedback. The following public meeting will be held:

  •     Newberry – Oct. 10

    3 to 6 p.m. at the Newberry Field Office, 5666 M-123 S., Newberry

DNR staff will approve final plans at a meeting Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. at the LMAS District Health Department, 14150 Hamilton Lake Road, Lower Level Conference Room.


Brimley Board will not be selling land to Dollar General

September 21, 2017

BRIMLEY— The Brimley Area School board has declined to move forward with a transaction that would put a Dollar General store in Brimley. The vote took place on Monday, Sept. 18.

Earlier this year, the district was approached by a local realtor about selling a parcel of land on M-221. Many community members voiced their concerns about the possible transaction, noting that Dollar General has not been a friend to tribal communities. But the deal breaker in the transaction was  Dollar General's product offerings. The retailer would not agree to terms that included they would not sell alcohol or tobacco. The board unanimously declined to move forward with the land sale.

While some board members have expressed interest into turning the parcel into an additional parking lot,  there are no plans for the property at this time.

The next meeting of the Brimley School Board will take place on Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

New voting equipment to be used across the state

September 20, 2017

LANSING — Michigan residents have until Tuesday, Oct. 10 to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election, in which nearly 700 communities will use the state’s new election equipment, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson recently announced.

“After a successful launch in the August election, we’re excited to see many more communities utilizing the new voting equipment in November,” Johnson said. “I encourage all eligible residents to register and then vote so that their voice can be heard in their community.”

Because the customary 30-day close of registration falls on Sunday Oct. 8 and the following Monday, Oct. 9, is Columbus Day, the close of registration deadline moves forward to Tuesday, Oct. 10. Read More

Fishing regulations changed at Sept. 14 NRC meeting

September 19, 2017

LANSING — At its last meeting Thursday, Sept. 14, in Lansing, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved several fishing regulation changes regarding the Big Island Lakes Complex in Schoolcraft County, reptile and amphibian possession and ice shanties.

The regulations are part of multiple Fisheries Orders the Michigan Department of Natural Resources uses to protect the state’s aquatic resources. The Fisheries Orders include 201, 224 and 251.

Fisheries Order 201 sets fishing regulations on waters within the Big Island Lake Complex in Schoolcraft County. The approved change moves the northern pike minimum size limit from 42 to 24 inches and increases the daily possession limit from one to two fish, removes reference to the muskellunge harvest tag and changes the muskellunge possession season to the first Saturday in June through Nov. 30. This Fisheries Order takes effect April 1, 2018.

Fisheries Order 224 established regulations for Michigan’s reptiles and amphibians. The approved changes are administrative modifications that result in no regulation changes for anglers. This Fisheries Order takes immediate effect.

Fisheries Order 251 is a new order developed to regulate the use of ice fishing shanties in Michigan. The order mirrors ice shanty regulations already listed in statute. This Fisheries Order takes immediate effect.

Learn more about how to pay for college at local seminars

September 15, 2017

LANSING —  Michigan families and students looking for help paying for college should save the date for one of MI Student Aid’s new financial aid traveling one-stop shops visiting this Upper Peninsula this month, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Under the banner “MI College, MI Future, MI Doorstep,” Treasury’s MI Student Aid Outreach Team is visiting communities across the Upper Peninsula to educate and inform students and their families about options for paying for college. At each location, team members will provide assistance with scholarship searches, college financing strategies and state program eligibility look-ups, as well as staff a resource table with financial aid materials. Read More

UPEC taking submissions for photo contest

September 15, 2017

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition has announced its annual photo contest. You can help them recognize the beauty of the landscape and its inhabitants through your photos. Send  your best shots representing the U.P., including photos on file from the other seasons. Contest deadline is Friday, Nov. 17, with winners announced in each category in the winter UPEC newsletter. Read More

Celebrate the U.P. this weekend

September 15, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE — Everything from the area’s Native American origins to recent endeavors to clean up toxic hotspots and benefit fish and wildlife habitat will be explored in a celebration of the St. Mary’s River and Eastern Upper Peninsula. The day-long program of local, natural themes is the creation of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition. Read More

Red Cross encourages blood donations during National Preparedness Month

September 14, 2017

LANSING—As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelet donations during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day. Read More


Downtown Sault Ste. Marie hosts 15th Annual Oktoberfest

September 14, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE —   On Saturday, Sept. 23, downtown Sault Ste. Marie will host their 15th annual Oktoberfest beginning at noon and continuing well into the night. Highlights include live music from Judy and Her Suchey Brothers, playing polka favorites, Anytime Fitness tug-o-war competition, Crime Stoppers Fire Truck pull and of course beer and bratwursts.


The event takes place on Portage Avenue between Ashmun and Osborn. The street and sidewalk will be closed starting at noon.  Parking is available on Water Street and in rear lots along Moloney’s Alley.


Restaurants and pubs including Moloney’s Alley, Karl’s Cuisine, The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, The Ramada Ojibway Plaza, Subway, and Zorba’s will be selling specialty food and beverages throughout the day.


In keeping with the Oktoberfest theme, a heritage display booth will pay homage to Germany with artifacts, memorabilia, records, clothing and more. Oktoberfest will also include arts and craft vendors, bouncy inflatables for the kids, face painting, and dance performances from students at The Academy of Performing Arts.


Gym 906 and The Alpha Bar have teamed up for a Beer Olympics to take place during Oktoberfest festivities in the Alpha Bar parking lot beginning at 1 PM. The event will include relay activities such as: tire flipping, keg carrying, stein squats and adult beer pong with prizes awarded to the winning team. Interested participants can sign teams of 4 up downtown at Gym 906.


For more information and a complete event schedule visit

LSSU, EDC offer public open house of healthcare simulation center

September 12, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State University and the Sault Economic Development Corporation invite the public to an open house of LSSU's Superior Simulation Center. The event will take place from  9 a.m. to  4 p.m., Wed., Sept. 13, in Sault Ste. Marie's Smart Zone building - also called the Advanced Resources and Technology facility - located at 2345 Meridian St. The open house is in conjunction with the inaugural Healthcare Simulation Week, Sept. 11 to 15, sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Read More


Reward offered for information regarding defacing of Sanilac Petroglyphs

September 12, 2017

Earlier this year, Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff at Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park discovered that vandals had broken in and carved three images on the rock that holds carvings made hundreds of years ago.

“We are all deeply saddened by this disrespectful act,” said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan History Center, which interprets the petroglyphs for the public at this state park near Cass City, Michigan. “The petroglyphs were created by people who lived in what is now Michigan centuries ago. They are part of all of our history, and they have a deep spiritual meaning for many Anishinabek who live in the Great Lakes Region today.” Read More

Soo Film Festival kicks off on Sept. 12

September 11, 2017

The fourth Soo Film Festival takes place September 12 to 17 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie at the Soo Theatre and, for the first time, Bayliss Public Library. Six days of features and shorts from the Great Lakes and the rest of the globe make up this year’s festival schedule. Read More

Indian Country Media Network goes on hiatus

September 08, 2017

Indian Country Media Network, owned and operated by the Oneida Nation, is no longer in business. The following statement was issued by the publisher:

"As of  Sept. 4, 2017, Indian Country Today Media Network, publisher of Indian Country magazine and, is taking a hiatus to consider alternative business models. The staff of ICTMN has been honored to serve the best audience they could have possibly imagined, and direct all attention to the following letter from publisher Ray Halbritter. During the hiatus, new posts, new magazines and new books will not appear on the site and email newsletters will not be sent while we consider a new way forward. The site will remain accessible and maintained in its current form through January 31, 2018. Paid subscribers with active, unfulfilled portions of their subscriptions will be reimbursed automatically." Read More

Dr. David Paitson Named LSSU's Director of Athletics

September 08, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE - Dr. David Paitson (pronounced Pate-sun), a dynamic and creative leader with more than 25 years of comprehensive management and executive marketing success with intercollegiate, minor and major league sports franchises, including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Indiana Pacers and Sam Houston State University has been named Director of Athletics at Lake Superior State University. Read More

DNR wants to hear your ideas on state forest planning for Luce and Chippewa Counties

September 08, 2017

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Whether you’re interested in healthy forests, quality wildlife habitat or a strong forest products industry, don’t miss the chance to get involved in state forest planning.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources currently is making plans for the forest in 2019. These management plans include harvesting timber, planting trees, prescribed burning and maintaining fields and open areas – activities that help to provide wildlife habitat, control invasive species and improve the overall health of the forest. Read More

Free junior deer hunting licenses available at Meijer Friday/Saturday

September 07, 2017

LANSING — Young hunters once again will have the opportunity to get a free deer hunting license at all Meijer stores in Michigan Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9.

Youths must be accompanied by an adult, and can receive the free junior deer hunting license coupon in stores.

The coupon is valid for one junior deer hunting license, a $20 value, or mentored youth hunting license. Those who hunt in Michigan also must purchase a base license, which costs $6 for youth ages 10 to 16. The base license allows hunters to hunt small game and purchase additional hunting licenses. The mentored youth hunting license, valid only for hunters under the age of 10, includes a base license and does not require separate purchase of the base license.

Meijer has offered youth hunters free deer hunting licenses since 2008.

Review the Bay Mills Township Rec plan online

September 05, 2017

The Bay Mills Township 2018-2022 Recreation Plan is out for review.

The documents will be able to be reviewed from Sept. 5  through Oct. 9. Printed plans will be available at the township halls, or at

Please submit comments in one of the following ways:

·   At the township hall (a comment box will be posted),

·   By email to, or

·   By mail to: ATTN Bay Mills Recreation Plan 1118 E. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, 49783.


A public meeting to discuss the Recreation Plan is scheduled for Oct. 11, 6 p.m. at the Bay Mills Township Hall, 14740 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI.

2017 LSSU Women's Walk raises more than $35K

September 04, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE —  The ninth annual War Memorial Hospital 5K Fun Run/Walk, held on Aug. 26 on the LSSU campus, to benefit Lake Superior State University Women's Athletics was a success as the event raised more than $35,000.

The LSSU Women's 5K Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by War Memorial Hospital, has generated over $385,000 in donations during its nine years in existence.  

The overall top finishers in the 5K Fun Run were Cam Tiberg (male) and Hannah Heimonen (female).

The money raised not only helps support LSSU women's athletics in the sports of basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country, tennis, and golf, but is necessary in ensuring the six Laker women's athletics programs remain competitive at the NCAA Division II level.  

Each women's program established a fundraising target based on their operating needs for the upcoming season.  Teams of walkers raise money by collecting pledges and donations from family, friends and community members.  The individuals then participated in a 60-minute walk/run around the LSSU campus 

A Puerto Rico Dream Vacation for two, along with a 32-inch high definition television and a gaming system highlighted a number of raffle prizes awarded.  Seamore the Seaduck, one of LSSU's official mascots, were present at the event to welcome participants and pose for photographs.  

Bridge closure uneventful

September 04, 2017

ST. IGNACE — The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk took place on Labor Day, with authorities closing the bridge down to traffic during the walk as a safety measure. Despite the holiday traffic, no significant backups were reported.

The Michigan Dept. of Transportation spent the last several weeks publicizing the closure through media outlets, social media, and roadside signs.

Those who participated are encouraged to share photos of the experience at the Annual Bridge Walk on MDOT's Facebook page and on Twitter and Instagram using #mightymacwalk17 for a chance to win a free tour of the #mackinacbridge.

LSSU, Hospice, community partners offer dementia training

September 01, 2017

By Tom Pink

SAULT STE. MARIE – In order to help health professionals and caregivers learn more about what it is like to live with dementia, Lake Superior State University nursing faculty recently presented The Virtual Dementia Tour over two days with Hospice of the EUP staff and others.


Twenty-five staff members from Hospice, the Merlin Home for dementia care and Hearthside Assisted Living took part in the training, which was called “life-changing” by some.


The VDT is a national program that is a scientifically proven method of building greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. It was invented by P.K. Beville, an award-winning geriatric specialist and founder of Second Wind Dreams, which helped provide the instruction. SWD is an international, non-profit organization that has been recognized as the first in the nation committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams for elders. Read More

First human cases of West Nile virus for 2017 confirmed in Michigan

August 31, 2017

Activity is high throughout the State


LANSING – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services today confirmed the state’s first human cases of West Nile virus for 2017.  Four cases of WNV have been confirmed; two residents of Montcalm County, and one each from Oakland and Macomb Counties.  Their illness onsets range from August 6 to 11, and all have been hospitalized with neurologic disease. Read More

State agencies call for immediate repair of damage to coating on Straits pipeline

August 30, 2017

The Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and the Michigan State Police expressed concerns today about new information confirming there are gaps in the protective coating on a portion of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, at least one of which was apparently caused during the installation of supportive pipe anchors. Read More

Bay Mills Indian Community announces election

August 29, 2017

The Bay Mills Indian Community Election will be held on Nov. 1, 2017.  If a Primary Election is required, it will be held on Oct. 11.

A Candidate for Tribal Offices must submit to the Election Committee at the Tribal Office Building a written notice of such candidacy by the last Wednesday in September, which is Sept. 27, 2017.  The Committee will accept no petition after 4 p.m. on that date.

Any member of the Bay Mills Indian Community who is at least 21 years of age is eligible to hold Tribal Offices.
The following Executive Council Positions are up for election:  President, Vice-President, Councilman, Treasurer, and Secretary.

There are five (5) vacancies on the Conservation Committee that are four (4) year terms.

One (1) Chief Judge and one (1) Appellate Judge must also be elected at this time.  They must be 25 years of age and be of good moral character.

The Election will be held in the Armella B. Parker Building (Bay Mills Senior Center) on the dates listed above.  The polls will be open between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Absentee Ballots:  Any voter who will not be able to cast his/her ballot in person may request the Election Committee to issue him/her an absentee ballot. 

Such requests may be made:

  • In person

  • Email -

  • Fax (906) 248-3283

  • Mail – must be signed by the person requesting the ballot.  

Please include your mailing address on your request.

The request must be made thirty-six (36) hours before the Election.  Reason for requesting absentee ballot must be given, as absentee ballots are for individuals unable to vote in person.  Direct your request to the Bay Mills Tribal Office at 12140 W. Lakeshore Dr., Brimley, MI 49715  Attn:  Election Committee.  Please note:  Indicate on your request if you will be needing absentee ballots for both the Primary and General Election.  The Committee cannot assume an individual will need an absentee ballot for the General because he/she requested one for the Primary.

If there are any questions, please call the Tribal Office for more information.  The telephone number is:  (906) 248-8100.  Ask for Andrea Kinney or Kathi Carrick.


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EDC hosting classes

SAULT STE. MARIE — If your business looking to expand, and have considered selling to the government, or if you are selling goods and materials to the government and wish to diversify your customer base,  a series of classes will be held in the SmartZone/EDC Building on Oct. 18, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6th. Please contact Don Makowski at (906) 789-0558, ext. 1311, or e-mail him at if you should have any questions or need to register. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and how to navigate the bidding process. There is no charge for these classes, so call today and reserve your spot.

Attend "Business After 5"

  •  Thursday, Oct. 19, 5 to 7 p.m.


Sault Chamber of Commerce "Business After 5" is designed to help make valuable

business contacts and enjoy a night of networking with fellow professionals and community members in a fun, relaxed setting. This event is open to chamber and non chamber members.

Weekly Farmers' Market

The Sault Farmers' Market is open each Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  through late October at the corner of Ashmun and Portage. A part of the downtown scene for many years, the Market features more than 20 vendors offering fresh, local produce, eggs, maple syrup, honey, a variety of home-made baked goods, and fine craft items from local crafters. A recent survey of market customers showed that two of the especially favored aspects of the market are the high quality of products offered and the chance to talk directly with the people who grow the food and make the products.

United Way Chili Cook-off

Come out for an evening of chili and entertainment for a good cause. The cook-off will take place at the LSSU Norris Center on Dec. 8 from 4 to 7 pm. Read More

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