(RRN) McBroom Working To Reform State Auto Insurance System
Upper Peninsula state representative Ed McBroom says he's going to try again to do something about high auto insurance premiums that we all have to pay in Michigan. McBroom (R-Norway) says that one of the issues he gets the most feedback on is the state's no fault auto insurance system. He says that people are sick of paying...

(RRN) Lt. Governor, Supreme Court Justice Visit Marquette
Richard Bernstein is legally blind, but he's achieved success in his career and is now sitting on the Michigan Supreme Court. He and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley were in Marquette on Tuesday for the "Michigan Hidden Talent Tour", highlighting the accomplishments of people with disabilities. Bernstein told Local Three News...

(RRN) Keweenaw County Prosecutor Suspended For Negligence
It appears Keweenaw County will soon need a new prosecutor. The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has suspended Donna Jaaskelainen's law license for six months and fined her two thousand dollars. The A-D-B says it took the action because Jaaskelainen was negligent in handling three cases. The cases were all...

(RRN) Mackinac Island Ferry Season Begins With Limited Sked
A sign of spring in the Straits of Mackinac. Arnold Lines' Mighty Huron made it to the Mackinac Island passenger dock Tuesday to officially kick off the sailing season. Arnold says it has reduced ticket prices for the hardy souls who want to take the Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island Ride as spring gets underway....

(RRN) U.P. Fishermen Need New Licenses Starting Wednesday
The DNR says a new fishing season begins on Wednesday across Michigan. Anglers have five options to choose from when making their purchases. All fishing licenses are good for all species. A base license is not required when just purchasing a fishing license. Michigan's fishing licenses bring revenue into the state that is invested...

(RRN) Governor To Honor UP Schools, State Police For Safety
Two U-P schools and the Iron Mountain State Police post will be honored Wednesday in Lansing. Forest Park and North Dickinson schools and the Iron Mountain troopers will receive awards from the Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Commission. The troopers and the schools are being recognized for their joint effort...

(RRN) Congress Investigating Deaths At Tomah VA Hospital
A pair of committees from the U.S. House and Senate are going over testimony that doctors at the Tomah, Wisconsin V-A hospital over-prescribed narcotics. One former VA Hospital worker complained that she was ignored for years when she would try to call attention to the problem. Family members of veterans also testified...

(RRN) Man Convicted Of Selling Pot In Escanaba Sentenced
A 45-year-old man charged with distributing marijuana in the U-P--then fleeing to Mexico before his trial--has finally been sentenced in federal district court in Marquette. Pedro Kobasic will spend 87 months in a federal lockup. The sentence was announced yesterday. Kobasic was scheduled to make a plea in federal court on...

(RRN) Charge Filed Against Marquette Man For Police Standoff
A 28-year-old Marquette man faces several charges after holding police at bay at a Marquette home a week ago today. Among the charges filed against Christian Nutini are felonious assault and weapons discharge in or at a building. Police were called to the home in the 23-hundred block of Presque Isle last Tuesday. The caller...

(RRN) Ishpeming Woman Given Federal Prison Time For Cocaine
A 32-year-old Ishpeming woman is headed to prison for more than 12 years for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Rachel Lynn Hansen's sentence in federal court was announced Monday. U-S District Judge Robert Holmes Bell found that Hansen was what's called a career offender. She had three previous drug convictions...

(RRN) Marquette Schools Cracking Down on Tobacco Use
The Marquette schools are getting tough on tobacco. The school board has a new on-campus smoking policy that prohibits tobacco use 24 hours a day, seven days a week on school grounds or property owned or controlled by the district. Smoking is also banned in district owned or leased vehicles. The new policy was announced on Monday....

(RRN) Manistique's CBC Telethon Raises Money For Charities
The preliminary total from Manistique's CBC radio-telethon this past Sunday has been released. It's $44,501, according to CBC officials. The Palm Sunday tradition was held at the Manistique High School and broadcast on W-T-I-Q Krusin 14-90. The money will be split among the Cancer Society, Bay Cliff Health Camp and Marquette's Beacon House.

(RRN) Three Fishermen Rescued Off Lake Superior Ice
Three people had to be rescued from the ice off Marquette Saturday night. The sheriff says the three were fishing when their boat was surrounded by ice and they were not able to move. A call to 9-1-1 brought out the sheriff's Search and Rescue team. The rescuers had to chop their way through the ice to rescue the three…who were not hurt.

(RRN) Hundreds Mourn Slain Wisconsin State Trooper Casper
Hundreds of mourners, including Governor Scott Walker, packed the Kiel, Wisconsin High School on Sunday for a memorial for murdered Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper. The 21-year-old was killed in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect last Tuesday in Fond du Lac, with the suspect also dying. Steven Snyder of...

(RRN) M-DOT Plans More Closures For Portage Lift Bridge
The Portage Lift Bridge will be closed from two to four on Tuesday morning. M-DOT says the shutdown is part of ongoing maintenance on the bridge that connects Houghton and Hancock up in the Copper Country. There will be other closures at a later date as well, says the agency--and we'll keep you informed on those right here....

(RRN) Lake Superior Binational Forum Loses Federal Funding
The Lake Superior Binational Forum is ending its grant program. The group says its federal funding will end in early April after some 24 years. The Superior Forum is one of five groups--one for each of the Great Lakes. The others will be losing funding as well. The money came from the federal E-P-A, which says state...

(RRN) Changes To Groundwater Discharge Permit For Eagle Mine
The state Department of Environmental Quality approved changes to the groundwater discharge permit for Marquette County's Eagle Mine. The agency says the changes are the result of public comment--and will better protect ground and surface water near the facility.The permit provides conditions to safeguard all protected uses of groundwater and...

(RRN) 48th Annual CBC Telethon Set For Sunday In Manistique
The 48th annual C-B-C fundraiser is set for this Sunday in Manistique. The event at the Manistique High School and on WTIQ Kruisin 1490 raises money for the American Cancer Society, Bay Cliff Health Camp and Marquette's Beacon House, which serves families from all over the U.P. The event runs from Noon to Seven at the Manistique...

(RRN) Judge Denies New Trail For Man Who Dismembered Wife
A federal judge has denied a request for a new trial for Stephen Grant, who killed and dismembered his wife, Tara, in 2007, in suburban Detroit. The "Detroit Free Press" reports that U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson ruled this week that Grant did receive a fair trial, and that his confession was obtained legally. Tara Grant (Destrampe) grew...

(RRN) Rally For New Traffic Light Set For Friday In Escanaba
A rally will be held Friday afternoon to highlight the need for a traffic light at the intersection of South Lincoln Road and Eighth Avenue South. Carol Schiltz is with the Delta County Regional Inclusive Coalition. She says that the intersection is dangerous, and people with disabilities have a very difficult time crossing the...

(RRN) Authorities Release Names Of Escanaba Drug Suspects
The names of the 14 people arrested on drug charges in Escanaba this week have been released in the wake of their first court appearance. Detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested the people for selling and distributing the prescription drug Bupren-orphine, which is also known as Suboxone and Subutex....

(RRN) Escanaba Schools To Stay Open Two Days Longer In June
Students in the Escanaba Area School District will spend an extra two days in the classroom this year. School Superintendent Michelle Lemire says that's thanks to weather closures and the city-wide power outage in February. The last day for students will be June 8th, and the last day for teachers is June 9th....

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Mining Industry Has Its Own 'Day'
Michigan's mining industry now has its own day. The state senate Thursday approved a resolution submitted by U-P State Senator Tom Casperson to declare September sixth as Michigan Mining Day. Casperson says he appreciates how mining provides high-paying jobs for the U-P…and pledged to support the growth...

(RRN) Benishek Votes To Head Off Automatic Medicare Cuts
Congressman Dan Benishek voted for the so-called "doc fix" that passed the U-S House of Representatives on Thursday. The measure overrides the latest round Medicare reimbursement cuts first enacted back in 1997. Benishek says the bipartisan measure is designed to make sure seniors continue to get the...

(RRN) Fourteen People Arrested On Drugs Charges In Escanaba
Fourteen people are behind bars for drug-related charges in Escanaba. Detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested the people in the City of Escanaba for selling and distributing the prescription drug Bupren-orphine, which is also known as Suboxone and Subutex. These are prescribed to...

(RRN) Bank Robber, State Trooper Die In Wisconsin Shootout
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has released more information about Tuesday's bank robbery in Marinette County…and about the fatal shooting later that day in Fond du Lac. The suspect is identified as Steven Timothy Snyder, who is from Michigan. He allegedly robbed the bank Tuesday afternoon in Wausaukee and then...

(RRN) Health Benefits Guaranteed For Dead Officers Relatives
The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday to guarantee health care benefits for the surviving spouse and dependents of officers who die in the line of duty. The bill was sponsored by State Senator Wayne Schmidt, who represents the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern lower...

(RRN) Michigan Unemployment Rate Drops To Lowest In 14 Years
Michigan's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 14 years. State officials on Wednesday announced that the jobless rate fell to 5-point-9 percent. Governor Rick Snyder says that since late 2010, nearly 400-thousand private sector jobs have been created in Michigan. That, he says, is the fifth-most of any...

(RRN) Marquette, Luce Counties Awarded State Veterans Grants
Nine Michigan counties have been given grants by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to help veterans access the federal benefits they are entitled to. Two of the grants are coming here to the Upper Peninsula. Marquette County will get 20-thousand dollars to help with the new Marquette County Department of...

(RRN) State Approves Superior Trade Zone In Delta, Marquette
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday its approval for the new Superior Trade Zone in Marquette and Delta Counties. It's the latest of the "Next Michigan development Corporations" that have been set up across the state, and the only one in the U.P. It allows communities in both counties to offer...

(RRN) Rep. Benishek Applaudes VA Change In '40-Mile Rule'
The Veterans Administration has made a change to its "40-mile rule" which had been a part of the new Choice Card program. That's the program where veterans can seek medical care at a local hospital if there is a 30-day wait for treatment at a V-A facility, or if the veteran lives more than 40 miles from the nearest V-A facility. That rule...

(RRN) Marquette Man Surrenders After Locking Himself In Home
A Marquette man barricaded himself in his home and held police at bay for more than five hours Tuesday morning before surrendering. Marquette City Police say they were called to the 23-hundred block of Presque Isle Avenue at just after 4 Tuesday morning, with reports that a suicidal man was inside and had fired a gunshot..

(RRN) Ten-Year-Old Alerts His Ishpeming Family To House Fire
A home was heavily damaged by fire in Ishpeming Tuesday morning. The Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department was called to the 600 block of Maurice Street at about two in the morning and noticed smoke coming from the second floor of the home. When they went inside, firefighters saw a bedroom was on fire. Fire Chief Ed Anderson...

(RRN) Gwinn Man Charged With Assault, Fleeing From Police
A 41-year-old Gwinn man is in jail on several felony charges following an incident that happened last Friday in Forsyth Township. Police say that Kevin Houle assaulted a family member during an argument at a home, and allegedly fired multiple gunshots into the victim's parked vehicle. He then drove away, and police say...

(RRN) General Contractor Named To Build Marquette Hospital
The U-P Health System on Tuesday announced which company will serve as the general contractor for the building of a new hospital. Skanska Closner has been awarded the contract to build the new 300-million dollar hospital, and groundbreaking is set for next spring. Skanska Closner is based in New York, but has experience...

(RRN) Portage Health System Repaying Medicare $4.4 Million
The Portage Health System in the Copper Country has agreed to pay the federal government more than 4-point-4 million dollars to settle allegations that its home-health care agency submitted false claims to Medicare for services that were supposedly done by a staff physical therapist. U-S Attorney Patrick Miles says that a therapist...

(RRN) Delta County Preparing To Open Its Parks On May 11th
It won't be long before people start using the Delta County Parks for camping, picnicking, and other recreational activities. Delta Conservation District Director Rory Mattson says that it appears that spring has arrived, but they're not quite ready to open the parks for the season. "There's a lot of raking to do, getting rid of the leaves...

(RRN) Sault Tribe Considering 'Midjim' Store In Manistique
The Soo Tribe of Chippewa Board of Directors plans to meet Tuesday night in Manistique. On the agenda: budget modifications and other routine business. There will also be a discussion of the possibility of a "Mid Jim" facility in Manistique. A "Mid Jim" is a store that sells gasoline, cigarettes, beer, wine, and other convenience items. The board...

(RRN) Two Men Charged With Operating Meth Lab In Ishpeming
Two Ishpeming men were in court Monday after being arrested on drugs charges over the weekend. Ishpeming Police say that 39-year-old Bradley Helsten and 51-year-old Gerald Humphreys were both arraigned in 96th District Court on three felony charges. Police say they searched a home at 703 Cleveland Avenue and...

(RRN) Michigan DNR Approves Grants To Remove Obsolete Dams
The Michigan D-N-R is paying 350-thousand dollars to remove four dams that have become obsolete…including one here in the Upper Peninsula. The state will spend roughly 54-thousand dollars to remove the Union Springs Dam located in the Porcupine Mountains in Ontonagon County. Other dams will be removed in...

(RRN) More Closures At Portage Lift Bridge In Copper Country
The maintenance project on the Portage Lift Bridge in the Copper Country continues this week, after the bridge was closed for more than eleven hours Saturday night and Sunday morning for major work. M-DOT Spokesman Dan Weingarten says there are some two-hour closures planned...

(RRN) Lake Superior State University To 'Kill Winter' Monday
They're officially killing off winter at Lake Superior State University Monday. Volunteers have built a giant snowman effigy, and it will be lit ablaze during a ceremony at noon Monday on the Sault Ste. Marie campus. Before that, there is a "funeral march" through the campus, and they hold a mock...

(RRN) Women's History Month Events Scheduled At Bay College
March is national Women's History Month, and Bay College is celebrating with several events this week on the Escanaba campus. The three-presentation series is titled "Women in the Arts". The first presentation runs from 12:30 until 2:00 Monday afternoon and features Bay's Fine Arts Coordinator Kristine Granger. She will talk...

(RRN) Marquette Business Offering Seminar On Cyber-Security
A local business with expertise in cyber security will hold a free symposium on various on-line issues this Wednesday in Marquette. Lasco has been providing I-T services for more than 45 years, and will offer advice on keeping your on-line lives safe during this four-part event. The sessions cover data security, network security...

(RRN) U-M Frat Members To Be Charged For Damage At Treetops
Some members of a disbanded fraternity at the University of Michigan are facing felony charges. The Otsego County Prosecutor said Friday he will charge the president, treasurer and another member of the defunct Sigma Alpha Mu for damaging Gaylord's Treetops Resort during a wild weekend party this winter...

(RRN) Judge Rules Wisconsin Abortion Law Unconstitutional
A federal judge in Wisconsin says a state abortion law is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William Conley ordered a permanent injunction against the law requiring any doctor performing an abortion to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital, saying it violates women's 14th Amendment rights. The judge temporarily...

(RRN) Michigan Gets $5.5 Million For Low-Income Housing
Michigan has been selected to receive more than $5.5 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to provide affordable rental housing and supportive services to extremely-low income persons with disabilities. The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance grant application process was a collaborative effort between...

(RRN) Portage Lift Bridge Closing Saturday Night/Sunday AM
A reminder for folks heading to the Copper Country this weekend: the Portage Lift Bridge will be closed for more than eleven hours tomorrow night. The state transportation department says the bridge will close at 9:00 Saturday night, and will re-open at 8:30 Sunday morning. Waiting rooms are being set up at the Franklin Square Inn...

(RRN) State Police Give $4 Million For School Improvements
The Michigan State Police announced Friday that 56 public school districts, 15 private schools, 11 charter schools and five sheriff’s departments will receive $4 million in state grants to purchase equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff. Over 217,500 students will benefit...

(RRN) Michigan Schools Recognized For 'Great' Music Programs
This week, twelve school districts in Michigan are being recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as Best Communities for Music Education. Now in its 16th year, BCME recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made....

(RRN) Sen Casperson To Search For New Employer In Manistique
Upper Peninsula State Senator Tom Casperson says he's ready to roll up his sleeves and look for a new employer to help the Manistique community. The Future Mark Paper Mill is closing its doors on Tuesday, putting 147 people out of work. Casperson says that he will work with Governor Snyder and the various state...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Unemployment Rate Increased In January
The Upper Peninsula's unemployment rate rose in January to 8-point-2 percent. That's according to figures released yesterday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. The U-P jobless rate was 6-point-8 percent in December, so the jump in January was by more than a full percentage point. But the numbers...

(RRN) Fire Destroys Clothes In Downtown Marquette Laundromat
Someone will need to buy some new clothes after a dryer caught fire Thursday at the Super Suds Laundromat in downtown Marquette. Marquette City Firefighters were called just before 3:00 in the afternoon to the business at 1021 West Washington Street, and they noticed some smoke coming from the...

(RRN) Escanaba DDA Hopes For Grants As Income Survey Written
Escanaba's Downtown Development Authority has completed work on a community survey that asked residents to report their annual income levels. DDA Director Ed Legault says they had to do the survey because the State of Michigan reclassified Escanaba's economic status late last year, and the community did not qualify for state grants...

(RRN) Escanaba Planning Commission Approves Meijer Site Plan
The Escanaba Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve the site plan for a new Meijer store on the city's west side. The vote came before a standing-room-only crowd inside the Escanaba Civic Center. Chris Jones is the Real Estate Manager for Meijer, and he said...

(RRN) Future Mark Announces Closure of Manistique Paper Mill
It's official. Future Mark is closing its mill in Manistique. The company issued a statement Wednesday night confirming that the mill will be closing or around March 24th, which is next Tuesday. Company CEO Matthew Nightingale says that the decision comes because of "large cash needs"...

(RRN) St. Ignace Man Gets 50 Years For Sex With Young Girls
A St. Ignace man has been sentenced to 50 years in a federal prison for making videos of him having sex with girls as young as 18 months old. U-S District Judge Robert Holmes Bell handed down the harsh sentence for 28-year-old Eric Masters, calling it one of the worst scenarios that he's ever seen. Prosecutors say that over...

(RRN) Escanaba To Start Its New Electric Substation Thursday
The Escanaba Electric Department plans to fire up its new "temporary" substation Thursday. This substation was built to replace the one that exploded on February 2nd. This will replace the portable substation that's been on loan to the city from WeEnergies since the explosion happened. Escanaba City Manager Jim O'Toole says the...

(RRN) Governor's Staff Updates Stakeholders On U.P. Power
Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday that creates the new Michigan Agency for Energy. He says that this agency will guide the state toward solutions for its energy problems. The agency will be housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Some powers from other state agencies are being transferred...

(RRN) Sierra Club Urges DNR Director To Reject Graymont Mine
The Sierra Club is urging D-N-R Director Keith Creagh to reject a proposal to build a mine in Mackinac County. The environmental group issued a statement saying that the proposal by Graymont, Incorporated would set a dangerous precedent in how the state disposes of surplus lands. Ecologist Marvin Roberson says the project...

(RRN) Manistique School Board Narrows Superintendent Search
The Manistique School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent down to one finalist. Outgoing superintendent Kathy McDonough says that there were four candidates interviewed for the position, which will open in June when she retires. The school board has settled on Maryann Boddy of Iron Mountain as its top candidate for the...

(RRN) No Confirmation For Reports Of Manistique Mill Closure
The future of Future Mark's Manistique Paper Mill is in doubt. There's been widespread speculation in the community that the mill will be closing in the near future because of financial problems. RRN News left messages with company general manager Jon Johnson Tuesday, and our partners at Local Three News received no comment...

(RRN) Some Gladstone Residents Told To Keep Water Running
Gladstone water customers who were told to let their water run to prevent pipe freeze-ups are being told to keep the water running for now. Temperatures have been warmer over the past week, but the Gladstone Water Department says they have still had to do "thaws" at some homes in the community. City officials say...

(RRN) Rep. Benishek Wants New Soo Lock To Be Higher Priority
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek is calling on the U-S Army Corps of Engineers to publicly release new information related to the shipping locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The Corps finished work on a "sensitivity analysis" to determine whether there should be a new lock built there. But he says the findings have not been made...

(RRN) Governor Signs Bill Allowing Natural Resource Spending
Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that approves 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 the sale of state-owned minerals. The biggest Upper Peninsula...

(RRN) Two Marquette County Men Sentenced For Home Invasion
Two Marquette County men were given jail time Monday on a home invasion incident that happened last summer in Marquette. Local Three News reports that 26-year-old Kyler Brock Arrieta and 25-year-old Jonathon Daniel Ray were both given between 15 and 30 years behind bars for the crime. Both admitted to entering a home through...

(RRN) Details Sketchy As Houghton County Jail Inmate Dies
A Houghton County Jail inmate died over the weekend, but details on his death remain sketchy. Houghton County Sheriffs Deputies said on Monday that the unidentified inmate had an "unknown medical emergency" on Saturday that first sent him to the Portage Hospital in Hancock, and later, required treatment at the...

(RRN) Escanaba, Gladstone End Winter Parking Restrictions
If you like to park your vehicles on city streets overnight, you can do so again without getting a ticket in Escanaba and Gladstone. Both communities lifted their winter parking restrictions on Monday. That's because of the warm weather that has caused much of the snow to melt. The restrictions are being lifted two weeks earlier than...

(RRN) State Police Stepping Up Its Drunk Driving Crackdown
Michigan State Police have begun a spring drunk driving crackdown. The agency has partnered with more than one-thousand bars across the state and will be passing out special drink coasters with designated driver messages as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. As part of the campaign, drunk driving...

(RRN) More Closures Planned This Week At Portage Lift Bridge
If you will be heading to the Copper Country over the next week or so, get ready for more closures of the Portage Lift Bridge, which connects Houghton and Hancock. A major maintenance project has been going on all winter long, and more work will be done this week. The longest closure is scheduled for this upcoming weekend. The...

(RRN) Mild Weather Continues, But No Concern About Flooding
Spring is in the air across the Upper Peninsula, as the forecast calls for a second straight week of mild weather. Meteorologist Keith Cooley at the National Weather Service in Marquette said Sunday night that temperatures were way above average for several days last week, with readings in the 50's at times. That is 20 to 25 degrees above...

(RRN) Local Boy Scouts Need Bike Donations For Summer Trip
About five dozen Boy Scouts from across the Upper Peninsula will take part in the Mackinac Island Service Camp and Governor's Honor Guard this summer. These 60 boys from the Hiawathaland District will spend a week on the island, doing various service projects, serving as guides, and working in the barracks and kitchen...

(RRN) State Rep. McBroom To Read To Kids For 'Reading Month'
Upper Peninsula state representative Ed McBroom plans to spend some time in local classrooms this week. The Dickinson County Republican will read to young kids as part of National Reading Month celebrations. McBroom (R-Norway), who is also a part-time teacher, in addition to being a local dairy farmer, will read to kids...

(RRN) Stay Off Ice! One Rescued In Marquette On Lk. Superior
The Marquette Fire Department had to rescue someone who went through the ice Friday afternoon. Marquette Fire Captain Dan Lancour says that his department was notified at 2:20 Friday afternoon about someone who had gone through the Lake Superior ice near the North Ore Dock. Two firefighters in ice rescue suits went to the...

(RRN) U.P. Senators Casperson, Schmidt React On Energy
Upper Peninsula State Senators Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) issued statements on Friday after Governor Rick Snyder delivered his special message on energy. Both U.P. lawmakers said that having a stable supply of affordable energy in the region is important to job creation, and for economic development. They...

(RRN) Gov Snyder Wants More Power To Come From Green Sources
Michigan must take aggressive steps and set clear energy goals to reduce the chances that families and businesses will face dramatic rate price spikes and widespread outages while ensuring that long-term decisions are made in our state, not Washington, D.C., Gov. Rick Snyder said in a special message on energy Friday...

(RRN) Traffic Accident Reported Early Friday In Iron Mtn.
The Iron Mountain Police Department was dispatched early Friday morning to a two car accident at the intersection of Carpenter Ave. and West "H" street. The accident which happened around 8:30am, involved a Dodge pickup truck driven by a 26 year old female and a Kia SUV driven by an undisclosed driver. The 26 year old was...

(RRN) Intoxicated Man Arrested After Standoff In Peshtigo
A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after a short stand off with police. According to the Marinette County Sheriff's Office, they received a 911 call from a woman reporting that her boyfriend, Keith Smith, was armed and was threatening her. She said he armed himself and was not being allowed to leave the residence, located...

(RRN) Michigan Unemployment Rate At Lowest Level Since 2002
Michigan’s unemployment rate in January fell to its lowest level in more than 12 years. The January rate of 6.3 percent was down one-tenth of a percentage point from the December. And it's the lowest unemployment rate for Michigan since the 6.3 percent of November 2002. State officials say that 15,000 more jobs were...

(RRN) U.P. Teens To Compete In Michigan Poetry Competition
Three Upper Peninsula high school students will be amongst 33 kids from across Michigan to take part in three rounds of poetry recitation at Lansing Community College on Friday. The competition will see one kid be named Michigan's "Poetry Out Loud" champion at L-C-C's Dart Auditorium. Local Three News reports that...

(RRN) Sawyer Residents Urged To Continue 'Let-Run' Orders
If you live at K-I Sawyer and are under a let run order for your water, don't shut it off just yet. That's the word from Sawyer's water department. Officials say that, despite the recent balmy temperatures, the frost is still deep in the ground and your water could freeze up if you shut it off before they tell you to....

(RRN) Arrest Made In Copper Country Hit-and-Run Accident
State Police say they have an arrest in a hit and run accident that left a 36-year-old Atlantic Mine woman hospitalized Tuesday afternoon. Troopers say it happened about 2:15 in Houghton County's Adams Township. The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Benjamin Riutta, also from Atlantic Mine. Police say...

(RRN) Michigan Lawmaker Wants To End Daylight Savings Time
There's a proposal in Lansing to remove Michigan from Daylight Savings Time. State House Democrat Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor says DST has worn out its welcome. He says that that after time changes in March, traffic and workplace injuries go up. And indeed, a University of Michigan study also shows an increase in heart attacks...

(RRN) Evening Traffic Crash Injures Four People In Escanaba
Four people were hurt in a traffic crash Tuesday night in Escanaba. Escanaba Public Safety says the accident happened in the 1200 block of North Lincoln Road at about 5:45 Tuesday evening. Officers say that a car was northbound on the highway near 12th Avenue North when a truck turned off of 12th Avenue and...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Agriculture Highlighted At Conference
The Michigan State University Extension Service held its annual "Agriculture For Tomorrow" conference Tuesday in Escanaba. It brought together farmers and agricultural experts from across the Upper Peninsula to discuss a very important industry here north of the Bridge. The keynote speaker was Jim Hoorman from the Ohio State University Extension...

(RRN) Seasonal Weight Restrictions Going Into Effect Tuesday
It's a sure sign of spring: seasonal weight and speed restrictions for truckers on Upper Peninsula roads. They go into effect Tuesday morning in Delta and Menominee Counties. Delta County Road Commission Manager Jody Norman says that this is done to protect the roads during spring break-up. He says that lower weights and speeds cause...

(RRN) Manistique Limestone Federal Credit Union Given Award
Manistique's Limestone Credit Union has been named the "Outstanding Credit Union of the Year". The award comes from the Michigan Credit Union League. It cites the growth that Limestone has seen over the past decade. Assets have gone up by 140-percent, loans jumped 139-percent, and membership is up by...

(RRN) Michigan Lottery Honors Marquette High School Teacher
An Upper Peninsula teacher has won the Michigan Lottery's "Excellence in Education" award. Mary Micklow teaches biology and anatomy-physiology at the Marquette Senior High School. She is being praised not only for her work in the classroom, but for her dedication to her students' learning. Micklow has taught...

(RRN) Marinette's Bay Area Medical Center Wants New Facility
The Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette announced Monday morning that it is looking to build a newe hospital at a new location in the community. Hospital president and C-E-O Ed Harding says that most of the current facility was built between 1939 and 1970, including the inpatient rooms, emergency department, and obstetrics...

(RRN) Al-Tran Plans To Be Back To Normal For Monday Riders
The Alger County bus system is planning to be at least close to normal on Monday, after fire heavily damaged the agency's garage Wednesday night. Al-Tran was closed last Thursday, and ran on a greatly-reduced schedule on Friday because at least ten buses were either damaged or destroyed in that fire. Al-Tran is being loaned buses...

(RRN) Lake Superior State Signs Transfer Agreements With U-W
Lake Superior State University has signed an agreement with the University of Wisconsin System to make it easier for U-W students to transfer to Lake State. The agreement is being called the "LSSU-Wisconsin Bridge" and will make sure that U-W classes count toward graduation from L-S-S-U. There is a focus on...

(RRN) Governor Praises UP Universities For Working Together
The Upper Peninsula's three universities are being praised for their mutual cooperation. Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech, and Lake Superior State Universities shared the "2015 Collaborative Award" during the governor's economic and education summit in Detroit. The schools were praised for their transfer agreements with the...

(RRN) Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes Into State Trooper's Car
An alleged drunk driver crashed his vehicle into a Michigan State Police squad car this weekend in Marquette County. State police say that a trooper from the Negaunee Post was in his car late Friday night during a traffic stop on M-28 near Kawbawgam Road in Chocolay Township when another rammed into his vehicle. Both cars were...

(RRN) Move Clocks Ahead; Check Detector Batteries Sunday AM
We will be moving our clocks ahead this weekend as Daylight Savings Time begins. And the folks at the Michigan Department of Transportation are giving some tips on how to avoid accidents as we make the switch. Pedestrians and bicylists are being urged to wear bright, reflective clothing to be more visible. When we "spring forward" at 2:00 Sunday...

(RRN) AlTran Working To Restore Service After Garage Fire
About half of the Alger County bus system AlTran was on the road Friday, after fire devastated their bus depot Wednesday night in Munising. Alger County Commissioner Jerry Doucette told Local Three News that at least ten of the 16 AlTran vehicles were either damaged or destroyed in Wednesday night's fire. Investigators were...

(RRN) Ice Breaking Operations Next Week In Lake Michigan
It's ice breaking season on the Great Lakes. The U-S Coast Guard cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay will be chopping ice from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to Escanaba over the next week or so. The operation is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning when the choppers head into Sturegon Bay to free up waters for vessels...

(RRN) Casperson Introduces Bill To Control State Departments
Upper Peninsula State Senator Tom Casperson announced Thursday that bills to make sure state departments do not unfairly push matters into court and to hold departments accountable if legal action is pursued and the department loses were introduced in the Michigan Senate. Senate Bills 189 and 190 would make most...

(RRN) Senators Announce Grants To Fight UP Invasive Species
There's federal money on the way to help fight invasive species in the Upper Peninsula. Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced Thursday that more than 1-point-1 million dollars will help the Upper Peninsula Resources Conservation and Development Council…and the Alger Conservation District to...

(RRN) Deadline Approaching For Fall Bay College Scholarships
If you're thinking of going to college this fall, and want some scholarships to help with the cost, the deadline to apply is coming fast. At Bay College, more than 300-thousand dollars in scholarships are awarded every year, worth varying amounts. For the Fall 2015 semester, there are more than 250 scholarships available through...

(RRN) DNR, Wildlife Unlimited Using Fish Cribs In Reservoir
The Michigan D-N-R will team up with Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County to place "fish cribs" in the Michigamme Reservoir. Fish cribs are made of natural materials that are used to provide additional habitat for fish. They will be built using logs and slab wood in a "log cabin" fashion, and will create areas of refuge for various fish...

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