(RRN) Lawmakers Work Overnight To Reach Road Funding Deal
Michigan lawmakers were up late Thursday night, dealing with proposals to pump more money into the state's crumbling infrastructure. The state house and senate were holding votes well past 2:00 a.m. on a plan that would ask Michigan voters to approve a one-percent...

(RRN) More Charges In Marinette County Burglary, Shootout
Two more people have been arrested in the burglaries that led to that shootout with sheriff's deputies in Marinette County, Wisconsin on Wednesday. The sheriff says Harley Whitmore and Kendra Kruger were involved with the two suspects arrested earlier. They're both in jail as well. Derrick and Christopher Whitmore...

(RRN) Manistique Man Charged With Slitting Woman's Throat
Thomas Becks Junior is headed to trial. The 58-year-old Manistique man is charged with slitting the throat of 31-year-old Theresa Gorney following an argument at her home last July 28th. Charges include attempted murder. Becks' trial is set to begin next April 27th in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court.

(RRN) Radio Results Network Sold To Wisconsin-Based Group
The Radio Results Network will soon have a new owner. Parent company Lakes Radio Wednesday announced the sale of the five stations and affiliated websites to the Wisconsin-based Armada Media Partners. The sale price was not disclosed. Armada Media Partners currently owns a five-station group in Menominee-Marinette…as well...

(RRN) DNR Investigating Moose Poaching In Baraga County
The D-N-R is looking for information on a bull moose poaching that happened in Baraga County. The moose carcass was discovered on Saturday, Dec. 13th. Based on evidence collected at the site, officers believe the moose was killed in late November in the Three Lakes area. Logging is occurring along the road and road hunting...

(RRN) U.P. Catholics Can Travel To See Pope In Philadelphia
U-P families will have an opportunity to see Pope Francis and participate in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. The Diocese of Marquette is organizing a pilgrimage to the September, 2015 event with the help of the Kinghts of Columbus. Bishop John Doerfler will be attending the event as well. If you're interested...

(RRN) Escanaba Electric Utility Cutting Power In Ford River
Power will be out Thursday in the Ford River area. The Escanaba Electric Department says the area from Breezy Point south to Ford River will go dark at about ten this morning. The outage, which is due to underground maintenance, will last about four hours.

(RRN) Flu Causes More Restrictions At Escanaba Facilities
Add Escanaba's Christian Park Health Care Center to the list of facilities impacted by the flu. A spokesperson said Wednesday that visitation is being discouraged until residents can recover. The facility's annual Christmas party has also been rescheduled for next Monday at 2:30 in the afternoon. Visitor restrictions are also...

(RRN) Portable Meth Lab Found In Escanaba Alley; One Injury
An Escanaba resident was treated at Saint Francis Hospital Monday after being overcome by fumes from a recycling bin. Turns out someone had used the bin to dispose of meth components. The homeowner was not seriously hurt, but Escanaba Public Safety sought assistance from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team...

(RRN) Visitors Asked To Stay Away From St. Francis Hospital
Escanaba's O-S-F Saint Francis Hospital now has visitation restrictions because the outbreak of flu cases in the area. Spokeswoman Lanna Scannell says visitation is restricted to a patient's spouse, parent or guardian. Only Parents and grandparents can visit the O-B-nursery department and kids under 16 are...

(RRN) Environmental Officials Look At UP Oil Pipeline Leak
State officials say a pin-hole leak in an Enbridge Energy pipeline in Schoolcraft County earlier this month caused no contamination. Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant says only a small amount of liquid natural gas escaped--and it quickly vaporized into the atmosphere. Enbridge was alerted to the leak...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Road Crews To Use More 'Wing Plows'
U-P road agencies are expanding their use of so-called "wing plows." That's according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. Agency spokesman Dan Weingarten says these plows can clear about 14 feet in one pass, compared to nine or ten feet. Additional flashing lights will indicate when a wing plow is being used...

(RRN) DNR Says UP Deer Need Mild Winters To Boost Population
The Michigan D-N-R confirmed that deer numbers were down by between 30-and-40 percent across the Upper Peninsula during the firearms season. That's because of two consecutive harsh winters. What will it take for the deer herd to bounce back? Ashley Autenrieth is the D-N-R's Deer Program Biologist for the U-P and northern lower Michigan...

(RRN) Illness Closes Escanaba's Bishop Noa Home To Visitors
Escanaba's Bishop Noa Home is closed today due to a flu outbreak. Church services have been cancelled as well. Visitors are being asked to stay away so residents can recover from their illnesses.

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Communities Receive DNR Parks Grants
The D-N-R will be handing out some 900-thousand dollars statewide for local park improvements. The agency announced the grants on Monday. In the U-P, money will be going to the cities of Kingsford, Marquette and Norway…the village of Garden…Houghton County's Calumet Township and Menominee County's Nadeau...

(RRN) Michigan Group To Fight Wolf Poaching
There's a new group that's hoping to stop wolf poaching. Great Lakes Wolf Patrol is offering a 15-hundred dollar reward for information about illegal wolf killings in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. According to founder Rob Coronado's Go Fund Me webpage, they're looking for information on two recent illegal...


(RRN) Weekend Two-Vehicle Crash Near Marquette's Lowes Store
A two-vehicle crash on U-S 41 in Marquette Township Saturday has left one of the drivers in critical condition. The sheriff says it happened at about 3:10 in the afternoon near the Lowe's store. An S-U-V driven by a 62-year-old Crystal Falls woman pulled out of the store parking lot into the path of a pickup driven...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Police Officers May Get 'Body Cameras'
With altercations between police and citizens making national news headlines recently, many police departments are looking to equip officers with body cameras. And that includes here in the U.P. The Upper Peninsula's Regional Homeland Security Board is looking at a project that would equip as many U.P. police officers as possible with...

(RRN) Eagle Mine Truck Involved In Weekend Traffic Accident
Marquette County Road 550 was closed for a time over the weekend as a large truck that serves the Lundin Mining Eagle Mine crashed in Marquette County. Michigan State Police troopers from the Negaunee Post say the accident happened at about 3:20 Saturday morning on County Road 550, between Wetmore Landing and Harlow Lake...

(RRN) State Police Warning: The IRS Is NOT Calling You
The Michigan State Police Iron Mountain post says that there's been an increase of complaints about an IRS phone scam that's been going around the past few months. The caller claims to be an IRS agent investigating citizens for tax fraud, and attempts to intimidate you into giving up your personal financial information...

(RRN) Governor Appoints Two Members To Michigan Tech Board
Governor Rick Snyder on Friday announced the appointments of two downstate residents to the Michigan Tech University Board of Control. They are Brenda Ryan, of Oakland County's Commerce Township, and William Johnson, of Newaygo, from western Lower Michigan. The eight-person board is the governing body of the university...

(RRN) Gladstone Public Safety Director Gets New Training
Gladstone's Public Safety Director is now better prepared for handling situations of missing children. Local Three News reports that Paul Geyer has just returned from The Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives held at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia. This was the 157th session of...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Communities Get 'Deep Freeze' Help
More than two dozen Upper Peninsula communites are getting help from the state government to cover some of the costs incurred last winter during the deep freeze that left water pipes frozen, and sewer and water mains devastated. The $1.8 million from the Northern Michigan Deep Freeze Emergency Fund was announced Thursday by...

(RRN) Lot Of Tickets Written During Early November Crackdown
Officers from more than 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police issued 1,814 seat belt and child restraint citations during the Click It Or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign between Octover 27th and November 9th. “Officers from local, county and state agencies conduct seat belt enforcement zones...

(RRN) Munising Post Office May be Named After Liz Kinnunen
The Munising Post Office may soon have a new name. Congressman Dan Benishek has been trying since 2012 to get Congress to name that post office after Elizabeth Kinnunen. The legislation to do that was passed in the summer of 2012, but the president never signed it. So, Benishek tried again, and this time, it passed in the House back in July...

(RRN) Emergency Officials Monitoring Ford River Flooding
Emergency officials in Delta County are keeping a close eye on the Ford River for something that we normally talk about in the spring: flooding. Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Berbohm says the water on the Ford River is rising into people's yards in the area off of 10-point-25 Lane, which is known to locals as...

(RRN) State Rep. Kivela Frustrated On Road Funding Debate
State lawmakers worked late into the night Wedneday night to try to come up with a compromise on a long-term road funding package. And state representative John Kivela is gettng frustrated with the entire process of finding a solution to the state's road problems without causing severe financial hardship for Michigan residents. The Michigan...

(RRN) Ishpeming Election Recount Does Not Change Results
A recount was held Wednesday in the Ishpeming City Council race that was decided by five votes on November 4th. The recount was requested by former Ishpeming Mayor Mike Tall, who lost to Justin Koski by five votes. Marquette County Clerk Linda Talsma says that recounts are not actually rare. They happen in very...

(RRN) Flu, Whooping Cough Arrive Early In Upper Peninsula
The Dollar Bay-Tamarack Schools in the Copper Country will be closed for a third straight day Thursday because so many kids have gotten sick. There's also been a high rate of absenteeism in the Calumet-Laurium Schools this week for the same reason. Doctor Terry Frankovich is the medical director for public health departments...

(RRN) Hiawatha National Forest Approves Cable Laying Project
The Hiawatha National Forest is allowing for two more projects that will see new cables run underneath forest roadways to improve utility service in the Central Upper Peninsula. Manistique/Rapid River District Ranger Joanne Sanfilippo has approved "special use permits" for both the Alger/Delta Co-op and the Upper Peninsula Power...

(RRN) DNR Confirms Very Low Deer Harvest In Upper Peninsula
The Michigan D-N-R is confirming what many Upper Peninsula deer hunters already know: this year's firearms deer season wasn't very good. The D-N-R came out with its deer harvest report on Tuesday, and noted that the number of deer killed across the U-P was down between 30-and-40 percent, compared with the 2013...

(RRN) Escanaba Considers Appealing MI Tax Tribunal Decision
The Escanaba City Council on Tuesday discussed the possibility of appealing a Michigan Tax Tribunal decision that substantially lowered the tax bill for the Menards Super Center store in the city. That lower tax burden means that the city…and other local taxing entities in the Escanaba area…will have to reimburse Menards...

(RRN) Sault Ste. Marie Man Convicted On Rape, Other Charges
A Sault Ste. Marie man has been convicted on six felonies in connection to an incident last summer when he allegedly raped his girlfriend. 44-year-old Lynn LaVictor was convicted on a federal indictment in Marquette on Tuesday. He was convicted not only of aggravated sexual assault, but also beat her to the point where...

(RRN) Police Probe Home Invasion, Attack In Menominee Twp.
Michigan State Police are looking for three men who broke into a home in Menominee Township on Sunday, holding four people against their will, attacking them, and then stealing their property. Troopers from the Gladstone Post say that the homeowner, and three other people inside the home, were tied up by three men...

(RRN) House Supports New $300 Million To Improve Great Lakes
The U-S House has passed a resolution supporting funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. That resolution would authorize 300-million dollars be spent on the Great Lakes each year between 2015 and 2019. The money is used to address invasive species issues, as well as restoring and cleaning up...

(RRN) Delta County Selects Strom As New Prosecuting Attorney
Phil Strom has been appointed as Delta County's new prosecutor. Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis made the announcement on Monday. Strom will replace Steve Parks, who is leaving as prosecutor to take over as the new 94th District Court judge. Strom is currently the county's chief assistant prosecutor under Parks, and...

(RRN) Federal Money Approved To Fight Veteran Homelessness
A federal program designed to battle homelessness amongst veterans is offering help to vets across the country…and here in the Upper Peninsula. The "Supportive Housing Program" is a joint effort with the Veterans Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program announced 266-thousand dollars...

(RRN) DNR Gets Federal Cash For Better Hunter Access Program
The State of Michigan has been approved for more than a million dollars in federal money to expand hunting access in the eastern Upper Peninsula, and in southern Lower Michigan. The 1-point-2 million dollars comes from the U-S Department of Agriculture. The Michigan Hunting Access Program pays landowners to allow hunting...

(RRN) New U.P. Projects On Natural Resources Trust Fund List
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board is recommending that the legislature approve funding for 69 recreation development projects and land acquisitions across the state. The total for all of the projects: 24-point-7 million dollars. The N-R-T-F has been around since 1976, and the money in it comes from...

(RRN) Snyder Appoints Two Members To Northern Michigan Board
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed two new members to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. Both of them are Marquette residents: Robert Mahaney and Tami Seavoy. Mahaney is the president and founder of the Veridea Group and serves on mBank's Board of Directors. He replaces Gil Ziegler on the...

(RRN) Three UP High School Students Win Bay College Contest
Three Delta County high school students have won prizes from Bay College's Computer Information Systems Department. The department sponsored competitions during recent events on the Bay campus that promoted the college’s occupational programs. These events were attended by more than 800 middle and...

(RRN) UP Electric Co-Ops Want CliffsTo Buy From Presque Isle
The C-E-O's of the Upper Peninsula's three electric co-ops have written a letter to Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette asking them to do something about the power issues here in the U-P. In Friday's letter, Tom Harrell from Alger-Delta, Dan Dasho from Cloverland, and Deborah Niles from Ontonagon County all...

(RRN) St. Francis Hospital Launches Lights of Love Campaign
The brightly-lighted trees along U-S 2 west in Escanaba are more than mere holiday ornaments. They're part of the O-S-F Saint Francis Hospital auxiliary's Lights of Love fundraiser. You can "buy" a light for three dollars in honor of…or in memory of…a loved one. The money that's raised goes to buy new equipment...

(RRN) Snowshoeing Becoming Popular U.P. Outdoor Activity
There's lots of winter activities that we can take part in to pass the time here in the Upper Peninsula. And while skiing and snowmobiling are the most popular, more and more people are enjoying snowshoeing. Is this a new activity? Troy Henderson is a historian at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. "No, snowshoeing...

(RRN) Animal Rights Groups Want Law Against Gas Chambers
A bill that would prevent the use of gas chambers in animal shelters appears to be stalled in the state House. The bill passed in the Senate last fall still awaits a hearing and vote in the House Committee. If the bill does not pass by the end of the current legislative session on December 18th, it will need to be completely...

(RRN) Hundreds Enjoy 2014 Downtown Escanaba Christmas Parade
Several thousand people turned out Friday night to watch the annual Escanaba City Christmas Parade wind its way down Ludington Street. Temperatures were in the 30's for the annual event, much warmer than in the previous couple of years. The parade was led by Santa Claus and the city's...

(RRN) Governor Says Upper Peninsula Roads, Bridges Need Help
Upper Michigan roads and bridges, like those throughout the state, are crumbling and need far greater investment, Gov. Rick Snyder and State Transportation Director Kirk Steudle said on Friday. Snyder's and Steudle's remarks came at a transportation funding roundtable event in Lansing Friday, one of four in the state calling attention...

(RRN) mBank, Peninsula Bank Announce Merger; Biggest In U.P.
There are major changes in the financial landscape of the Upper Peninsula as two U.P. banks have merged. Peninsula Bank has been consolidated into mBank, and all branches will open as mBank locations on Monday. The transaction makes mBank the largest bank...in terms of assets...headquartered in Upper Michigan...

(RRN) Escanaba Christmas Parade Scheduled For Friday Night
Escanaba's annual Christmas Parade is set for Friday night in the downtown area. Bonnie Wennick-Kutz has been organizing this event for 40 years and she says there's something special about it being held at night."We held it at night for years, but then some people thought that it was too cold to do a night parade in December...

(RRN) Two People Hurt In Sault Ste. Marie Hostage Standoff
Two people are hospitalized after a hostage incident Wednesday in the Soo. State Police say they have been called in to investigate the police shooting of an unidentified man. Troopers say the man held a knife to the throat of a woman on the front porch of a Soo home Wednesday afternoon. When the man refused to drop the knife...

(RRN) DNR Investigates Wolf Poaching In Gulliver, Mackinac
The D-N-R is seeking information in two wolf poaching cases--one in Schoolcraft and the other in Mackinac County. Evidence of both killings was found November 26th. The Schoolcraft incident happened near Gulliver. A wolf which was part of a wildlife study was killed and its tracking collar removed, according to...

(RRN) Casperson Trying To Save U.P. Mail Processing Center
There's another move afoot to save the mail processing center in Kingsford. This one is coming from U-P State Senator Tom Casperson. Casperson says a U-S Postal Service plan to shift the processing to Green Bay will virtually eliminate next-day delivery in the U-P. And that, he says, will impact many small businesses up here...

(RRN) Possible Merger For Alger-Delta Co-Op Now On Hold
A possible merger between Alger Delta Electric and Great Lakes Energy is on hold. That's according to C-E-O Tom Harrell. His comments came as the co-op's board Tuesday turned down a proposal that would have allowed merger talks to continue. At issue is a board policy that states the co-op cannot be sold. But Harrell says...

(RRN) Ishpeming Man Receives Sentencing Delay In Fatal Crash
A 19-year old Ishpeming man has received a 12 month sentencing delay after admitting to reckless driving that lead to the deaths of two people last summer. Raymond Anderson pleaded guilty in October in Marquette County District Court. Police say Anderson's rental truck pulled into the path of a motorcycle on US-41 at...

(RRN) Four People Arrested On Drugs Charges In Iron River
Four people have been arrested in a drug investigation in Iron River. Three men, 24, 25, and 26 years old, and one 19-year-old woman have been charged with delivering and manufacturing a series of controlled substances including Ritalin, oxycodone, morphine, suboxone, and heroin. UPSET expects to make more arrests...

(RRN) Bay College AAUW Having 'Lunch With Santa' Saturday
The Escanaba chapter of the American Association of University Women will put on its annual "Lunch With Santa" event on Saturday. Organizer Deb Trombley says they've been doing this for almost 30 years. She says the event is for kids and their parents to sit down with Santa, and to raise money for scholarships...

(RRN) Marquette Christmas Parade, Tree-Lighting On Thursday
The City of Marquette officially gets into the Christmas spirit Thursday night with a parade and tree lighting ceremony. Tara Lasse-McKinney is the Events Coordinator for the Marquette Downtown Development Authority. She says it is a fun, family event. She expects more than 25 decorated floats, vehicles, and marching units...

(RRN) Proposed U.P. Electric Rate Hikes Temporarily On Hold
There's been a delay in a federal order that would have meant large electric rate increases for many Upper Peninsula homes and businesses. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator has been requiring Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant stay open, and was requiring all U.P. utilities foot the bill. But the Federal Energy Regulatory...

(RRN) Governor Ramps Up Effort For New Road-Funding Package
Governor Rick Snyder met with business leaders in Detroit on Monday to drum up support for a long-term road funding package to fix our state's crumbling infrastructure. The governor held a rountable meeting at Lawrence Tech University, and the business leaders there agreed that the Michigan Legislature needs to approve more taxes...

(RRN) 'Giving Tuesday' Invites Volunteerism To UP Charities
You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Well, today is "Giving Tuesday", designed to highlight the work that non-profit groups do in our communities. Amy Quinn is the CEO of the Great Lakes Center For Youth Development in Marquette. Quinn says that her organization is trying to help coordinate volunteer activities...

(RRN) Delta County Victim Services Unit Needs Volunteers
The Delta County Sheriff's Department's Victim Services Unit is looking for volunteers. VSU Coordinator Marilyn Noble says that the volunteers help out at events like house fires, fatal traffic crashes, and drownings. Volunteers go through a criminal background check, and then they do 20 hours of training conducted by the Michigan Sheriffs...

(RRN) Firearms Deer Hunting Season Ends Without Much Success
The firearms deer season came to an end yesterday across the Upper Peninsula. And by most accounts, it was, as predicted, not the best of seasons for hunter success. The Michigan D-N-R has reported large drops in the number of deer checked at its various stations. And the Mackinac Bridge Authority says the number of deer...

(RRN) Cyber Monday Promises Great Deals; 'Use Tax' Is Owed
Holiday shoppers have made it through Black Friday, and now today, the retail world braces for Cyber Monday. Most of the major stores have special deep discounts today on their web sites, with many offering free shipping and no taxes. Growth of online shopping activity is triple that of in-store sales. Many of the on-line disappear...

(RRN) Free Cancer Screenings Possible For Michigan Smokers
If a proposal by the U.S. Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services becomes a reality, thousands of long-time smokers in Michigan could gain access to life saving free screenings. The screenings would be made available to Medicare Part B beneficiaries between 55-and-74 years old who have smoked at least a pack of...

(RRN) University of Mich Teacher Prep Program Gets Big Grant
A grant of more than million dollars will help the University of Michigan's College of Education improve its teacher preparation programs. The money is going to the school's TeachingWorks program and will help in two ways. First it will support a collaboration with the Education Testing Service to develop...

(RRN) Michigan DNR Advisory Council Meets Monday In Iron Mtn
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council will meet on Monday on the Bay College West campus in Iron Mountain. The meeting will be inside Fornetti Hall, starting at 4:30 Central time. DNR staff will be on hand to give various reports on current projects, and will answer...

(RRN) Wisconsin Firm Offered Bid For Portage Bridge Project
A contract has been offered to one of the bidders for the Portage Lift Bridge rehab project in the Copper Country. M-DOT has accepted the eight-point-three million dollar bid of a Wisconsin firm. The bid is well above the estimated five-point-five million dollar budget, however. Project manager Alan Anderson says they needed...

(RRN) Hundreds Attend Escanaba Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The annual Escanaba Community Thanksgiving dinner was held Thursday at the Escanaba High School cafeteria. Hundreds of people turned out for the dinner of turkey and all the fixings. Escanaba resident Howard Olson has been coming for many years. He says that it is about more...

(RRN) Northern Wisconsin Boy Loses Coin Toss For Killed Buck
An eleven-year-old northern Wisconsin hunter will only have a photo of the first deer he ever shot, as the nine-point buck was killed by another hunter on private property after the kid had wounded it. Fox 11 News in Green Bay reports that Kameron Jorgenson and his father were hunting in Oneida on the opening day of gun deer season...

(RRN) Michigan Senate Offices Moving To New Building In 2015
The offices of the Michigan Senate will be moving in 2015 from the state-owned Farnum Building to seven floors of the Capitol View building. Capitol View is just one block away, but is just a decade old and doesn't have the same issues as the aging Farnum Building with unreliable heat and air conditioning and asbestos...

(RRN) Garage, Two Vehicles Destroyed By Fire In Gladstone
Fire broke out on Wednesday at a Gladstone residence. Gladstone Public Safety officers were called to 920 North 17th Street at about 2:45 Wednesday afternoon, and they found the garage was engulfed in flames. The garage, owned by Randall Steinhausen Sr. and Marilyn Kroll, was destroyed in the blaze. Two vechicles inside the garage...

(RRN) Escanaba Woman Accused Of Embezzling $135K Arraigned
The Escanaba woman who allegedly stole more than 135-thousand dollars from a resident at Marquette's Jacobetti Home For Veterans has been officially charged with a felony. 37-year-old Frances Kreft was arraigned Wednesday in Delta County District Court on embezzlement charges. Escanaba Public safety investigators...

(RRN) Downtown Escanaba Celebrates Start of Christmas Season
Just hours after eight inches of snow fell on downtown Escanaba, the city celebrated the start of winter...and the Christmas season...during a Tree Lighting ceremony Tuesday night. Several hundred people of all ages turned out to watch the tree in Center Court become illuminated...and the multi-colored...

(RRN) State Plants 5K Muskie Fingerlings In Little Bay deNoc
The Michigan D-N-R has planted more than 36-thousand muskie fingerlings into 21 bodies of water across the state, including five here in the Upper Peninsula. These fish are between eight and nine inches long, and five thousand of them were planted in Little Bay deNoc. D-N-R fisheries officials say this is the first time that...

(RRN) Escanaba Opens Cross-Country Ski Trailway For Season
Monday night's unexpected snowfall in Escanaba may have closed schools and made for rough road conditions, but the blast from Old Man Winter served at least one good purpose. The Escanaba Recreation Department has opened the cross country ski trail off of North 30th Street for the season. The trail has not been groomed...

(RRN) Ishpeming, Munising Football NOT Calling For Donations
If you get a call asking for donations to help the Munising and Ishpeming High School football teams…hang up. The teams will both play in state championship games at Ford Field in Detroit this weekend. And both schools would love donations to help with the costs of travelling downstate. But the Ishpeming Superintendent's office...

(RRN) Three Children Killed In Menominee County Accident
Three children are dead following after the minivan they were in was hit by a semi Monday night in Menominee County. Sheriff Kenny Marks says it happened on U-S 41 in Daggett. Marks says the van driven by 40-year-old Susan Meade of Daggett slid out of control on the snowy highway into the path of the big rig. The...

(RRN) Escanaba To Kick Off Holidays With Tuesday Night Event
The City of Escanaba officially gets into the Christmas Spirit Tuesday night. Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault says that the city's tree-lighting is set for Tuesday night at 7:00, and it will also see all of the Christmas lights that cross Ludington Street turned...

(RRN) Marquette Catholic Diocese Foundation Makes Milestone
The Marquette Catholic Diocese says that its Foundation has reached a big milestone. Diocesan Development Director Terri Gadzinski says that the Foundation passed the $2 million mark in grant spending over the last 14 years. She says that every year, they invest the money that is donated, and then they use the interest...

(RRN) State Fire Marshal: Avoid Cooking Turkey In Oil Fryers
If you're planning to cook your Thanksgiving turkey in a deep-frying fryer the uses hot oil, the state fire marshal wants you to reconsider. Fire Marshal Richard Miller says these devices are a high risk for fires, and he is discouraging all of us from using them. Miller says even the most careful cook is subject to fires...

(RRN) U.P. Snowmobilers Can Ride Almost Everywhere This Week
The snowmobile season is in full swing across the Upper Peninsula, as more lake effect snow is in the forecast the next couple of days. Where can you legally ride right now? Lieutenant Pete Wright is with the D-N-R Law Enforcement Division in Marquette. He says it's legal for you to ride in many areas, but for this week...

(RRN) Ski Brule Keeps Tradition With Early Season-Opening
A local ski resort has opened for the season, keeping with its tradition of being the first in the Upper Peninsula to open its slopes to skiers. Ski Brule in Iron River also likes to stay open later into the spring than any other. How do they do it? Jessica Polich is the Operations Manager there. She says that it's mainly because the resort...

(RRN) Negaunee Man Injured In Weekend SUV Roll-Over Accident
A Negaunee man was hurt over the weekend after he rolled his S-U-V on US-41. Michigan State Police say the accident happened at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon on the highway near Midway Drive, between Marquette and Negaunee. Troopers say that 52-year-old Lige Johnson drifted into the cement median, and when he tried...

(RRN) Congressman Benishek Opposes Obama Immigration Moves
Like most Republicans on Capitol Hill, Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek is not happy with President Obama's plan to allow up to five million illegal immigrants to stay in this country. Benishek says that for Obama to do this by executive order is the wrong move, and he called on the president to reconsider. Benishek says...

(RRN) Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost Slightly More Than 2013
Lots of us are gathering supplies for the Thanksgiving feast, and we'll find a dinner for ten will cost just shy of 50 dollars this year. American Farm Bureau economist John Anderson says overall there were no major increases in their annual survey. Anderson says dairy-related items were up more than anything else, although still not...

(RRN) Utility Offers Christmas Decorating Safety Advice
With the holiday season almost in full swing, officials want you to be prepared and safe when putting up your decorations and lights. Tom Hoen with Xcel Energy says you should keep outside lights and ladders at least 10 feet away from electric wires. And, you don't want to overload your outlets. Hoen also advises turning off...

(RRN) Escanaba Begin Process Of Condemning Downtown Building
The Escanaba City Council took the first step Thursday night on what could lead to the forced demolition of a decades-old building in the city's downtown area. The council voted unanimously to hold a condemnation hearing on January 7th about the large building at 630 First Avenue South...

(RRN) Bay College Corrections Academy Training New Officers
There's a shortage of people who are trained as corrections officers to work in Michigan's prisons. At Bay College in Escanaba, President Laura Coleman says that a new program at the college provides the training that people need to get those well-paying jobs: an academy to train Yoopers to become corrections officers. "We...

(RRN) Heavy Snow, Cold Leads To Early Start Of Ski Season
The heavy snow and bitterly-cold temperatures means that the start of downhill ski season is not far away across the Upper Peninsula. Marquette Mountain General Manager Jessi Melchiori says they will open next Friday, November 28th. "We are so excited. we typically hope for November but it's not often that we are...

(RRN) Stabenow Announces Grant For U.P. Tele-Health Program
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow announced a 217-thousand dollar grant for Traverse City's Munson Medical Center to expand health care services across northern Michigan. The money will be used to link people to Munson's specialists through a "telemedicine" system. Stabenow says that under the "telehealth"...

(RRN) Governor Appoints Two To Natural Resources Commission
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a new member to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, and has re-appointed another. The new member is Christine Crumbaugh from downstate St. Louis. She has been involved in Michigan Farm Bureau and the state's corn growers association. She replaces Munising's John Madigan...

(RRN) New Poll Suggests State Voters Oppose Wolf Hunting
A new poll suggests that 85 percent of voters say that Michigan citizens should not lose their right to vote on wildlife issues, and two-thirds of voters say that the state legislature and Natural Resources Commission should "heed the will of the people" on future wolf hunts. The poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners between...

(RRN) Marinette County, Wis., Man Arrested On Drugs Charges
A Marinette County man has been arrested on drugs charges. Sheriffs Deputies say that a 29-year-old man was picked up in the Town of Pound on several charges: manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and keeping a drug house. Deputes say that they...


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