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(RRN) Wildfire Burning In Eastern Hiawatha National Forest
There’s a wildfire burning in the eastern part of the Hiawatha National Forest. The fire was detected Wednesday night in a remote area northwest of the Chippewa County town of Trout Lake. As of 2:30 Thursday afternoon, the fire had burned 35 acres of land, and no structures have been damaged. Hiawatha National...

(RRN) Escanaba Receives MEDC Grants For Marketplace, Facades
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation sent a representative to Escanaba on Wednesday to hand over two checks. One of the checks was for 487-thousand dollars of state money to help with the new Escanaba Marketplace building. Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault says...

(RRN) Mackinac Center Files Lawsuit On Hotel/Resort Taxes
The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a northern Michigan resort owner whose constitutionally protected free speech rights are being violated by a regional tourism bureau. The bureau is taxing him to subsidize marketing campaigns he opposes. The Indian River Area...

(RRN) Gladstone Commissioners Discuss City Manager Position
The Gladstone City Commission has named Water/Wastewater Director Eric Buckman as the city’s “contact man” in the wake of the firing of City Manager Darla Falcon earlier this week. The commission did not name an actual interim city manager at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. Mayor Jay Bostwick...

(RRN) Houghton County Airport Gets $820K For New Snow Plows
U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced Wednesday that the Houghton County Memorial Airport has been awarded an $820,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to acquire new snow removal equipment to keep the airport serviceable during snow periods “Airports are...

(RRN) Michigan Rail Conference To Be Held In Marquette
Michigan’s annual Rail Conference will be held here in the Upper Peninsula. The state transportation department, Michigan Tech University, Michigan State University, and the Michigan Railroads Association, will team up to host the event in Marquette on August 17th and 18th. The theme is "Connecting...

(RRN) Governor Snyder Signs FY2017 State Budget Into Law
Governor Rick Snyder signed the state’s new budget into law on Wednesday. It includes more money to help Flint recover from the tainted water crisis, bringing the total to 234-million dollars. The budget also expands the Health Kids Dental program to every county in the state…that program had been available...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Artists To Take Part in 2016 Art Prize
There will be plenty of Yoopers on hand in Grand Rapids this fall for one of the largest art competitions in the country. A press conference was held Wednesday in Escanaba to talk about the U.P.’s involvement in Art Prize. There will be a special U.P. Pavilion set up at the DeVos Place where artists from across...

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