(RRN) State's Official Christmas Tree Cut Down In Kingsford
Friday may be Halloween, but they were thinking about Christmas on Thursday in Kingsford. That's where the state's official Christmas tree was cut down. The 66-foot-tall blue spruce was donated by Bill and Helen Bjorkman. Helen told Local Three News that she will miss the tree, while Bill commented that the tree...

(RRN) Democrat Germain Campaigns For UP's State Senate Seat
He admits that his candidacy is a long shot. But Chris Germain says he's in it to win it. He is the Democratic candidate for the Upper Peninsula's state senate seat, running against Republican incumbent Tom Casperson. Germain was going door-to-door in Escanaba on Thursday, looking for votes on a grassroots level....

(RRN) Two Arrested On Meth Charges At Ishpeming Apartment
Two people in Ishpeming have been arrested after police found components of a meth lab in their apartment. Officers went to 213 East Euclid Street on Wednesday night and found two "one pots", which are bottles that have the main ingredients for meth inside. There was no active lab going when officers were there....

(RRN) Better Business Bureau Warns Of Election Phone Scams
As Election Day approaches, the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula is warning of scams. One of them is the "re-register" scam, where they tell you that your name was taken off of the voter rolls, and if you give them your information, they will fix it for you. Then, they use the....

(RRN) Turn Clocks Back One Hour; Be Careful While Driving
We'll be changing our clocks this weekend as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. And that has the state transportation department offering safety advice before we make the switch. Slow down and pay extra attention in your neighborhood, as pedestrians will be harder to see in the morning....

(RRN) Beer Starts Flowing At Escanaba's 'Upper Hand' Brewery
After investing almost three million dollars in building a new facility in Escanaba, Bell's Brewery of downstate Comstock Park is ready to unveil its products made right here in the Upper Peninsula. The "Upper Hand Brewery" has started producing its Upper Peninsula Ale and Escanaba Black Beer, and Pike Distributors picked up its first...

(RRN) Occupational Open House Set Thursday At Bay College
High school students from across the Upper Peninsula will be on the Bay College Escanaba campus Thursday for the annual Occupational Open House. It's a chance for high school juniors and seniors to learn about the various career and technical programs offered at Bay. Those include automotive technology, nursing...

(RRN) Ten Michigan Residents Monitored For Possible Ebola
Ten people in Michigan are being monitored by state health officials for any signs or symptoms of the Ebola virus. How many are located here in the Upper Peninsula? Well, we don’t know, because the names, locations and details on how the people might have been exposed were not released. The Centers for Disease...

(RRN) Iron Mountain Police Arrest Two For Operating Meth Lab
Two Iron Mountain residents have been arrested on drugs charges. Iron Mountain Police say they were asked to check on the welfare of a child at a home in the 7-hundred block of West "B" Street. When officers got there, they found a meth lab. The Dickinson County Prosecutor has charged 34-year-old...

(RRN) Chartier Now Regional Director For Home Care, Hospice
The man who has headed up Marquette General Hospital's Home Care and Hospice operation now has more responsibility. Craig Chartier was named yesterday as the Regional Director of Home Care and Hospice for the new U-P Health System, adding the Hancock operation to the one in Marquette. This move is...

(RRN) Wide-Ranging Discussion On Future U.P. Energy Needs
A large group of state lawmakers, local officials, and utility representatives turned out on Tuesday for the annual U.P. Energy Summit in Marquette. This year's event was an even bigger one than normal, given the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent decision to exempt Wisconsin residents from having to share...

(RRN) Police In Marquette, Iron River Look For Missing Men
Police in Marquette are looking for a man who's been missing for more than two weeks. They're looking for 50-year-old Todd Michael Tredeau, who hasn't been heard from since October 14th.He's described as 5-foot-9, 215 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. If you know where he is, give Marquette Police a...

(RRN) Arrive Earlier To Fly Out Of Delta County Airport
If you fly out of the Delta County Airport, make sure you get there a bit earlier to avoid missing your flight. Delta Airlines is asking passengers to get there between 60-and-90 minutes before departure time. Even though the Escanaba airport is not a large metropolitan airport, you still need to arrive early to go through...

(RRN) Mackinac County Man Charged With Murdering His Father
A Saint Ignace man is in jail on a one million dollar bond after he allegedly killed his father over the weekend. Michigan State Police say that 53-year-old Richard McKenzie, Jr., shot and killed his father, 75-year-old Richard McKenzie, Sr. The incident happened at the father's home on North Mackinac Trail in St. Ignace Township...

(RRN) Synder: Expand Community College Job Training Programs
Governor Rick Snyder says that the state will spend 50-million dollars to have community colleges do more training programs in skilled-trades fields. The Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program is new, and the governor says that it's important to build a talent pool of people trained to fill positions in...

(RRN) State DNR/DEQ Launches Invasive Species Grant Program
The State of Michigan has launched a new Invasive Species Grant Program. It includes three-point-six million dollars for programs to fight invasive species on both land, and in the water, across the state. The program is designed to both prevent new invasive species through education and outreach, and also...

(RRN) Marquette Area Public Schools Looking For Substitutes
The Marquette Area Public Schools are looking for people willing to serve as substitutes. The Marquette School Board has approved an increase in substitute pay rates for teachers, custodians, kitchen staff, noon-time supervisors, aids, and bus drivers. They need more subs throughout the district. If you're interested...

(RRN) Packer Player To Visit Escanaba For Holiday Toy Drive
The holidays are fast approaching, and the Escanaba Public Safety Department is trying to make sure that no kid wakes up on Christmas morning with no present to open. And a member of the Green Bay Packers football team will be in Escanaba Tuesday night to help in that effort. Packers cornerback Davon House...

(RRN) Marquette County Woman Wins $492K On Michigan Lottery
A Marquette County woman has won 492-thousand dollars on the Michigan Lottery's Fantasy Five game. The winning ticket for last Thursday's drawing was sold at the Harvey Mini Mart, which is on US-41 West in Ishpeming. The woman has chosen to remain anonymous. She told the Lottery that she plans...

(RRN) Wisconsin Fugitive Arrested On Drug Charges In Iron Mt
A Wisconsin man wanted on a felony marijuana warrant was arrested in Iron Mountain…but he didn't go quietly. Iron Mountain Police say that 20-year-old Dylan Gmeiner of Niagara, Wisconsin, was spotted in an apartment in the 600 Block of East Main Street. When officers contacted him, Gmeiner allegedly jumped...

(RRN) Watersmeet Man Dies In Northern Wisconsin Plane Crash
The airplane reported missing Friday was found near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, and the Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the pilot of the single engine Cessna was killed in the crash. The Wisconsin and Minnesota wings of the Civil Air Patrol had been searching for the plane for more than 24-hours...

(RRN) Elderly Man Shot to Death In Eastern Upper Peninsula
One person is dead and another is in jail after a shooting over the weekend in Mackinac County. Michigan State Police say the incident happened late Friday night on Mackinac Trail in St. Ignace Township. Troopers say when they arrived, they found the body of 75-year-old Richard McKenzie. He was pronounced dead of gunshot...

(RRN) Alger-Delta Co-Op Stepping Up Tree-Trimming Programs
As winter approaches, Upper Peninsula utilities are getting ready for possible power outages as storms will surely hit the region. One of the ways to cut down on outages is to do tree-trimming now. Tom Harrell at the Alger-Delta Co-op says that they've increased the investment in vegetation management near power lines...

(RRN) Sunday Declared Kelton Heller Day In City of Escanaba
The City of Escanaba is honoring one of its own this Sunday. Kelton Heller, a 2011 graduate of Escanaba High School, will be on the field at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday as the Detroit Lions face the Atlanta Falcons in a National Football League game. Heller...

(RRN) Motorcyclist Injured After Hitting SUV Near Marquette
A Marquette man was severely injured when he crashed his motrocycle into an SUV while trying to pass other vehicles Friday afternoon. Marquette County Sheriff's Deputies say the incident happened at about 5:00 on Friday on County Road 550 and Wetmore Landing, north of the city. Deputies say the motorcycle...

(RRN) Missing Alger County Man Found Dead In AuTrain Twp.
There's sad news from Alger County, as a 69 year-old man who had been missing since Tuesday was found dead on Friday in AuTrain Township. Michigan State Police troopers from the Neagunee post say that the body of John Hongisto was found near M-94 and Buckbay Road on Friday. He had been last seen at...

(RRN) Marquette Man Sentenced To Prison For Home Invasion
A 28-year-old Marquette man will spend time in prison for breaking and entering into a Marquette home. Local Three News reports that Sean David McNamara was sentenced to 18 months to 15 years in prison Friday in Marquette Circuit Court. He was found guilty of stealing a TV, computer, radio, and other items...

(RRN) Delta County Judge Candidates Debate Issues In Forum
Should Delta County invest in a Drug Court for non-violent offenders, where the offender goes into treatment rather than going to jail? That was the hot topic at Thursday night's forum for Delta County District Court judge candidates Steve Parks and John Economoplous. Parks, the county's...


(RRN) Upper Peninsula Unemployment Rate Drops In September
The Upper Peninsula's unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a percentage point in September, according to figures released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The U-P's jobless rate was 6-point-4 percent….which is down from 6-point-6 percent in August...

(RRN) Rapid River Man Finds 100-Year-old French Bombshell
A century-old bombshell was disposed off by the Michigan State Police Thursday in Rapid River. Troopers from the Gladstone post say the homeowner bought a box of items from an elderly veteran's estate auction. When he got home, he noticed the mortar had started to corrode. He went on-line, and realized that this...


(RRN) State Police Look For Missing Man In Alger County
Michigan State Police are looking for a man who went missing on Tuesday in Alger County. Troopers say that John Michael Hongisto was last seen Tuesday afternoon at his home in Christmas. The 69-year-old man is described as being white with blue eyes and gray hair. He drives a red 2001 Ford short-box...


(RRN) Police Warn Teen Girls To Guard Private Info On-Line
An Upper Peninsula police department is warning young teenaged girls to be careful when talking to strangers on the Internet. The Chocolay Township Police Department says that there's been an increase in on-line "sexual predator type" complaints from kids who use Kik, Ask.fm, and Facebook. Kids are being...

(RRN) MI Attorney General Announces Settlement With AmeriGas
More than 56-hundred propane customers in Michigan will share in a settlement of more than 500-thousand dollars between the state and AmeriGas. Attorney General Bill Schuette reached the settlement with AmeriGas over price gouging allegations after filing a civil suit against the supplier earlier this fall. Schuette says....


(RRN) Thursday Named 'Dale VanDrese Day' In City of Escanaba
Thursday has been declared "Dale VanDrese Day" in the City of Escanaba. Mayor Marc Tall signed a proclamation to honor VanDrese, who retired last week after 25 years with the Escanaba Public Safety Department…and 31-plus years of law enforcement experience. VanDrese is just 52 years...


(RRN) Forum For District Court Judge Candidates On Thursday
The two men who are running for the district court judgeship in Delta County will square off in a candidates forum Thursday in Escanaba. Delta County Prosecutor Steve Parks and Escanaba attorney John Economopoulos are running for the seat currently held by Glenn Pearson, who is retiring at the end of this...


(RRN) Escanaba Schools Restructure Debt; Add To Fund Balance
The Escanaba Area Public Schools has restructured its debt through the sale of more than 19-million dollars worth of bonds that were first sold in 2010. Superintendent Michele LeMire says they took advantage of lower interest rates…now at 3-point-18 percent for the district...to refinance, with a closing date set for November...


(RRN) Ewen Man Arrested For Home Invasion, Attempted Robbery
An Ontonagon County man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a home and trying to get money from the owner at gunpoint. Michigan State Police say that 20-year-old Clint Paulick of Ewen entered the home at about 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. The homeowner didn't have any money, so....

(RRN) Alger-Delta Co-Op Promises No Power Rate Hikes In 2015
We've been hearing a lot about the federal decision that forces the Upper Peninsula's utilities to pay millions of dollars to run and upgrade Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant. And while many utilities have warned their customers that there will be a hike in their electric bills, one is not: the Alger-Delta Co-op. Alger-Delta CEO Tom...

(RRN) Marquette General, Bell, Portage Merge Under One Name
Marquette General Hospital, Bell Hospital in Ishpeming, and Portage Health in Hancock now have the same name. It was announced Tuesday that the three will be called UP. Health System. All three hospitals are owned by Duke Lifepoint, who's...

(RRN) Rep. Peters Supports Ebola Travel Ban From West Africa
Michigan Democratic Congressman Gary Peters is breaking with President Obama on one major issue of the fight against Ebola. Peters says that now is the time to implement a travel ban on people coming into this country from West Africa, where Ebola continues to kill people. Obama, along with most of his Democratic colleagues...

(RRN) Vandalism Reported At Manistique's Indian River Golf
Someone has been vandalizing the Indian Lake Golf Course in Manistique. Michigan State Police say that several "greens areas" of the course have been damaged by someone who is intentionally spinning the wheels of an ATV. Troopers believe the damage happened sometime on Saturday, and it was noticed...

(RRN) Signs Being Stolen From Snowmobile Trails In Keweenaw
In the Copper Country, someone is stealing a large number of signs from snowmobile and O-R-V trails in Keweenaw County. The sheriff there says that both trail marker signs, and stop signs, have been stolen in recent days. Keweenaw Trail Services then has to replace them…and it's a safety concern for...

(RRN) Man Charged With Arson, Murder In Marquette County
Nearly six months after a Marquette County house fire led to the death of a woman, an arrest has been made in the case. Local Three News reports that 45 year-old Steven Zintman has been charged with felony murder and first degree arson in connection to the fire that happened May 4th at 609 Valkyrie Street at...

(RRN) Peters Would Oppose UP Electric Rate Hikes If Elected
The Democrat who's running for the U.S. Senate campaigned in the Upper Peninsula on Monday, and said that if he's elected, he will work to avoid the large utility rate increases that are scheduled to take place this winter in the region. Suburban Detroit Congressman Gary Peters campaigned in Escanaba and Marquette, and...

(RRN) U.P. Health Officials Offer Reassurance On Ebola Virus
More reassurance is being offered for Peninsula residents concerned about a possible Ebola outbreak here. The deadly disease has killed about four thousand people this fall, with nearly all of them occurring in West Africa nations. Doctor Terry Frankovich is the medical director for public health departments in ten...

(RRN) Fish/Wildlife Service Fighting Lamphrey In Ford River
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service plans to take its battle against sea lamphrey to the Ford River over the next ten days. Technicians will be dumping chemicals in the river…as well as to offshore areas near the river in Delta, Marquette, Menominee and Dickinson Counties…in an effort to kill the lamphrey larvae...

(RRN) Fire Forces Evacuation Of Engineered Machine Products
Fire disrupted the morning routine for employees at Escanaba's Engineered Machine Products on Monday. The facility was evacuated shortly after 9 a.m. when a heating unit caught fire on the second level of the building. "When we got here, there was heavy smoke coming out of....

(RRN) K-Mart Store In Iron Mountain Closing January 18th
The K-Mart store in Iron Mountain will be closing its doors. According to a post on the "my Kmart" corporate message board, a community relations specialist confirmed that the Iron Mountain store will be closing on January 18th. It is one of a number of stores being closed across the country as K-Mart tries to...

(RRN) Casperson Wants Changes In Michigan Jail Food Systems
Upper Peninsula State Senator Tom Casperson says that he regrets his vote for a Michigan corrections budget that included the privitization of the state's prison food system. And he says that the Snyder Administration should consider cancelling its contract with the private vendor Aramark, Inc., which has been riddled with charges of...

(RRN) M-DOT Trying New Energy-Efficent Bulbs In St. Ignace
We've all been told that it's time to switch from the old electric bulbs to the new LED lights, which cost more, but save energy long-term. The Michigan Department of Transportation is taking that advice, and is switching to LED lights on some freeways. M-DOT spokesman Dan Weingarten says they are making the switch...

(RRN) Harvest Gathering Food Drive Continues For U.P. Needy
The Michigan Harvest Gathering food drive is continuing across the state, with an effort to stock food pantry shelves across the state as the holiday season approaches. The donations go to the Food Bank of Michigan, which has warehouses across the state to help local food pantries...one warehouse is here in the U-P in Ishpeming...

(RRN) CN Railroad Repairs Cause Road Closure In Bark River
It won't be long before the snow flies in Delta County, but the Canadian National Railway is trying to get one more repair project done this week in Bark River. The Delta County Road Commission says that County Road 535...also known as "D" Road...will be closed north of US-2-and-41 in Bark River starting...

(RRN) Dems' Senate Candidate Peters Visits Upper Peninsula
The Democrat running for Michigan's U-S Senate seat is in the Upper Peninsula as a part of his "Listening Tour". Suburban Detroit Congressman Gary Peters plans to do a "grassroots meet and greet" Sunday night in Houghton, and has two public events scheduled for Monday. The first in Marquette is a meeting with small business owners...

(RRN) Ishpeming Police Release Details Of 'Toxic' Meth Labs
Ishpeming Police Friday night released more information about the two drug busts that happened in the city on Thursday, including the names of the people who were arrested. In the first incident, police raided a home at 213 Oak Street. Police Chief John Willey says the raid was especially dangerous because there were...

(RRN) New Toll Booths Opening Monday On International Bridge
Good news for people who use the International Bridge that connects Sault Ste. Marie Michigan with Sault, Canada. The Michigan Department of Transportation says that two of the six new toll booths are now in place, and will be open for collecting tolls from three new lanes starting at 11:00 Monday morning. Project Manager...

(RRN) Michigan Senators Oppose U.P. Electric Rate Increases
Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to delay electric rate increases for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula, and act on the complaint filed by the Michigan Public Service Commission about these rate hikes. The Upper Peninsula would have to pay...


(RRN) Two U.P. Residents Recognized For Helping Blind People
The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons presented its Achievement Honor Roll Awards Friday in Lansing, recognizing a Menominee woman and a Delta County physician, as well as several downstate people. They were all awarded for their work on behalf of people with vision issues in the state. Sara...


(RRN) Ishpeming Police Bust Two Separate Meth Drug Labs
Ishpeming Police busted two meth labs on separate sides of town on Thursday. One lab was busted at 260 Marble Street, while the other was raided in the 200 block of West Oak Street. A 37-year-old woman was arrested in one of the busts, while a 40-year-old man was arrested in the other. The Marquette County Prosecutor will investigate...

(RRN) Bay College Pushes For 4-Year Nursing Degree Programs
Should Michigan's community colleges be allowed to offer four-year degrees in fields like nursing? Michigan's community colleges, like Escanaba's Bay deNoc Community College, all say "yes". And State Representative Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) held a committee hearing on the plan earlier this month, but no vote was...

(RRN) Benishek Speaks On Ebola; MGH/Bell Prepare For Disease
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek says there should be a travel ban put in place on people who want to enter this country after spending time in west African countries where the Ebola virus is killing people. He has asked President Obama to consider such a travel bad. Benishek also wants increased...

(RRN) UPPCO Releases Report On Why Utility Rates May Rise
Utilities that serve the Upper Peninsula have been warning of higher electric rates due to a federal decision that exempts Wisconsin utilities from helping to pay to run Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant. The Upper Peninsula Power Company came out with a report Wednesday that tries to answer customer questions about this...

(RRN) Details Released On Fatal Boating Incident In Big Bay
Marquette County Sheriffs Deputies have released the names of the people involved in Wednesday's fatal boating accident. Deputies say the man who was killed was 48-year-old Paul Albert-Charles Maki of Big Bay. He and two other Huron Mountain Club employees were working on Mountain Lake in a 16-foot..

(RRN) Saint Francis Hospital Making Precautions For Ebola
What if someone walked into an Upper Peninsula hospital, and said he just returned from a trip to West Africa and wasn't feeling good? What would our local hospitals do, just in case that person had the deadly Ebola virus? Lanna Scannell at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Escanaba says that they do have protocols in place...


(RRN) Alger-Delta Exploring Merger With Great Lakes Energy
The Alger-Delta Electric Co-operative is looking at the possibility of merging with Great Lakes Energy, a co-op based in Boyne City. The announcement was made at Wednesday's Alger-Delta Board meeting. Officials say that a merger would lead to more stable electric rates in the future, with the rates of the two entities....

(RRN) Sheriff Ballweg Says Goodbye To Department, Community
There were a lot of badges in one place Wednesday as Delta County Sheriff Gary Ballweg said goodbye to the job and "hello" to retirement. Sheriffs from other U.P. counties and officers from other departments were at the event at the Escanaba Eagles Club, along with politicians like...


(RRN) Graymont Revises Plan To Build Mine In Mackinac County
Graymont has revised its state application to build a limestone mine in Mackinac County. The company, which already owns a facility in Gulliver in Schoolcraft County, wants to build a facility near the town of Rexton. Bill O'Neill is the Chief of the DNR's Forest Resources Division. He says that the company's first application...


(RRN) Marquette Gets $481K Grant To Remodel Delft Theatre
The City of Marquette has been approved for a 481-thousand dollar grant to renovate the old Delft Theater in the downtown area. The money comes from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's block grant program. The project will see that historic theater turned in to a new restaurant and dinner theater. It will...

(RRN) High Winds Cause Power Outages As Big Tent Hits Pole
High winds knocked out power for about two hours Tuesday night in downtown Escanaba. Wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour lifted a large white tent that had been placed along First Avenue North for last Saturday's UPtoberfest beer/wine tasting event. The tent was...


(RRN) Ed Oswald Takes Oath As New Delta County Sheriff
It was the day that Ed Oswald had waited for ever since he started working at the Delta County Sheriff's Department 23 years ago. Oswald took the oath of office Wednesday evening as Clerk Nancy Kolich swore him in as the county's new sheriff. Oswald stood with his wife and daughter...


(RRN) Candidates Forum Wednesday; Not For Judge Candidates
A candidates forum will be held Wednesday night in Escanaba, but it will not include the men running for the district court judgeship. It will feature those running for the state house, state senate, Escanaba School Board, and a seat on the Delta County Board. One of the sponsors, the League of Women Voters...


(RRN) 'Rachel's Challenge' To Bring Message Of Inclusion
It's been 15 years since the shooting at Colorado's Columbine High School. The first victim of that tragedy was a girl by the name of Rachel Scott. Her father has started a national organization called Rachel's Challenge, and its message is coming to the Upper Peninsula Wednesday night. The program at the Island Resort and...


(RRN) Ishpeming's Bell Hospital Has New Chief Executive
Bell Hospital in Ishpeming has a new CEO. He's Mitch Lekelt, who has served as the interim CEO since July. The 52-year-old Lekelt was an assistant administrator at Marquette General Hospital before coming to Bell. While he will be in charge of the operation in Ishpeming, Lekelt will also be working with...


(RRN) DNR Plants Lake Sturegon In Cedar, Whitefish Rivers
Almost six thousand lake sturgeon have been released into lakes and rivers across the state this summer. The Michigan D-N-R teamed up with two Indian tribes to replenish the sturgeon population in these waters. Locally, about 345 fish were stocked in the Cedar River in Menominee County, and just over 600 fish...


(RRN) Restoration Work Wrapping Up At Fayette Townsite Park
There's lots of renovating being done at the Fayette Historic State Park on the Garden Peninsula. Fayette Historian Troy Henderson says the biggest project was re-plastering the old Shelton House hotel, which was a fancy place to lay your head back in the 1880's. It has been closed to visitors for the past two years...


(RRN) Hunters Can Donate Venison To Help Feed Hungry People
An effort to get unwanted venison into the stomachs of the state's unemployed and needy people is under way again this fall. Barb Nemecheck at Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone started this program back in 1991, where hunters shoot deer here in the Upper Peninsula and the meat is sent to soup kitchens in...


(RRN) Marquette City Police Add Four-Legged Officer To Force
The Marquette City Police Department has a new officer. And he has four legs. Nitro is a one-year-old black lab who will join the department's K-9 team to sniff for explosives. Marquette bought him from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department back in May, and the dog has been undergoing extensive...


(RRN) Orientation Sessions For Potential U.P. Foster Parents
If you've thought about being a foster parent, there's several orientation sessions being planned to give you the details on how it works. Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula has coordinated adoptions and foster parent opportunities for years. The Foster Care sessions will be held on October 21st in Escanaba...


(RRN) Snyder, Schauer Square Off In Gubernatorial Debate
Governor Rick Snyder and his challenger, Democrat Mark Schauer, squared off in their only scheduled debate Sunday night in Detroit. Schauer attacked the governor on school funding, saying that Snyder cut a billion dollars from K-12 education. The governor fired back, accusing Schauer of lying. He said that...


(RRN) Gladstone Starts Robotics Program For Fourth Graders
The Gladstone and Escanaba High School Robotics teams advanced to the World competition last year in St. Louis, drawing praise from as people as high up as Governor Rick Snyder. Now, the Gladstone schools are starting up a robotics team for fourth graders. Dave Florenski is the coach of the new team, and he says...


(RRN) Kansas Man Dies In Pedestrian Accident In Marquette
A man was killed over the weekend when he was hit by a car in Marquette County. Sheriffs Deputies say the accident happened Saturday night when several people were walking across US-41 from the Cedar Motor Inn to Buffalo Wild Wings. A car driven by a 43-year-old Gwinn woman hit the 55-year-old man...


(RRN) Three Arrested For Assault After Road Rage In Harvey
Three people were arrested over the weekend on assault charges after a "road rage" incident in Chocolay Township. Police say the incident happened at around midnight Friday night, and it started in the Ace Hardware parking lot in Harvey. The two drivers involved in the incident on US-41 got into a confrontation. Three...


(RRN) Town Hall Meeting On Wolf Hunting Monday In Marquette
A town hall meeting will be held Monday night in Marquette to talk about the wolf hunting issue. The group "Keep Michigan Wolves Protected" has been holding these meetings around the state the past two weeks to urge "no" votes on two November ballot proposals. One would designate the gray wolf as a game species...


(RRN) Huge Traffic Back-Ups On International Bridge In Sault
If you will be in Sault Ste. Marie on Monday, chances are you will see a lot of traffic. Monday is Thanksgiving in Canada…and the Michigan Department of Transportation says there were huge traffic jams on the International Bridge throughout the weekend. At times, the back-up extended from the Canadian toll plaza and...


(RRN) Woman, Three Children Hurt In Iron County Accident
A woman and her three children escaped serious injury during a traffic accident Friday afternoon in Iron County. Michigan State Police say the accident happened on M-69 near Dawson Lake Road when 27-year-old Shannon Knipp swerved to miss a deer and her vehicle ran off the road and rolled over. The vehicle...


(RRN) Dairy Queen Latest Large Company With Security Breach
The news from Dairy Queen is not so sweet today. The company says that someone hacked into the computer systems of nearly 400 DQ stores including the location in Norway. The security breach compromised customers' names, payment card numbers and expiration dates. Dairy Queen says information such as...


(RRN) Governor Signs Bill To Help Veterans Become Dentists
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Friday making it easier for veterans with military experience in the dental field to re-enter the civilian workforce. The legislation continues the state’s efforts to help veterans get back to work faster upon returning home. House Bill 5248, sponsored by state Rep. Gail Haines, waives the fee...


(RRN) Escanaba Seeks More State Aid For Winter Freeze Damage
The City of Escanaba was hit hard by the harsh winter, leading to tens of thousands of dollars in damages to water and sewer mains, and frozen underground pipes. But the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded the city only about $12,000 from its "urgent need" fund, while many other U.P. communities received much more...


(RRN) Governor Calm On Ebola; Newberry Center Has Pneumonia
Governor Rick Snyder says that Michigan is ready to deal with any possible cases of the Ebola virus in the state. But he said on Thursday that the risk of an outbreak is very low. Still, Snyder says the state is "working vigilantly" with the health and medical community to be prepared. The governor says the...


(RRN) Flu Shots Offered To Veterans Across Upper Peninsula
The Veterans Administration is scheduling flu shot clinics for veterans at several locations across the Upper Peninsula this month. They're being offered every day between now and the 17th at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, and starting Thursday through the 17th at the Marquette VA clinic. Also, the shots will be...


(RRN) Manistique Police: Stop Passing Stopped School Buses
The Manistique Public Safety Department is getting a lot of complaints from Manistique Head Start school bus drivers that motorists are passing them, even when they're stopped with lights flashing. These buses are smaller than the standard school bus, but Public Safety Director Ken Golat says that the law is...


(RRN) DNR Predicts Fewer Deer For U.P. 2014 Hunting Seasons
The Michigan DNR is out with its new Deer Hunting Forecast for this fall's hunt. And as most hunters already know, two straight severe winters has taken its toll on the Upper Peninsula's deer herd. Biologists say that there's been a noticeable decrease in the number of fawns and yearlings. Also, the DNR says that the...


(RRN) Bay College Hopes Students Will Return, Finish Degrees
Bay College is making a concerted effort to get more former students back in the classroom to finish the degree that they started, but for whatever reason, left college. Becky Landenberger is the Degree Completion Specialist at the college. She says that many people have enough credits for their degree, and never applied...


(RRN) Habitat Improvements For Butterflies On Stonington
The Superior Watershed Partnership and the Hiawatha National Forest are wrapping up a summer full of monarch butterfly habitat restoration on Delta County's Stonington Peninsula. Hundreds of volunteers have spent time planting milkweed that the butterflies need when they stop in the Stonington area on their long...


(RRN) Cloverland Electric Protests Feds' Presque Isle Ruling
The Cloverland Electric Co-operative is warning its customers of huge increases in their electric bills this winter if a federal commission's decision concerning Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant is not changed. And Congressman Dan Benishek is weighing in on the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt...


(RRN) McBroom Responds To Criticism On Vote To Tax Pensions
Southern Upper Peninsula state representative Ed McBroom is responding to charges that his 2011 vote in favor of taxing some retirement income is hurting seniors in the 108th district. McBroom says that some retirees were not paying state tax on their pensions while others were, and that the change was an issue of fairness...


(RRN) DNR Says More People Interested In Fuelwood Permits
With temperatures falling into the 30's at night across the Upper Peninsula, some people are looking for cheaper ways to heat their homes. One way is to collect wood from our forests. Eric Thompson is the supervisor for the D-N-R's Escanaba Unit of the Michigan State Forest. He says that fuelwood permits cost $20, and you...


(RRN) Marquette Group Wins Contest With 'Graveyard App'
A team from Marquette won a prize in the "Code Michigan" event over the weekend. The event was held in three different locations…Detroit, Marquette, and Newaygo…and it creates unique computer software. The Marquette group of Jim Argeropoulos, Lynn Makela, Chris Marr, and Ed Vielmetti..


(RRN) Schools Celebrate 'Walk To School Day' On Wednesday
More than 200-schools in the state will join those across the country in observing the 17th annual Walk to School Day onWednesday. Meg-Thomas-Ackerman with the "Safe Routes to Schools" program says Walk-to-School day helps to encourage parents and students to consider walking to school regularly...


(RRN) Detour Being Removed From I-75 In Mackinac County
There's good news for drivers who use Interstate 75 in the eastern U-P. The southbound lanes that have been detoured for most of the summer in Mackinac and Chippewa Counties are scheduled to re-open on Wednesday. The detour on northbound lanes was lifted on September 19th. Two major projects were done there...


(RRN) Former Undersheriff Appointed New Delta County Sheriff
Ed Oswald is the new sheriff in Delta County, replacing the retiring Sheriff Gary Ballweg. Oswald was selected Monday morning by a committee that included Probate Judge Bob Goebel, Clerk Nancy Kolich, and Prosecutor Steve Parks. Oswald was the undersheriff for ten years until he retired from the force last December. "I had...


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